Smith’s NEW Jiffy-Pro Handheld Sharpener – A Great Addition to its PRO SERIES Line of Sharpeners

2011 April 7

Smith’s® recently introduced a new pull-over style sharpener to its Edgesport™ Pro Series line of sharpeners at the 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Edgesport Pro Series sharpening line was developed for the sports enthusiast who demands the highest quality sharpening tools and abrasives.

The Jiffy-Pro Handheld Sharpener was developed to add a pull-over style sharpener to the Edgesport™ line that could give you a sharp edge on most sport knives while at home or in the field, but also has the versatility to sharpen game shears or regular scissors.  “We wanted to develop a field sharpener for our outdoorsmen that could quickly and consistently sharpen their skinning/filet knives as well as a set of game shears.  As you know, sharpening game shears is more of a challenge than sharpening common household scissors because of the width and thickness of the blades as well as the harder steels used in their production.  The new Jiffy-Pro will effectively perform both these tasks,” stated Louis Chalfant, Senior Product Engineer for Smith’s.  “But what sets this pull-over style sharpener apart from other pull-over sharpeners, is its ability to deliver unmatched sharpening performance in a field or kitchen setting.  This is why we decided to make it a part of the Edgesport™ Pro Series line of sharpeners.”

The crossed carbide blades used in the head of the Jiffy-Pro are precision ground to provide smoother, more consistent metal removal when setting the edge on a very dull or damaged straight edge blade.  The extra-fine, crossed ceramic rods on the top of the sharpener are designed to finish and polish the edge to razor sharpness.  They are also excellent to use for maintaining an already sharp cutting edge by pulling the blade through the sharpening slot 3 or 4 times before each use and as soon as you notice your knife is not cutting as well as it should.  If you attend to the edge soon enough, it shouldn’t take much to bring the edge back to sharp.

The scissors sharpener in the handle of the product has been enlarged to accommodate game shears, but will still sharpen common household scissors.  It uses a patented, floating carbide rod that adjusts to the precise bevel of each blade when pressure is applied to the rod. The Jiffy-Pro has a soft grip, rubber handle for a firm, comfortable grip in all conditions and is made of lightweight, durable plastic.  It easily fits in your backpack or can be attached to your belt or pocket using the uniquely designed finger guard, which is open on one end.

The Jiffy-Pro is available now at Cabela’s stores and will be in other leading sporting goods and online retailers later this year.

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Sharpening Angle Guide Included with Smith’s Bench Stone Style Sharpeners

2011 March 9
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I purchased a Smith’s Tri-Hone Sharpening System, but I did not find a sharpening angle guide in the box, at least not one I could recognize. The nearest thing in the box looked like a theft device.

Mr. Hooper
Thanks for purchasing a Smith’s product and for visiting our blog. The sharpening angle guide that comes with the Tri-Hone Sharpening System, which you are referring to, is a small yellow, plastic piece with a slanted top and a short foot underneath. It is used to give you some point of reference as to an optimal sharpening angle for most hunting/fishing knives, everyday pocket knives, and outdoor sport knives. Just lay the back of your knife flat on the slanted portion of the angle guide, and your knife if positioned correctly to begin the sharpening process.

If you did not receive this piece of your Tri-Hone Sharpening System, please contact our Customer Service department at 1-800-221-4156 between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm CST, and they will gladly send you one. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Good luck and keep it sharp!

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2-Step Knife Sharpener- Sharpening Big Game Hunting Knives

2010 December 21

Question via Ask the Expert:

I purchased two Smith’s model #CCKS (2-Step Knife Sharpener) and attempted to sharpen two hunting knives while on a hunting trip last week. I found that while the initial knife’s edge was “improved”, the second knife seemed minimally affected by the carbide side of the first sharpener. I also noted in the description of that sharpener on this site that the CCKS is “recommended for filet knives”. What angle does this unit sharpen to and is it possible to rotate the carbide bits or did I purchase a unit with the wrong angle for knives used for big game. hunting?

Thank you.

