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Pinnacle of Professional Knife Sharpening - Knife Merchant

May 31, 2021
and here we are, we are a

knife

dealer with this gentleman master of

knife

service, that's not even a title, I don't think, but it sounds pretty cool, yeah, well this is Bill Bill, tell us a little bit about yourself and Hello, my name is Bill, uh. I'm here with KN Merchant and I do all the knife

sharpening

and I'm excited to get this off the ground and be able to offer finer edges to our customers, our most demanding customers, we have, you know, a wide selection of Japanese cutlery and I want to get the most out of it. potential of all these knives and all the steels, you know, the factory finishes are of course excellent, but in some cases they can be improved and I want to do that for people, also resharpen knives that even if they are not bought here and I do more than just

sharpening

, I noticed that many services do not sharpen by hand or have bent knives and do not straighten them, I think it is very essential to straighten a knife and keep the stones flat because without the two surfaces being flat they will not make contact with each other correctly and I have some examples of problems that I see that I really like to fix is ​​a recurvature or there is a high point on the edge of the blade.
pinnacle of professional knife sharpening   knife merchant
I hope the light shines through you. You can see if you look very closely. There's a bit of a low point right here. Focus on this where the leaf comes out. I do not know if. You can see the light, you definitely see that uhhuh, uh, how did it happen? That is from using a rod all the time and not using a stone, it may be from using a stone and only at one point you can use a very coarse sharpening. Right rod and if you don't start at the base and just start somewhere right here, it's going to wear out or just get extreme use, you know, blades wear out, they don't last forever and sometimes you have to re-flatten them if it doesn't make contact with the cutting board, especially if you know a more Japanese style of cutting instead of a rocking motion.
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It won't make contact with a board and the knife is essentially useless, it will feel sharp. I touch it and people come to me and say, hey, my knife feels sharp but it doesn't work and usually it's very subtle and I can show them, you know, you can look along the edge and sometimes you can see it, but sometimes you need to like a ruler or a flat surface to really show that problem, where do the KNs come from? This was actually given to me by a customer, they said here, I don't want this knife anymore because it doesn't work right. and so, I just had it in my pile of many knives, this, of course, can be, you know, refinished to get a new knife, it's kind of level, you know, almost new, okay, the other thing about the which I really take pride in doing. is when you have a low point like that and you take it to a

