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In the search for a understandable, inexpensive and quick solution to the task of keeping the knives sharp, it’s wise to circumvent some common misconceptions.
The main mistake will be the use of Pull through sharpener.
We categorically don't recommend using this group of products, except that if knives, that will be sharpened from this method, the lowest price categories, and them not a pity.
A long list of disadvantages of such devices will be considered in a separate article.
The main seeming advantage of these devices seems to be a fixed position relative to blade.
A pull through sharpener, is traditionally located on a table, or other similar surface.
It's here that the basis is laid for damage to the cutting edge during pulling, which manually cannot be performed without mistakes.
Sharpening rod, unlike the “broach”, moves absolutely freely along the blade, therefore it will not be harmful.
To obtain the desired effect, it will be necessary to maintain the required angle, which is extremely important, and will not work without mandatory practice.
This is a simple skill, and every user can master it.
Granularity and material of the rod also significantly affects the result.
If delicate correction is required, not damaged, but a bent cutting edge, fine-grained ceramics are used good.
A criterion for a good assessment, if after passing through the instrument, there are no pronounced dark traces of the removed metal.
So it turns out longer to maintain sufficient sharpness, with minimal deterioration.
The second option, is diamond rods, which are already a sharpener, as they work more aggressively.
They are best used to re-sharpening not too hard steel blades, avoiding strong pressure.
This method is inferior to expensive grinding systems, or Japanese water stones, on the other hand it is an effective solution for its price.
In any case, over time, a full sharpening will be necessary, but the competent use of good-quality honing rod, will allow for a long time to get by exclusively with editing.