November 5, 2017
The Controlled-Angle Sharpening System (Video)
Hi guys, Lisa from Lansky Sharpeners here and today I'm going to be talking about our controlled-angle sharpening system. Give you a little demonstration on how to use it and hopefully answer some questions that are out there.
I'm going to be working on the deluxe system which is one of seven kits that we offer.
The deluxe is a five stone aluminum oxide system, excluding the thousand grit ultra-fine hone, which is made of ceramic.
Depending on how damaged your blade is, we recommend if it's pretty damaged, and it really needs a lot of help --we recommend starting with that 70 grit extra coarse stone, or even the 120 grit coarse stone.
If the blades aren't in too bad of shape, start off with the medium 80 grit.
Just something for maintenance-- we recommend the 600 fine stone and you want to finish that off with your one thousand ceramic grit.
In addition to this kit, we also have a couple other kits that contain the alumina oxide stones. We have our standard kit, which is a three stone kit. So we're gonna minus these two stones and this is our standard kit. You're getting the coarse, medium and your fine stone.
In our professional kit you're going to get the three stones that come in the standard kit, in addition to your medium ceramic stone for serrations, and also your ultrafine stone 2,000 grit.
Now with your universal kit -- this is what comes in the universal kit. So you're getting that serrated hone, the coarse, the medium and the fine.
Now, in addition to the kits that contain the alumina oxide stones we have two diamond kits. We have a standard diamond and we also have our deluxe diamond and the difference --the only difference between these two kits-- are with your deluxe diamond you're getting four hones: you're getting the extra coarse, all the way down to the fine. So you're getting the extra coarse, the coarse, the medium, and the fine.
And then the other diamond kit would be your three stone system, which is the coarse, the medium, and the fine.
In all the kits, the honing oil comes standard. We get a lot of questions about this. The reason why you get the honing oil, and we tell you not to use it on the diamond, is because it clogs the diamond. However this is just standard in all of our kits, so please make sure you're not using the honing oil on your Diamond stones. It will clog them.
However, we strongly recommend using the honing oil on your natural Arkansas stones. They are a natural stone so they will crack and break if they're not lubricated.
Okay let's get started on the demonstration for you guys.
First thing you want to do is take the clamp right out of that kit. What you want to do is, you want that front screw right here-- you want to unscrew it. Not all the way-- you don't wanna take the screw right out but you gotta open up the jaws of that clamp right here.
You're gonna unscrew that thumb screw back here just a little bit as well. Not all the way out. And I do want to mention that the original-style clamp comes in all of our kits. We do offer another style clamp and it's this one right here. This actually has rubber boots just underneath the jaws of it and what that does-- it's there to prevent any scratches on your blades.
Also - we know a lot of our customers will place a little electrical tape just underneath here-- underneath the jaws-- or maybe some masking tape to help prevent scratches on their blade.
So okay once you get this done, once you unscrew it, and get some room in there for your blade you're gonna take your knife --the spine of the knife-- you're going to put it in the clamp and what you want is about a quarter of an inch to about a half of an inch sticking out, extending from the nose of the clamp.
Once you get that, you want to tighten it down. You want to tighten that front screw down just enough to secure that blade in place. You don't want to over torque that front screw. Where you do want to really tighten the screw, is this back screw-- the thumb screw. You really want to put as much pressure on that and tighten it as much as you can, and that's gonna secure your knife in place.
Next, what we want to do is we want to assemble our hone on to the rod. I'm going to start with the fine stone. Just going to touch my knife up a little bit.
Again, it depends on how damaged your blade is-- that's where you're going to want to start with whatever stone. The extra coarse, or the coarse if you have a really damaged blade or if you want to re-profile start with that extra course.
But I just want to touch mine up --a little bit of maintenance.
So what you're gonna do is you're gonna take your hone --there's a little hole here-- you're gonna have your rod and you're gonna place it in like that. What you want is to be exactly straight with the stone itself. So, in order to do that you got to lay that flat on a table and make sure that rod and that stone are completely straight.
And that looks pretty good.
So what you want to do is, you want to hold that screw, and tighten to keep it in place.
You're good to go.
Because this is a hunting knife, I'm gonna go at the 25 degree angle. And I'm gonna use that angle for it. I'm gonna put the rod in there just like that. I'm gonna start and I'm gonna go in upward motions. You want to do approximately six to maybe ten, twelve strokes per side. Try to be consistent. Try to use the whole entire length of the stone so it doesn't hollow out on you.
So once you get one side done, you're gonna flip it over and you're gonna do the other side.
And this is where I'm going to introduce you guys to the universal mount, which is pretty popular. It doesn't replace holding the clamp itself but it does help stabilize while you sharpen. So while you're sharpening, you still have to hold it but it just helps a lot to stabilize it. So again I'm gonna do the other side, twenty-five degree angle, and I'm gonna do the same amount of passes as I did approximately on the other side of the blade. And that's it.
I'm gonna finish off with our ultra fine hone-- just polish it up a little bit. Again I'm gonna select that 25 degree angle and I'm gonna do the same thing up into the blade. I'm gonna flip this clamp over to the other side 25 degree angle, and again, depending on how damaged your blade is really just determines how many passes you want to go through with each individual stone. I mean this is the end. I'm using the thousand ceramic. I can sit here all day and do it.
And that's how you sharpen with a controlled-angle sharpening system.
But I do want to introduce to you our QuadSharp. And the QuadSharp actually complements our kits because it has the exact same angles that the clamp has in our kits. So you're getting that 17, 20, 25 and 30 degree angle. These are tungsten carbide pull-throughs - three or four pull throughs is good enough.
It also comes with a ceramic benchstone. You can use it as a small benchstone or even for serrations on your blade.
And that's it. Thank you so much.
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