U SE R’S
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T H AN K Y OU F O R
PU RC H A SI N G THIS
SHARPENER.
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TEAM DAREX
Ashland, Oregon
PHONE: 1.800.418.1439
WEB: www.worksharpculinary.com
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R EG I S T ER ONL I NE AT:
www.worksharpculinary.com
3-year warranty on all Work Sharp Culinary components;
excludes abrasives. Warranty for consumer use, not
commercial or industrial use.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Safety. . .............................................................................. 4
Tour Your Sharpener.............................................................. 6
Sharpening Basics................................................................ 7
Ceramic Honing Rod . . ........................................................... 8
MicroForge......................................................................... 9
Serrated Knives. . ................................................................ 10
Scissors/Shears................................................................. 10
Changing/Replacing Belts.. .................................................. 11
Changing Guides............................................................... 11
Upgrade Kit...................................................................... 12
Upgrade Kit Recipes........................................................... 13
15° Eastern Recipe............................................................. 13
20° Western Recipe........................................................... 13
Repair and Restore Recipe.................................................... 14
Sharpening Belt Information.................................................. 15
Belts and Accessories.......................................................... 15
For tips and tricks, instructional videos,
and frequently asked questions, visit
WorkSharpCulinary.com
SAFETY
I M P O RTAN T S AF EGU AR D S
⚠ WARNING! READ all safety warnings and all instructions. When using electrical
appliances, basic safety precautions should always be followed. Every user should read
these instructions.
⚠️ WARNING! You will be creating incredibly sharp knives and tools with this sharpener.
Please handle them with care. Use caution to avoid cutting yourself.
FO R HOU S E HOLD U S E ON LY
Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is used by or near children.
Children should not play with appliance.
Do not let the power cord hang over edge of table or counter.
The appliance is only to be used with the power supply unit provided with the appliance.
It must be supplied at safety extra low voltage corresponding to the marking on the
appliance.
For US market, this appliance is to be supplied with a UL60950 approved power supply.
For Canadian market, this appliance is to be supplied with a UL1310 & CSA22.2 No.
223 approved power supply.
Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging the
appliance. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges and moving parts. Damaged or
entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
Carefully route the power cord to avoid damage from the knife blades while sharpening.
The ON and OFF indicators for the appliance are designated by the illumination of LEDs
on the appliance Power Switch .
Do not use appliance with a damaged cord or plug or after the appliance malfunctions or
is dropped or damaged in any manner. Return appliance to the nearest qualified service
center for examination, repair or electrical or mechanical adjustment. (Type X attachment).
Unplug from outlet when not in use, before putting on or taking off parts, and before
cleaning.
Stay alert. This appliance is not to be used by persons (including children) with reduced
physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they
have been given supervision or instruction.
To protect against electrical hazards, do not immerse in water or other liquid. Do not
expose to rain or wet conditions.
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Avoid contact with moving parts.
Only use replacement parts or attachments recommended or sold by the manufacturer.
Use of unauthorized parts may cause fire, electric shock or injury.
Only insert clean knife blades into the appliance. Do not attempt to sharpen axes or other
tools, or any blade that does not fit properly into the sharpening slots.
Do not use oils, water or any other lubricant with appliance.
Do not operate appliance if the switch does not turn it on and off.
Do not use outdoors.
⚠️ WARNING! This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause
cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some dust created by power sanding,
sawing, grinding, drilling and other such activities contains chemicals or particulates harmful
to humans. Your risk from these exposures varies, depending on how often you do this type
of work. To reduce your exposure to these chemicals, work in a well ventilated area, and
work with approved safety equipment, such as dust masks that are specifically designed to
filter out airborne microscopic debris.
