Work Sharp has been designing and building our award-winning knife and tool sharpeners for over a decade now and has kept millions of outdoors-men, DIYers, farmers and ranchers sharp. Work Sharp is a division of Darex Brands.
Darex brands include Darex industrial bit sharpeners, Drill Doctor professional and DIY drill bit sharpeners, Work Sharp Outdoor knife and tool sharpeners, and Work Sharp Culinary kitchen knife sharpeners.
Darex began in 1973 in Beecher, Illinois. The D, A and R of DAREX are the initials of three generations of the Bernard family; David, Arthur and Richard Bernard. David and his father Richard founded Darex. Grandfather Arthur Bernard, who earlier founded the Bernard Welding Company, contributed his energy and guidance to Darex.
In 1978, Darex relocated to Ashland, Oregon where we are located today. In 2012, Matthew Bernard became the fourth generation family owner of the company.
They are proud to be manufacturing their tools in the USA and design, engineer, and calibrate their sharpening machines all under one. Work Sharp source as many components from North American manufacturers as they can, and insist their over-sea suppliers meet stringent quality control metrics and share in their practice of creating a great work place for their employees.
The tools Work Sharp makes support this mantra and as a company they believe in eliminating waste and using their resources, respectfully to their full potential. With that they recycle as much of their waste as possible including; corrugated, glass, aluminum, steel, other metals, and plastics. In addition, they have a 110kW solar power system on their roof providing over half of their yearly electricity needs.