The Presto 08800 EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener is the most well known Presto knife sharpener
The Presto knife sharpener or what is technically called the Presto EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener, is manufactured by National Presto Industries. The company was founded in 1905 in Wisconsin and manufactures small kitchen appliances for use around the home. It is not a specific manufacturer of knives but does offer around half a dozen Presto knife sharpeners, both manual and electric.
But the most commonly known and most popular of these is the Presto Eversharp knife sharpener.
This electric sharpener is designed to sharpen kitchen knives and a range of sports knives made of alloy or stainless steel. It cannot be used for sharpening other implements such as scissors or electric serrated knives, though it can sharpen some serrated knives, though not knives with serrations on both sides.
It is not perfect for sharpening serrated knives however as it will gradually wear down the high points of the serrations which slowly degrades the serrations on your knife. However as a general rule serrated knives are not particularly expensive, and will cut well for a considerable amount of time, so you may well find that it’s easier, when necessary, just to buy a new one.
Presto Knife Sharpener Review about How to Use Easily
Being an electric sharpener the use of the Presto knife sharpener is relatively simple. Wet the rubber suction cups on the bottom of the sharpener to help improve suction and then place your knife sharpener on a smooth surface where it will be easy to use. Push down to create the suction and, provided you’ve selected a smooth surface your sharpener should remain in place during use.
Plug it in (Note that this particular electric sharpener has a polarized plug, i.e. one blade wider than the other). Once plugged in switch it on by the on/off switch.
This is a two-stage sharpener, with guides for both stages 1 and 2 for left and right side. Begin sharpening in stage I which is a precision grinding stage to create the bevelled edge. Draw the knife gently towards you without pushing down too hard and keeping the knife moving at all times. Then do the other side. Hold your hand so that the knife remains parallel to the bench. Only when you reach the curved tip should you slightly lift your hand up to ensure contact right up to the point of the knife
Allow roughly one second for every 2 inches of knife blade, so a 6 inch knife blade should take around 3 seconds to draw through. Do this 3 or 4 times on both sides.
The second stage of the Presto 08800 Eversharp Electric Knife Sharpener is for fine honing of the edge you have created in stage I. This polishes the edge you have created. Do the exact same thing on the 2nd stage as you have done for the first.
This should produce an edge noticeably sharper than when you began. It is unlikely to be as razor sharp as if it would be if you used a manual stone, but will still produce a very useful edge. It may be useful, if you have a sharpening steel, or honing steel, to run this over the edge of the knife lightly after sharpening in case there are any burrs.
And remember, not just after sharpening with the Presto knife sharpener, but after sharpening your knife by any method at all, give it a quick wash before use as there will be superfine pieces of metal left over from the process, which you don’t want in your food.
As with some other electric knife sharpeners the Presto Eversharp knife sharpener will remove metal from the blade during use, particularly during stage one. This is perfectly normal and is part of the sharpening process. However these small metal filings will accumulate, and the Presto sharpener has a dedicated receptacle on the bottom for collecting these. From time to time you should empty the receptacle, which can be done by removing the small plugs on the bottom and shaking out the metal filings. It only needed occasionally, say once a year.
The biggest plus of this particular knife sharpener is that, if you buy it on Amazon, where it is called the Presto 08800 EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener, it will cost under $30, though is listed at retail for almost $40. Most other electric knife sharpeners of reasonable quality, notably the Chef’s Choice electric knife sharpeners, are considerably more expensive. Probably the closest Chef’s Choice electric sharpener to compare with the Presto knife sharpener is the Chef’s Choice 220 Hybrid Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener. This sells on Amazon at around $40, considerably more expensive.
And what do the user reviews say?
And looking at the user reviews, on Amazon, of both knife sharpeners it’s interesting to note that both the Chef’s Choice and the Presto received a 4.4 out of 5. This is a particularly good score but it’s also interesting to note that both sharpeners get the exact same rating. At the time of writing there were 1028 reviews for the Presto, a considerable number and more than enough to get a very clear picture of the quality of the sharpener.
As we always suggest, for knife aficionados a stone will produce a better edge, however the Presto 08800 EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener will produce an edge for very little effort, and with very little expertise, that will keep the average knife owner very happy.
And then there’s the Presto 08810 Professional Electric Knife Sharpener
As we mentioned previously there are other Presto knife sharpeners, both manual and electric. The second electric sharpener offered by Presto is the Presto 08810 Professional Electric Knife Sharpener.
This sharpener is one step better than the 08800, offering 3 stages of sharpening rather than 2. One of the primary differences between the 08800 and the 08810 is that with at the professional model it’s possible to change the sharpening angle at which the knife is held, allowing users to sharpen a wide range of knives including sports knives such as hunting knives as well as kitchen knives and even a dedicated angle for very thin light knives such as fillet and paring knives.
==> This is also a 3 stage electric sharpener.
The professional model also receives a 4.4 from 5 at Amazon from 148 reviews, pretty impressive. And it’s not all that much more expensive than the 08800, and comparable to the Chef’s Choice. A better sharpener, not massively more expensive, though bigger and m