Tom Veff is well known as the preeminent professional knife sharpener in the Pacific Northwest, and also as the designer of our patented* Veff™ Serrations. He is truly "addicted to sharp," as are many other knife owners. But Tom was unhappy with the tapered diamond sharpeners that were available, so he designed the CRKT Veff Sharp™ to be the ultimate portable multipurpose field and bench sharpener.
The system includes an anodized knurled aluminum handle and two threaded 600-grit diamond-coated sharpening rods. The smaller rod has three 2" straight sections in sizes 3/32", 3/16", and 1/4". The larger rod has three straight sections in sizes 11/32", 1/2" and 5/8". The larger rod also has a 6" flat side.
The handle and rods fit neatly in a nylon storage pouch.
The Veff Sharp is effective on most serrations and does not create egg-shaped serrations as tapered sharpeners do. It works equally well on gut hook knives and seat belt cutters.
It is a versatile and indispensable tool that belongs in every workshop, tool box, tackle box and hunter's pack. It allows the user to keep a keen edge on all types of cutting tools including serrated and plain edge knives, wood chisels, wood carving and lathe tools, router bits, punches, scissors and saw chain.
Proper use and care will ensure a lifetime of effective use. Light to moderate pressure is all that is needed for the diamonds to do their job. On most tools to be sharpened, simply blacken the cutting edge with a black ink marking pen. Then, following the original angle of the cutting edge, make a couple of strokes with the appropriate size of the rod across the edge. If you have the correct angle, the ink will be removed evenly.
Once you have sharpened the first side of the edge correctly, you will have a burr on the back or flat side of the blade edge. Remove this burr by using the flat side of the sharpener and place it almost flat on the burr side of the edge. Use light pressure and draw the sharpener across the burr until it is removed. This will leave you with a keen cutting edge. After each use, wipe the diamond sharpeners with rubbing alcohol to clean.
Use Veff Sharp dry without oil or water. With a little practice, you'll find it easy to restore the edges on all of your cutting tools. And like Tom Veff, you'll get addicted to sharp.
I would not suggest using this like a stone. Perhaps it's just me, but when I set it on a bench and moved the knife against it, it actually dulled the blade. However, turning it around and using it like a file reversed the effect - and how Within ten or so strokes, my knife went from dull-as-a-hammer to shaving quality. Additionally, the Veff serrations (which had long since dulled from years of abuse,) were just like new. I've had no problems with the diamond coating coming off, which seems to be a popular complaint in the previous reviews.
In short, it's a fantastic file and serration sharpener. I highly suggest it.
2014-01-27 CHICAGO, IL
Great product. Top quality and functionality. Sharpens knives like no other
2013-11-26 Houston, TX
A well made and very functional addition to my knife collection. I expect to get a lot of use out of this. CRKT comes thru again. Johnny "Crash"
2013-10-10 Gresham, OR
Functions as advertised was a great addition to the hunting pack “4 Stars”
2013-10-06 McHenry, IL
Used it to sharpen *ONE* 5" tomato knife and the diamonds are totally gone on the sections I used (both round and flat). How could I count on this to have in an emergency pack? VERY DISAPPOINTED ****CRKT Official response**** Customer Service reached out to this customer and replaced the sharpening rods on his sharpener. Any time there is an issue with any of our products we encourage customers to reach out to us for resolution.
2013-09-01 Valley Village, CA
2013-07-08 Wichita, KS
I am quite pleased with the Veff sharpener. It brings back an edge quickly with very little effort. The smallest diameter is still too large for the "V" grooves on my wife's knife but otherwise I am pleased.
2013-06-28 Avon, NY
I found the the video help full when buying this product. I found it helpful to draw on your blade with a permenent marker before you attempt to sharpen it. It helps you see what angle you are useing and correct it accordingly I first used this sharping system on a pair of Ginger scissors that I own. The tool cuts fast and accurate. I would recommend that you buy this tool if you use your knife on a daily basis. it is definitely worth the investment
2013-03-01 Weirton, WV
I haven't tried it yet.
2013-02-27 Broomfield, CO
This is just one of those tools that works. Simple and effective. It will put an edge on your blade in no time. There are so many tools that are all promise and never deliver, thankfully this one just works