E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener
E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener
E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener

E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener

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Regular Price: $234.99



The E5 electric kitchen knife sharpener works with the press of a button. The sharpener automatically turns off at the end of a sharpening cycle—delivering professional results every time.

  • Automated sharpening – it doesn’t get any easier
  • Fast, simple, and gentle on knives – keeps them cutting and looking like new
  • The included ceramic honing rod is ideal to maintain your edge between sharpenings and includes optional MicroForge™ edge for knives used for vegetables and utility work.

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E5 Electric Knife Sharpener with Ceramic Honing Rod and MicroForge™ Technology

The Work Sharp Culinary E5 electric kitchen knife sharpener uses controlled speeds and timed sharpening cycles to shape, sharpen and refine all your kitchen knives at the touch of a button. Based on traditional belt sharpening practices, the E5 creates a sharp-as-new edge the same way manufacturers sharpen knives at the factory.

Precision sharpening guides, controlled speeds, and high-performance sharpening belts make the E5 knife sharpener easy, clean, and gentle on knives. A ceramic honing rod uses sharpening guides for consistent edge refinement, and includes a MicroForge™ port to cold forge micro-facets along the cutting edge. A MicroForge™ edge enhances cutting performance, extends edge durability, and improves knife control.

When you are ready to start preparing a meal, just a few strokes along the honing rod and your knives are ready to go. Honing preserves the cutting effectiveness of your knives, and extends intervals between sharpening. Maintaining your edges preserves the value of your cutlery, and lets you continue to enjoy the art of cooking!


One Touch Programming

Exclusive to the E5 series, One Touch Programming has the sharpening knowledge built-in. Push to Shape, Sharpen, or Refine, and the E5 automatically adjusts speeds and running time to match the degree of sharpening desired.

Precision Sharpening Guides

Sharpening guides eliminate guesswork and uneven sharpening. The E5 applies the 17° Work Sharp Edge – a balance of the precise cutting ability of Eastern knives and the strength and durability of Western knives. Combined with the convex shape of the cutting edge created by sharpening with belts, your knives will perform like new or better, stay sharp longer, and continue to provide the value and integrity your knives were made to deliver. The E5 Upgrade Kit (sold separately) expands the sharpening capabilities of the E5 with 15° East and 20° West sharpening guides.

8" Ceramic Honing Rod

The included ceramic honing rod delivers a fresh cutting edge before each meal in less than a minute by preserving the cutting effectiveness of your knives.

Professional Grade Sharpening Belts

The E5 electric sharpener uses a professional grade sharpening belt engineered specifically to sharpen knives without removing excessive material – protecting the value of your kitchen knives, extending their life, and maintaining sharp-as-new cutting performance. The E5 comes with one sharpening belt installed and ready to use, with two additional belts stored inside the unit. Learn more about our premium belts here.

Exclusive MicroForge™ Technology

Work Sharp Culinary’s MicroForge technology creates the ultimate edge for cutting vegetables and utility work. Learn more about MicroForge here. MicroForge is only available on the M3 and E5 sharpeners.

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Amazing Sharpness by Freddy Casstevens
I wished that I had this years ago and I would have my hundreds of chef knives sharp without scratches. The leather lined guides is an awesome attention to detail that keeps your knives from being scratched during the sharpening process. A pleasure to use. I love it.

The only downside is that I did not have one fifty years ago! by J.D. Horwitz
Every one I know has a junk drawer. It retains the leftovers of failed projects, transformer plugs for long ago tossed electronics…and it holds knives. Knives that are too dull to use but too useful to toss out. They may come in handy to scrape a gasket from your 327 short block; or if you are like so many other people, you may try inadvertant surgery while attempting to tighten a screw. It’s not that you don’t already have fifteen of every kind of screwdriver made, it’s that the dull knife was closer.

