Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Bandaids Are a Bonus

I finally took the Reverend Dr. Biggles' advice and had my motley collection of bought and inherited knives professionally sharpened. In an earlier, less enlightened post, I had blogged about my satisfaction with having sharp knives in my kitchen, thanks to my handy dandy electric sharpener - and was laughed to scorn by the aforementioned Biggles for being satisfied with that pathetic level of lethality in my cutlery.

My good friend, Barbara Giles, an artist of incredible creativity, beauty and determination, has recently taken up the skill of knife sharpening. Artists in our culture can rarely make a living from their work, no matter how gorgeous and ingenious it is, so she learned from an experienced craftsman and now has her own business. I took her six of my knives to be sharpened and she gave me some loaners to use in the meantime. Even the loaners were a revelation, sharp and sure. I picked up my own knives today and the difference, before and after, is amazing.

Dammit, Biggles was right.

Biggles, I bow to your superior knowledge. Barbara, thank you from the bottom of my cook's heart.

Go let Barbara help you, too. Six knives for the bargain price of $25 (currently - get 'em while she's still an unknown!). She is in Novato. She is a goddess. And your knives come back with her signature bandaid attached.


Blogger katiez said...

In theory, you won't need the bandaids - Dull knives cut, not sharp ones...
Of course, if you do manage to cut yourself with a sharp knife...
I get mine sharpened regularly. In Andorra, we had a guy on a bicycle with a knife sharpener strapped to the back that rode around the villages..

Sunday, November 11, 2007  
Blogger Dagny said...

I will need the bandaids because I cut myself with everything. I long ago gave up trying to figure out from where the mystery nicks on my hands have come. Heck. I gave myself a papercut on my tongue the other day while licking an envelope shut.

Sunday, November 11, 2007  
Blogger Kelly Mahoney said...

If you have good knives, it's worth getting them done professionally. It's usually dull knives that create more injuries because you're struggling with the cutting implement and using far too much force (so I've been told).;

Sunday, November 11, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

KatieZ, what a charming mental picture I have of your mobile knife sharpener! When I lived in France, the greengrocer came around with a little truck and filled the orders on the spot.

Dagny, ouch! A paper cut is no fun, but on one's tongue - eek!

Kelly, welcome. I think you're right, plus it's just so nice not to struggle when working in the kitchen. Sharp knives are heaven!

Sunday, November 11, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Wahooo! I don't suck!

Yeah, ain't that refreshing. Just keep yer knuckle's tucked and put a flat edge to that tuber before you begin the slicing.

Oddly enough, there are some pretty nice, inexpensive rigs out there that allow you to achieve a profesional edge on your own. It's really not that tough.

Plus, Eric Weiss (I post about his workshops on MH) can show you exactly how it's to be done.

Of course, having several different steels at your ready really help to maintain a nice edge as well. I sharpen my rigs about every 3 months (heavy use).

xo, Biggles

Monday, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Hey, Biggles, thanks for the additional tips.

Monday, November 12, 2007  
Anonymous Barbara Giles said...

Thanks for this great post, Zoomie, and all the great comments. This is my first Blog experience...wheeeee.

Monday, November 12, 2007  
Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

My Mr Brown knows the way to a girl's heart, sometimes I go to the knife block and BINGO the knives have been sharpened by his clever self (he sharpens my secateurs too).

Tuesday, November 13, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Barbara, welcome to the blogosphere! You're gonna love it!

DMM, that Mr. Brown is definitely a keeper! I've read about how great he is - hang on tight to that one! :-)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007  

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