Stage 3: Uses a flexible abrasive disk system—a high-tech version of the barber strop—to create a microscopically smooth, ultra sharp fine edge. It can be used as often as needed to keep edges polished and maintained until additional sharpening is required. Stage 3 is also used for sharpening serrated knives. The ultra-fine flexible stropping disk straightens and aligns the serrations and sharpens each prominent tooth so it becomes an ultra sharp “micro-blade.” It is excellent for serrated knives of any alloy, forged or non-forged, including so-called “never-need-sharpening” knives, which are serrated, and DO become dull!
How It Works:
The Fine Edge: Use Stage 1 to sharpen and Stage 3 to hone and polish for a razor sharp durable edge that is perfect for serving up decorative platters and precision slicing of more delicate foods.
Steeled Edge: Sharpen with Stage 1 and then steel with Stage 2 to obtain the controlled bite preferred by professionals for fibrous foods.
Steeled/Polished Edge: This is a superb edge of unprecedented sharpness, combining the characteristics of both a steeled and highly polished edge by sequentially going through Stage 1, 2, and 3. It’s ideal for precision slicing and elegant presentation of foods such as smoked salmon.
The 130 is ruggedly built, handsomely designed and molded from a sturdy, high-impact engineering polymer. Designed for safety, the sharpener is U.L. approved. Rubber feet hold the unit securely to the work surface. The sharpener requires no sharpening oils or liquids. The unit is compact enough (10 inches long by 4 3/10 inches high and 4 ¼ inches deep) to be permanently placed on the kitchen counter, so knives can be quickly resharpened.
Tip: This helps increase kitchen safety because sharp knives are much safer to use. Dull knives require the user to apply excessive force while cutting, increasing the risk of knife slippage and personal injury.