As an outdoor enthusiast, homesteader, and survivalist, knives are an important tool. I use them every day, either in the woods or at home. Having a sharp knife is as important as fire. I would feel lost if I didn’t carry one. Almost everyone I know carries at least a pocket knife daily. My dad always carried a pocket knife, usually so that he could cut up an apple to share.
Knives have multiple purposes at our house. We use them for camping, backpacking, and hiking. We use them for food preservation like canning 300 pounds of tomatoes or making beef jerky or cutting up a deer for the freezer. My kitchen knives even take a beating because I cook family dinner for 40 people every week. That is why it is so important for me to have sharp knives. Just like any tool, you need to keep your knives in top shape. That is why I love Wicked Edge. **Please note, I have received compensation for this post and product. However, I only review and recommend products that I love.
I am comfortable sharpening knives. I spent many years working at a meat shop and learning how to make my knives sharp. I keep all my knives at home in peak condition. It’s better to be cut by a sharp knife than a dull one. However, even if you use a rod or stone, you may not get the sharpest blade and you often damage it by scraping or nicking it. With Wicked Edge, because you can pick your angle or grit, and sharpen both sides simultaneously, you end up with the perfect edge and no damage. I have never had a knife get sharp so quickly or as evenly, like I did with the Wicked Edge.
For the purpose of demoing this knife sharpener, I used a hard, stainless-steel butcher knife. Hard steel can be a challenge to sharpen, but if sharpened properly, it can hold an edge for some time. This knife has not been sharpened properly, as you can see from the scrapes and scratches along the blade. Because it is a touch-up and is has a decent edge already, I used the 800/1000 grit Diamond Stones.
I received the WE130 Precision Sharpener with the aluminum base. It is Wicked Edge’s most versatile knife sharpener. The patented Generation 3 Cam-Lock Vise enables you to secure your knife while sharpening so that it doesn’t slip, to prevent damage to your blade and yourself. Because of the design, you can use this on a wide array of knives including pocket knives, butcher knives and bush knives. You can also sharpen a wide array of blade widths and types. The 10” guide rods allow you to sharpen blades as long as 15” and a width up to 3/16” of an inch.
In addition, I also received a set of 800/1000 grit Diamond Stones, perfect for maintaining and keeping your blade razor sharp. And I also received a set of Micro Fine Ceramic Stones for refining your edge.
How does it work? A vise holds your knife steady while you use stones positioned on two adjustable rods to sharpen your knife. You can adjust the angle of the stone and interchangeable stones let you change the coarseness of the grit depending on if you are repairing or touching up a blade. When using a more traditional method like a hand stone, rod or even an electric sharpener, you do not have the option to customize your angle or adjust the grain of the stone. With the right angle, stone and being able to sharpen both sides at once, you can get the perfect edge without compromising the blade.
How easy is it to use? It comes ready to use out of the box except for it needs to be mounted. You can either mount it on a purchased aluminum or granite base with pre-drilled holes, or it comes with directions on how to mount it on another surface with a template so you can do it correctly. I received the aluminum base, and it is very heavy and heavy-duty, so I felt there was no need to mount it to any other surface. The Wicked Eedge sharpener also comes with a very comprehensive manual, with multiple tips and a clear step-by-step guide to sharpen your knives. You do not have to be an expert to use this sharpener.
A Few Quick Tips: It is best to read the manual before first use, so you can easily utilize the great tips and information provided. If you know the make of your knife and size, you can go to the Wicked Edge website to check their database for the best settings for that blade. The manual comes with a log, so that you can keep track of the angles and tension used for each knife so that a touch up can quickly be made.
What Do I love Best About Wicked Edge? There are many things that make Wicked Edge a great product and a great company. The fact that I can keep my knives in good shape and sharp without damaging them, is icing on the cake. There are also some other reasons why I would choose Wicked Edge:
- Wicked Edge is a small, family- owned company. I support small businesses.
- They are customer focused and have excellent customer support. Purchasing a quality knife sharpener is an investment and Wicked Edge provides the best support such as a free online forum at https://knife.wickededgeusa.com.
- They are employee-driven
- Made in the USA. I strive to purchase only American-made items.
- Quality- Wicked Edge makes quality products. You can tell just by the feel of it and after use, that it is made to last.
This is a great product for any outdoor enthusiast, prepper, survivalist, hunter or knife collector. Keep that knife in perfect shape and ready to use on your next adventure. To find out more, including useful videos and resources, go to wickededge usa.com and their online forum for a free and friendly place for all things knife sharpening. And because they have only ONE SALE A YEAR on Black Friday, follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to find out more about their special #BlackFriday promotion.
I’m sure my knives are in dire need of this. I used to not even know they needed to be sharpened.
I will pass this information onto a friend that hunts. He is about to retire and is looking forward to more time outdoors. Yeah for the Black Friday sale, I will be sure to mention that to him too. Very helpful information even for someone like me that isn’t outdoors very often.
That’s a super cool product! It looks so easy to use too! No more dull knives.
Great product that comes from an amazing company…just love this sharpener!
Very interesting information. Thanks!
Looks like a great tool to have. I also love supporting small businesses!
Very nicely done article. You really provided a lot of great information about what appears to be a very cool product!
This looks like an awesome tool to have. In culinary school I had to sharpen my knives and I hated it. I don’t think I would mind using this so much.
This is so easy. I remember having to sharpen my knives when I worked at the butchers and this is by far, the easiest way I have found.
Woah, you really do know your way around knives way more than I do. My husband is the cook in our family, but I do know that he complains whenever his knives are dull. This is an awesome Christmas idea for him! Thanks for your solid review and video. I’ll try to convince him to read the instruction manual 😉
This is a really great tool and only on sale once a year on Black Friday.
I believe my male family members would fall in love with this in a heartbeat.
This looks like a great knife sharpener. Thanks for sharing!
Great review! Very thorough!
Great video. I am a visual person, and this helped a lot. I am going to speak to my sister about this and see if my brother in law could use this. He is a chef, and I think this would be a great gift.
I needed this reminder to sharpen my knives! Thank you! It’s so much easier and safer to cook with sharp knives.
I love supporting small businesses! This looks like a great product!
Wow that demonstration was impressive! Thanks for sharing 🙂
We’re not hunters or outdoorsy people but this looks awesome! I wonder if it could be used for Cutco kitchen knives?
Whoa, hardcore! We have crap knives and a dull sharpener (ironic haha). This is amazing.
This is awesome! We may need to check it out and see if we know someone that needs these.
You provided a great review. Thank you for this, its a great idea for a christmas gift for a few people in my life!
I really need to get something like this. We go through knives like crazy from butchering. We finally found a set of knives we really love, so we need to take care of them.
Okay I definitely need one of these!
This sounds like a great product. A dull knife is frustrating and dangerous! I’ll have to check out this company.
I watched your video. It makes sharpening knives look easy. I’ve never understood how to properly sharpen knives. Can it be used for all types of knives?
Yes!!! If you check out the forum, they have all different sizes and lengths as well as recommended angles.
My husband would love this for a gift. He is a fanatic about keeping his knives sharp!
My husband would absolutely love this! Thanks!
I never knew such a thing existed! My knives for sure need a sharpening!
I definitely want one of these!!!
This is awesome! I hate dull knives. I was married to a chef and I was really spoiled!