How to Use the C-Clip Combo
April 7, 2021
C-Clip Ceramic Rod Knife Sharpener
1. Place the base on a solid, flat surface at a comfortable height.
• Insert the rods all the way to the bottom of the holes.
• Hold the base firmly in place with your hand away from the sharpening rods and knife. The angle of the rods in the base gives the correct sharpening angle.
2. Start sharpening by placing the heel of the blade an inch or more below the top end of one of the rods. Slice down and across the rod as though slicing bread, drawing the blade toward you as you come down the rod. Now, go to the other rod an inch or more below the tip of the rod. Slice down as before. Right or left hand operation makes no difference.
3. Keep the blade straight up and down. The rods give you the sharpening angle. Alternate the slicing motion from rod to rod. Two or three passes on each rod—up to a minute of sharpening—may be required to give you a superb edge.
Pay attention to what you are doing. Sharpening is an inherently hazardous activity. Each stroke produces a sharper edge. The “Mini” absolutely won’t cut you, but a carelessly handled blade can!
The black lines on the rods are steel from your blade.
Turn the rods to expose clean, unused surfaces. When the rods become totally black, it’s time to clean them with the Eraser Block or kitchen cleanser.
The “Mini” Ceramic Rod Knife Sharpener
Large and small blade openings provide access to intersecting portions of alumina ceramic rods for “Pull Through” sharpening.
The large access (wider spaced guides) start you out at the right angle to draw your blade down and across the angle rods. Alternating from rod to rod—exactly the same as with your “Mini” sharpener.
1. Rods are held firmly in place by clips. The rods can be removed for cleaning. Or they can be seated and manually held in a groove side by side for sharpening fish hooks, darts, and other pointed objects.
• Place the base on a solid, flat surface at a comfortable height.
• Be sure the sharpening rods are securely held by clips.
• Hold the base firmly with finger and hand away from knife blade.
• Hold the blade straight up and down as though slicing. The angle of the rods on the sharpener gives the correct sharpening angle.
2. Start sharpening by placing the heel of the blade below the top end of the rods. Slice down and across the rod drawing the blade toward you as you come down the rod. Repeat on the opposite side of the rods with the opposite edge of the blade. Slice down as before. Right or left operation makes no difference. Keep the blade straight up and down as though slicing. The rods give you the sharpening angle.
Sharpening Pointed Objects
The rods can be placed in the provided groove and manually held side by side in the provided groove for sharpening fishhooks, darts or other pointed objects.
It’s more than a ceramic rod cleaner!
Cleaning sharpening rods is Important. When sharpening your knife with our ceramic rod sharpeners, the slicing-sharpening motion leaves black lines on the sharpening rods. This is steel that has been removed from your knife edge. You can rotate the rods to expose unused surfaces of the sharpening rods, but finally the rods will become black all around.
These metal deposits must be removed periodically to fully restore the sharpening ability of the rods. The high amount of aluminum oxide abrasive in the rods makes sharpening go fast and easy. Continued sharpening use and cleaning the rods does not impair their ability to sharpen.
The most proven method of cleaning the rods is with the specifically designed Eraser Block. Eraser Block’s are stocked by many dealers. The Eraser Block is inexpensive and it is not messy. It also works on many stubborn stains on porcelain, brass, steel (knife blades), etc. Just cut a chunk off and take it with you if you intend to do extensive field dressing.
Keep your ceramic sharpening rods clean and rely on the aluminum oxide in the rods to restore your edge. Remarkably, ceramic rods will not wear with use or with cleaning.
CAUTION: Knife sharpening is an inherently dangerous activity. This sharpener cannot hurt you but a carelessly handled blade or pointed object can.
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