This Wusthof Precision Edge 2944-7 is designed specifically for Asian style knives but can also sharpen standard kitchen knives thanks to its 4 stages. Carbide blades that are set at 28 degrees or 14 degrees per side are what allow the unit to sharpen standard kitchen knives and the V-shaped cutting head with two crossed carbide blades assist in sharpening the Asian knives. The e-Z grip handle is what draws attention to the particular model because it gives the user a one-handed sure-grip on the machine as the other hand grips the knife.
What we like:
Eight to Ten draws through the course side of the sharpener and approximately four or five draws of the knife through the fine side of the sharpener is all it takes for a real sharp edge when using this tool. Knives previously doomed to be dull can be used once again when they are sharpened with this unit.
Anyone experiencing difficulty with other models regarding getting the exact angle for sharpening will appreciate the fact that you cannot get the angle wrong with this unit because with this unit you hold the blade straight up and down (automatically using the correct angle when sharpening). It is a huge convenience to have two sharpeners in one unit (standard and Asian).
What we don't like:
Does not work as well on long slicers due to the pressure that must be placed with using only one-hand and the end of the blade can remain dull. This problem can be remedied if you have another person holding down the sharpener while you place your other hand in the middle of the long blade apply appropriate pressure.
The bottom line:
The Wusthof Precision Edge 2944-7 is recommended for standard and Asian knives and for long blades if you have someone to help you. The unit is small and light and very easy to use. This is the perfect sharpener for those who may have experienced difficulty getting the proper angle with other units.