In Santa Fe, we take Halloween pretty seriously. For the City Different, the whole month of October is an extended holiday. We like it so much it actually carries on into early November with Dia De Los Muertos, also called Day of the Dead. We here at Wicked Edge are no exception. This month’s letter has some fun seasonal stuff, some research, and some news on Holiday shipping. Read on and have a Happy Halloween!
Every October our office takes a little time out for a Pumpkin Carving Party. We do this not just for the fun of it, but because we can gather a little intel on knife sharpening and how you can personalize your knives for different unique tasks. Over the years, we’ve found that coarser, toothier edges tend to perform better than more refined edges when it comes to cutting through thick pumpkin shells. As all scientific tests must be repeated, we’ve done something similar this year. Each member of our crew sharpened a knife to their choice of angle and grit, ranging from 50 grit all the way to 6 micron. All in all, there wasn’t great deal of difference from one knife to another and, because we were only using the knives we ourselves had sharpened, the results were pretty subjective. One point that did come up was the flat-sided knives we were using tended to get stuck. This was probably due to the wet, pulpy flesh of pumpkin actually creating a suctioning effect. Serrations, a blood groove, or even the depressions on a Santoku knife would definitely mitigate this effect.
Holiday Shipping Deadlines
We’re coming up fast on the Holiday Shopping season! We’ll continue to keep all our customers abreast of the latest news to come from USPS and UPS regarding Thanksgiving and Christmas shipping. This year’s Holiday Deadlines are listed below. We’ll be posting these days in our November and December newsletters as well just in case there are any changes. Please keep in mind that Christmas is on a Sunday this year so services such as UPS will not be making deliveries on the 24th. As always, if you have any shipping questions or special instructions, just let us know.
UPS Ground: Last day for delivery by November 23 is NOVEMBER 17. Last day for delivery by December 23 is DECEMBER 19.
UPS 3 Day Select: Last day for delivery by November 23 is NOVEMBER 18. Last day for delivery by December 23 is DECEMBER 19.
UPS 2nd Day Air: Last day for delivery by November 23 is NOVEMBER 21. Last day for delivery by December 23 is DECEMBER 21.
UPS Next Day Air: Last day for delivery by November 23 is NOVEMBER 22. Last day for delivery by December 23 is DECEMBER 22.
USPS Priority Mail: Priority mail can take up to 3 business days to deliver depending on the destination, so for delivery by November 23 be sure to order by 5pm MT on Nov. 18. For delivery by December 23, order by 5pm MT December 19.
For international shipments, please refer to the chart on this page. For APO addresses, check this page.