This is my latest maintenance device. It is a MAC ceramic touch-up rod. Basically it got some grit so it can be used for much more than touch-up tasks. I have heard good things about this device
and it is a bit different from traditional sharpening steels because this fulfills a sharpening role as well. In the box comes some information on how to use it and that it is important to clean it after use. It can be used in several directions and with different
angles. The paper information just shows the basic use. Ceramic rod can be used for honing, sharpening, polishing and other maintenance. It is best for the touch-up and correcting maintenance. It is a wonderful maintenance device and it is again the pressure
applied that determine the result. Only light pressure is necessary when using it.
If you read my articles and pages you will find information on diamond coated stones and how the best performance
comes after using it a few times. This is the case with ceramic rods too. If you look on the surface of the rod you can see some nubs and surface differences. My advice is to use a test knife, perhaps the one you use to break in a diamond stone. Use it on
the new ceramic rod a few times to make sure the surface is without the nubs. Sometimes you may have to use it a few times to have it ready for use. For sure there is a limit for how perfect it has to be. Most would start using it momentarily with a result
they are happy with. For those that want the best result then it is smart to use the ceramic rod a few times. Clean it each time and then you will have it ready for a very good result.
you look on the handle at the place of the MAC engraving you can see a flat section. Take advantage of that when on the table preventing it from rolling. This flat section also makes it possible to use the rod on the table when using it. It also got a lanyard
to hang it up with. All these factors mentioned are important because you can damage the rod if it falls down on a hard floor.
I have already used mine and the surface is already better. It brings out a very good result. I recommend using a very light pressure frequently to have the edges ready all the time!
Typically it is best for larger knives but if you use it on smaller SAKs with a cross motion you will achieve superior sharpness.