T H E A P P L I A N C E L A B E L M AY I N C L U D E T H E F O L L O W I N G S Y M B O L S :
V........................Volt
A............. amperes
Hz......................Hertz W............ watts
min.....................minutes
.......... alternating current
n o............ no load speed
..................direct current
.. ...................Class III Construction ⚠ ......................safety
alert symbol
. . ......... earthing terminal
rpm.......... revolutions or
reciprocations per minute
S ER VI C E
Please contact Darex Customer Support:
DAREX, LLC
210 E. Hersey St.
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
WEB: www.worksharpculinary.com
PHONE: 1.800.418.1439
FAX: 1.541.552.1377
E-Mail: info@darex.com
S AVE TH ES E I N S TR U C TI O NS
— Original Instructions —
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TOUR YOUR SHARPENER
Belt Storage
Edge Rollers
17° Sharpening Guides —
also includes 15° East Guides
and 20° West Guides
ELE C T R I C
SHAR P E N E R
CERAM IC
H ONING ROD
One Touch Programming
MicroForge
Sharpening Guides
Dual Grit Ceramic Rod
UPGRADE KIT
15° EAST GUIDES
For Asian Style Knives
MASTER BELT KIT
Extra-Coarse, Coarse,
Medium, Fine
20° WEST GUIDES
For European Style Knives
*Already stored in sharpener.
O NE T OU C H P ROG R AM M I N G
The E5 PLUS includes One Touch Programming, providing 3 stages:
SHAPE*
Triple Click
90 sec Cycle
SHARPEN
Double Click
90 sec Cycle
REFINE
Single Click
45 sec Cycle
STOP
Single Click
Stops Cycle
*Also runs as untimed cycle. See REPAIR AND RESTORE recipe.
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SHARPENING BASICS
17° STAN D ARD R EC I PE
All purpose recipe for any knife style.
S HARPEN S TA G E | D OU B L E CL I CK | 9 0 S E CO N D CY CL E
For best results, complete the full timed cycle.
1.Insert the heel of the knife into the left
sharpening guide, keeping it up against
the leather lining and softly resting on the
front edge roller.
2.Using light pressure, slowly pull your knife
blade through the sharpening guide (8”
knife = 8 seconds per side).
3.Repeat on the right guide. Continue
alternating sides until the machine
automatically shuts off.
The sharpener will automatically
decrease in speed as it switches from
the SHARPEN stage to the REFINE
stage. The front light will flash letting
you know when it will change speed,
and when the cycle is almost complete.
T IP :
4.Test for sharpness by slicing a tomato or
bell pepper.
a. If the blade slices well, proceed to
step 6 in the CERAMIC HONING
ROD section.
b. If your blade doesn’t slice easily,
repeat steps 1 – 4 using SHAPE stage
(triple click).
If you have repeated SHAPE stage
3 times through and blade still doesn’t
slice easily, follow REPAIR AND
RESTORE recipe.
T IP :
Keep the knife lightly resting against
the leather lining and on rollers as
you pull through slowly.
MA I NTAIN
TIP: Maintain once or twice per week
Use CERAMIC HONING ROD or cycle through REFINE stage.
REF IN E STA G E | S I N G L E CL I CK | 4 5 S E CO N D CYCL E
Use this stage to maintain a sharp blade between sharpenings. For best results,
complete the full timed cycle, alternating sides.
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CERAMIC HONING ROD
MicroForge
Sharpening Guide
Sharpening Guide
The ceramic honing rod included with the E5 PLUS Electric Sharpener was
designed to work in combination with the E5 PLUS’s 17° STANDARD GUIDES.
1.Insert the ceramic rod into the handle.
Twist a quarter turn to set.
2.Continue to twist until the coarse (ribbed)
side lines up with the guides.
3.Hold the handle vertically with the rubber
tip of the honing rod resting on a cutting
board.
4.Place the heel of your knife against one
of the guides to establish the proper
sharpening angle. While maintaining the
angle established by the guide, slowly
draw the entire length of blade, from heel
to tip, along the full length of the ceramic
rod with light pressure.
For best results, use built-in
angle guides.
5.Repeat 10 slow, alternating strokes.
6.Now, twist the ceramic rod so the fine
(smooth) side lines up with the guides.
Using light pressure, make 10 alternating
strokes. Lighter pressure creates sharper
results.
Coarse
CERAMIC ROD
CROSS SECTION
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Fine
MICROFORGE
Our exclusive MicroForge feature cold forges micro-facets along the cutting edge,
extending the life of your blade between sharpenings, increasing cutting control,
and creating more durability.
You only need to apply the MicroForge edge 1-2 times per year. Maintain your
MicroForged edge with standard honing using the CERAMIC HONING ROD or
the REFINE stage on the E5 PLUS.
