Sharpness

I kind of got into the whole knife making thing by sharpening knives. I think I can say that my knives are exceptionally sharp when I deliver them to my customers, since I sharpen all of them by hand down to a grit  of usually 0.125 micron or finer. This will lead to a mirror polished edge on most edges and steels, as you can see for example in the picture above on this scandi knife. Please watch the two videos below where I cut various hard to cut materials in order to see how sharp my knives are when I deliver them to my customers.

 

Cutting free hanging toilet paper


Scared of the sharpness? No? Good! But if you are, there is no need to be, because a dull knife is a dangerous knife. Yes, you heard that right! The sharper a knife is, the safer it is! This is because a dull knife is much harder to control while cutting and also requires a lot more pressure to cut through material. As a result, it is easy to slip and cut into something you don't want to, worst case yourself. And while a dull knife maybe is too dull to cut through a piece of wood, it will very likely still be able to cut you! So for your own safety and because I think the single purpose of a knife is to cut through matter, I deliver all my knives as sharp as I can: at least hair popping* sharp! 

 

 

INFO:  Some steels allow for much greater sharpness than "hair popping"( = letting hair popp off as soon as the edge touches it) as I have demonstrated in the videos above. Not all steels on the market can get that "crazy" sharpness you see in the videos above, yet most of the steels I offer can. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions in that regard.

 

There is also some variance to the degree of mirror finishes: While some steels will take a flawless mirror polish pretty fast, others, like for example CPM-4V, do not. (Seriously, mirror polishing CPM 4V could be a punishment...) If you want to be sure to have a flawless mirror finish on your edge, please tell me. Depending on the steel and grind, I might have to charge extra however; this would have to be discussed directly in detail, as some grinds (for example scandi) can easily require 2-3 hours for a perfect mirror finish, without even being on a high wear resistant steel such as said CPM 4V. But no matter what steel you choose for your knife: it will be disturbingly sharp out of the box!