Checking sharpening results

Schärfergebnis prüfen

The softer the material to be cut, the sharper a blade must be to cut it. That is why the sharpness of Miming – the fabled sword of the Nibelungen from the Germanic saga »Wieland the Smith« – was tested on a felt hat floating in a stream. When it sliced the hat effortlessly, its sharpness was proven. A similar test was performed on a blade created by the legendary Japanese samurai-swordsmith Masamune. According to legend, his sword was placed in a creek where a maple leaf swam around it out of respect for the blade‘s sharpness. A ripe tomato is perfect for testing a blade‘s sharpness. The ability to slice one without exudation is one of the most veritable tests of a kitchen knife‘s sharpness.

Book Recommendations

Japanese Knife Sharpening

»Japanese Knife Sharpening«, Rudolf Dick.
Everything you ever wanted to know about sharpening Japanese knives: Step-by-step, with numerous illustrations, expert Dr. Rudolf Dick explains an exact and practical sharpening technique. This book also helps you select the correct sharpening stones and details the special characteristics of Japanese knives. Important practical tips for care and correct application complete this comprehensive work.
Numerous colour photographs and sketches, in English.
No. 713695

The Complete Guide to Sharpening«

»The Complete Guide to Sharpening«, Leonard Lee.
Tool-maker Leonard Lee presents the most effective
and fastest ways to accomplish every sharpening task.
The numerous sketches and illustrations show how to properly sharpen chisels, plane blades, knives, carving gouges, turning tools, drawknives, axes, hatchets, saws, drill bits, router bits, etc. 245 pages, paperback,
160 sketches, 255 b/w photographs, 220 x 285 mm, in English.
No. 713554

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