Instructions for the use of the
Cutting Edge Technology™ White Honing Channel™ Sharpening
These are the basic instructions for the use of our line
of sharpening stones. More complete details are available at the time
of purchase, and we will even send you a FREE video with your order.
To clean the channels - use firm pressure to sandwich a thin piece of wet
cloth or gauze between the channel needing cleaning and a dental curette.
Draw the curette with the wet cloth or gauze through the stone channel.
Repeat as needed during the sharpening process. The sharpening stones are
fully autoclavable while the clear plastic test sticks are cold sterilizable.
The raspberry red plastic test sticks are fully autoclavable.
- Lubricate the channels with sterile gauze soaked in water or cold
sterilizing solution to help keep the metal filings of the curette to
be sharpened from clogging the channel. Flat surfaces of stones can
be used wet or dry.
- Hold the stone firmly on a hard surface such as a countertop.
- For those instruments that do not fit easily in the narrow channel,
simply use the wider channel.
- Seat the working end of the instrument at the far end of the channel
with the toe pointing away
from you. The side of the curette blade to be sharpened must rest parallel
and engage either wall of the channel (Illustration D).
- Rotate the instrument so that the entire length of the cutting edge
is in firm, steady contact while hugging the channel wall tipping the
entire cutting edge of the curette against the channel wall at least
to the angle of activation or greater (Illustrations C & D).
This would be similar to when one activates the cutting edge against
the root of a tooth. Some degree of tipping is necessary. Sickle scalers
can also be sharpened using the wider channel.
- Draw the instrument and its entire cutting edge in the direction of
the instrument's heel maintaining firm, steady contact while hugging
the channel wall. (Fig. 2)
- The conical side of the sharpening stone is designed to reshape and
smooth the facial surface of the instrument from heel to toe. The face
of all curettes should be smoothed, initially, when they come from the
manufacturer, and occasionally, when there is a need, during the life
of the instrument to correct any flaws incurred in usage (Fig. 3).
Check the instrument for sharpness using the enclosed
acrylic sticks. Hold the acrylic stick vertically and then place the
curette's cutting edge against the acrylic stick at the angle of activation
(approximately 80°), similarly to when one activates the cutting edge
against the root of a tooth for root planing. When properly reshaped
and resharpened, the cutting edge will bite into the acrylic with
minimal pressure (Fig. 4).
- CLEANING -- Because of the impervious nature of the stones, the fine
metal filings produced by the sharpening process stay on the surface
of the stones and do not interfere with the sharpening or honing process.
These can be easily removed by scrubbing with sterile gauze or cloth
soaked in water or a cold sterilizing solution. Any water soluble household
cleaner such as a scouring powder and a nylon dish pad, nylon brush,
or wash cloth can also be used.
For detailed instructions, please refer to the written directions OR
video included with your purchased product(s).
If additional cleaning is neccesary the stones can be soaked overnight
in Muriatic Acid (Hydrochloric Acid) 20 Baume (31.45%), following
all the precautions and directions found on the bottling
label of the Muriatic Acid. In addition, these above services are provided
free of charge if the sharpening stones
are sent to us with a payment of $7.95 to cover the return shipping and handling.
In summary, the Honing Channel™ is designed so only the
cutting edge will be in contact with the stone at any time during the
sharpening stroke. The White Honing Channel™ Sharpening Stone's uniquely
engineered design minimizes instrument abrasion (conserving metal), and
maintains instrument shape. Sharpening is uniform across the entire length
of the cutting edge of the curette restoring the extremely smooth, rounded
design of the lateral surface of the working end. The stone's fine grit
smoothes and polishes the instrument's working edges, thereby eliminating
any serrations on the facial and lateral surfaces of the cutting edge
and leaving no wire edges Improperly worn and damaged instruments can
be reshaped and resharpened using the White Honing Channel™ Sharpening
Stone, but this will take a little longer. However, the new Chocolate
Honing Channel™ Sharpening System was designed to accelerate the sharpening
process and is especially effective in quickly sharpening improperly worn
or damaged instruments. A very sharp cutting edge having length but no
thickness will be achieved following the above directions with the creation
of two extremely smooth surfaces coming together.
For pricing and other information about our Honing ChannelTM
Kits, please look here.