4-Rod Turn Box



4 Rod Ceramic Turn Box Knife Sharpener

The Turn Box family is a very stable and compact knife sharpening system.  It works well in the kitchen and it quickly breaks down for storage in a drawer.  The turn box family of knife sharpeners is also great for outdoorsmen on the go because it is lightweight and stores easily in a backpack.  It only takes a few swipes to maintain an edge (a bit more if you have a really dull knife). 

There are two pre-set knife sharpening angles in the wood block 20 degree & 25 degree

25 Degrees - This is used for most kitchen knives and provides a sharp, durable edge.

20 Degrees - This is used for those desiring a very sharp edge.  Some examples would be for filet knives or cutting tomatoes.  Lower degrees result in sharper knives, but require more regular maintenance.

This 2-Stage Knife Sharpening System features a hardwood turnbox with internal rod storage in the base, and four 5" long alumina ceramic rods. (2 medium 600 grit grey rods, 2 fine 1000 grit white rods)

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Roger Aziz
Feb 21st, 2014
I have the 4 ceramic turn box set. My questiopn is which one is the fin e and which stone is the medium. I cannot tell by feel.
D Harmsennis
Feb 21st, 2014
I also do not know which stones on the turn box set are fine and which ones are medium.
Feb 21st, 2014
I have the same question! It should be in the instructions.
Feb 21st, 2014
In regard to the quesions above:
I didn't check my Turnbox package for stone grit descriptions, but here's how it goes generally with every alumina ceramic sharpening equipment. The white/lighter coloured rods can be either fine or ultrafine grit (the latter one being just a polished fine stone). The brown/grey/darker coloured rods ale always medium grit.

Here's the main difference betwen both types of rods. The white rods have closed pores (they are smoother to the touch), so they cut less aggresively/slower and almost don't wear out. The brown rods have open pores (they are rougher), cut more aggresively/faster and slowly wear out over time.

Hope this clarifies the general differences a little bit.
Rod Haskell
Feb 21st, 2014
Hi, in the instruction leaflet which comes with the 4 rod Turn Box there is mention of an Eraserblock, which, supposedly cleans the metallic residue from these ceramic rods. I cannot find any mention of this item on these pages or where to obtain one, as my rods which, were once white, are now black & is detremental to the sharpening process. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks. Rod
Feb 21st, 2014
I use a plastic, not steel wool, scouring pad to clean my rods. Works great and rods are the original color.
jeff wilmath
Feb 21st, 2014
The previous reponse was correct, the dark sticks r medium and the white sticks r fine. In my personal experience the Lansky turnboxes r outstanding and r the most compact and reliable means of knife sharpening that I've used. Wonderful product to keep in my pack pack during elk season where a sharp knife is a must but added weight isnt welcome, I personally glued a piece of 1/8" leather to the bottom of the block to strop the blade on to acquire a true razors edge. I cant say enough about this small compact knife sharpener!
Feb 21st, 2014
I bought this set and I was under the impression also that gray is medium and the white was fine. But the white actually feels much rougher to the touch than the gray and seems to actually make my knives less sharp when I use them after the gray stones. Very strange. Because of this I've only been using the gray rods, which still seems to get my knives quite sharp.
Feb 21st, 2014
My 4 Rod Ceramic Turn Box has the angled holes drilled too wide. This causes the rods to wobble and spin. It determinately affects the performance of the sharpener.
Feb 21st, 2014
Hi Steven, the medium 600 grit rods will leave your knife perfectly sharp. The 1000 grit white rods will enhance the polish on your bevel and edge, which will make the edge more friction resistant and will refine the micro serration that form on any edge.
Feb 21st, 2014
my several Turn boxes have the 20 degree holes drilled too big or had sloppy drilling.
The rods wobble in these holes a lot.

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Turn Box Instructions

Lansky Turn Box Sharpeners can be used for either 1-stage or 2-stage sharpening. The grey Ceramic Rods are for sharpening, and the white Ceramic Rods are for polishing.

Set Up- Always begin by placing the turn box on a stable and flat surface at a comfortable working height.

1 Stage  Sharpening

Step 1- Choose the type of rods and the angle that you wish to sharpen with (20° or 25°) by placing the sharpening rods in the appropriate guide holes.

Step 2- Hold the base firmly with your non-dominate hand. Make sure your fingers are as far away from the rods as possible while maintaining a firm, controllable grip on the base.

Step 3- With the knife in your dominate hand, place the heel of the blade (closest to the handle) an inch or more below the top of one of the rods.

Step 4- Holding the blade straight up and down (perpendicular to the work surface), draw the blade down the rod and towards you, moving towards the tip of the knife. The motion is similar to slicing bread.

Step 5- Repeat this action on the other rod for the other side of the edge.

Step 6- Continue alternation from rod to rod until you have achieved the desired sharpness.


2 Stage Sharpening

 Step 1- Begin by placing the rods in the 20º angle holes and follow the sharpening instructions as listed in the 1-stage sharpening above, but do not polish/finish the edge, use only 10-12 strokes on each rod. This is to thin the blade’s edge.

Step 2 – After thinning the blade’s edge, move the rods to the 25° angle holes for the 2nd stage sharpening to finish the edge. Simply follow the same technique used before. This will produce a durable and sharp compound bevel.

Pro Tip**- For the best results, avoid rolling the tip of your knife off the rod. This can damage the tip and leave it duller than the rest of the blade. Patience and a slow hand are recommended.

Be Smart, Be Safe and Stay an Edge Above the Rest!

CAUTION: Knife sharpening is an inherently dangerous activity. Used properly this sharpener cannot hurt you but a carelessly handled blade or pointed object can.



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