Cleaning Your Lansky Sharpening Products

August 29, 2019


In this post we’ll be breaking down how to clean the different types of Lansky Sharpening products.

 

Alumina Oxide and Silicon Carbide

For Alumina Oxide and Silicon Carbide sharpeners, we recommend using them dry, and cleaning them when enough metal debris has accumulated to interfere with the sharpening process.

To do so, apply oil to the whole sharpening surface.

Then wait for the metal debris to start separating from the surface of the stone (float to the surface).

Finally, wipe the oil off of the stone with a lint free cloth.

If one of these sharpeners has become clogged with excess oil, then we recommend cleaning it with Dawn (for Dawn’s degreasing properties) dish soap and water.

To do so, apply Dawn dish soap mixed with water to the whole surface of the stone.

Then gently scrub the surface of the stone with a soft, nylon bristled brush (such as an old toothbrush) until the oil is removed from the pores of the stone.

Finally, use water and the same brush to gently scrub/rinse the remaining Dawn dish soap and oil off of the stone, and let it air dry completely before resuming use or storing it.

 

Ceramic

For non pull-through Ceramic sharpeners, we recommend using them dry, and cleaning them when enough metal debris has accumulated to interfere with the sharpening process (If there’s heavy black streaking, then it’s time to clean it, even if you can’t feel the interference while sharpening, as it can sometimes be difficult to tell with ceramic sharpeners).

If you have one of our Eraser Blocks then gently scrub the surface of the stone/rod with your Eraser Block until the black streaks are mostly gone.

If you do not, then we recommend making a paste composed of Comet cleanser and water and applying it to any part of the stone/rod that has black streaks.

Then gently scrub the surface of the stone/rod with a soft, nylon bristled brush (such as an old toothbrush) until the black streaks are mostly gone.

Finally, use water and the same brush to gently scrub/rinse the remaining paste off of the stone/rod and let it air dry completely before resuming use or storing.

For Ceramic Pull-Through sharpeners, we recommend holding the sharpener with the opening for the ceramic pull through that you are cleaning facing the ground for the full cleaning process.

To clean ceramic pull-through sharpeners we recommend applying Soft Scrub to a soft, nylon bristled brush (such as an old toothbrush) and using it to gently scrub the ceramic elements until the black streaks are mostly gone.

We then recommend rinsing the brush and using it with water to gently scrub/rinse the remaining Soft Scrub off of the sharpener and the brush.

 

Diamond

For diamond sharpeners we recommend using them dry, and cleaning them when enough metal debris has accumulated to interfere with the sharpening process.

To do so, apply Dawn dish soap mixed with water to the whole surface of the stone.

Then gently scrub the surface of the stone with a soft, nylon bristled brush (such as an old toothbrush) until the metal debris is removed.

Finally, rinse the remaining soap off of the stone and let it air dry completely before resuming use or storing.

 

Natural Arkansas

For the natural Arkansas sharpeners we recommend using them with honing oil at all times to prevent glazing (the formation of a smooth layer on top of the stone, preventing it from working properly) and/or fracturing.

With the natural Arkansas sharpeners we recommend that you wipe the oil off of the surface with a lint free cloth and re-apply it whenever there is enough metal debris on the surface of the stone or in the oil to interfere with the sharpening process.




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