Edge Expert Answer:

First, let me thank you for purchasing Smith’s® products and for visiting our blog.  The 2-Step Knife Sharpener you purchased (item #CCKS) is a versatile hand held sharpener that works great on hunting/fishing knives, kitchen knives, and/or everyday pocket knives with a flat grind on both sides of the blade.  However, it seems you are having some issues with its performance on your hunting knives and doubting your purchase decision.  Let me assure you this should not be the case.  You purchased our most popular and reliable sharpening product that is quite capable of adequately sharpening any straight edge knife blade that will fit in the sharpening slots.

Based on your description, it seems your second hunting knife did not get as sharp using the CCKS as the first knife you sharpened with it.  This could be due to several reasons, which I will address individually below, but let me provide you with the answers to your questions before moving on.  As you know, the CCKS has two sharpening slots for straight edge blades, a coarse (carbide) slot for setting the edge and a fine (ceramic) slot for finishing/honing the final edge.  Neither of these abrasive components can be rotated to a different sharpening angle.  They are fixed at a 46 degree sharpening angle (23 degrees per side) for a thick cutting edge that is not only sharp but also last for quite some time.  The other advantage to the 46 degree combined sharpening angle is its versatility to sharpen a wide variety of knives.  You might decide to sharpen your hunting knife (grinds usually range from 40 – 60 degrees combined) while on your hunting trip, but when you get back home you might use the CCKS to sharpen your kitchen knives (grinds usually range from 30 – 40 degrees combined).   For this reason and because the sharpening angles on this product are fixed, we (Smith’s) have to pick a sharpening angle that is advantageous to as many knives as possible.  We feel like the 46 degree angle accomplishes this goal.

Now to your other question regarding is the fixed angle on the CCKS wrong for big game hunting knives.  My answer to your question is, “that is up to you.”  You have to determine how thick or thin of a cutting edge you want based on your intended use for the knife.  As you know, manufacturers of sporting goods knives put thicker angles on their knives because of how these knives are used (i.e. skinning, heavy cutting, sawing, etc.) and the frequency of use.  A thicker angle will hold its edge longer, but may not be as initially sharp as a thinner edge.  It is a give and take scenario.  Do you want a really sharp knife that doesn’t hold its edge very long or do you want an edge that may not be razor sharp but will retain its cutting edge for a lengthy amount of time?

Our market research shows that the most popular angle used by manufacturers of hunting knives is 25 degrees per side.  Based on this information, I see no reason why a product that sharpens your knife blade to a 46 degree combined cutting edge (23 degrees per side) would be inappropriate for your hunting knife unless your knife has a much wider cutting edge.  The 23 degree angle provided by the CCKS is very close to the average angle used by the manufacturers.  However, you may still feel like 23 degrees is too thin.  If this is the case, I would urge you to seek other sharpening products that provide, or allow for, a wider cutting edge.  I would suggest a Precision Sharpening System with multiple angle options or bench stone type sharpener that allows the user to set the angle of their preference.  Any of these sharpeners are perfectly capable of giving you just as sharp of a cutting edge as the CCKS.

Now that I have hopefully answered your questions, let’s move to why the CCKS didn’t work on this particular Big Game hunting knife.  As I mentioned above, there are several reasons why the CCKS may not have performed to your satisfaction.

First, the CCKS could be faulty.  There could be a problem with your sharpener.  As much as we like to believe we make the highest quality sharpeners on the market today, we are not absent of quality issues.  All product manufacturers have them.  If you feel like there is a problem with your 2-Step Knife Sharpener, please return it to us immediately and we will replace it with a new one at no cost to you.  Our address is:
Smith’s
747 Mid-America Boulevard
Hot Springs, Arkansas  71913-8414

