Kin Knives Care & Sharpening Instructions Care Instructions Kin Knives should only ever be sharpened on a flat sharpening stone, be it a ceramic stone or cone, a diamond stone or a water stone. A ceramic stone or cone is preferable as it is used dry and does not wear out. Diamond stones and water stones will eventually wear. • • • • • • • Never place Kin Knives in a dishwasher. Never attempt to cut bones, frozen foods or the shells of crustacea such as lobster. Never sharpen on a butcher’s steel. Never use as a chopper. Always use on a wooden board. Keep away from children. Ideally, store in a specific knife drawer. How To Use A Kin Ceramic Cone 1. Start with the back of the knife at the top of the cone, making sure that the blade is kept vertical at all times. 2. The knife is then moved down and drawn towards you, applying gentle sideways and downwards pressure. 3. Imagine you are trying to slice off the side of the cone. The procedure finishes with the tip of the knife being at the bottom of the cone, thus ensuring equal coverage of the cutting edge. The procedure is then repeated with the other side of the knife on the opposite side of the cone. It is best to steady the cone by holding the tip with your thumb and forefinger. Normally, four or five wipes to each side of the blade will restore the fine edge. The cone is used dry, but can be washed under a hot tap when it becomes discoloured with metal dust. 4. Always remember, the knife must be kept vertical at all times. Note: The Ceramic Cone is only suitable for double bevelled knives. Double Bevelled Kin Knives 1. Start with the tip of the blade at the front of the stone, at an angle of 21˚. 2. Push the knife forwards whilst moving the knife across the stone at the same time. Only light pressure is needed as the knife is basically being wiped across the stone. 3. This movement will result in the end of the blade nearest the handle arriving at the end of the stone. The process is then reversed. 4. The knife is turned over and pulled towards oneself. 5. As the knife is drawn in, the blade is also moved across the stone. 6. The procedure is complete when the tip arrives at the back of the stone. The procedure is repeated until the knife is Kin sharp. Single Bevelled Kin Knives 1. Single bevelled knives are sharpened with the flat side flat against the stone. 2. By applying gentle pressure, the blade is moved up and simultaneously across the stone. 3. The blade will then end up at the far side of the stone with the whole blade having been honed. 4. The process is then reversed, with the angle of the knife being altered as it is drawn back towards oneself. Ensure the blade is kept flat on the stone at all times. 5. The procedure is complete when the tip of the blade arrives back at the near end of the stone. 6. Finally, the knife is turned over and the bevelled edge is very lightly drawn over the stone to remove any burrs. This is the only time that the bevelled side of the blade is touched.