How To Use your Blade Tech Classic™ and G2™
1) Sharpening Blades With A Double Bevel (Most types of knife blade have a bevel on both sides of the blade i.e. a double bevel):
Place the Blade Tech Classic™ or Blade Tech G2™ flat and overhanging the edge of a flat surface. Place the knife blade in the centre of the wedge or “v”, and draw the knife downwards with light pressure. This will sharpen both sides of the blade at once.
2) Sharpening Blades With A Single Bevel (e.g. bypass secateurs, some knife blades and deck lawn mower blades):
Place the blade into the wedge or “v”, the flat, non-bevelled side of the blade should be placed flat against the carbide block. For example, with right handed bypass secateurs this would mean placing the blade into the “v” of the sharpener and angling the blade over to the left until the flat side of the blade is up against the left tungsten carbide block. Now, the bevel of the blade when pointing away from you, is on the right hand side. The blade should then remain flat against the block on the left as it is drawn through the sharpener. This method ensures that the blade is sharpened on one side in accordance with its manufacture. Most tools, e.g. garden tools are usually made from softer high carbon steel and will need fewer passes through the sharpener compared with stainless kitchen knives.
3) Sharpening Scissors:
Scissors should be sharpened by placing the inside edge of the scissor blade up against the shoulder of the sharpener, not down the wedge or “v”. The scissor blade should then be drawn against the edge of the carbide with light even pressure as you would with knife blades.
4) Sharpening Internal Curved Blades (e.g. pruning knives, bill hooks etc):
The tool is held in hand or in a vice with the blade closest to your body. Place the Blade Tech Classic™ or Blade Tech G2™ over the blade allowing the blade to sit directly in the centre of the carbide wedge. Draw the Blade Tech® towards you following the curve of the blade as you go.
5) Sharpening Large or Heavy Tools (e.g. axes, scythes, machetes and other large or heavy tools):
These tools should be sharpened in accordance with “4) Sharpening Internal Curved Blades” so as to avoid using excessive pressure and damage your Blade Tech Classic™ or Blade Tech G2™.
6) Sharpening Garden hedge shears and edging shears:
With the shears open, holding the handle of the blade to be sharpened, the cutting edge of the blade will be uppermost. Holding the Blade Tech Classic™ or Blade Tech G2™ in the right hand, and the handle of the shears in the left, offer the Blade Tech Classic™ or Blade Tech G2™ up to the blade. The aluminium body of the sharpener should rest against the inside edge of the shear blade. The corner of the carbide block touching the blade should then be worked along the blade, pushing the sharpener away from you to the tip of the shear blade. The sharpener should be passed over the blade a number of times until the shear blade has been satisfactorily re-shaped and sharpened. This process should be repeated on the opposing shear blade.
Under no circumstances should scissor or shear blades be sharpened in the wedge or “v”. This may result in damage to the scissor or shear blade and render them inoperable.
A razor sharp edge can be achieved on most blades but steel quality governs the result and time before re-sharpening.
Blade Reshaping – Place the blade into the centre of the wedge or “v”, angle at 45° to the sharpener’s surface and draw through, following the curve of the blade.
Blade Honing – Place the blade into the centre of the wedge or “v”, angle at 90° to the sharpener’s surface and draw through, following the curve of the blade.
The Blade Tech sharpens at 17º each side (34º compound)
Sharpening Kitchen Knives with a Blade Tech Classic or G2
Sharpening Pruning Knives with a Blade Tech Classic or G2
Sharpening Household Scissors with a Blade Tech Classic or G2
Sharpening Garden Shears and rotary lawn mower blades with a Blade Tech Classic or G2
Sharpening Axes with a Blade Tech Classic or G2
Sharpening Secateurs & Loppers with a Blade Tech Classic or G2
Sharpening General Knives with a Blade Tech Classic or G2
How to use your Blade Tech Classic or G2 – Full Instructions
How To Use Your Blade Tech Diamond Taper Steel™…
1) When sharpening strap cutters, serrated blades, hoof knives & spoon carving knives, simply use the Blade Tech® Diamond Taper Steel in a forward, twisting motion away from the blade, matching the size of the blade (fig. 1) or serration (fig. 2) to the sharpeners diameter. Once this is done and if the blade has a bevel on both sides, turn the blade over and repeat the process. If the blade only has a bevel on one side then wipe the small burr off the back of the blade with one or two smooth light strokes of the steel.
2) Fishing hooks are sharpened using the groove in the side of the steel (fig. 3).
3) The Blade Tech Diamond Taper Steel ™can also be used on most other knife blades and tools when used in the same way as a large, chef type steel.