1.First sharpen your knife using the E5 PLUS
sharpener.
2.Remove the Ceramic Rod from the handle.
3.Hold the handle vertically, resting the base
on a cutting board.
4.Place the tip of the blade into the
MicroForge slot and hold the knife parallel
to the cutting board.
5.Slowly PUSH entire length of blade
through slot ONCE. Keep blade resting
against handle of the honing rod as you
push the knife through.
T IP : Use moderate force, (similar pressure required to
cut a sweet potato, approx 4 lbs pressure).
6.Now hone the blade by reinstalling the
ceramic rod into the handle, with the fine,
smooth side lining up with the guides.
T IP : You can also hone using the REFINE stage
7.Make 10 slow, alternating strokes.
MicroForge works especially well for cutting
veggies, fruits, cooked proteins, and crusty
breads.
See how to remove MicroForge in the
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
page on WorkSharpCulinary.com.
Hone the MicroForged edge
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SERRATED KNIVES
Most serrated and bread knives have a flat side and a beveled side on the blade.
Sharpen only the FLAT SIDE using the CERAMIC HONING ROD.
1.Align the fine (smooth) side of ceramic
honing rod with the guides.
2.Hold handle horizontally.
3.Lay the knife flat on the rod with the flat
side of the blade resting on the rod.
Pull from heel to tip across the rod for 5
strokes at a slight angle.
SCISSORS/SHEARS
Sharpen ONLY the beveled side of your scissors.
1.Remove the right sharpening guide to
expose the scissor guide.
2.Install the ◼Red Belt. Open the front
cover and keep open. Single click for the
REFINE stage.
Flat
Bevel
3.Place the scissor blade, flat side facing
up, all the way to the hinge, resting on the
scissor sharpening guide as shown.
4.Using light pressure against the belt, pull
blade straight along the belt (keeping it
flat against the guide).
Scissor
Guide
5.Flip the scissors and repeat on the other
blade, flat side facing up, staying on the
right side of sharpener
For left handed scissors, use left side
of the sharpener.
T IP:
Top View
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CHANGING/REPLACING BELTS
1.Pull open the front cover of the unit. Cover
is secured with magnet.
2.Press down on the tensioner, located
behind the top, large pulley (wheel).
3.Holding tensioner down, slide belt off.
4.Lift up tensioner to find extra belt storage.
5.To install new belt, hold tensioner down
and slide belt around all 3 pulleys
(wheels).
For more info about belts, see SHARPENING
BELT INFORMATION section.
Belt Tensioner
Belts
CHANGING GUIDES
1.Push back on guide from the front of the
sharpener until the guide snaps out of
place.
2.Lift the guide to remove.
3.To reinstall a guide, align screw with hole
on sharpener.
4.Push the guide forward toward the front
of the sharpener until it snaps into place.
Make sure it is flush with the sharpener.
Off
On
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UPGRADE KIT
SHA RPE NING RE CO M M E N D AT I ON S W I T H U PGR A D E K IT
15° EAS T ER N R EC I P E - Thin Japanese knives in good condition.
20° WEST ER N R EC I P E - Old western style knives.
17° STAN D A R D R E C I P E - New western style and all east style blades. All
purpose recipe for any knife style.
See UPGRADE KIT RECIPES section for 15° Eastern and 20° Western recipes.
See SHARPENING BASICS section for 17° Standard Recipe.
E AST ER N (AS IAN) K NI V E S V S W E ST E R N ( E U R OPE A N) K NIV ES
Eastern and Western knives, also known as Asian and European, are different
due to the manufacturing process and geometry of the blade. It is not uncommon
to see a blend of the two styles (ie. an Asian blade with a European style handle,
or a European blade with a lower Asian angle).
Asian Style Knife
Western Style Knife
Eastern knives are made with harder steels and are used for precise cutting, while
Western knives are made with softer steels but have thicker blades, making them
less brittle and great for substantial cutting and heavy slicing.
E A S T E R N K N I F E M A N U FA C T U R E S :
Shun, Tojiro, Global, Kyocera, Kasumi, Yoshihiro, MAC
W E S T E R N K N I F E M A N U FA C T U R E S :
Wusthof, Henckels, Mercer, Victorinox, Messermeister
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UPGRADE KIT RECIPES
15° EA S T E RN REC I PE
For Asian style knives. Use the 15° EAST GUIDES.
