Wicked Edge chosen as a recipient of the Kitchen Innovations® 2014 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®

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This is very exciting news for us here at Wicked Edge. A lot of people have worked long and hard to bring this idea into reality. Many thanks to all involoved in making it happen. Please visit the awards page on the National Restaurant Association’s webpage here: KI Awards. The product chosen for the award is our new Professional Series Sharpener: 

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Wicked Edge Christmas Schedule

The Wicked Edge Office will be closed December 24-27. All orders made during this time will be shipping the week of December 30th. Have a great Christmas and New Year!

Blade Show and International Cutlery Fair 2012 Accessory of the Year

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We’re very proud to announce that our entry in this year’s Blade Show and International Cutlery Fair was voted Accessory of the Year! We entered the prototype of our new Pro-Pack II sharpener. It’s built on the same platform as the Gen II sharpener, so anyone wishing to upgrade an existing system will be able to. Some of the exciting new features are:

  • New Ball Joints
  • Micro Angle Adjustments of +/- .05 Degrees
  • Vise Jaw Riser allowing for angles as low as 13 degrees (and lower depending on the width of the knife)
  • Inclinometer by iGaging
  • The new Micro Fine 1.4 Micron and .6 Micron Ceramic Stones Pack
  • 1/.5 Micron Diamond and Leather Strops Pack

We should have these ready to roll out sometime in the next 4 weeks.

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Sharpeners Are In Stock and Shipping

Great news! The diamond stones arrived (albeit a week late after a freight company mix up in Los Angeles) and the Wicked Edge Precision Sharpener – Basic Kits and Pro Pack I’s are in stock and shipping. 

As we come out of a large back order due to high demand please expect 1-2 weeks to receive your tracking number.

If you need further assistance please email us at info@wickededgeusa.com or call toll free Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM, MDT at 877-616-9911.

Diamond Stones Are Almost Here

We  received confirmation today that the diamond stones needed to complete Sharpener Basic Kits and Pro Pack I’s are loaded and trucking from Los Angeles to Santa Fe. They should arrive right after Memorial Day, May 28th. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and look forward to shipping orders as soon as possible.

Our Phone Lines Are Back!

A lightning storm took out our phone lines over the weekend and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Everything is back on line and working smoothly. Please give us a call Monday – Friday 9AM-5PM, Mountain Daylight Time. You can also email us at info@wickededgeusa.com. Thanks – Wicked Edge

WE300 – Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

Gen 3 Pro Numbered Parts WE300   Generation 3 Professional SharpenerParts and Features:

  1. Vise Jaw
  2. Two Depth Settings for Repeatable Mounting
  3. Depth Key
  4. Clamping Lever Assembly
  5. Thumb Screw for Clamping Lever
  6. Ball Jointed Guide Rod (2)
  7. Numbered Angle Settings
  8. Angle Adjustment Lever
  9. Shelve for Sharpening Stones (2)
  10. Alignment Guide
  11. Vertical Guide Arm Mounts
  12. 1/8” Allen Wrench for Micro-Adjustment
  13. Coarse 100 Grit / Medium Coarse 200 Grit Diamond Stones Pack
  14. Medium 400 Grit / Fine 600 Grit Diamond Stones Pack
  15. Extra Fine 800 Grit / Ultra Fine 1000 Grit Diamond Stones Pack

 

Step 1 – Setup

  1. Insert the Ball Jointed Guide Rods into the Vertical Guide Arm Mounts using the 1/8” Allen wrench. The ball joints should be on the inside of the vertical mounts, towards the Vise Jaw.
  2. Unwrap the Clamping Lever and install it on the sharpener. Slide the square hole located on the rectangular piece of the lever assembly onto the square receiver located at the bottom center of the Vise Jaw. Use the black ½” Thumb Screw to attach the lever. Note: if you are right handed install the lever so it is on the right side of the sharpener. If you are left handed install the lever so it is on the left side of the sharpener. (insert photo of installation)
  3. Take the sharpening stones out of their packaging and place them on the shelves so they are ready for easy access.

 

Step 2 – Mounting Your Knife in the Sharpener

Attach the Alignment Guide to the Depth Key and insert the Depth Key into the slot located towards the top of the Vise Jaw. If you are sharpening a small knife you should use the top holes. If you are sharpening a larger knife you should use the bottom holes.

Gen 3 Pro Inserting Depth Key and Alignment Guide WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

 

 

 

Holding the knife so the tip of the knife is facing directly away from you and the edge is facing upward, mount the knife so it is approximately centered in the Vise Jaw. The spine of the knife should make contact with both prongs of the Depth Key. If your knife does not have a flat spine, place it in the Vise Jaw so the tip and heal of the knife are level.

Gen 3 Pro Depth Key and Alignment Guide with Knife WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

While firmly holding your knife with one hand, use your other hand to pull the Clamping Lever up from the resting position against the back wall of the sharpener.

Gen 3 Pro Clamping Lever Motion WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

Then push the lever all the way down to the right until the knife is firmly clamped in place.

Gen 3 Pro Clamping WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

 

 

Step 3 – Finding your angle

There are three ways to find out the angle at which a knife has been sharpened.

