I'm hoping to buy a Worksharp 3000 in the very near future and was
wondering if y'all think it's worth the extra $30 to buy the glass
disk and leather honing pad. I currently sharpen my chisels and plane
irons with the Scary Sharp method and was looking for something faster
and more precise. Thanks.
I own the WS3000 and use it without the benefit of the leather hone.
Although I may not realize what I'm missing, the patch of hair on the back
of my wrist from checking the last chisel's sharpness is just now starting
to grow back.
My advice is hold off until after you've had some experience with the tool
and judge for yourself based what you do with your chisels/plane irons.
However, I would indeed consider the purchase of an extra glass wheel for
those cases where you want coarser grits to rectify chips and gouges of
previously misused chisels/plane irons, or to quickly re-establish the
correct angle on a tool after previous inaccurate hand sharpening.
For my own use, I think I'll hold what I've got (one extra glass wheel for
the purpose stated above, loaded with 80/120).
... that said, you're going to enjoy the net result of using this "scary
sharp on steroids" system, guaranteed.
I bought a WS3000 recently and tested the results of honed/non-honed on
a couple of chisels and a couple of Flexcut carving tools.
It got them quite sharp without honing, but after honing they were even
sharper. The difference was noticeable.
I think you'll be happy without it, but if you try it, you'll use it.
The leather hone will put a keen edge on the tool but the leather wheel is
more appreciated for polishing the surface to a mirror finish. The mirror
finish helps to cut down on friction and helps the tool slide into the wood
fibers more easily. If you are happy with the edge you are getting I'd say
save your money. If you are using your chisels or tools with out the
benefit of a mallet or hammer and using your brute strength to push the tool
into the wood a mirror surface will probably benefit you.
Can it be had for less else where?
Here it is for $199.
System Includes: Two glass wheels with 2-pcs. 120, 4-pcs. 400, 4-pcs. 1000
grit papers, 1-pc. 3600 grit Micromesh and a slotted wheel with 1-pc. 80,
2-pcs. 400 and 2-pcs. 1200 grit papers. Also includes a top tool rest and a
cleaning stick. 110 Volt operation. Two year manufacturer's warranty
The concept is that when the slotted wheel spins, you can see through it,
just like you can fan blades. This allows you to better guide the sharpening
of the tool, which is sharpened from below the slotted wheel.
Since I use the WS3000 only to sharpen chisels and plane irons, I've not
even tried the slotted wheel feature.
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