ASHLAND, Ore. (November 6, 2018)— Ken Onion, hall-of-fame knife maker, designer, and inventor, is a  U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Work Sharp Outdoor recognizes the many sacrifices of the men and women in our military. In honor of their service, all veterans and active-duty military will receive 15 percent off on Work Sharp’s Elite Sharpening System, which combines the Ken Onion Knife and Tool platform with the Ken Onion Blade Grinding Attachment.

Several years ago, Onion began a collaboration with Work Sharp Outdoor that resulted in the critically acclaimed Ken Onion Edition Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener. His take on the Original Knife and Tool Sharpener added complete angle adjustments from 15-30 degrees so every knife, regardless of angle, can be sharpened and keep its original angle.

“Work Sharp is one of the finest companies I’ve ever had the privilege of working with…a company that gets it,” said Onion. “I wanted something that could sit next to the professional gear I use to make my custom knives. The thing about the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener is that it will sharpen everything from a lawn mower blade to a scalpel. It will literally sharpen everything.”

Onion has contributed designs with Shun, Kershaw, Zero Tolerance and Columbia River Knife & Tool, and continues to create highly sought-after custom knives from his grind shop in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Onion’s unique approach to design leads to concepts familiar yet wildly different from what’s available. Beginning with the end in mind, he imagines a scenario in which a knife – or sharpener – is required and backs in to his design decisions based on what would be most successful in that scenario. It’s a far cry from the typical approach of finding a differentiator for an existing style or category.

“The Ken Onion Edition Knife and Tool Sharpener uses Norton NorAX belts, the same belts I use when making custom knives…the same abrasives I use on my big machines,” said Onion. “They are an abrasive that is stacked up so that the abrasive itself breaks down and exposes new sharp edges. They last longer, they sharpen better, and are more heat resistant than other sharpeners.”

As a thank you for their service, all U.S. veterans and active-duty military can receive 15% off the Work Sharp Elite Sharpening System between now and Nov. 20, 2018. Simply use coupon code veteran2018.

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About Work Sharp Outdoor
Work Sharp Outdoor is a division of Darex, a 4th-generation, family-owned business in Ashland, Oregon. Darex has produced industry-leading sharpening tools for more than 45 years. Work Sharp’s complete line of manual and power sharpeners is trusted by hunters and craftsmen worldwide; its longstanding reputation is built on exceptional products that make sharpening faster and easier than other systems in the market, without compromising performance. Today, Darex is over 100 co-workers strong and has sold over 5 million sharpeners.