Belt Knife Sharpeners
There exist two different ways of sharpening knives. The first one is with the help of a knife belt sharpener and the second method to sharpen a knife is due to the special belt sanders. Speaking about the knife belt sharpener – it sharpens knives thanks to special abrasive belts and a lot of chefs or other professionals use only belt sharpeners. The one and only thing one will need to do is to select the right belt sharpener as they are very different and even serve for different purposes. For instance is the knife belt sharpener is coarse –it is better to use it for metal removing and grinding, but if it is of a fine structure then it suits perfectly for polishing. Also, they can vary in size (from wide to narrow), in grits (from fine to coarse) etc. All in all knife belt sharpeners can be very good for sharpening not only knives but also garden tools, scissors etc.
You can be perfectly sure that whatever type of knife you have (hunting, kitchen, serrated, straight blade pocket knife), the belt sharpener will make them sharp in minutes as they are of a very high quality and it is clear because they are partially made of silicon carbide and ceramic alumina. The first material smoothes the knife and the second sharpens it. Also, the belt sharpener system works very easy as the belts are simply inserted on a roller or pulley.
There is a wide range of belt sharpening systems and each of them offers a variety of features. For example, such system as the Work Sharp offers the following 3 features: the belt change lever (serves as a safe and easy remover of a worn out belt); the belt tracking (serves for the right belt placing on the pulley); and the belt tensioner (makes the right tension on the knife while the sharpening process).
Having such belts and consequently features, it will greatly help its owner to cope with such tasks as: hone, strop, shape and of course sharpen. Some of the sharpening systems offer an edge guide due to which one understands the right angle for sharpening, but if your sharpening system lacks it then the standard angle is about 20 degrees. When you turn the machine on and it starts working, just pull the knife, follow the curve of the blade and hold the knife perpendicular to the belt.
Belt sanders are also a great way to sharpen knives and perhaps that’s why they are becoming more and more popular. Its system is not hard to understand too. By using a belt sander, one creates convex edge and removes metal. Exactly these convex edges let the knife stay sharp for a very long time. When using a belt sander with the coarse grit belt – the burr should be formed and as soon as it is made, change the coarse grit to a less one and repeat the same action – it will make the knife polished.
There are special kits that knife belt sharpeners come with, they are: safety glasses, leather stropping and grit belts etc. And one should be very careful when using both belt sanders and sharpeners following these rules:
- first of all before the process starts – wear the safety glasses;
- when the belts are inserted, make sure this job is well done;
- the blade should always face down;
- blades should be moved quick to not get hot;
- don’t pull the strop belt too much;
With the time, even the best of the best belts will wear out and that is the reason why manufacturers started producing the so-called replacement belts.