regular sharpening after heavy use will keep your blades in good condition.
we use a Swiss Istor for on-the-go sharpening, but advise detailed sharpening with whetstones when you can fit it in. We offer Gouken Sharpening Stones in three different grits, or an Okatsune Stone for general use.
Sharpen secateurs and snips every one or two weeks depending on use.
Sharpen shears and clippers every time you use them for best results.
Soak stones in water for 5 minutes before use and keep wet during use
With the concave edge of the blade against the convex edge of the stone, move from the pivot toward the tip of the blade, following the curve as you go. Move back and forth along the whole length of the blade, using as much of the stone as possible.
For straight-bladed shears, use the flat side of the stone
Turn the secateurs over, and use the flat side of the stone to smooth the burr off the inside of the blade.
Use the convex edge of the stone to clean off the curved edge of the bypass.
Japanese steel is hard and sharp, and can be more brittle than some people are used to. It will chip if abused.
Do not cut wire, metal, stone, plastic, or any other hard material.