Work Sharp E2 Sharpening System
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Oregon-based Work Sharp’s newest electric knife sharpener is small enough to fit in a drawer and more economical than other systems, designed for home cooks who want the best for their knives without a learning curve. Using flexible abrasive disks that sharpen knives gently yet produce a fine edge, the E2 is excellent for everyday kitchen knives. Precisely angled guides and automated timing ensure complete and accurate sharpening with no guesswork—simply turn it on and run your knife through. If you camp, craft or garden and have an array of cutlery to sharpen, we also offer an upgraded version of the E2 with a second speed, stronger motor and knife guide for sharpening anything from pocket knives to cleavers—you won’t find a more useful investment in your kitchen.
- Upgraded model features additional guide for pocket knives, two speeds, and upgraded motor for thicker blades.
- Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.4 x 4.5 inches
- Net weight: 1.75 pounds
Work Sharp Culinary E5 Sharpening Systems
If you’ve invested in good-quality knives and want to keep them in tip-top shape, we can’t recommend Oregon company Work Sharp’s E5 Sharpening System highly enough. Our No. 1 choice for sharpening knives at home, it features a unique timer-driven belt system that works exactly like a professional sharpener’s grinder, putting a fine razor edge on blades without removing too much metal (the problem with other electric grinders). And with three timed settings, you won’t need to worry about under-sharpening or over-sharpening.
The E5’s grind angle is fixed at an ideal 17 degrees, which falls between acute Japanese blades and thicker western-style blade angles. If you want more specific options when sharpening, we recommend picking up the upgrade kit, which includes guides and extra abrasive belts for further fine-tuning the grind.
*The E5 is available on its own or bundled together with Work Sharp’s M3 Knife Sharpener, which is a classic honing rod made simpler to use.*
- Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.5 x 5.2 inches
- Net Weight: 2.5 pounds
Work Sharp Culinary E5 Sharpener Upgrade Kit
The E5 Upgrade Kit takes the sharpener to the next level with 15 and 20-degree blade angle guides, which are easily swapped out with the E5’s 17-degree angle guides. Fifteen degrees is ideal for high-end Asian knives, which have very acute blade angles; Twenty degrees is ideal for very thick, heavyweight European-style chef’s knives and cleavers, utility knives and pocket knives. The kit also includes four specialty sharpening belts, which allow fine-tuning blade sharpness beyond those included with the E5 system. The easy-to-switch belts are long-lasting, gentle on your knives, and can be stored snugly in an inner compartment of the sharpener when not in use.
Work Sharp Culinary M3 Manual Knife Sharpener
The M3 Knife Sharpener is a manual system that combines the fine ceramic rod from the E5 kit with an interchangeable diamond sharpening rod, which is fully capable of putting a fine edge on any knife. Start sharpening with a few swipes on the diamond rod, following the handle’s angle guides, then switch to the ceramic honing rod for fine tuning. The Microforge pull-through feature built into the handle puts micro serrations into the blade, which is ideal for thick tomato skins and bell peppers—among other tough tasks (which is entirely reversible through resharpening without damage to the edge).
DMT 8" DuoSharp Bench Stone with Base
For those in favor of ultimate control over their knife edges, a sharpening stone is in order. While it’s easy enough to find a cheap whetstone at the hardware store, they are usually too small and coarse for precision kitchen knives. We’re pleased to partner with industry experts DMT and offer their American-made Duosharp Bench Stone with Base, a dual-sided stone with an engineered diamond-impregnated cutting surface for effective, lifetime service. At 8 inches by 2.6 inches, the stone is larger than any other whetstone we’ve used and provides for the full length of a large chef’s knife to be sharpened at once, making it much easier to maintain a consistent angle than on smaller stones. Moreover, they only require water for lubrication, making them far tidier than oil stones.
Like driving a manual transmission or tying a Windsor knot, stone knife sharpening takes practice to master but is a valuable lifetime skill. For starters, it’s imperative to maintain a consistent angle on each side of the blade: 20 degrees for Western-style knives and roughly 17 degrees for Asian knives. If you have trouble sorting out the angle, hold the blade at 90 degrees, then tip sideways halfway to 45 degrees, then halfway again to 22.5 degrees, then a hair more beyond that. To maintain the angle while sharpening, it helps to anchor your thumb in the middle of the top of the blade and sharpen by pivoting with your body, not through your arms. Starting with the grittier side, gently swipe the full length of the blade 5 to 8 times on each side. Flip the stone over and repeat with the finer grit surface to hone and polish. Make sure to wipe the blade clean before cooking to remove any metal dust.
- Dimensions: 12.1 x 4.6 x 2 inches
- Net Weight: 1.07 pounds
- Surface: Interrupted Diamond