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“There is a folklore superstition regarding the giving of a knife as a gift. If the knife is given to a friend, money must be exchanged as well. It is considered very bad luck to give someone a knife without exchanging money or the friendship will be cut by the knife. Because of this superstition, it is common that the gift of a knife will be given along with a penny, nickel or dime in the box with the knife so that the recipient can give back the coin, thereby saving the friendship from being severed by the giving of the sharp blade. The exact background of this superstition is unclear yet; even today most people will include a coin with the gift of a knife and request the coin be given back. The apparent view is that it is far better to be safe than sorry.”
I had a chef’s knife, a utility knife, and a paring knife sharpened just before Thanksgiving, and they were indeed sharper than when I first purchased them, and worked beautifully! Much better edges than I got with the sharpening I got some years ago when I took my knives to a shop in ########. My first time at Brunswick Winter Market, too — I’ll definitely be back!
November 29, 2017
Saint Mary’s Garden Club, Falmouth
October 17th, 10:30am to 12:30 pm
Longfellow’s Greenhouses, Manchester Maine,
November 20th. 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Stonewall Kitchen, Portland November 13th, Noon to 3:00 PM (knives only)
Stonewall Kitchen, York November 5th, Noon to 3:00 PM (knives only)
Dates available to sharpen at Garden and Quilting Clubs
Our knife sharpening machine has a wet wheel. It turns slowly in water bath which keeps the metal on your knife cool. No sparks are put off and it is perfectly safe. It will not ruin the temper of the metal. This is how knives are manufactured . Knives have been sharpened this way for hundreds of years.
My process should not be confused with grinding on a dry fast wheel.
If you have any questions about this feel free to contact me.