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The role of ‘The Carver’ in the Renaissance Court

The talented carver (trinciante) had a special role in the Renaissance court. He alone would be expected to cut the bread, fruit, meat and fish in full view of the banqueting guests. The actual carving of the meat was a demanding performance that was meant

The Best Man And His Sword

The origin of the best man as an integral part of wedding proceedings is in interesting one. The tradition is thought to be Germanic Goth and stem from a time where people were expected to take a bride from within the community. With an inadequate supply

Top 5 Strangest Knife Designs

Although there are many different styles of knives, from the everyday chef’s knife, to a bear claw Karambit, we are all used to them being designed using similar principles and materials; i.e a piece of steel with a sharp edge attached to a handle. However,

Best Way to Clean a Chef’s Knife

Whether you’re a professional chef or handy in the kitchen at home, your chef’s knife is going to see regular action. As the workhorse of the kitchen it is very important that you keep your knife clean. This of course is vital for hygiene reasons,

Best Fillet Knife Buyer’s Guide (Updated for 2017)

Whether you’re fisherman requiring a fish fillet knife to properly prepare the day’s catch, or you’ve bought some fresh fish from the market and you need the right tool to make sure the meat is cleaned and cut properly, we have dove right in to

The Best Wharncliffe Blade (Updated 2017)

The Wharncliffe blade is very similar in profile to a sheep’s foot and people often get the two mixed up. However, on the Wharncliffe, the curve of the back edge starts closer to the handle and extends to the tip of the knife in a more

Missing Knife From O.J Simpson Trial Found After 22 Years (Maybe!)

How’s this for a turn up. The missing knife (and murder weapon) used in the killing of O.J. Simpson’s wife 22 years ago may have been found. The knife, originally discovered by a construction worker was given to a retired police officer four years after the

The World’s Sharpest Knife?

Here at Sharpen-up we fully endorse sharp tools. In the quest for ultimate sharpness, we like to keep an eye out on the Internet to see just how crazy sharp some are able to hone their knives. Take this little video that we came across