October 2013 Newsletter
October 2013 Newsletter
We just passed the Autumnal Equinox here in Santa Fe and we are thoroughly enjoying the ‘less hot’ season. Our trees are starting to turn gold and red and there is a definite nip in the air. While we’re all enjoying the more comfortable temperatures and the gorgeous foliage, we did experience some heavy rainfall and flooding in Dalton Canyon. On the bright side, hopefully fewer bears will come down into town looking for water. We’re looking forward to more football, more holidays, and eating a lot of pumpkin-based food.
For all our photography fans, be sure to look up the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is kicking off at the crack of dawn on October 5th. This annual festival is a great source of pride for all New Mexicans and draws photographers, hot-air balloon enthusiasts, and tourists from all over the world. The Balloon Fiesta is turning 41 this year and there are over 600 hot air balloons scheduled to launch from a field the size of 54 football fields. Hundreds of balloons in a rainbow of colors take flight over Albuquerque making for a spectacular sight. For more information (and more great pictures, check out the Balloon Fiesta Official Website.
(Photos by Cindy Petrhen, taken from the Balloon Fiesta website)
While the kids are all officially settled back into school, hunting season is underway. This is a very active part of the year for Wicked Edge for obvious reasons. We are especially excited this year as we are completely in-stock right now and have the brand new Chisel Attachment to announce! Keep reading for more information on our newest product.
New Product: The Wicked Edge Chisel Adapter
When people inquire about new products and innovations from Wicked Edge, they almost always ask about a chisel sharpening tool. After months of design and prototyping, we are very pleased to announce that the Wicked Edge Chisel Adapter is ready!
The Chisel Adapter can sharpen flat chisels up to 2” wide with the precision you’ve come to expect from Wicked Edge. The Adapter fits into the regular Wicked Edge sharpener clamp and can be tightened with an easy-to-turn wheel. The Adaptor also features a Stop Gate for precise and repeatable mounting of your chisels. The Chisel Adapter is completely compatible with all of our stones and strops and is designed to work perfectly with both regular and upgraded Wicked Edge Precision Sharpeners. We’re proud to say the Chisel Adapter is made in Vermont. Order yours now and you will receive it in 2-3 weeks! For more information, click here.
Featured Product: The Wicked Edge Illuminator
Fall means three things: Raking leaves, shorter days, and hunting season. While we can’t help you with the first one, we got you covered with the other two. The Wicked Edge Illuminator is a 4”, AUS-8 steel, fixed blade knife fitted with four ultra-bright LED lights in the textured handle. The Illuminator is great for hunting, camping, fishing, or any other task that requires a little extra light in the dark. The Illuminator runs on 2 AAA batteries and is water resistant. For more information, click here
Tips and Tricks: Sharpening Longer Blades
The Wicked Edge Sharpener is capable of sharpening a blade up to 17 inches long. This will cover the majority of knives out there. However, sometimes you may want to sharpen other things like machetes or swords. To do this you will need to sharpen your blade in multiple sections. Sharpen the first section with all of the stones and strops until you are satisfied with the finish. Then reposition the blade using the same angle and depth settings. Sharpen the next section using the same stones and strops. You should overlap your strokes over the previously finished section. This is to make sure your level of polish is uniform across the entire blade.
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