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WHY BUY A CERAMIC PRODUCT?
Why not? Imagine knives and scissors which go months to years without sharpening. Kyocera Ceramic Application Products are a unique alternative to metal-based products.

Kyocera knives have a unique blade made of zirconium oxide, an advanced material that is second in hardness only to diamond. This special blade will hold its edge much longer than steel, will never rust and won't alter the look or taste of food. Your Kyocera advanced ceramic knife will bring you many years of trouble-free use when you follow these instructions:

USE
Ideal for for straight cuts of fruits, vegetables and boneless meats
Always use with a plastic or wood cutting board. Avoid cutting on marble, stone, glass, plates, or tile
Use your conventional steel knives for carving, prying, boning, and cutting frozen food and cheese. These applications involve twisting and flexing, which require a more flexible material than ceramic.

CARE
Hand wash with water and liquid dish soap; do not wash in the dishwashert
For discolorations not removed by normal washing, wash the blade only with a mild bleach solution

AVOID
Dropping on hard surfaces
Hitting against china or flatware
Putting the blade in open flame (ceramic conducts heat)
Scraping hard surfaces
Turning the blade on its side to smash garlic or other items
Applying force to the side of the blade

STORAGE
Store in a knife block / sheath / tray or on a dish drain.
Use care when storing and removing the knife from a knife block to avoid tip damage.
Storing any knife upright (sharp edge up) or sideways in a knife block reduces wear to the knife edge.

WEAR
All knives dull over time. A soft metal blade (stainless steel) “rolls” as it becomes dull. Harder metals (such as high carbon steels, titanium, or carbide) hold their edge longer, but dull differently. As the material hardens, it becomes less forgiving and tends to slightly chip instead of roll. Advanced ceramic blades are simply the next and final step on this hardness scale, harder than any metal.

Ceramic starts out sharper--and stays sharper--longer. In time, you may notice micro abrasions or nicks on the blade’s edge. This is the normal process by which any hard material blade will dull. The existence of microchips does not necessarily mean the knife is dull. You will find that it performs well for quite some time. When the knife becomes too dull to use, Kyocera’s resharpening process will “flatten out” the edge of the blade (removing all chips) and then reestablish a new sharp edge. Larger chips and broken tips can often be corrected by resharpening as well.

Kyocera ceramic products are perfect for general applications requiring superior edge retention or wear resistance. They are also ideal for special applications requiring chemically inert, non-magnetic, non-conductive, or non-contaminating materials.

 A forged metal blade is soft and susceptible to chemical corrosion. Over time its edge "rolls" and "pits".
 
 Kyocera's zirconium oxide blade resists this wear and holds its edge for months to years without sharpening.

Kyocera knives and utensils have many advantages over steel products:

Ultra-Sharp Long Life Blade...
Holds its edge much longer than steel. Lasts many months or years without sharpening.

Stain and Rust Proof...
Impervious to the food acids which discolor steel products.

No Metallic Taste or Smell...
Maintains the fresh taste of food. Won't brown fruits and vegetables.

Easy to Clean...
Non-stick ceramic surface makes for easy clean-up.

Easy to Use...
Lightweight and perfect balance make it a pleasure to use.

FOR SHARPENING:

North America
KYOCERA TYCOM Corporation

3565 Cadillac Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1401
USA
Knife Resharpening /Warranty Department
Tel: 888-700-7371
Fax: 714-428-3608

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