Understood completely - and regardless, it's good to keep your eyes
open no matter the path you choose. I'd hate to steer you wrong - but
all I can do is give you my opinion, and hope you make a choice that
works best for you!
I've used a Tormek - and it's a good tool, just not for me. I've not
used the Worksharp, so I can't comment... When I was in your shoes, I
was just about to pull the trigger on the Woodcraft grinder, the
Veritas deluxe tool rest, a special order Norton stone, and wheel
dressing tool (yea, about $200) - and with alternate recommendations,
decided the DMT was worth a try. I've been very happy with it....
I've never seen where a DMT wore out after a few hours work... I think
that's crazy talk!!
And the DMT works great to flatten my blue 320 Shapton (and yellow
1000, and purple 5000, and green 8000). But, yes, I feel your
frustration \ fear. I bought the 320 Shapton SPECIFICALLY to flatten
blades and cut a "fast" bevel. pfft - it doesn't do it; and my arms
ached trying! I've worn a groove in the coarse Shapton from the elipse
guide trying to cut a bevel. Again, the DMT xcoarse (220) rips it
faster than 60 grit sandpaper.
Eh, give the Worksharp a try - and let us know!!! I may have to change