professional

knife sharpening service, many times they will remove the heel, this is called the heel portion of the knife and it is easier for most sharpeners to just remove this portion Instead, I remove the entire part in front of it on the blade to preserve this height because, especially when you have a larger hand like mine, this cutting board clearance is very important.
pinnacle of professional knife sharpening   knife merchant
Oh, that's so true and also aesthetically, if you take this part of the knife off, people notice it right away, as soon as you give it back to them, they're like, "Hey, what happened to my knife?" I made it, oh, it's straight edge now, so I guess it's okay, yeah, so we're very proud of preserving the original geometry and hopefully the balance of the knife, without altering it too much from its original state, even if we have knives. its original state as we were doing it yesterday like this ninox the factory Edge, although it is designed for resistance according to some people's preferences, it is a little, it is not as sharp as they would like, so we will sharpen it and so it has a nice and smooth taper all the way to the edge and that will give you a lot less pressure when you cut, it gives you that feeling almost like it's drawing in the cutting material and, uh, something that some people don't have.
pinnacle of professional knife sharpening   knife merchant
It takes a long time to re-bevel a knife by hand, so on average, how long does it take you to re-bevel the edge? I can probably do it in half an hour, but if you want. full face sharpening or they want what they call zero grinding some people call it uh yeah that can take an hour to do by hand right uh it just takes the right equipment and a lot of people don't have the money to invest in it you know? a whole set of very expensive stones and that's where we come in and even that's not just skill and experience because half an hour you could take someone else two hours and they can still do it well so that's true hey you know ?
What you want done right you have to give it to the right person, yes we are more than happy to meet anyone's needs. I understand that there are many people who sharpen their knees very well, right? cook a lot of chefs, sometimes they run into a little problem and hey, send it to us, happy to help you, that's great, a lot of times, you get a Japanese style knife that has, you know, one side. only one side is sharpened the other side has a slight concave and then flat many times people who sharpen their own knives and very well we will get a slightly convex edge and they would like this beveled face to be flattened again and especially with something like a deba that can be very time consuming and in some cases it takes, you know, motorized equipment to flatten it again, but then it's always finished by hand, yeah, you know, a chisel edge.
Since it has such a wide beveled face, it takes a long time to do it by hand, plus the butts of the knives and bolsters can extend further than the rest of the blade surface and, again, it won't meet flat with the cutting board. cutting and that just comes with normal use, so we're going to remove a little bit of the heel to get the knife working properly again. We can also give you a cosmetic polish to make the knife look like new. I re-sharpened the edge of this Nenox knife yesterday, but in the hand-sharpening process you'll get scratch patterns that go well above the actual bevel, for sure, and you can do it by hand quite easily.
David really liked this one. just clamp it to the table, it's nothing fancy and you can use a stick with some foam and some automotive sandpaper. The good thing is that this is 500, okay, I like to go a little lower than the stone we started with. which is 1,000 uh to make sure you completely remove the scratches. Stripping, you know, getting a good finish on the knife takes quite a bit of work and you have to start a little bit lower than the grit you were sharpening with. To remove all those scratches, but you can just do it by hand if you have time.
Many knife makers call this a satin finish and that piece of tape just covers the mark of the knife, yeah, because you know. I'm just doing this for appearances and you can remove the uh. I'm going to go down there and take a look at the factory bevel line so it has a nice smooth taper to the edge and this is a very thick knife. The knife is designed for heavy use so I don't want the edge to be too thin, but removing the factory bevel is something many of our customers want and I'm more than happy to do it and you just don't know anyone. there are others that offer this type of service, you know, custom knife makers do this, yes you work up to 1000.
Most industrial abrasives are not available above 1000 grit, but you can buy automotive sandpaper up to 2000, I think, or 3000 maybe. we have 5,000 we have 5,000 excellent nice I didn't know that good to know and the part that is on top of that piece of tape what are you doing there? Just leave that oh no, I can stay, you know, I can do the whole knife section. I absolutely understand that the backing we also have non-woven abrasives, which is like a 3M Scotch right pad and will very accurately recreate a real factory finish, but you can see it's a th000 grit and you can still see something. scratches that are still there, very well, that part is part of the complicated mirror finishes, that's what makes it complicated, is that you have to start with a very high grit, possibly higher than you might think, in order to remove hand.
Sharpening scratches, a new piece of sandpaper, mhm, you can see them starting to fade, yes, it just takes a little time and just look at this steel coming off the sandpaper on the edge of the front of the knife, yes, absolutely you see it's working. You see, as you can see, it already looks better, yes, but take a little time to get those really nice finishes. It's beautiful and then, you know, grab some cleaning cloth. Where is the water? Shan, we sell a little avoidance kit it's very official what is that now what do you do what do you do uh it's a polishing powder that helps remove oils from non-stain resistant knives okay, let's see that it cleans the surface of a pretty well. knife and that's just a few minutes, I mean, we can go ahead, we can do a full mirror finish on the knife and, uh, I think now you can, uh, I think you're inflated by the calls that people are going to make, send you your knives, you know, it sure would be great, send them, uh, come back and just go back to 8,000 grit and you'll know get that nice mirror edge and still have the factory finish without any of the really deep scratches, so it'll have the look of a new knife, but it will have the performance of a knife that, uh, the best of both worlds, yeah, the best of both, yeah, and uh, avoids the polishing kit is also very good to say this, like It wasn't stain resistant, uh, you can use some of that. or you can use a scouring compound like Barkeeper's Friend and physically scrub the surface to remove the rust that has stuck to your knife, that's fine, however, as you saw that very old knife, rust is actually your worst enemy, so that you let the knife acquire a patina. a little bit and leave it alone if you are constantly trying to remove the patina it will just come back it happens when you cut anything that has any kind of acidic quality mhm but you can also force patinas if people want to buy one that is not acidic. -stain resistant knife and they want a special patina, we can do it very well, you can pattern it with uh, you can even use mustard, you can put patterns on the knife and give it a cool look, so all kinds of cool customization.
Things that don't just sharpen or repair, they do chip, if you have a chipped knife or the tip is just bent and not broken, I don't want to remove more metal than is absolutely necessary, so I'll straighten the knife. and, if possible, if the edge is simply offset and hasn't come off the blade, I can usually hammer some of the metal behind the edge out and then resharpen the knife without losing any of its edge. Okay, which is really important to me because these knives are made to last a lifetime and they can easily, if you grind them too much, you lose years off the life of the knife, of course, and it breaks my heart.
Knives are precious to us, for how long? you've been doing this for uh I've been hand sharpening since I was a little kid okay but