Another cause for the sharpener not performing on your big game hunting knife is the hardness of the steel used in your blade.  Steel hardness is increasing yearly by the manufacturers of hunting knives for two reasons.  First, it is a point of differentiation for knife manufacturers.  Second, it helps with performance because the harder the steel the less likely the cutting edge will dull quickly.  This ultimately benefits both the consumer (for obvious reasons) and the manufacturer.  If a consumer uses a knife and it seems to stay sharp forever, he or she will not only purchase that brand of knife again, but will also communicate this preference to several other knife consumers.  But what does this mean for sharpening?  Well, it makes our job harder as we try to find abrasive materials that will keep up with the hardness of the steels being used.  For you, it makes sharpening take longer.  Your CCKS sharpening product is perfectly capable of sharpening a hard steel knife blade.  It just takes more pulls through the sharpening slots.  Basically, if you were pulling you blade through the carbide slot 3 or 4 times on your first knife, you may have to double or even triple the pulls with a different knife made of extremely hard steel.  The carbide blades can’t remove metal as quickly from the blade as they do on softer steel blades.

The same thing goes with hunting knives with really wide sharpening angles.  Your knife may have a quality steel that is not that hard, but the grind angle may be really wide.  Same situation with the hard steel, you may have to do more pulls through the carbide slot the first time you sharpen a wide angle blade on the CCKS to get the angle down to the 23 degree cutting edge.

Please note, this should only be the case the first time you sharpen that knife with the CCKS because you are setting a new 46 degree cutting edge on your blade.  Once you get the cutting edge down to the 46 degree angle, every time you sharpen that knife on the CCKS after that it should take you the normal amount of pulls.  As a matter of fact, if you use the fine (ceramic) sharpening slot to maintain that sharp edge on a regular basis, you shouldn’t even have to use the carbide slot again.  Once you get a sharp edge on your knife, just pull it through the fine slot before each use 4 or 5 times to maintain the sharp edge.  This will lightly hone your blade and get your cutting edge sharp before use.  I also recommend you maintain your edge during use.  If you are using your knife and feel it getting dull during use, stop and pull it through the fine slot 4 or 5 times, then go back to cutting.  It should then cut as it did when you first started.  Remember, the secret to keeping a knife sharp is “to never let it get dull.

The last thing that can effect performance is proper usage of the product.  You must make sure you keep the proper orientation of the knife blade in the sharpening slot and try to be as consistent as possible with each pull.  However, I am going to dispel this reason for non-performance and not go into detail about it because you were able to effectively sharpen your first knife.  This means you are obviously using the product correctly.

I know this has been a lengthy reply to a simple question.  However, I hope I have provided you with the information needed to successfully sharpen your big game hunting knives with the CCKS – 2-Step Knife Sharpener.  It is a great tool for keeping your knives sharp and is easy to use.  As I mentioned above, if you are not happy with the performance of the product, please return it.  We will happily replace it or send you an alternate product that may better suit your needs.  You can get more information on our Edgesport™ product line from our website, www.smithsedge.com, or by calling our Customer Service department at 1-800-221-4156.

Read up on some of our “Edge Expert” knife sharpening tips here…

Good luck and “keep it Sharp”.

Russ Cowen

Check out our Top 5 Knife Sharpening Tips!


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5 Knife Sharpening Tips to Help you Sharpen Like A Pro!

2010 November 18
by Expert_101
  1. The secret to sharpening is consistency of angle on the abrasive surface and equal treatment on both sides of the  blade (if applicable).
  2. Sharpen regularly.  Regular sharpening may involve only fine-tuning the edge, but infrequent sharpening may require much more work to restore the edge.  Sharpen the edge as soon as you notice it’s not working as well as it should.  If you attend to the edge soon enough, it shouldn’t take much to bring the edge back to sharp.
  3. Keep your sharpener where you use your knives (shop, tackle box, kitchen).  You will be more inclined to sharpen a dulled edge as soon as you notice it if there is a sharpener handy.
  4. Check your progress frequently.
  5. Reverse or replace your abrasive materials when possible to ensure a proper sharpening process.

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6″ Three Stone Sharpening System

Smith’s 3-Stone Sharpening System features a 6” Medium Arkansas Stone, 6” Fine Arkansas Stone, and 6” Coarse Synthetic Stone mounted on a molded plastic triangle with handles on the end for easy stone rotation and easy to read stone identification.