SHA RPE N | D O U BL E C L I C K | 9 0 SE C ON D S
1.Install the 15° EAST GUIDES.
2.Start with ◼Grey Belt and cycle through SHARPEN stage.
3.Change to ◼White Belt and cycle through SHARPEN stage.
4.Test knife. If not sharp, change to ◼Red Belt and repeat SHARPEN stage.
5.Repeat steps 1-2.
MA IN TAI N ( O NCE O R T W I C E PE R W E E K)
Use the ◼White Belt and cycle through REFINE stage.
20° W E S T E RN REC I PE
For European style knives. Use the 20° WEST GUIDES.
SHAPE | T RI P L E CL IC K | 9 0 SE C ON D S
1.Install the 20° WEST GUIDES.
2.Start with ◼Red Belt and cycle through SHAPE stage.
3.Change to ◼Grey Belt and cycle through SHAPE stage.
4.Test knife. If not sharp, move to REPAIR AND RESTORE recipe.
MA IN TAI N ( O NCE O R T W I C E PE R W E E K)
Use the ◼Grey Belt and cycle through REFINE stage.
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UPGRADE KIT RECIPES (CONTINUED)
R EPA I R AN D RE STOR E R EC I PE
Only use the 20° WEST GUIDES with this recipe.
1.Start with ◼Blue Belt. Press and hold the power button for 3 seconds to
engage the untimed SHAPE cycle.
2.Using left side of the sharpener, pull knife through sharpening guide.
Staying on left side (do not alternate), make 2 more slow strokes through left
sharpening guide (3 strokes total).
3.Check for a burr.
T IP : See below for how to feel for a BURR.
4.If no burr is formed, repeat another 3 slow strokes on the left side. Continue
this pattern until a burr is formed along the entire length of blade.
5.Now repeat the same number of strokes on the right side as you did on the left
so you sharpen your blade evenly.
6.Click power button once to turn off.
7.Enter SHARPEN stage and complete cycle with ◼Blue Belt (alternating sides).
8.Change to ◼Grey Belt and cycle through SHARPEN stage (alternating sides).
HO W T O F E E L F O R A B U R R
A burr will form on the opposite side of the blade you are sharpening. A burr is a
small, rolled over bit of steel that forms as you sharpen. Using your fingers, brush
across and away from the knife edge. You are feeling for the material that has
rolled over. You can feel a slight raise right as your fingers come to the edge of
the blade. If the edge feels smooth as you brush your fingers off the edge, no burr
has been raised. Be careful, exercise caution when feeling for a burr.
TIP: Check for a burr by
brushing fingers across and
away from the blade edge.
Cutting
Edge
Burr
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SHARPENING BELT INFORMATION
Our belts have been tested to provide optimum material removal while being
gentle on your knives. Our belts run at controlled speeds, keeping your knives
cool while sharpening.
Blue
P120 ZA
DESCRIPTION: Extra Coarse
USE: Repair & Restore
CO L O R:
GRIT:
Red
P120 Ceramic
DESCRIPTION: Coarse
USE: Shape, Sharpen, Refine
CO L O R:
GRIT:
Grey
X30 (1000)
DESCRIPTION: Medium
USE: Sharpen, Refine
CO L O R:
GRIT:
White
X4 (3000)
DESCRIPTION: Fine
USE: Refine
CO L O R:
GRIT:
ABRASIVE BELT WEAR
Belt discoloration is not an indicator of wear. Our engineered belts expose new
abrasive as they break down.
BELTS AND ACCESSORIES
Replacement Master Belt Kit ....................................................... CPAC005
(5 belt kit includes: 1-Blue P120, 2-Red P120, 1-Norax X30, 1-Norax X4)
Replacement Belt Kit .. ............................................................... CPAC006
(3 belt kit includes: 3-Red P120 belts)
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KITCHEN KNIFE SHARPENERS:
DAREX, LLC
PO Box 730
210 E Hersey St.
Ashland OR 97520
PHONE: 1.800.418.1439
FAX: 1.541.552.1377
EMAIL: info@darex.com
WEB: www.worksharpculinary.com
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