professional

ly it's been over 3 years okay yeah it's good this service here at Knife Merchant David and I just teaming up and it's more or less in its infancy but maybe we'll do some YouTube videos with better magnification so we can show the performance of the stones we offer and also in relation to the different knife heists we offer because it's It is important to use different types of steel on different stones to really judge their performance.
We do not sell any products that we do not endorse. We use all the products here every day, so whatever you get from us. it's going to be a quality product that includes Syrus sharpening and then yeah so we talked about stopping it and all that um oh yeah let's actually show our fans what you actually did yesterday uh there's a huge world out there that really started with straight razors for shaving, where they've been stopping for hundreds of years I think, and some people might consider it a little excessive, but I think it's very convenient for daily Edge maintenance.
This is a Mercer MX3 that I resharpen and use every day and I've only been stopping it for the last 6 months and let me get a piece of paper to prove that this is pretty thick. I haven't stopped him, so I hope he doesn't. cut the paper so I can St STP and show you yes, but it's still cutting the paper anyway, so let me find a thinner Pap. Did everyone see that he looks very thin and weak? This is not butcher paper, it is thin packaging paper. You know, there are a lot of videos out there where people you know take a piece of paper and hold it with one hand and then take the knife with the other hand and just throw it down, but you know which hand it actually is. holding the piece of paper so there's some kind of resistance, you know, yeah, you just put that paper down, fold it in half and just put the thing down, I mean, that was, this is crazy, this is the new standard , I believe that much. of KNE knife makers will use this to demonstrate the sharpness, yes the sharpness of their knives, yes this is not even butcher paper like you said,this is almost like almost like tissue paper just one level of tissue paper that was used like a deli like a deli paper um yeah the other uh if you roll it up it works great too let me get a good angle to to be able to show it to all our fans. there, what you just made doesn't even hold up because it's so flimsy that I almost want to overshadow it a little to show you.
I want to show the effects of dropping without magnification. Look, this thing is so thin it doesn't even stand up. it's own, let's try this H, here we go, okay, wait, oh, look, okay, no, this is good, although it's okay, look, he couldn't do it now. I'll tie this knife up and I'm pretty sure it'll be back right away. uh, this is uh, green, it's a nice F compound and this is basically what you mentioned yesterday, it's a piece of wood, uh, with leather, that you can pick up anywhere, even on Amazon, uh, just glue it on, very real, some good quality glue and something like that. very top heavy so it's flat yeah not too sure if this is for everyone so we haven't made any for sale here so yeah maybe in the future so just he rubs and lifts the knife.
With the sides facing up on the piece of leather, you can also use a lot of pressure and the leather will conform to the shape that you've already sharpened on that knife and, uh, convex the edge slightly to give it a little more strength. Some people think that if you buy excessively, uh, a little boring, The Edge, but that, in my opinion, would require a lot of stopping. Do you have an angle, let's see, are you doing it? Which angle do you think? That's the other interesting thing about stopping, is you. Can you change the angle and will it be very forgiving?
I would say it doesn't have to be perfect because you only have a little pressure on that edge anyway, even with enough pressure you can put it on the side of the knife. and use them to polish the sides and although it is considered just for appearances, polishing the side of a knife in theory, the smoother the side of the knife, the less friction you will create when cutting, I have noticed this with a very sharp. knife you will see the shine of the meat or even the vegetables that you cut and it helps preserve the flavor and this is a finer compound and what is a compound that you put in it what is it called uh are they are classified in colors uh, it turns black , uh, reddish brown, green, white and then blue.
Blue is generally intended for plastics. I think it doesn't suit an STP very well. Ok, it works for electric buffing wheels, but whenever possible I like to finish the knives by hand so I don't. it affects the heat treatment of knives when even with polishing, not just mechanical polishing of knives, you can overheat the cutting edge and change the heat treatment, and it will soften the steel. It's okay, even when I grind a knife, I will re-sharpen the edge by hand. To eliminate any potentially softened steel, all my equipment is water cooled, so the chance of that happening is pretty small, okay, same piece of paper, should work this time.
Moment of truth, yes, more truth, hey, let's get up again, see you. made a little cut yeah it cut a little but not all the way oh man well we know the paper is thin at least oh it's falling amazing yeah it's okay I like to see the challenge that's out there how many other can people do it? this one, the paper roll is good too, that was amazing, let me get one of these, yes, give me some masking tape please, that is of course a blade that meets a flat edge of paper, I think it is more difficult to drill. a rolled up piece of paper a rounded edge, so that's my definition of sharpness, usually everyone has their own standards, I mean, whatever works for you, you know, this is exactly what I do, these are my opinions and beliefs, oh, so it seems. very loose, it should be hard to cut, yes, there it is, there we go, that's proof, there is evidence, wow, yes, hair shaving is just a standard you know, it's pretty and unfortunately I can't show you up close, but this.
