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May 4, 2017

Things You Should Know Before You Buy a Knife Sharpening System

A right kind of knife sharpening system is as required for the success of a knife sharpening business as is the knowledge of Arabic for a tourist to the Arab world. A good sharpening system is at the core of any business that relies on it to fulfill its bills. In this article, I will teach you about things you must focus on while purchasing a knife sharpening system.

Things you need to know before you purchase a knife sharpening system

What type of system do you need?

This is the very first consideration. There are quite a handful of sharpening equipments available in the market, so the very first question should be which one. You have the following options:

  1. Grinding Wheel
  2. Bench Grinder
  3. Chain saw sharpeners
  4. Manual sharpener
  5. Automatic sharpener

A grinding Wheel is an abrasive stone that sharpen a knife by chipping off some metal from the blade of the knife. Different types of abrasive materials are used in grinding wheel, but the most common one is aluminum oxide, and the second most common type of material is zircon alumina formed by using aluminum and zirconium oxide.

A Bench grinder is an inexpensive but the most dependable sharpening system a sharpening business could hope to own. The diameter of the wheel used in a bench grinder varies between 6-10 inches, which is mounted on a workbench for ease of use.

A Chain saw sharpener is, as the name suggest, is used to sharpen chain saws. It comes in manual as well as automatic variants. Automatic ones lock the chain in place when wheel is lowered to sharpen it, whereas, to operate manual chain saw sharpener a greater control is required.

What you want to sharpen?

If you expect to sharpen knives and tools made of annealed iron, wrought iron, steel, or bronze then you should go for aluminum oxide grinding wheel, and for steels and alloys a grinding wheel made of zircon abrasive material should be purchased. Similarly, if you need to sharpen chain saw then depending upon your budget you should buy either automatic chain saw sharpener or a manual chain saw sharpener.

How much can you afford?

Budget is important. Let's say you are tight on budget and you need a chain sharpener. What will you do? You will go for the manual one. Even a bench grinder can be a good tool to buy if the budget is not much.

These three considerations are primary to buying any knife sharpening system for sharpening business of any size.

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