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Diamond Knife Hone Instructions



What is "honing" and why should I do it?

Honing (which you may hear referred to as "lapping" or "polish abrading") puts a final finish on the cutting edge of a tool.

A good honing job has two big advantages. First, it improves the quality of your cuts. Second, it can extend the time between sharpenings by 50% or more, saving you money and downtime.

It's important to note that honing does not replace re-sharpening. The honing process is more like metal polishing than, say, sharpening an axe, a garden hoe, or the blades from your lawn mower with a file or abrasive grinding wheel. Very little metal is removed by honing - only about 1/2 the thickness of industrial grade paper - and the process must be done with considerable care.

Using the Jesada Tools Diamond Knife Hone:
  1. Do not use any lubricating or cooling liquids with the Diamond Knife Hone. This would only serve to load-up the tool.
  2. Make certain that the knives are completely clean and free of any resin, pitch, waste or build-up. There's very little space between the microscopic diamond particles on the hone, so any debris on the knives can quickly plug and load-up the hone.
  3. Do not exert great force when drawing the hone across the knife surface. It is simply not necessary and it increases the risk of cutting yourself. Long gentle strokes across the entire knife surface work best.
  4. Be careful to accurately duplicate every angle and feature of the knife you are working on. That is, keep the hone surface completely flush with the knife - do not attempt to modify any angle.
  5. The amount of honing required will vary with the condition of your knives. As a general rule, stroke the knife a couple of times with the 325 mesh diamond hone bar, then repeat the process with the 600 mesh bar. A few strokes of each mesh to each knife should be sufficient.


The intent of honing is to extend the time between sharpenings - it is not intended to replace a normal re-sharpening process that will restore a well worn, nicked, or damaged edge.

The Diamond Knife Hone works best when it's clean and free of debris. Clean the diamond surface with a mild abrasive kitchen cleaner and an old toothbrush. Avoid hard abrasives and strong alkaline or acid cleaning solutions.

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