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How to Sharpen Poultry Processing Knives

Maintaining a sharp inventory of poultry processing knives is crucial for operational efficiency. A dull knife slows production, increases the effort required, and can lead to worker injuries. 

However, the challenge of consistently sharpening knives in-house can overwhelm even the most diligent processing teams. Wolff Industries understands the immense pressure processors face with sharpening. The good news is that your knife sharpening doesn't have to be a burden with the right tools, training, and maintenance.

Read on to learn proven techniques to keep your knives sharp and personnel safe.

Understanding the Sharpening Tools

A dedicated employee often manually sharpens poultry processing knives on large commercial sharpening equipment. However, robotic sharpeners are gaining popularity. These machines allow the employee to load a hopper full of knives for automatic sharpening. 

While robotic sharpeners offer automation and efficiency, there's also a need for manual precision and control in knife sharpening. The innovative Tru-Hone poultry knife sharpening system strikes a balance between advanced technology and the hands-on approach required in poultry processing plants. 

These highly effective and durable knife-sharpening machines come in light commercial and heavy commercial configurations. Made in the U.S., Tru-Hone knife sharpeners offer a range of features and benefits, including:

  • Lightning-fast results with the revolutionary contra-rotating honing wheels that simultaneously sharpen both bevels of a knife edge.
  • Say goodbye to tedious waiting times as the LC model boasts one-minute knife sharpening.
  • Enjoy complete control with our variable speed control feature, allowing you to adapt the sharpening process to your preferences.
  • Achieve the perfect cutting angle with the adjustable capability that accommodates several angles.
  • Benefit from the robust 0.5 HP motor, ensuring reliable performance.
  • Durable, stainless steel construction built to withstand the demands of commercial use.
  • One-year warranty for your peace of mind.
  • The kit includes the LC model with HW220 Honing Wheels on the machine, a convenient stand, two drive belts, and a belt tool for easy maintenance.

While the Tru-Hone system is unavailable on our website, you can order it through our catalog or contact us.  

Safety Measures in Knife Sharpening

Safety is paramount when sharpening poultry knives. Using cut-resistant gloves and aprons can significantly reduce the risk of accidental cuts. A sharp knife is more efficient and safer, reducing the likelihood of injuries on the processing line.

Wolff Industries is committed to enhancing workplace safety. We have recently expanded our product line to include chainmail gloves and aprons. These additions offer superior protection and meet the rigorous demands of poultry processing lines. You can also find these new safety items in our catalog.  

Step-by-Step Guide to Sharpen a Poultry Processing Knife

A poultry processing knife's lifespan varies widely based on its usage. However, proper sharpening significantly extends its life. A skilled sharpener using high-quality equipment and removing minimal metal can increase a knife's lifespan by 50%.

Poultry knives also get thicker as they get sharpened over time. The below three steps will help thin the blades and restore them to a factory look and feel. 

Step 1: Start by hollow grinding the knife. This technique thins the blade and restores its factory look and feel, making it crucial for keeping knives efficient and safe. Ensuring the knives are properly tapered increases production and yield and reduces the risk of costly injuries when using dull knives.

Step 2: After hollow grinding, use a honing machine with two pairs of contra-rotating wheels. This process sharpens both bevels of the knife edge simultaneously, taking less than a minute per knife.

Step 3: Finally, run the knives through a polisher with higher grit wheels. This adds a smooth finish to the cutting edge, allowing for easier slicing through poultry meat.

The benefit of this 3-step process is that it increases production and yield while reducing costly injuries from dull and inefficient knives. However, it’s important to remember that the sharpening process can differ significantly depending on the equipment used.

Additional Maintenance Steps

Proper maintenance of poultry knives goes beyond sharpening. Using knife steels and mousetraps is crucial in maintaining the cutting edge between sharpening sessions. Wolff Industries does not currently provide these tools, but we are considering adding them to our future offerings. We recommend customers check with their distributors for these essential maintenance tools.

Wolff Industries’ Sharpening Training

Customers interested in knife sharpening techniques can reach Wolff Industries by phone or email. We adapt our sessions to meet each client's specific requirements. These sessions equip new and existing customers to use our equipment and tools effectively. 

Our team conducts in-person sessions at customer locations, providing hands-on experience. Additionally, we offer live online sessions for urgent needs or when in-person attendance is not feasible. This flexible approach guarantees every client access to essential expertise. 

The Wolff Industries Difference

At Wolff Industries, we are committed to providing top-notch sharpening equipment and training to help your poultry processing operations run smoothly and safely. Our range of products and expert training enhances productivity and extends the life of your knives. 

Remember, a well-maintained knife is not just a tool; it's the heartbeat of your poultry processing operation. Keep it sharp with Wolff Industries. 

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