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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


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

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,

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

How To Get A Smooth Black Patina On A Carbon Steel Blade

We have all seen a black finish on blades before. It has become more and more popular over recent years from everything to a quality flipper knife, to titanium dive knives. One of the major reasons being it looks damn cool. (From a practical perspective,

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Western vs Japanese Style Knives

Western Style Knives The fundamental difference between Western style knives and their Japanese counterparts, is the fact that the Western knife is sharpened on both sides of the blade. They therefore have what is called a symmetrical bevel. This obviously has an impact on the

A Short History Of The World Famous Swiss Army Knife

The Swiss Army Knife is recognized the world over. The bright red handle with a small white cross, concealing multiple blades and fold-out tools has been the go to pocket knife for boy scouts, army regiments and of course the everyman too, for over a

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How to Sharpen a Straight Edge Razor

Sharpening your straight edge razors need not be a chore once you have read this guide. The fact is, shaving with straight edge razors is very much coming back in vogue. A lot of men are taking their skin care and shaving practices more seriously

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Knife Sharpening Angles – What Does it all mean?

If you are relatively knew to the world of knives and sharpening, jargon surrounding the various angles for a knife can end up being a little confusing. Especially when it comes to purchasing a knife sharpener – how do you know which sharpening angles are

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How to Sharpen a Ceramic Knife

So how exactly does one go about sharpening a ceramic knife? Many people have ceramic knives in their kitchen, the reason for buying one in the first place is that ceramic is such a hard material. These knives last a long time. However, although ceramic

Knife Sharpening Services – Should you use one?

Here at sharpen-up, we have provided a vast number of reviews on knife sharpening tools, so that you can take care of your knives in the home, out in the field or in the work place. However, what if you wish to utilise the many

How to Sharpen a Sword with a Whetstone

Many people collect swords across America. And although we predominantly offer advice on how to sharpen kitchen knives and hunting / sports knives, the same techniques and tools can be used to sharpen swords too. And let’s face it, if you have purchased an expensive

Best Knife Sharpener for Survival Knives

Are you in need of the best knife sharpener for survival knives? By their very nature, a survival knife is used out on the field, (for why would you be using a survival knife around the house?) and this means that very often, the best

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Wusthof Knife Sharpeners Reviewed

The WÜSTHOF brand has a fantastic reputation in the world of knife production and sharpening. Originating in Solingen, Germany, the company is now 200 years old, with 7 generations of the Wusthof family present at the helm since 1814; a remarkable fete in today’s age


A Close Look at the Warthog V-Sharp Knife Sharpener Series

Warthog Knife Sharpeners are one of the most interesting series of products to hit the knife-sharpening arena in recent years. The company is relatively young, starting out in 1999 from South Africa, and since inception have striven to break the mold when it comes to

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Kitchen Knives – The Ultimate Guide

There are many styles of kitchen knives available. However, which knives can be used with a particular sharpener? What is all this 15, 25-degree angle business? In our next few article posts, we will attempts to explain all of this and more. First, let us

How to Sharpen a Knife

How to Sharpen a Knife

As I am sure you are aware, there are a number of ways to sharpen a knife. However, the methods and tools you will use vary depending on the type of knife you wish to sharpen, and the time you wish to invest in doing