Then turn the shears over (rotate 180°) and finish by stroking into the cutting edge. This removes the wire edge burr you may have produced by stroking away from the cutting edge in step one.
Since the cutting edge of the anvil pruners closes down on a flat surface, it is important to remove an even amount of material from the entire length of the cutting edge. If more material is sharpened away from one area of the blade, it will not close down completely on the anvil and therefore will not cut cleanly.
By working through the DMT® system of progressively finer grits, you will quickly achieve a razor sharp edge on quality knives and tools. The DMT® diamond products are colour-coded for identification. In our product descriptions, coloured diamond shapes denote the specific grits in which each model is available.
Which grit you should use depends on... How often do you sharpen? How dull do you let your knife or tool edge get before you re-sharpen it? How sharp is sharp enough for you? Ask yourself these questions, and then read the grit descriptions (left) to determine which grit(s) best suits your needs. Hint: the pros use more than one grit & move from coarser to finer grits as they sharpen.