Thursday, March 7, 2013

Guided Field Sharpener 221 Review

Today I want to share my opinion and experience gained while testing new Guided Field Sharpener 221 from Work Sharp Tools. I received this tool thanks to Work Sharp and Outdoor Blogger Network and its gear review opportunity. 

 Do you have the same problem that I have? Always when I need a sharp knife I can't find one. maybe because I don't like to care about my knives? Or maybe because I didn't have a proper tool to do it... Guided Field Sharpener
Guided Field Sharpener

Now - thanks to Work Sharp I had a good tool and in order to test it I had to use it often for all my knives - and not only knives!! :) 

I received my sharpener in the last week of January. I couldn't resist to try it immediately. I took my biggest outdoor knife (it was damaged because I used to chop branches with it etc...) and tried to sharpen it. Firstly I used coarse diamond plate to repair and shape blade - it worked great. After that I sharpened the blade with fine diamond plate - only 5 strokes for each side was enough!

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After that I used ceramic rod (turned on "F" position") to finish the sharpening. I could use leather strop after that but it wasn't necessary for big hard working knife.
Final result was awesome! I wouldn't have thought that my old damaged knife will be sharp as a new one. 

Now I wanted to know how this sharpener would handle lighter, smoother knife like my Rapala filet knife. 

This time I didn't have to use coarse diamond plate because this knife was in a good shape. It only needed sharpening. This time I used leather strop to make the blade smooth. Result? As well as before - fast, easy and effective sharpening. I used this sharpener also my rapala scissors with a good effect.

Guided Field Sharpener

Guided Field Sharpener

The last knife I tried to sharpen was my kitchen knife and this time my new tool worked even better - maybe because I learned how to use it?

I already knew that I can repair and sharpen every knife I have and even scissors, but while reading the manual I found out that I can use this tool to sharpen fishing hooks! I looked for some damadged ones in my box and i found to lures with blunt trebles. I turned ceramic rod to "hook" position and tried to sharpen it - I was harder to keep a good angle but after my try this trebles looked much better:)

Guided Field Sharpener

It would be for the beginning. For next 5 weeks I used all knives intensively. When they weren't so sharp any more I took my sharpener and repair them. It is true, that knives can be re-sharpened using only the fine ceramic rod and it isn't necessary to use diamond plates every time what makes the whole process much faster.
After 5 weeks of intensive testing of the sharpener it looks as good as in the beginning. I think my knives will be sharp and ready every time I will need them.  I can recommend this tool to anyone how thinks about a sharpener. I have one already and I will not give it to anyone :) 

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I received the Guided Field Sharpener 221 free of charge to test and review. I'm not sponsored by or associated with Work Sharp Tools. The opinions expressed above are my independent thoughts and experiences.