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I'm liking everything I have read about this thing but haven't been able to find one locally to look at
Can it be used to sharpen knives? I see a knife sharpener attachment for the 2000 but not the 3000.

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Hi John

I use the one I have to sharpen knives but it's free hand but they come out very sharp..

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here ya go John...

Work Sharp Tools - WS3000 Belt Sharpening Attachment

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Hi Bill,

Thanks for those links, I was not even aware they had those accessories available. I may have to think of adding them to my WS system.

Here is a nice video showing it in action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXmbrCiI5iU

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Thanks Bob..

excellent video.

you'd think that the folks at WS would do a better job of demonstrating this product on their web page.

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The best way to sharpen a knife is by hand. I've made knives for a living, sharpened thousands. The closest thing to a " knife sharpener " on the market is a flat wet wheel. Any high speed device used runs a serious risk of generating heat- the worst thing you could expose a knife edge to ! If you really want to buy a knife sharpening setup, stay away from ALL grinders and belt machines that run at high speed. I think Delta made the wet grinder I have.
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The best way to sharpen a knife is by hand. I've made knives for a living, sharpened thousands. The closest thing to a " knife sharpener " on the market is a flat wet wheel. Any high speed device used runs a serious risk of generating heat- the worst thing you could expose a knife edge to ! If you really want to buy a knife sharpening setup, stay away from ALL grinders and belt machines that run at high speed. I think Delta made the wet grinder I have.

Point well made Doug!! However, I don't know that the WS2000/3000 would be considered "high speed" at 580 rpm??? I've used the 3000 for a couple years now with what I've considered great success when it comes to sharpening plane irons and chisels. With the bulk of the plane irons being quality irons and the chisels being of a somewhat lesser grade.
You're post did give me cause to question the "durability" of the edge created on the WS. Do you feel that the heat generated by the WS (very hot to the touch when using the coarser grit sanding disks) is enough to shorten the working life span of the irons/chisels edge? There is no discoloration, no bluing of the iron, just very hot to the touch. Typically caused by my applying too much pressure to the iron during the process no doubt.

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Thanks, Bill... I hadn't heard about this..

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All points very well made. I need to consider one more for the bevel control than the grinding capability. Never have been able to hand sharpen anything with less than about 3 different bevel angles showing
Bill - I don't think "very hot to touch" is particularly hot to the metal. Scalding hot is around 110* F. Watching the video Bob N posted, the demonstrator used a "touch and go" technique to manage the heat level. I wouldn't consider 580 rpm particularly "high speed" either. Just guessing, I think the knife sharpener attachment would run about 600 feet per minute, about half my belt sander.

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John...

The wide blade attachment works very, well! Allowing you to hold the iron steady on a plate next to the wheel.

Work Sharp Tools - WIDE BLADE ATTACHMENT FOR WS3000

I didn't find the angle setter particularly 'handy' as well as the holder. Instead I use my Veritas honing jig which works quite well. The plate itself is nothing special and requires a bit of adjusting (BigJimAK came up with a dandy fix!!) The plate does not sit flush with the turning wheel. I've seen where other users have made their own platform and have had quite good luck with that. Like you,,, I just can't get the nack for freehanding yet......

I agree with ya on the heat generated not being all that much of a concern. I was/am more curious than anything. More precisely, the point of contact (leading edge where iron meets wood). I get an extremely keen edge,,,,just never seems to last long enough for me *L*..

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