CAUTION: Always wear heavy gloves and eye protection when cleaning or sharpening a blade with this product.
1. If needed, clean the edge of your blade using the wire brush. To remove brush, press on end of brush closest to sharpening head to raise opposite end, then grasp brush handle and remove from cavity.
CAUTION: Always push the brush across and away from the cutting edge when cleaning your blade. To replace brush after use, insert bristles of brush into cavity first, then slide forward and push down until brush is fully inset in handle.
2. Secure the blade of your hedge shears, pruning shears, or loppers that you want to sharpen as much as possible with the cutting edge exposed. Smith’s strongly recommends locking the blade in a vise for maximum security.
3. Position the head of the sharpener over the inner-most end of the blade, then lower the unit down so that the cutting edge is resting in the bottom of the V-shaped slot. Make sure the angled carbide blade in the V-shaped slot is aligned with the beveled side of the blade.
4. While holding the sharpener perpendicular to the cutting edge, apply moderate downward pressure and push the sharpener over the cutting edge from one end to the other. Maintain constant pressure and follow the contour of the blade as you push.
CAUTION: Always push the sharpener away from your body and keep all fingers behind the finger guard when sharpening the cutting edge. Never place your free hand on top of the sharpener during use.
5. The first time you sharpen a beveled edge with this sharpener or if you are sharpening a damaged cutting edge, repeat your sharpening stroke approximately 15 – 20 times. Additional pulls may be required if the blade is made of very hard steel. If you are re-sharpening a cutting edge that has previously been sharpened with this sharpener and there is no damage to the cutting edge, it should only take approximately 10 – 15 strokes to restore sharpness. Again, additional pulls may be required if the blade is made of very hard steel.
NOTE: When the carbide blade in the head of the sharpener stops removing metal from the blade, it should be replaced. Contact Smith’s for a replacement blade.