August 2015 Newsletter
It’s been a busy summer for us here at Wicked Edge, but as August rolls around we’re tying off a lot of loose ends and getting ready for Fall. Production of the Generation 3 Pro sharpeners has been finalized and we’ve made several improvements, most of which were suggested to us by customers that purchased sharpeners from our first production run. All new sharpeners shipping out have these new features, such as a rubber ‘bumper’ along the top of the clear plastic window on the back of the sharpener and tightening screws to reduce play in the arms. We’re also going to have the sharpeners powder coated for a brighter, more durable finish. We’re expecting the first group of Gen 3s in around 8/17 and another around 9/1. We’re working hard to get ready for these shipments so we can get backlogged orders out ASAP.
Sharpness Testing Continues
We’re always looking for ways to expand the scientific study of sharpening. Lately, we’ve been testing razor blades sharpened to various grits and recording their sharpness. However, we wanted to go a step beyond that and see how continuous use effects knifes of different angles. We sharpened two Victorinox chef’s knives to 20 and 15 degrees, respectively. Both knives have a 1000 grit finish. We tested their initial sharpness and over the next three weeks we’ll be using both every day to cut up food and then we’ll be retesting their sharpness to see how it’s changed. Our previous research indicates that the wider 20 degree angle will have the more durable edge, but the 15 degree bevel will start sharper and may very end sharper.
One of the tester knives in the process of being sharpened.
Vegetables ready for chopping.
Rusty's Rags Knife Care Kit
We have a great new product for those customers looking to go above and beyond in making their knives look great. We are now carrying Rusty’s Rags Knife Care Kit. The kit comes with a sheepskin pad, felt polishing cloth, and Rusty’s Rags Famous Knife Oil. We recommend using the Knife Care Kit after each sharpening to maintain a rust-free, highly polished knife.