The Ideal Dental Instrument Sharpener
I started a series with my last blog about the properties of the ideal hand sharpener. I discussed the hardness of the sharpener and its ability to break down during use. This controlled wearing down of the sharpener creates a fresh sharpening surface for each stroke. The result of this is a more efficient sharpener.
In future blogs, I’ll touch on other properties and benefits of the ideal hand dental instrument sharpener. Before we proceed, let’s make the case for the use of a hand sharpener over a mechanical sharpener. Those of you who have read my blogs in the past know I’m not a fan of mechanical sharpeners. Why? Because I can do a better job and do it faster with a hand sharpener. I can avoid buying another unnecessary gadget for the office and, as you know, dentists and hygienists love gadgets. If you don’t believe me look around your office basement and see how many latest and greatest gadgets are collecting dust.
Why do I prefer hand sharpeners? Here’s a few reasons:
• A hand sharpener is engineered to sharpen fast and efficiently.
• Once you perfect your technique, it is actually easier to sharpen by hand.
• Again, once you perfect your technique, it is faster to sharpen by hand (a lot faster).
• It is more convenient to sharpen by hand because you can sharpen chair-side.
• By sharpening chair-side, your instruments are constantly sharp.
• Hand sharpeners can be autoclaved, again, allowing you to sharpen chair-side.
• At the end of the day you don’t have a lab full of instruments that need to be sharpened.
More on this topic next time.