The edge is more like this instead of this uh, it's very convex on the edge, very strong, but still obviously quite sharp, yeah, it's very, very sharp, yeah, yeah, too, sometimes, you know, a lot People sharpen their own knives and the edge will become sharper. back up a little and they need this. In my opinion, removing the sides of a bevel is the most difficult part of the entire sharpening job and is something that some people may have trouble with and I am more than happy to help. So sending them sounds great, we'll bring you some sharp knives so people can also send you knives and Bill can sharpen them for him, they can, we haven't really put together a decent program to say, here it is. how much does it cost to ship them but we will do it and yes this is the Mah hero 3000 you know the 1000 mate on the right produces a very high brightness for a 3000 grit in my opinion what did you do?
Learn your skills just practice, practice, practice, practice cooking, dull knives and need another sharpening. People do not realize. I mean, half the battle is having a sharp knife. In fact, it's not just about cooking and we've had people come. Through our business, they have cooking skills, but their knives are not like, you know, a butter knife was. I wonder if we have anyone who is a cook, there are a lot of knife sharpeners out there, the difficulty of making a living, huh. Outside of knife sharpening is that many times they are mobile, they are getting two styles, the guys that charge between $150 and $2 for an inch and a lot of times you know someone who is cooking, that is cost prohibitive, so what we make?
Bill is on the payroll here so when he makes extra money, sharpening the knife, it's just a bonus, but this way we can take the time to do it properly with stones, the only way an individual can do this he has to be able run them through a grinder, a strip of sandpaper very quickly and give it back to you in 15 minutes, you can barely start to see it, it just dulls the mechanical finish, but you have to keep going until it removes all those heavy scratches, I can still see it on the edge, maybe 1000 is little needed, okay, this is Bill again.
I had to say that Bill is a master of chonie knives. Thank you and you didn't know he was going to ask. You have this question, so for our fans, how long can you soak one of these kuchi stones or masah hero stones? You can almost soak them permanently. In fact, I think it's better the longer you soak them, uh, the only ones I've had problems with. They are ceramic stones, those are the only ones I wouldn't soak for an extended period of time, or the Norton stones. The Nortons have a limited soaking time, but the Mahira stones you can soak almost indefinitely, that's fine, don't worry about leaving them.
Overnight they'll be fine so you hear fans, thank you David for the time you've given us, I really appreciate that it's like checking out anything that everyone needs on the website, just take a look. and we're pretty well known for cutlery, but we sell kitchen utensils, whips, quail, for example, scissors, tongs and plating tongs, plus bosi, uh, sushi mats, anything you might be looking for in a professional kitchen, it's We probably have it right, so we actually had it. It was a pleasure to go to Noou last night. Thank you very much again for dinner. But all the chefs there are using your knives, which is really interesting.
It was fun and no, if you don't know what Noou is, then. You need to find out that I really do, yeah, we've basically set this up in the Warehouse District so that we can have the right price level on our knives, we have all the chefs in the San Die area to come. here and buy directly, so what we did was get the largest warehouse space we had in this complex, which is quite central and yet not easy to find, we are behind the Miramar Air Base, but already You know, there are very few. people who do this, so it gives us the opportunity for those guys who are looking for a knife to be able to come here and feel it, try it, make sure it's the right knife for them, we don't have to pay retail costs.
And then you know we can pass those savings right on to um, yesterday you saw a little bit of our displays in the front, but this is what we have hidden in the back, just shelves and rows of knives and kitchen utensils and products that we reject here. five times a year, wow that's awesome, many of you are already using Merchant knives, if not you have to and we have a code in the description box, you get 10% off, everything is well stocked. I don't. I don't know a nicer gentleman in this business and I'm not just saying that, so I definitely stopped buying him.
It's really for people in the business too, you know, I mean, there are some people who want to cook for the weekends and you know, but this is a lot. The homeowners down here look at it and say, "Well, give me the professional-grade stuff. You really want it to last a long time. Let's go with what the pros use and it's not the most exorbitantly priced stuff. You know, these tools they have to pay". themselves, so it may seem expensive, sometimes you look at these knives here at $300 and there's a reason why there are different properties and needs for them and we go down to some pretty inexpensive ones.
Our cheapest lines here will be like Victor. Knox uh Friedrich dick Mercer cuty makes great products um everything down here has a need and a price and uh you know when you get to a certain level down there like uh Chef hero is down here so you're going to be looking for some premium cutlery, but you know , for many people who are starting out and for households, when you prepare three meals a day, a knife does not have to take the same abuse as when it is used for 8 to 10 hours, very good point, but some people have to have The best thing is, they have to know certain brands, so there's always that, it's also good to have eye-catching pieces too, it's fun for people to come in and say what's going on.
Heck, when I see some of these cut resolution games with just the beautiful marble handles and wood, pearlwood handles and stuff, we take them to all the extremes, sure that they all meet one standard and that is that they have to be of a quality suitable for going to a restaurant and going to work and that will last you several years absolutely fine, thank you very much again for your time, a quick look here, well, see you very soon, hopefully next year. I'll be here again, okay, sounds good, take care, bye, bye.

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