The Wusthof Precision Edge Diamond Electric Knife Sharpener is the most expensive model in the Wusthof sharpener range.
Does it live up to its price tag? Let’s take a look.
Firstly the down side to this electric sharpener.
As with the other sharpeners below, this one also features two slots through which you draw your knife’s blade. But with no knife guide if you don’t draw the blade through straight you end up getting an edge which won’t be symmetrical. Can this be called a fault/drawback over other knife sharpeners? I don’t really think so. It doesn’t take much skill or time to line the knife up correctly. But it’s been included here for completeness.
This machine cannot be used for serrated blades. This advice comes from the horse’s mouth, Wusthof themselves. So if you have a requirement to sharpen many serrated blades then this electric version may not be for you.
So that’s the drawbacks of this Wusthof sharpener.
What’s it got going for it.
It’s very simple to use, with only two slots and an on off button.
If you’re getting a little behind in you knife sharpening regime, this machine will blast through your backlog saving you loads of time while sharpening your blades to a factory finish.
With coarse and fine grinding slots, unless your knife is chipped or damaged in some way, all that is usually required is two to three pulls through the honing slot to achieve a factory edge. Otherwise just run it a couple of times through the coarser slot to recondition the edge before honing it.
This sharpener produces a hollow ground edge not simply a straight edge. This type of edge is sharper than normal. See below this review for a description of the types of knife edges.
As mentioned above it comes with two slots for coarse and finer actions. Both use diamond wheels. The coarse wheels sharpen the blade while the finer wheels hone it.
Both wheels will remove material to a larger or lesser extent from the knife. These filings have to go somewhere and this is taken care of in the Wusthof by the use of a magnetic tray. A very nice well thought out touch.
For a solid feel on the worktop it incorporates rubber feet. To be honest you can’t afford to have this machine travelling around when using it so these were a must have item.
This model is a reasonable compact size and will not take up much room on any worksurface.
So do we recommend this Wusthof sharpener.
This sharpener produces the best edge of all the models we have reviewed. However, you have to remember that sharpening your knives should very rarely have to be done, while honing your knife could realistically be done every time you use them. So if you don’t have a large number of knves then you will only be using one half of this machine’s capabilities most of the year. With this in mind…
If you have the money then go for it, lucky you. If like most, money is a concern right now then one of the other sharpeners below could make more sense for you.
Types of edges
- Hollow Ground
- Flat Ground
- Sabre Ground
- Chisel Ground
- Double Bevel/Compound Ground
- Convex Ground
The hollow ground edge has had more metal taken away from it than the other types, which if the steel it’s made from is inferior will result in a blade that needs sharpening more often. However, because of the finer edge it is much sharper than other edge types.