Superb new 3-stage electric knife sharpener, manufactured in conjunction with market leader Chef's Choice. If you're familiar with the Chef's Choice line, you'll notice that this is very similar to the Model 15. It's a 3-stage model (all stages are electric), with a coarse stage for very dull knives, a medium stage for periodic re-sharpening, and a fine stropping/polishing stage for routine maintenance and to finish off a full re-sharpening when using the other stages. Yes, this sharpener is ideal for ALL Wusthof (and other brands!) knives, NOT just the newer versions with the improved PEtec edge. It'll give all your old knives a fresh, new, long-lasting and very sharp edge.
PLEASE read the instructions prior to using this device, and I'd suggest trying it out first on an old "junker" knife just so you get the feel for it. It's easy to use and very fast, but you do want to get a feel for pulling your knife through the guides/wheels before putting through your best, most expensive knife. Also, note that the instructions make a big deal about feeling for a burr, but I've found that for many knives it's really simply not necessary (or even almost impossible to feel) and will just lead to over-grinding. For the most part, I've found that just a few alternating swipes through stages 2 and 3 are all that is needed. Practice and only go to Stage 1 and more grinding if you feel the knife really needs it.
- Stage 1 - Sharpening: Using 100% diamond abrasives, Stage 1 sharpens a dull knife, creating a new edge and preparing it for honing (stage 2).
- Stage 2 - Honing: Finer grit diamonds further refine the edge in preparation for polishing in Stage 3.
- Stage 3 - Stropping/Polishing Advances stropping material polishes the blade to a razor-sharp edge after sharpening and/or honing in Stages 1 and 2.
Note: in case you're wondering, no, they don't specify the angles of the stages, but it's likely 15 degrees, so certainly suitable for all knives except the most heavy-duty knives. So don't use this on your meat cleavers or bone breakers. But for chef knives, paring knives, slicers, and other such every-day knives it'll work great! It's also not suitable for commercial environments/restaurants (please see the Chef's Choice Model 2100 for that). Assembled in the USA. 3-year limited home-use warranty.