Safe and easy to use, this two-stage knife sharpener requires nothing but a few easy strokes to keep blades sharp. Its V-shaped cutting head with two crossed carbide blades puts a quick edge on knives. Simply place the gadget on a flat work surface and hold the E-Z grip handle with one hand and the knife handle with the other. Insert the knife blade fully into the slot at a 90-degree angle to the sharpener and pull down and back three or four times to sharpen. After setting the knife's edge with the carbide side, use the unit's ceramic side to nicely finish the edge. The gadget also comes equipped with a built-in scissors sharpener. To use, stand the sharpener on end with the non-skid rubber pad on the work surface and repeat the same process as if sharpening a knife. A "floating" round sharpening rod conforms to the exact angle of right- or left-handed scissors, sharpening both blades at the same time. The two-stage knife-and-scissor sharpener measures 8 by 3 by 1-1/2 inches.