Knife Sharpening

Knife sharpening refers to the practice of removing material from the bevels of a blade to sharpen the edge. There are any number of ways to sharpen a knife, from simply abrading it on a rock to stropping it on leather and others. There are also any number of types of sharpeners designed to do the job, including but not limited to standard bench stones, angle-guides, pull-through models, crossed ceramic sticks, electric models, belt grinders and more. A variety of abrasives are used in the process, including diamond-coated ones, the aforementioned ceramics, stones, sharpening steels, etc., all in a variety of grits from coarse to fine.

Knives Of Summer: Keep Those Puppies Sharp!

When you use one of our “Knives Of Summer,” you will need to sharpen that puppy. In fact, a little edge maintenance after each use—when feasible—is the best way to keep your knife sharp for the next time you need it.     GATCO’s Natural Arkansas Sharpening Kit is a great way to keep your...

Hones for the Sharpening Challenged

The CCKS 2-Step Knife Sharpener from Smith’s offers coarse tungsten carbide rods on top and extra-fine (1,000 grit) ceramic rods on bottom—both at pre-set angles for easy pull-through use—for sharpening and edge touch-ups/refinement, respectively. MSRP: $3.99. (Smith’s photo) If sharpening stumps you, try one or more of these simple yet effective sharpeners By Dave...

Check Out This Neat Download On Sharpening & Caring For Knives

The new Sharpen A Knife & Care For A Collection download is live in ShopBlade.   It’s a beautiful download, with incredible information from expert sources, an easy read and nice addition to the digital reference library. Here’s the link to the product in the store: http://www.shopblade.com/product/sharpen-a-knife-care-for-collection-download/   The price is $6.99 – for...

DMT Wins Global Trade Award

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts International Business Council (AIM-IBC) announced recipients of its 17th annual Global Trade Awards yesterday, and among the honorees is Diamond Machining Technology (DMT) of Marlborough, Massachusetts.     The awards recognize Massachusetts firms, institutions and public agencies of all sizes that have demonstrated excellence in international trade. “In addition to...

Schools of Sharper Learning

You can forge, grind, heat treat and finish a kukri at Dave Lisch’s Studio 4 Forging Facility in Seattle, Washington. (photo courtesy of Dave Lisch) Talk to anyone in the know in the factory knife industry and he or she will tell you most of the hottest knife styles, materials, mechanisms and more seen...

Knife Sharpener Of The Day II

Brainstormed by former BLADE® Ad Manager Steve McCowen, who developed it in concert with knifemaker Charles Kain, the Slide Sharp by Columbia River Knife & Tool is an ingenious angle-guide sharpener. To sharpen, pull the blade through a sharpening guide slot, pressing down lightly with a circular “locomotion” action. Repeat the same action as...

Knife Sharpener Of The Day I

     The first in our Knife Sharpener Of The Day series is the GATCO Edgemate Professional Knife Sharpening System.      Employing the GATCO exclusive knife clamp/angle guide to help attain a precise, razor-like edge on your blade, the system includes the clamp/angle guide, extra-coarse, coarse, medium and fine sharpening hones, a serrated blade sharpening...