Chefs choice D4360 American Blades Sharpening
Clean the knife well before sharpening. Place the sharpener on a secure level surface about waist high. Hold the sharpener handle with left hand (if right-handed) keeping index finger and thumb behind the partitioning wall of sharpening section. Position knife blade with other hand in the First Stage slot (marked 1) center the blade (left and right) in the slot so that the face of the blade does not touch either sidewall of the slot. Slide the blade repeatedly forward and back toward you along its full length in Stage 1. Apply only modest downward pressure as it is sharpened. (Avoid excessive downward pressure on blade that might excessively wear the sharpening elements.) Unless the blade is very dull or never sharpened before, fifteen (15) to twenty-five (25) back and forth full strokes will suffice. Otherwise continue sharpening (back and forth strokes) until the knife is sharp enough to cut paper well or slice easily thru a tomato. If the knife is very dull or the factory edge is larger than 20°, fifty or more full strokes may be needed the first time to fully reset the angle and sharpen in Stage 1. This completes the sharpening step in Stage 1. Proceed to the next step, honing.
To hone the sharpened edge to razor sharpness, move the blade to slot 2 (marked 2). This stage hones by creating a second “micro-bevel” at a slightly larger angle along the edge. Position the blade in the Second Stage slot (marked 2.) Center the blade (left and right) in the slot so that the face of the blade does not touch either sidewall of the slot. Slide the blade repeatedly forward and back toward you along its full length in Stage 2. Apply only modest downward pressure as it is sharpened. (Avoid excessive downward pressure on blade that might excessively wear the sharpening elements.) Only five (5) to ten (10) back and forth full strokes will suffice. Otherwise continue sharpening (back and forth strokes) until the knife is sharp enough to cut paper well or slice easily thru a tomato. This completes the second sharpening step. Proceed to polishing in Stage 3.
To polish the edge, move the knife to Stage 3 and perform two (2) back and forth strokes using just enough downward pressure to insure steady and consistent contact with the sharpening elements. Keep the blade centered left and right, avoiding contact with the sides of the slot. After two light full strokes in Stage 3, again test the blade sharpness using a sheet of paper or a tomato. When fully finished the knife should cut paper easily and smoothly. Make a few additional pairs of strokes if necessary, but keep in mind honing with the ceramic abrasives requires far fewer strokes than in the previous stage. You should now have a very sharp and durable edge. To re-sharpen, repeat the above honing and polishing steps. This process can be repeated 4-5 times before it is necessary to start with stage 1 sharpening. Note: this sharpener is not designed to sharpen single-sided (single faceted) traditional Japanese blades or scissors of any style.
Serrated knives should be sharpened
Make about 15-25 full back and forth strokes in Stage 2, then examine the edge to confirm that metal is being removed on at least one side of the edge of the cutting teeth. Continue with additional strokes as needed to sharpen the teeth. Because serrated knives perform much like a saw, the cut will never be as smooth as that of a plain blade.
- The exterior can be cleaned with a damp, soft cloth.
- No oils or other lubricating liquids are necessary with this sharpener.
- This sharpener is not designed for scissors. The Legacy Companies also offers a wide range of
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