Work Sharp is a privately owned manufacturing company headquartered in Ashland, OR. Our brands include Work Sharp knife and tool sharpeners and Drill Doctor professional and DIY drill bit sharpeners and our products are sold worldwide from Amazon to Home Depot to Bass Pro Shops to many thousands of smaller independent retailers.

Work Sharp exists to surprise and delight the customers who buy and use our products. With every opportunity we want to positively impact the experience our customers have with us. 

Darex began in 1973 in Beecher, Illinois. The D, A and R of DAREX were 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.  And in 2020, Darex Industrial was sold and the company rebranded to Work Sharp, now focusing wholly on the consumer market.

We are repeatedly voted one of the top businesses in Southern Oregon to work for. We believe this is due to our focus being not only on the products we make and sell, but also on our culture and the people we hire to be part of our team.  


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