Step 1: We will start the edging process with a 30 micron disc. While holding the fixture with your right hand, set the Hira-To® speed to 3 (30%) and turn the machine on so the disc is spinning clockwise.

Step 2: Lay the blade on the disc and gently rock the blade back and forth in the fixture while watching for a burr to come up. Be careful not to rock too much onto the tip or into the throat of the blade. Do your best to follow the gentle curve of the cutting edge.

Step 3: Once you see that your burr has come up, lift the blade off the disc, rotate the fixture, check the cosmetics (dead spots, appearance of the convex front surface, etc.), and feel for a burr. *If the blade needs more work or if you cannot feel a burr, continue to work the blade on the disc until you achieve a satisfactory edge.

Step 4: Once you have completed your sharpening on the 30 micron disc, set the Hira-To® to the neutral position, remove the 30 micron disc, and replace it with a 15.

Step 5: Leave the Hira-To® speed set at 3 and turn the machine on so the machine is spinning clockwise.

Step 6: Lay the blade on the disc and gently rock the blade back and forth in the fixture. Be careful not to rock too much onto the tip or into the throat of the blade. Do your best to follow the gentle curve of the cutting edge.

Step 7: After working your blade on the 15 micron disc, lift the blade off the disc, rotate the fixture, and check the cosmetics (appearance of the convex front surface). *If the scratches are still too deep from the 30 micron disc, continue to work the blade on the disc until you smooth the convexed surface of the blade (Note: We do this step to smooth over the scratches from the 30 micron disc).

Step 8: Once you have completed your sharpening on the 15 micron disc, set the Hira-To® to the neutral position, remove the 15 micron disc, and replace it with a9.

Step 9: Set the Hira-To® speed at 6 and turn the machine on so the machine is spinning clockwise.

Step 10: Lay the blade on the disc and gently rock the blade back and forth in the fixture. Be careful not to rock too much onto the tip or into the throat of the blade. Do your best to follow the gentle curve of the cutting edge.

Step 11: After working your blade on the 9 micron disc, lift the blade off the disc, rotate the fixture, and check the cosmetics (appearance of the convex front surface). *If the scratches are still too deep from the 15 micron disc, continue to work the blade on the disc until you smooth the convexed surface of the blade. (Note: We do this step to smooth over the scratches from the 15 micron disc.)

Step 12: Remove the blade from the fixture and wet your Shapton 6,000 grit water-stone.

Step 13: Place the blade on the water-stone at a 45º angle with the cutting edge facing away from you.

Step 14: Place your fingers on the blade. Put about 10-12 lbs. of pressure over the screw hole and draw the blade toward you. This will pull back your burr.

Step 15: Remove the blade, wipe off your water-stone and re-wet. Then wipe off your blade and place your blade back on the water-stone at 45º, and work your blade back and forth until a consistent ride-line is achieved.

Step 16: Repeat steps 1 – 15 for the second blade.

Step 17: Once you have edged and worked the inside line on both of your blades, insert the first blade into the fixture.

Step 18: Place your felt polishing disc on the head and set your Hira-To speed to 10.

Step 19: If necessary, apply diamond paste to your felt disc before polishing. See applying diamond paste on page 17 for information on how to apply the diamond paste.

Step 20: Start your machine with the head turning clockwise. Note – if you are doing a true left hand shears start the machine with the head turning in the counter clockwise direction. The red counter clockwise indicator light will be flashing.

Step 21: Place your blade on the spinning disc and gently rock the blade back and forth in the fixture.

Step 22: Be sure to rotate your fixture to the full stop position on every rotation to ensure proper polishing of the cutting edge.

Step 23: After polishing the blade for 30 seconds or so, lift your blade off the disc, rotate the head of your fixture, and check your cosmetics. You are checking to see if the blade is finely polished and the majority of the scratches have been removed. You will NOT be able to feel a burr.

Step 24: Once you have achieved a finely polished edge, repeat steps 17 – 23 for your second blade.