Good news: Easy and precise sharpening doesn't have to cost a lot of coin.

We’d rather be using tools than sharpening them. And tool manufacturers must think so, too, because in the past few years, several new sharpening systems have been introduced to take the drudgery out of putting on a keen edge. Those products fall into three general types: wet-wheel sharpeners, powered sandpaper sharpeners, and human-powered honing guides you use with your own stones or sandpaper.

To help you decide which type and model is best for you, we rounded up dozens of sharpeners and spent more than a month testing them. Although some models can be used to sharpen jointer knives or lathe tools, we focused our testing on flat cutters, such as chisels and plane blades—the tools you’ll likely sharpen most often.


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Tormek T-8 Original

Water cooled sharpening with no risk of overheating the steel and exact replication – sharpen your tools with unbeatable precision.

Tormek T-4 – Compact

Complete Water-Cooled Sharpening system for Wood Chisels, Plane Irons, Spoke Shaves, Carving Tools, Lathe Turning Tools, Knives, Axes and most edge tools

Tormek T-8 Custom

Solid zinc frame and integrated mounts for controllable and accurate sharpening.

Tormek T-4 Bushcraft

Tormek T4 bushcraft is prepared for nature. Sharpen your knives and axes like a professional

Tormek T-8 Original

Thanks to the low speed on all our machines, there is no risk that the edge becomes overheated and loses its hardness. On the Tormek T-8, the edge is continuously cooled with water during the sharpening. Once the shape is created, you only remove a fraction of the steel when re-sharpening, which makes it a quick job.

Intergrated Sleeves

The sleeves for the Universal Support are integrated into the fully cast housing. That ensures minimal play for the Universal Support; an innovation which improves the control of the sharpening and increases the accuracy of the final results.

Magnetic Scraper

Double function magnetic scraper; during sharpening the magnet collects steel particles and after sharpening the scraper will make it easy to clean the water trough. This keeps your stone clean and cutting more freely.

Tormek T-8 Custom

The Tormek T-8 is a powerful and versatile water-cooled sharpening system. The machine has a maintenance-free industrial AC motor, designed to drive the grinding wheel during continuous use. The powerful motor is tested for a 25,000 hour service life. The efficient system manages to maintain a constant speed, even under full load, thanks to its unique driving wheel. The motor and the characteristic Tormek drive system ensure you have years of silent and reliable operation.

Universal Support

The base and support for all jigs. Enables unbeatable precision when sharpening.

Patented Precision Mounts

Ensures controllable and accurate sharpening.

Tormek T-4 – Compact

ormek T-4 is an enhancement of the T-3 model taking the precision and stability to a completely new level. Vital functions like the motor and the main shaft are mounted in the zinc cast top, which also includes integrated sleeves for the Universal Support. This advanced design ensures an unbeatable precision for the Universal Support, which control all jigs and accessories.

Motor and Shaft Integrated

Vital parts like the motor and the main shaft are integrated with the zinc cast top.

Sturdy Handle

Thanks to the compact size and sturdy handle it’s easy to move the machine.

Tormek T-4 Bushcraft

Tormek T-4 Bushcraft has a solid cast frame of zinc in which the machine’s vital components such as motor, main shaft, and sleeves for the Universal Support are integrated. The lower housing is made of impact-resistant ABS plastic. This design means a shock-resistant and stable machine with unbeatable precision. Thanks to the integrated handle, you can easily move the machine when needed.

Grindstone 220-1000 Grit

The Tormek Original Grindstone offers the best combination of efficient steel removal, smooth surface finish and a long life. Alternate between a coarse sharpening at 220 grit and a fine sharpening having a surface equivalent to 1000 grit.

Leather Honing Wheel

The leather honing wheel gently removes the burr which develops during grinding and polishes the bevel. It is used together with the Honing Compound PA-70.

Tormek T-2 Pro Kitchen Knife Sharpener

Assuming you sharpen the knife to the previous edge angle (which is recommended), each knife is finished in less than a minute, including honing and polishing on the honing wheel. This means that you can professionally sharpen all your knives with a Tormek in just a few minutes, instead of hours on a whetstone, or days if you send the knives out for sharpening. Compared to a conventional sharpening service your knives will never leave the kitchen when having a Tormek T-2 Pro Kitchen on site.

Specially Developed Composite Wheel

The composite wheel removes the burr and gives your knife the maximum sharpness. With integrated polishes for a shiny result.

Fine-Grained Diamond Wheel

Optimized to provide a high level of sharpness and at the same time an efficient steel removal, without removing more steel than necessary.

Best Tool Sharpening System – Conclusion

The wet stone sharpening system has many advantages for those of you who struggle to get the correct angle and a razor sharp cutting edge.

The Tormek wet stone sharpening system fulfils all requirements of a woodworker. Eliminating all guesswork out of the sharpening process.
The busy woodworker can improve his/her production throughput by spending the minimum of time maintaining their tools.

The easy to use chisel sharpening jig is a good example of how quick and economic it removes the minimum of metal to bring the tool back to prestige condition.

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