The latest batch of kitchen
cutlery includes a number of Kuro-uchi knives, which you will find
posted in its own category, the Kuro-uchi
Series. Sizes range from a cute 3.7-sun Funayuki to a sleek
We will soon be posting the next group of kitchen
knives, the Stainless
Fukugozai Riveted Handle (SFGZ-RH) Series. Check this link
often for some great pieces to round out your cutlery repertoire.
Another knife you may want to take a look at is a 12½"
Outdoor Knife that Murray forged recently. It, too, is a
Kuro-uchi and sports a unique hammered brass guard. This is one knife
that will handle some heavy work for the outdoorsman.
Our next big show, Blade Show West,
will be held right here in Portland, Oregon, September 26 - 28. We'll
be featuring some of our latest kitchen and outdoor knives, plus a number of other
one-of-a-kind blades and cutting tools. If you are able to attend,
we'll meet you there! We do have a limited number of VIP passes to give
to our loyal patrons that will allow them free admission and an early
shot at the nicest knives. Contact
us and we'll send you a VIP Pass. Hope to see you at the Show!
The enrollments are coming in and knives and free
bonuses are being delivered. Keep an eye open for our Update complete
with questions and answers about this amazing offer.
deadline for the Inner Circle Membership Offer is coming up soon, August 11th to be
The “three-finger test of edge
sharpness” is a technique pioneered and popularized by Murray
Carter. In our two sharpening DVD’s, the technique is
demonstrated and explained in detail. Some feel, however, that this
method is not as effective as claimed, that it is not possible to
detect a burr or a wire edge using the technique. To set the record
straight, let us fully explain to our readers the purpose and correct
technique for employing the most expedient and valuable sharpness test
there is -- the three-finger test of sharpness.
The foremost purpose in
employing the three-finger test is to
gain experience in discerning relative sharpness. We use
our three fingers because:
1) they are more sensitive than the thumb;
2) it is ergonomically convenient (it feels natural);
3) unless you lose a finger or two, you will be able to use the same
testing medium for the rest of your life.
We will gain experience over
time by utilizing the best way to get direct feedback -- our fingers.
The test is not dependent on any gadget or device enabling you to
conduct it anywhere and any time you come across a blade. Again, to
emphasize my point, we
gain experience by doing it more often than any other test procedure.
By eventually testing hundreds
of blades (and by starting with a new Carter Blade as a reference
point), you will be able to easily discern not only relative sharpness,
but also relative thinness in the edge as well as any defects in the
edge such as micro chips, burrs or a wire edge. Additionally, there are
some who fail to pick up on the equally
important companion test to the three-finger test -- the Arm-Hair Shaving Test.
If a blade shaves and
feels scary sharp (with no edge imperfections) according to the
three-finger test, then the blade is sharp. End of story. (N.B. Relative
edge geometry of the
primary and secondary edges is an important factor of strength but not of
sharpness, and so, therefore, it is not discussed here.)
I can only conclude that if one fully understands
what I have stated time and time again, has personally seen me
demonstrate it to him, and has practiced the three-finger test to the
point where his fingers can discern all the wonderful mysteries that
can be easily discovered on a blade edge, then that person will fully
appreciate my time-tested three-finger technique of testing blade
Until our next email news,
Stay Sharp and may God richly bless you!
Vernonia, OR 97064