The art of Sharpening is an emotive subject with a bewildering array of techniques, gadgets, jigs, whetstones and rules! Each methodology and technique is vehemently defended by its practitioner with the tenacity of a Honey Badger, with a hangover, guarding his bottle of mead. Each gadget and jig promises razor sharp perfection with just a few strokes of the device and a quick flick of the wrist, if you have the readies to buy it. Whetstones are manufactured in a bewildering array of materials, shapes and styles, designed to bamboozle the average sharpening neophyte with a medley of mesmerising mysterious magical artefacts designed to separate his cash from his wallet. As for the rules … well, they could fill a library with many a giant tome.
Now, the ‘Razor S.H.A.R.K. Sharpening Technique’ or ‘Simplified Honing for Advanced Razor-sharp Knives’ for short, is something I developed to cutdown on the countless, frustrated customers, that year on year would returned to me and ask if I could please explain some of the more subtle points of the traditional sharpening techniques that they missed during the previous year’s demonstrations.
It took me a while, but the thought finally struck me that there had to be another way, a better way, a simpler way, a more reliable way for peeps to sharpen their cutting tools than the traditional way I was demonstrating and without the need to spend years honing their skills, without the need to buy expensive and complex jigs and without the need to invest in a myriad of whetstones of differing grit sizes, shapes and materials, and without the need to horde a library full of mysterious sharpening tomes, but most of all, so that I could have an easier life of it, by demonstrating a new and revolutionary sharpening system that was for the most part self-explanatory, easy to learn, practical, very simple, accurate and reliable.
Developing a sharpening technique that involved the use of a jig was the biggest ‘No! No!’ for me, since it meant that you would always be reliant on it, and should you lose, or break your jig, you would be, up poo creek without a paddle so to speak!
No sir! What I wanted was a methodology that would be inherent to your being, being part of who you are, a technique that could be carried around with you at all times in your mind and in your muscles. For that, the technique would need to be practiced freehand, free from powered tools and require the simplest and most reliable equipment around.
In a nut shell, the ‘S.H.A.R.K.’ (Simplified Honing for Advanced Razor-sharp Knives) process had to be:
- easily learned
- easy to master
- simple to use
- quick to do
- lightweight and easily carried
- maintenance free
- intrinsic to your being and
It also had to:
- Last a lifetime
- Have no moving mechanical parts that could not self-repair
- Have no jigs that could get lost or become broken
In fact it had to be:
Not much to ask, I hear you say!
Now that I have outlined the objectives of this article I’m gonna try to convince you that it is worth the minimal time and minimal effort to learn and practice it, and when you are convinced that the ‘S.H.A.R.K.’ way of sharpening is the best, and only technique you’ll ever need or use again, to sharpen all of your cutting tools, I’ll give you my email address so that you know who to send all of your praises and donations to!!!