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Work Sharp Culinary E5 Plus Sharpener

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Knife makers use flexible belts to put razor-sharp edges on their blades. Now you can use the same technology at home with this easy-to-operate electric sharpener. Designed and assembled in Oregon, the Work Sharp Culinary E5 Plus Sharpener has three different belts that operate in three separate stages to keep kitchen knives as sharp as possible. Simply push the button to automatically set the sharpening speed and time. A ceramic honing rod is included to maintain the blades in between sharpening.

  • Easy one-button operation for three sharpening stages: Shape, Sharpen and Refine.
  • Sharpening speed and duration are automatically programmed for each stage, eliminating guesswork.
  • Belts are made of premium 120-grit engineered abrasive (not sandpaper) to sharpen any type of steel blade.
  • Sharpening guides ensure that each knife passes through at the correct angle every time.
  • Sharpens Western knives, Eastern knives, serrated knives, shears and single-bevel knives.
  • East (15-degree) and West (20-degree) angle upgrade kits are included.
  • Includes a ceramic honing rod with coarse and fine grits to quickly hone each knife edge.
  • MicroForge slot on the ceramic honing rod creates a long-lasting, more-durable edge with optimum control (for use 1 to 2 times per year).
  • Hand assembled in Ashland, Oregon.
Dimensions & More Info
  • 7 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 5 1/8" high.
  • 2 lb. 2 oz.
  • 10"-long ceramic rod with coarse and fine settings.
  • Made in USA.

Additional Information

  • Guides are leather-lined to protect knife edges.
  • Belts run at controlled speeds, keeping knives cool while sharpening.
  • One-button LED light system indicates current sharpening stage.
  • Creates a convex cutting edge for improved, long-lasting sharpness.
  • No setup required; system is fast and easy to use.
  • Belts are long-lasting (to sharpen as many as 100 knives per belt).
  • No belt tracking adjustments required.
  • Compact design fits easily on countertop.
  • Rubber feet provide stability.
  • Cord wrap.
  • Built-in vacuum system captures material debris for easier cleanup.
  • Fast and easy belt replacement (kits available from manufacturer).

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product This E5+ exceeded my expectations. I have been using a stone for years and I'm getting tired of the labor involved, my knives have taken a hit because of it. In 20 minutes I restored and sharpened my knives to better than original sharpness with perfectly even bevels. RAZOR SHARP. I don't write reviews but this product deserves praise. I wish I could buy one for all my friends. And it sharpens Scissors!
    Date published: 2018-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Upgrades and Good Price I purchased when 20% after Christmas. Not sure I needed the "Plus" extras but a good price. After 6 months of use I really like the E5 Plus including the added exchangeable guides and longer 10" ceramic sharpening rod. Easy to use and I had all 20 of my knives sharpen in about 1.5 hrs. This included re-beveling the edges to 17 deg. (supplied guides) with 3 grades of grit. The ceramic rod is great a maintaining the edges. Used the EAST 15 deg degree guides today on three cheap Santoku knives and they are crazy sharp. Williams-Sonoma price when 20% off (like today) is a bargain!
    Date published: 2018-08-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work Sharp E5 When only the best will do, this is easy to use and gives excellent results!
    Date published: 2018-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My kitchen needed this! I was always too busy to take my knives to a professional and too afraid of trying to sharpen them myself. I was sure I would destroy them. So for years, I just settled for dull knives. Well, that’s all changed now! I received the Work Sharp Culinary E5 Plus Knife Sharpener as a gift, and it has given new life to my kitchen knives! The foolproof, step-by-step instructions taught me how to sharpen knives safely and conveniently in my own home. It’s so easy! And not only does this sharpener do a fantastic job sharpening knives, but it looks great when it’s sitting on my counter too! Beautiful quality!!
    Date published: 2018-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use with fantastic results This sharpener is everything I hoped for and more! Super easy to use and basically fool proof. I was ready to throw my knives out after they started to protest cutting anything and I mean anything. I was always a little skeptical and nervous to try a sharpener afraid id damage the blade. I was finally to the point I had nothing to lose. Man am I glad I gave this a shot! My knives are sharper than when I first got them and it was SO easy! Quick start guide was super helpful because I was so anxious to give it a try I sort of skimmed the instructions (guilty). And poof a few minutes later I was back to chopping away in the kitchen!!
    Date published: 2018-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very easy to use & works GREAT This sharpener was very easy to set up and begin using, I was sharpening my knife in just a few minutes after opening the package and wow it worked well. In less than thirty seconds my knife went from dull to razor sharp.
    Date published: 2018-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I got this as a gift and I have to say, wow. I love cutting vegetables, meat and everything else with my newly sharpened knives. This sharpener was so easy to use. Best product around! I would highly recommend this
    Date published: 2018-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Machine for Experts and Newbies Alike This is an outstanding home sharpener that uses a belt system. Most electric sharpeners use moving diamond hones to sharpen knives. If you are careful, such sharpener can work but the downside is that it is really easy to take off an awful lot of metal and shorten the life of your really nice and expensive knives. If you use your knives a lot, and want them sharp, electric hone sharpeners are a bad way to go. If you have the time and inclination, hand sharpening using flat stones and a ceramic hone stick, will give you really good results but there is a steep learning curve. I use stones for some of my knives with excellent results but I have been at it for decades. I have used belt sanders with great success. The best feature of belts is that you get a convex edge which helps a sharp knife glide through food with less resistance than the multiple angled edge that you get from the electrical diamond hone machines that give your two or three different angles on your blade. Once you shape the edge of your knife to the desired convex angle (with a medium or course grit belt) thereafter you will only need to use you steel or ceramic stick to maintain sharpness between infrequent touchups on a fine grit belt. This way of sharpening will be easy on your knife and extend its life. This new Culinary WorkShop belt sander is designed to bring the great benefits of a belt sander to those who have no experience with industrial/home work shop belt machines that require the user to know how to create the right angle for your knife. The WorkShop makes it easy to get the desired edge (20, 17 or 15 degrees) for your style of knife. I use a lot of Japanesee knifes that are 15 degrees. For an exact 15 degree edge you need the upgrade kit. However, the standard model comes set up for 17 degrees which, to my surprise, works fine on my Japanese knives and will also work great with all but the thickest of European knives that traditionally come with 20 degree edges. In fact, converting your 20 degree European edge to 17 degrees will almost always make your knife easier to use and noticeably sharper. The WorkShop Culinary has built in edge guides that will establish the correct angle for you. It also has time cycles and "recipes" for the edge and knife you are working with. For an advanced knife person, the programs are not necessary but they really are very helpful to a less experienced person and will keep you from taking off too much metal. With a little practice, (on those old dull knives at the back of your drawer that you never use) you will quickly be getting great results and razor sharp kinves. This tool is highly recommended for both experts, who want a fast and easy tool, and those who want to learn how to maintain their essential knife equipment in great condition for a long life. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2017-12-27
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  • I have Wusthof knives, which have 14 degree edges.  15 degrees is apparently the closest this sharpener gets.  Is that close enough or would I be disappointed with the results? 

    Asked by: Jim C
    Hi Jim C, This sharpener can sharpen to 15, 17, or 20 degrees. We're including a link to the product manual here for you to review:
    Answered by: Williams Sonoma
    Date published: 2019-01-08
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