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Diamond Field Precision Knife Sharpening System

The kit comes with a Coarse Diamond Stone, Fine Diamond Stone, Fine Arkansas Stone, Medium Triangular shaped Arkansas Stone for serrated edges only, Diamond Retractable Sharpener, and Premium Honing Solution.

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Diamond Edge Pro Electric Knife & Scissors Sharpener

The Diamond Edge Pro will sharpen straight edge knives of alloy, carbon, or stainless steel in the electric sharpening slot. It is designed to sharpen your finest cutlery and other common kitchen knives.

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Finding the Perfect Arkansas Stone

2010 November 17
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Question via Ask the Expert:

I just bought another tri-hone 3 stone sharpening system to replace my old one I had bought 30 or 40 yrs ago when they were mounted in ceder blocks. They have been excellent stones but finally one got knocked off the bench and broken- time for a new one. Now I have a question- this stone says its a soft Arkansas but is hard as hell and slick as glass. I use it to take an edge that will shave to one that will literally split a hair which is how i check’em. I got it from a guy about 40 yrs ago and have never seen another one like it. Its a kinda milky looking translucent color and is strictly to polish a razor edge and really takes it to the extreme. Don’t know where it came from or if its even available anymore. I have several stones but have never seen another one like it… I sharpen the old fashioned way with a bench stone and elbow grease and it still works the best. I’ve been sharpening for about 40 yrs and have sharpened about every brand made that i know. I am curious about that stone and would love to have your input on it.

Thank you so much,

Don

Edge Expert Response:

Hi Don,

Thanks for your inquiry. If the Soft Arkansas stone that you really like is a translucent looking stone I would have to take a guess at this since I am not able to see the stone. I would have to guess that your original stone could have been a very light gray in color soft stone that over many years of sharpening the surface has slicked over to create the illusion that it is translucent in color.

This process is normal for any Natural Arkansas Stone that is used a lot. It is caused by the wearing down of the points on the crystals that make up the Arkansas Stone, thus causing a slick surface which creates the sharpening capabilities that you are describing.

Second, if you want to replace your stone with a translucent stone, which we don’t manufacture anymore, you can contact Dan’s Whetstones and they can provide with this type stone. His phone number is 1-501-767-1616, and I am sure he has a web site too.

We appreciate your inquiry and hopefully you will be able to replace the stone that you lost.

Happy sharpening!

Richard S. Smith

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Smith’s new floor merchandiser in Cabela’s nationwide!

2010 October 4
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If you’re browsing around in Cabela‘s in the near future, make sure and notice Smith’s new floor merchandiser! Check it out, and then tell us what you think!

Happy shopping everyone!

Combo (both electric and manual sharpeners) view:

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Smith’s Electric Knife Sharpeners

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Smith’s Manual Knife Sharpeners

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Using the Diamond Edge Pro Electric Knife Sharpener

2010 September 3
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Question via Ask the Expert:

I have the Smith’s Diamond Edge Pro electric knife sharpener. I am wondering what the angle of edge it puts on knifes. I own some shun cutlery, am I able to use them with the sharpener?

Please let me know as I do not want to ruin these knifes.

Thanks,

Jamie

Edge Expert Response:

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for contacting us! The interlocking diamond wheels on the Diamond Edge Pro® (item # 50023) are set at 35⁰ degrees (17.5⁰ degrees per side).  This is very close to the angles used by Shun Knives (16⁰ degrees per side; 32⁰ combined), so it would be acceptable to use the Diamond Edge Pro® to sharpen these knives and not ruin them.

However, please be sure not to do too many strokes through interlocking diamond wheels because it does remove metal quickly.  I would suggest 5 pulls for a normal used knife that needs re-sharpening and 6 – 10 pulls through the diamond wheels for an extremely dull knife that is badly in need of sharpening.  Always finish/polish the edge with 5 or 6 pulls through the manual ceramic finishing (fine) slot.  In addition, please DO NOT to use the manual carbide (coarse) sharpening slot under any circumstances with his Shun knives.  These abrasives could damage your cutting edge.

