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  1. S.H.A.R.K.

    (“Simplified Honing for Advanced Razor-sharp Knives”)

    The New Era of Sharpening Begins!

    S.H.A.R.K. a new, and innovative, sharpening technique that does not require the practitioner to purchased, or obtain, any of the plethora of sharpening gismos, goodies and jigs that are available on the market today. The only exception to this is perhaps a decent whetstone, but even this is not an absolute requirement, but will aid in the practice of this technique. Best of all, this simple, yet sophisticate, sharpening methodology enables anyone, young and old, skilled and unskilled, to consistently achieve a Razor Sharp Cutting edge on any and all cutting tools that it is applied to. It has none of the fuss and bother usually associated with other traditional and standard sharpening practices and procedures in use today.

    Mark Hordon, creator, inventor, or should we say discoverer, of the S.H.A.R.K. Sharpening Technique, spent close to five decades as a student, practitioner and teacher of modern standard and traditional sharpening techniques before he thought that there had to be an easier way than this, there just had to be! There had to be a no nonsense, cut it to the bone, way of achieving a superior razor sharp cutting edge. There had to be a way to avoid the hard slog and years of practice presently required if you wanted to get something really sharp. There had to be a way to give new students, and future sharpening masters and teachers, an easier introduction into the elusive, and often secretive, world of sharpening. There had to be a way to provide quick, reliable and consistently superior sharpening results that were easily learned, practiced and then mastered. There had to be a way to obviate the need for power tools, mechanical thingy-ma-jigs and other cleaver and magical devices that aid in obtaining superior sharpening results. There had to be a way for any new technique to compliment and eventually incorporate the very best principles and practices of the established sharpening doctrines. There just had to be a way, but how???

    For any innovative sharpening technique to have any chance of becoming generally used and accepted, it would be required that the technique utilise the very minimal of sharpening equipment. It would be require that the technique only be powered by the flesh, sinew, blood, bones and mind of the human operator. It would be require that the technique be easily practiced in any environment from a fully fitted workshop, to a domestic kitchen, in a field somewhere in Dorking, or prairie in Mongolia, a jungle in the Andes or a woodland Epping. In fact, it would be required that it work in every corner of the developed and undeveloped world from pillar to post and from pole to pole, without fail or impediment. Now some might say that all of this requiring, was requesting quite a lot of any honing practices, and that it was a bit of a tall order to expect that any sharpening technique ever be envisioned with even a fraction of these conditions and requirements ever being incorporated … some might say this, but there it was! If any new technique was to created and then become manifest it had to fit all of these parameters, or the idea would just have be scrapped and forgotten about … thus was born the S.H.A.R.K. Sharpening Technique!

    The S.H.A.R.K. Sharpening Technique can be applied to all sharpening tools such as Knife, Axe, Machetes, Chisels, Plane Blades, Swords, Pen Knives, Bushcraft & Survival Knives, Carving Knives, Spoon Knives and Kitchen Knives etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

    The ‘S.H.A.R.K.’ in the S.H.A.R.K. Sharpening Technique is an acronym for “Simplified Honing for Advanced Razor-sharp Knives”.

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  2. Recently Mark and I had to take the drastic action of closing part of our website down as we were inundated with Orders for our hand made bespoke leather items. Some might say what a great position to be in but the downside is that we value our customers and it did not seem fair to take on any more work for our leather work until we caught up with the back log. We could have employed an extra person as a short term solution but that would have taken time to train someone and that was the point that we just didn't have time.

    There is a sense of being overwhelmed and panic and what to do to stem the flow, hence we temporary closed the section of the website for our bespoke Leather work, took a deep breathe  and stated to catch up with ourselves.

    Time management is all about baby steps when you are faced with a huge mountain to climb. A few each day until you reach the stop. Do not set yourself an impossible goal you will only feel worse if you don't achieve it. Recently I needed to clean the stair carpet (Deagle has a lot to answer for) but I didn't have time to do the whole stairway . Each day I just cleaned 3 steps…every time I passed those 3 steps I saw how clean it looked, felt great (sad eh?) which then gave me motivation to tackle the next 3 steps.

    Another analogy on how to 'tackle a mountain' is my son Jamie and walking the Dog. Everyday he would moan and it was a battle. He would moan constantly about it and all he did was stand at the top of the field and throw the ball for the dog, then he started to walk the dog around the field. Jamie then saw a small change in his energy levels. Then he started to sprint round the field with the dog and saw his stamina increase!!! Now him and the Dog go for a run every evening and their relationship has grown, so has my son, he's lost weight, is a skinny as a been pole and now started to play Rugby!!! (however not with the dog) and they both have also stopped moaning :D even better.

    So life is about baby steps, small changes each day and setting realistice goals. Whether it’s loosing weight or tackling a mountain of work. Small changes, taking control and you will make it to the top of the summit. I once read a remarkable statement that I hold true to my heart " If you don't want to do something you will find an excuse, if you do want to do something you will find away".

    Now talking of a mountain of work…..I need to get on, I'm actually writing this whilst eating my breakfast and thinking of my next task J Happy Mountain Climbing