Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Ceramic Whetstone

Have you heard the story of the rookie lumberjack that showed up for work with a new axe? The first day he worked 8 hours and cut 10 units of wood. The next day he worked even harder, but only produced 8 units. He redoubled his efforts but came back with only 5 units. By the end of the week he had completely exhausted himself but only produced 2 units. He was bemoaning his lack of productivity around the campfire when an old lumberjack asked him a simple question.

When is the last time you sharpened your axe?

How often do you sharpen your knives? If you're like most people, only after you start to mistake them for butter knives.

One of the keys to knife safety is to always use a very sharp knife. A dull knife requires force to cut, which always increases your danger of bloodletting.

There are dozens of electric knife sharpeners out there, but frankly, nothing beats a good whetstone in the hands of someone that knows what they're doing. The W├╝sthof Ceramic Whetstone is an excellent investment -- I've still got the same whetstone set that I've had for 25 years!

Just spend about five minutes each week with your knives and you'll always have a razor sharp knife at hand to do the job.

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