Let us know if you have any additional questions!

Russ Cowen, Marketing Manager


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6001_knifeDiamond Edge Pro Electric Knife & Scissors Sharpener:($119.99)

Edge Pro Technology features interlocking diamond wheels which delivers fast and precise sharpening of both sides of your blade at the same time. This reduces the amount of time needed to sharpen your knife, leaves no micro-burrs on the edge and assures equal treatment of both sides of the knife edge.  Currently Interlocking Diamond Wheels can only be found on commercial grade sharpening machines.

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2010 BLADE Show and International Cutlery Fair

2010 August 6
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by Expert_101

blade_4Smith’s continued its annual tradition of participating in the BLADE Show and International Cutlery Fair over the first week in June.  The 29th Annual Blade Show, the largest in history, was quite possibly also the most successful BLADE Show for all involved.  It took place in the Cobb Galleria Center of Atlanta, Georgia, June 4-6, 2010.  Nine hundred exhibitors displayed their edged wares, including 175 booth holders and 725 tables. Every major knife manufacturer in the world, and the planet’s greatest custom knifemakers, collectors, dealers and purveyors took their places on the show floor.  Smith’s was also a part of the action on the show floor with a 10’ x 10’ booth just off the main entrance, in which there were numerous knife, tool, and scissors sharpeners sold and plenty of discussion about the best way to sharpen a knife.blade_1

The excitement over the weekend’s seminars was unparalleled.  Taking place during the show, attendees enjoyed seminars on blade grinding, knife throwing, bladesmithing for kids, forging, Japanese sword cutting, sword fighting techniques, and renaissance sword fencing.  Meanwhile an unprecedented number of knives, swords, tomahawks, daggers, dirks, bowies, pocketknives, hunters, tactical folders, fixed blades, and knife accessories were viewed, bought, sold and traded.  The Blade Show proved once again that it is the place to be for knife and edge care enthusiasts.

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Smith’s New Headquarters- Grand Opening!

2010 July 23
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Smith’s is excited to announce the opening of the 35,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center.  Founded over 124 years ago and located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the new worldwide headquarters is home to the United States and International sales team, in-house marketing and product development personnel, and customer service.

smiths-new-buidling-2010-005On July 9, 2010, Smith’s employees gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Chamber of Commerce with a BBQ lunch held after the ceremony.

Richard Smith, President of Smith’s, stated that Smith’s is “committed to providing innovative new products to consumers at a great value.  This new facility helps us stream line our process under one roof.  We are excited by the companies continued success and look forward to the future opportunities this new location will help us develop.”

Smith’s, a world leader for sharpening tools since 1886, will utilize the new facility to enhance the operation, design and manufacturing of knife and scissor sharpeners as well as advance the mass, sporting goods and housewares market.

Dan Glidden, CEO of Smith’s, confirms that “the completion of our new building is a big step in our company’s progress and it is definitely something to be celebrated!”

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FLW Tour Event – 2010 Chevy Open – Hot Springs, AR

2010 July 1
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flw_3Smith’s participated in the fourth stop on the FLW tour over the Memorial Day weekend, the 2010 Chevy Open in beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas.  The event was a 3 day tournament with more than 137 participants that came down to just 5 professionals fishing for the $125,000 grand prize.  In the end, National Guard pro Brent Ehrler proudly displayed his first place check for winning the 2010 Chevy Open, but Brent wasn’t the only person having a good time for the weekend.  Thousands of adults and kids of all ages were treated to one of the best events of the year, the FLW Family Fun Zone.  With a casting pool, trout fishing pond, boat simulators, surf boards, climbing walls, and a ropes course, there was plenty to do and enjoy.

flw_2Smith’s participated in the Family Fun Zone with a 20’ x 10’ booth of knife, tool, and scissors sharpening products.  “Being a hometown vendor, it was nice to support such a great family event and sell a few sharpeners too,” said Richard Smith, President.  Smith’s was one of twenty or so vendors to setup shop inside the Hot Springs Convention Center, but one of only a few that were from the local area.

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