Previously we reviewed the 08800′s successor, the 8810. While we rated the 8810 very highly, the 08800 continues to be a top seller online. What is it that keeps making people come back to this model? Our Presto 08800 EverSharp review finds out.
The Presto EverSharp 08800 features two stages: The first stage is Coarse for very dull knives; and the second Fine for blades that just need a light touch up and for a hone, post-coarse stage.
The slots on the 08800 are set at about 30 degrees, which is good. Many other guided slots might set it at about 20 degrees (which we’ve seen in the Chef’s Choice 220), which is about the standard, but what 30 will give you is a slightly more durable blade, reducing the need for regular sharpening.
Other nice features include suction cups on the base of the machine, which stop it from moving around while you’re using it (safety first, kids), and Sapphirite sharpening wheels. As Erik in the video above notes, ‘Sapphirite’ is probably more of a marketing gimmick than a notable sharpening material, but what it does tell you is that it’s not diamond, which goes some way to explaining why it’s not as expensive as some of the other electric knife sharpeners we’ve reviewed.
Does the absence of coarse diamond sharpening wheels mean an absence in high performance though?
In short: In does the job. I wouldn’t say that you can use a huge variety of knives on it. Its fairly narrow guided placement slots won’t allow anything thick into it, so that’s a definite no to sports knives. There have been mixed results with serrated knives too so personally I wouldn’t risk those either.
It’s also very important to press lightly when applying your knife to the sharpening wheels. Anything too firm can stall the sharpening wheels, so be careful with this one!
Once you get around that, its actual cutting performance is good. As mentioned before it doesn’t have diamond sharpening wheels, so don’t expect any miracles, but it does a fine job of sharpening fairly dull knives and removing burrs. It could really do with a third stage for honing, but that’s where the 08810 is an improvement on this.
The Presto 08800 EverSharp is a solid electric knife sharpener and does a fine job of keeping your knives in good order. It is great value for money and really easy to use. At $26 there is certainly no room for complaint.
However, if you’re serious about keeping your knives sharp and in the best condition possible, I’d say the extra bit of money needed to get a 08810 or even a Wusthof is well worth it.
Nonetheless, a good knife sharpener.
- The product is Electric Knife Sharpener
- Easy to use
- The product is manufactured in China
- Two-stage sharpening system quickly and easily sharpens most any non-serrated blade for professional results in the convenience of your home. (Presto knife sharpener is 120 volts)
- No guess sharpening; Precision blade guides position the kniffe at the ideal sharpening angle for perfect results every time
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