A sharp knife is essential to me and
knife sharpeners were always my greatest obstacle...until now.
The Warthog V-Sharp Knife Sharpener is the ultimate tool now in my
kitchen arsenal and I'll explain why.
V-Sharp XE sharpener (shown here) solves all of the knife sharpening problems
you'll ever have, and, anyone can use it without studying the science
of knife sharpening.
At first glance you can see it's a virtual work of art and
very complex, yet is very simple in theory. The V-Sharp sharpener
maintains edge angle and sharpening pressure; the two important
factors for developing and easily maintaining a very sharp knife.
Before we go on I think you need to see how it works, so, watch
this short video. This is the Classic model and the XE works the
Click here.. You will
have a link to another YouTube video a little further down...
The V-Sharp Classic (not shown) is the granddaddy. I borrowed a
Classic to try
from a buddy. I picked one of my so called "sharp knives"
and started working on it. Being a typical guy, I used the sharpener without
reading the instructions because frankly it looked too simple to
mess up. Wrong...!
After about 10 minutes without getting a really sharp blade I
went to the website and watched the instructional videos. I then set
it up like it was supposed to be, passed the knife where I was
supposed to pass it and "bingo"... a very sharp knife!
I liked the Classic but I also liked the even simpler operational
features of the XE, so, the XE was the ticket for me.
Here is my review on the V-Sharp XE.
--- Warthog V-Sharp XE ---
I'm not going to repeat all the instructions and how to use it so
I'll just point out a few things that the instructions and/or
videos may not make clear.
The Hones and Rods
hone rods must be popped out from the top using a little force so
don't be afraid to exert that force. When dealing with
changing the rods, hold and pull back the rod frames against the
frame body as I have done. You can then slide your hand upward
(using a little force) and the top of the rod will pop out. You can also
use your other hand to pull on the top to help pop them out. You can
do this with the steels in place also... you won't distort them.
your knife flat against the guide, and with the XE, it's simple
because there is one handle and one guide. The handle is the bigger
section to the right in this picture.
The honing rods are removed for clarity.
Ignore my hand position; the picture is just to illustrate the
blade against the guide. The knife MUST follow the guide.
The XE can be operated both left handed and right; just spin it
inserting the steels put the bottom end in first, then pop in the
top end. If you read the instructions you will know that the honing rod is
made to accept steels and hones on both sides. The red sided (right)
colored item is the slip in rod hone. The design is handy if you
choose to get a set of finer hones since you can have one grit on
one side and the other on the reverse side. The steels will also fit
on the rods with honing stones installed on both sides so in effect
you can store the steels right on the sharpener.
Don't try to remove the steels with the hone rods in place. Just
pop the rods out and reverse the rods, or you can keep the steels
separate from the sharpener and install them when you want to use
Let's go on... Don't get the illusion that because the XE is made
of plastic that it's fragile. It's made of ABS plastic which is a
"high-impact" plastic and the unit has been drop tested up
to 12 feet. The only problem has been the spring adjustment screw
and that would only be if it fell perfectly. My point is this...
don't hesitate to purchase the XE because you think it's made of cheap plastic
because it's not.
The XE is dishwasher safe (top shelf - keep it away from the
washer heating elements) but I would pull the steels out if you
choose to wash it. The tension springs are stainless steel (won't
rust) so there's no problem there.
Using the V-Sharp
The time it takes to initially sharpen a knife will depend on the
steel hardness and blade condition of the knife. The Warthog
sharpener is not a "miracle machine" so understand up
front that some knives will take longer work to get the edge in
shape (the corrected "V" angle) and finally sharp. Once
the "V" angle is re-formed; re-sharpening will be a breeze.
If you have a "no-name" knife made in China don't expect
the V-Sharp to do much with it. That's because of the hardness of
the blade steel.
The V-Sharp's come with 325 grit hones made with natural
diamonds. For those who don't know... the hone grit number grades
the roughness of the sharpening surface. The larger the number the
finer the surface which in turn delivers a sharper knife. I
purchased the 600 grit hones and used them after I shaped the
"V" on my knives using the 325 grit hones. It took about 6
swipes on the 600 grit hones and the edge was perfect. So, whichever
sharpener you buy, go ahead and get the 600 grit hones in addition.
Then you can shape your edges with the 325 grit and finish them with
the 600 grit. I personally just use the 325's for kitchen work. The steels are addressed below.
Let's talk about angle a little since you have to choose the
angle you want the "V" of your knife to have. In general,
you want a narrow angle for kitchen knives and a wide angle for
utility knives such as pocket knives. I have my XE set at 20° for
the kitchen knives. You would reset the angle to 25 or 30 degrees
for utility knives. A more narrow angle is better for slicing. You
will also notice that the steels when mounted have a slightly
different angle; this is to give the very edge of the knife a
slightly wider angle which toughens and helps hold the edge. After
getting your knife sharp you should maintain the edge with the
can read more in the instructions on the V-Sharp web site.
Go to the website (click here)
and check out the products and watch the videos.
Here is the YouTube video on the V-Sharp Xtream I mentioned
Watch the videos... please watch the videos and watch them more
These machines take a little getting used to so be patient and play with
whichever one you choose. Once you become familiar with yours you'll
I went to the internet looking for video reviews of the V-Sharp.
The few I found certainly didn't convince me buy one. After I got
mine I realized that a few of the people who did the reviews either
didn't watch the videos or made assumptions without actually using
the machines for a while.
The Warthog V-Sharp finally lets you "enjoy sharp
knives" with minimal work.