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Work Sharp Culinary E5 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 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.
  • Comes with three belts.
  • Includes 8" ceramic honing rod  to quickly hone each knife to coarse or fine edge.
  • Belts are made of premium 120-grit engineered abrasive (not sandpaper) to sharpen any type of steel blade.
  • Sharpening guides ensure 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 available from manufacturer.
  • 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.
  • 8"-long ceramic rod with coarse and fine settings.
  • Assembled 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 BEST BY FAR Have had many sharpeners and not one that did a great job. Bought a E5 6 weeks ago after much research and it is fantastic. I have high quality knives and from dull to super sharp in 90 seconds per knife. I have sharpened my friends knives and daughters knives. This sharpener is the easiest to use and you can't make a mistake. If you can afford the somewhat high price, I highly recommend this sharpener.
    Date published: 2018-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Belt Sharpener and Easy to Use 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: 2017-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literally the best sharpener I've ever used! I don't write a lot of reviews but a friend told me to try this sharpener and after one day, I absolutely LOVE this thing. I'm a knife geek. I've owned tons of exceptional blades and I've made a few myself like the carbon steel Damascus knife pictured. The blades pictured on the wall are Shun Premier and are solid knives but were chosen for aesthetics and are a little brittle for my taste. (I'll come back to that) Point being, my knives have to be razor sharp... and I suck at sharpening them. I have a very nice set of whetstones in 1000 & 6000 but I can never hold the knife at a consistent enough angle to get a perfect edge. I also have a top of the line electric sharpener from Chefs Choice and while it will do a decent job on a knife, I've never been able to get a professional grade edge. Okay... enough backstory. I bought the E5 unit and also ordered the accessory kit that has the extra belts and guides. The unit seems very well made and although I've only had it for a day, It's already been worked hard. It's super easy to use and has timed programs depending on what you are doing. It comes with a ceramic honing rod that has this really cool "Microforge" thing that creates a slight tooth in the finest part of the knife edge. I ran my knives through the coarse belt to ensure that they had taken the correct angle and then stepped down through the belts. Finally with a little reservation, I ran one through the microforge and then the ceramic honing rod. The end result is hands down the best edge I've ever had from any sharpener and approaches the edge some of the master blade smiths I know are capable of doing on stones. What I like: 1)Compact and attractive enough I will leave it on my counter top. 2)Absolute precision and super controlled (You're not likely to over grind a blade with this machine 3)Super user friendly with timed modes 4)Microforge thing in the honing rod gives an edge the perfect amount of bite for something like an overripe tomato 5)Probably a better edge than 99% of people can create with stones What I dislike: Literally, not one single thing... but keep reading. Things to keep in mind: 1)This is a precision sharpener and not a grinder. My Shun knives are SUPER hard at HRC around 61. They didn't reprofile quickly. I had to run them through several cycles to ensure I had a fresh edge. Not a big deal but it takes some time if you're doing a whole set. The flip side is that's a one time thing and it will be quick and easy going forward. 2)I'm guessing the belts have a lifespan so I'm going to order some extras so I don't get caught needing them. That said, I reprofiled twelve very hard kitchen knives and the coarse belt is still in really good shape. (The main unit comes with three belts so that's a lot of sharpening)
    Date published: 2017-09-21
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