Almost any good knife sharpener can put a decent edge on a piece of steel. They range in price from just under ten dollars to many hundreds of dollars. Few would argue that a brand new knife in your kitchen would be a joy to use. The utility of a factory sharpened 8” Chef’s knife making quick work of a chicken or preparing the perfectly sized filet mignon can’t be overstated. For thin even vegetable slices without the need to rock the knife, a Nakiri blade delivers paper thin results every time. But I wondered just how sharp these knives were when I bought them.

Shopping for knives in Paris can be intimidating at best. Most cooking stores cater to three different strata of clientele; the casual cook, those who are experienced and exceptionally good at what they do, and the commercial enterprises who require brutally durable goods. Being in that large second group I found picking a knife from a drawer full of different sizes and shapes an awkward task ~ the more important one was learning how to do this without being cut. Your knife is then skillfully sharpened by hand on a stone wheel then wrapped carefully so you may avoid injury while carrying it home.

In the states, no such luxury is afforded. Your beauty is pre-packaged and glamorous and trussed in cardboard to within an inch of its life. I’ve had the Work Sharp Culinary E5 and the Upgrade Kit for many months now and can not sing the praises loudly enough. In all, I have run hundreds of knives through this sharpener using the East and West guides and it has been flawless in operation. All of the knives were previously used before they were sharpened, some had to be ‘Reshaped’ quite a few times before they were ready to be sharpened. The worst amongst them was a fifty year old #1 Chinese Cleaver ~ dull from neglect and rusty, it now separates slabs of baby back ribs with ease!

I did not, however, consider this a fair test and ordered factory new knives. The results were surprising.
Tested were the following: 3 - 8” Calphalon Chef’s Knives (Contemporary Series, {German steel made in China}), and 3 Classic Wusthof 4193 Nakiri Knives {German Steel made in Germany}. As expected, all knives were factory sharpened as sent. One randomly picked sample of each was used to cut the following; meat, chicken and fish, citrus, robust and fragile vegetables, all without additional sharpening. A second knife was sharpened using the coarse (red) belt, the third was sharpened using all three belts in the upgrade kit (coarse, medium and fine). The first knife was then sharpened using a Chef’s Choice 120. The test was repeated (for the first knife) and results were compared.

Initially, all the knives were sharp and cut well. There was a difference between the factory supplied knife and the one sharpened with just one belt and the one sharpened with all three belts.

The factory sharpened knife dulled quickly. The coarse belt had a more solid ‘purchase’ to its edge where the one sharpened with all three belts had a smooth almost silky feel when cutting. When using all three belts, the knife was allowed to cool so as not to let the heat influence the blade temper.

Of note is the fact that The Work Sharp Culinary takes advantage of a belt that sharpens first in a downward direction then in an upward direction. This eliminates the ‘Wire’ or burr often found on the edge of knives sharpened in one direction only. Often this wire has to be honed, stropped or polished out to eliminate a ragged but noticeably rough edge.

The Work Sharp design is a significant improvement and allows a cleaner edge on a sharper blade. One of our favorite dishes is Bread Basillico. Crusty bread, fried in butter is layered with cut, diced, sliced, chopped or cored tomatoes. This is drizzled with garlic infused olive oil and finished with a chiffonade of basil and different flavored salts. Uniform dice, or thin slice was easy with perfectly sharpened knives!

When all three belts were used, a very fine edge was achieved and the results were nothing short of amazing. As with all very fine edges, it tended to dull faster, however, initial results and increased speed of use made this the preferred method for sharpening where perfect presentation was needed. By comparison, the results from the Chef’s Choice were very good, but the Work Sharp had it beat in every circumstance.

I always look for ways to improve existing products; a better design, an easier way to access features or a more attractive package. After months of use, I can not find any improvement. Perhaps the only downside is that I did not have one fifty years ago!

Best & easiest sharpener I've ever used by Chuck Vavra
I thought it would take hours to reshape and sharpen all my knives. Was done in less than an hour. Knives sharper than when I bought them. Wife thinks I should open a business sharpening for neighbors.

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