Brad D. Vannote asked:

Ceramic knife sharpeners are made from a very dense type of ceramic material instead of stone. They are a very special sharpener and most people use them especially for sharpening very hard knives that need it.

The ceramic material that is used in there construction is a much harder material than other sharpening stones, and it is used only because it will not wear out as quickly as a stone material might. Plus they are also a great option because they are resistant to rust as well.

The Ceramic

You will find this type of sharpener is as hard as glass, yet still is an extremely abrasive material. That is one reason why they are a superior machine. One negative of using this substance is that they will become darker as they remove layers of steel from your other knives that they sharpen.

However, it is a small problem because it is extremely easy to return this knife sharpener to its original white color. All you have to do is clean it with a type of cleanser and some water and it turns back to white. If you are cleaning it before using it always make sure that it is dry when you use it.

How it Works

Most of these machines come in the form of a rod or bar. To use them all you need to do is set one end on your work surface, or if you would rather you can hold the handle in your left hand with the knife in your right hand.

Then while you are holding the knife at an angle of 20-25 degrees from the rod, you will slice downwards and draw the knife along the blade as you do that. To make things easier some models will come as a pull-through or angled type, which then can be extremely useful in maintaining a consistent angle as you work on sharpening the knife.

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