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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sharp Knives- The Only Kind I've Got!




About once a year, I get my automatic knife sharpener down from the closet, and give my set of Wusthof knives a thorough sharpening. Throughout the year, I just use a ceramic sharpener, and touch them up with a Butchers' steel.. The three stage sharpener is easy and fast, and I have always felt a sharp knife is safer than a dull one! Take note: These are working knives, not "show" knives.. Wusthof uses a blend of steel that makes them pretty corrosion resistant, and still easy to sharpen- unlike the usual 440C Stainless steel knives! The handles do not like the dishwasher- I learned that after it was too late..Missing in photo- the kitchen scissors, which didn't need sharpening this day.. Even with all my kitchen gizmos, I still prefer to use a knife!

28 comments:

deb said...

That picture of you reminds of Wilson from Home Improvement. ;)

doggybloggy said...

scary much? GREAT knives, thats way more than I have...and its 12:15 on your watch is that am or pm?

buffalodickdy said...

deb- Well, I don't look as good as some people do in a bikini..
dogB- 12:15 pm- and I love that watch! Seiko Kinetic; never wind, mechanical motion charges a capacitor, which stores the home made electricity and meters it to a quartz movement!

pinknest said...

look at all those knives!!!

Dana said...

I think you should have saved the photo for tomorrow - you could have been half-nekkid!

Finn said...

My what big knives you have...

TentCamper said...

look at you Mr.Ninja!!!!

The sharpest knife in my house is my camping buck knife. hen we have like 3 kitchen knives....all dull. would not know how to sharpen them right anyway. ......teach me , oh master of the kitchen!!!!!

Beth said...

ahhhhh....i love sharp knives. now if I only had one, life would be great!

leezee52 said...

I sharpen my knives before I use them just with a sharpening rod...it works great!

Anndi said...

wow

Akelamalu said...

Ooooh that photo looks like a surgeon's table all set for an operation!

MWM has a thing about kitchen knives so I didn't show him the photo as he'd have got all glassy eyed! ;)

Mona said...

Yikes! the sight of all those knives gives me jitters! I can imagine what all they can chop !

buffalodickdy said...

pink- Knives are your friends..
dana- I have been paid good money to put my clothes back on...
finn- Big damn knives are what I do best...
tenter- I can sharpen a knife with a friggin' rock! All about angle, tool geometry, etc...
Beth- bring them to my house, I will make the surgery tools you've always wanted..
leezee- Butchers steel, not sharpening rod... Gaaaaah!!!
anndi- Wow indeed!
Ake- You let that man of yours have good, sharp knives- You will love the look on his face.. Men need a good knife!
Mona- That one I'm holding, is a rib knife, can cut the ends off a bunch of celery clean off in one pass...

MarmiteToasty said...

When we was kids, there use to be a bloke that came around the estate on a bike with a little trailer on the back, he was 'The Knife Grinder'... I remember he would come in the spring and all the mothers would wander outside when he shook this huge handbell... and he would turn the grinding wheel with a manual footpedal (like on an old singer sewing machine)... use kids would watch in fasination and sometimes there was even sparks..... my mother never used The Knife Grinder Man, but prefered to sharpen our main kitchen knife by grinding it on the back flat smooth stone step.......

Something that I do myself today in this little cottage....

Fanks for nudging that memory from the shelves of me mind........ and oh my, you have loads of knives :)

x

G-Man said...

The very best kitchen tool is a sharp knife.
I also use a ceramic sharpener AND a steel rod.(No double-entendre intended)
You are getting pretty revealing there son......G :-)

TavoLini said...

Wowza--great set of knives! That's one area of my kitchen I haven't invested in, yet. I keep using the old, cheap ones--hopefully they'll fall apart soon!

buffalodickdy said...

marmy- I would love to make or sharpen knives for a living... After 35 years in the steel business, my love for steel has not diminished, but selling it has gotten very stale..
G-man- I have knives, and have consulted on what to make knives from... I love the darn things!
Tavolini- I have knives I bought used at gun shows for 3 bucks! I bought my son a handmade knife from a guy in the area for $200! Probably worth a thousand by now!

Gnightgirl said...

I'll definitely sent a link to this to Clint; he's been buying up Wusthof knives on the side, saving them for the new kitchen christening. That's going to be *quite* a day!

Urban Vegan said...

Finally the mystery man emerges...

I couldn't agree with you more about sharp knives. We also have Wusthoff knives and have been very happy with them. I sharpen them with a whetstone, but I should have them sharpened professionally.

leezee52 said...

Thanks so much for visiting me on my special day…I could hardly sleep last night I was so excited!

Lee :)

Michelle Ann said...

That's alot of knives...I have many knives, but I always end up using the same two...no matter what. But I still covet as many as I can buy.

buffalodickdy said...

gnightgirl- Don't know Clint, but aquired my collection over two years.. Have two blocks of knife holders from the company to hold them all!
UrbanV- The sharpener shown is used sparingly, as it will remove metal from the blade!
Leezee- Hope it's everything you hope it will be..
michelle- Truth be told, I use about eight of those knives often.. the others, occasionally..

Jeff B said...

Life is too short for dull knives. Have you ever used any of the ceramic knives? I hear they're wicked sharp and are great to own.

buffalodickdy said...

Jeff-I am familiar with ceramics both industrial uses and recreational (Hunting knives!) They are silly sharp, and hold an edge a loooong time! Hard, but not impossible to sharpen... Not terribly tough- that's the trade off between hard and tough..

Bina said...

I really, REALLY wish I had a great set of knives like that!

Tanya Kristine said...

damn. you're like Dexter!

buffalodickdy said...

bina- Love my knives... Have throwing knives, hunting knives, cooking knives, I'm the Bubba Shrimp of knives.. :)
tanya- Yup!

doggybloggy said...

does his chubby grin and pokey hands scare you? or is that.....