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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.*
A sharp knife is not just one of the great joys of cooking. Yes, it will glide effortlessly through meats and slice and dice fruits and vegetables with ease. It’s also safer too, requiring less force to cut, and will never dangerously glance off a hard squash or slippery onion.
A recent Milk Street survey found that 70 percent of home cooks never sharp their knives! And that’s why so many of us do not like knife prep—it is both dangerous and time-consuming when using a dull knife. So many home cooks have dull knives because it's hard to find a professional sharpener, and home devices are complicated or do more damage than good to a quality knife.
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