  1. Consult the manufacturer’s documentation
  2. Use a laser goniometer available from CATRA at www.catra.org
  3. Use a marker to color in the bevel and observe how the stones remove the marker

You may also search our Knife Database to see if someone with a similar knife has recorded their settings. Here is the procedure for using a marker:

Color in your bevel as shown in fig. 1 below:

Finding your Angle WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

Set a fine stone on the Guide Rod and lay it up against the knife. Move the Angle Adjustment Lever until the stone appears to lay flat on the bevel. Make a pass or two with the stone and observe where the marker is removed along the bevel as shown in fig 2 above.

Gen 3 Pro 800 1000 In Motion WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

If the marker is removed only from the bottom of the bevel on the shoulder as in fig. 3 above, then the angle is set too narrow. Move the Angle Adjustment Lever to the next higher degree and try again. If the marker is removed only from the top of the bevel along the edge as shown in fig. 4 above, the angle is set too widely. Move the Angle Adjustment Lever to the next lower degree and try again. When the stone removes all the marker in one pass, observe the angle setting indicated by the Angle Adjustment Lever. This is your angle per side. Your included angle will be the angle of each side added together.

Gen 3 Pro Angle Adjustment WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

Step 4 – Positioning your Knife

The easiest way to find the optimal front-to-back position for a given knife is to mount the knife with the blade approximately centered in the clamp and then color in the entire bevel with a Sharpie marker as shown in fig. 1 below:Finding the Sweet Spot WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

 

After setting the angle, lightly swipe one of the fine stones down the length of the blade to see where the marker is removed. If the stone is removing the marker from the edge along the straight portion but then dipping down into the shoulder toward the tip, as in fig. 2 above, you need to re-position the knife with the tip closer to the clamp. If the opposite happens – that the stone removes the marker at the shoulder of the bevel along the straight portion and then moves to the edge along the curve as in fig. 3 above, then you need to re-position the knife with the tip further from the clamp. Once you find the position where the marker is removed evenly along the entire blade as shown in fig. 4 above, measure your knife’s position using the Alignment Guide Ruler and record the settings for future touch-ups.

 The technique above will give you a consistent bevel throughout the length of the blade. For certain applications, you might want to position your knife differently so that you have either a more acute or more obtuse angle along the belly and out toward the tip. Below are some examples:

  • Chef’s Knife – I prefer to have the angle along the belly and out to the tip to be more acute so that it is sharper for slicing and detail work. I like the straight portion, especially at the heel, to be a little more obtuse to better stand up to chopping.
  • Tactical / Utility Knife – I prefer a more obtuse belly and tip for greater strength in cutting hard materials and thrusting.
  • Boning / Fillet Knives – I like the belly and tip more obtuse for greater strength due to the constant contact of the belly and tip with bones.

To create a more acute edge along the belly and out to the tip, position the knife with the tip farther away from the clamp. To create a more obtuse edge along the belly and out to the tip, position the knife with the tip closer to the clamp.

*Even though the angle is remaining constant throughout the curve of the blade,  you might experience a wider bevel toward the tip of the knife due to the way the knife is ground. As the belly of the blade curves toward the spine of the knife, the edge is often cut from thicker stock resulting in a wider bevel. An 1/8″ thick blade with a 22° per side angle will have much smaller bevels than a 1/4″ blade with the same 22° angles. On knives where the tip is inline with the spine and where there is not a distal taper, the effect is more pronounced. A wider bevel in this circumstance is a purely cosmetic concern since the angle is constant.

Step 5 – Recording your settings

Recording your angle, depth, and alignment settings is a crucial step in the sharpening process. If your settings are recorded correctly, you will be able to touch up your blade in less than a minute and remove virtually no metal. To record the settings, record the angle at which your Angle Adjustment Lever is set. For the depth, record that your have used either top or bottom depth setting. Use the Alignment Guide to record the measurement that is even with the tip of the knife. Once your settings are recorded, remove the Depth Key and Alignment Guide from the Vise Jaw.  You can record settings in our Knife Database for yourself and others to use.

 

Step 6 – Creating and Detecting a Burr – IMPORTANT!

When you’re first sharpening a blade, successfully drawing a burr from each side of the knife is the most important step. It is very difficult to know for certain without the presence of a burr if the bevels on each side of the blade actually extend to the edge. If the bevels do not extend all the way to the edge, the edge of the knife will be blunt and the knife will not be sharp.

A burr is defined as (From Wikipedia) ‘In engineering, a burr refers to the raised edge on a metal part. It may be present in the form of a fine wire on the edge of a freshly sharpened tool or as a raised portion on a surface, after being struck a blow from an equally hard, or heavy object.’ A burr, also called a wire edge, is created as a result of sharpening metal. The burr forms on the edge of the knife where the planes of the bevels (or, in the case of one-sided knives or chisels, the plane of one face and the bevel) intersect.

The diagram below shows the burr projecting from the edge of the knife:

Burr WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

 

Now that you have your knife properly mounted in the sharpener, and your angle is set, it is now time to profile your edge and draw a burr from each side of the blade to ensure that both bevels meet. One more time, color your bevel with a marker. Slide your 100 / 200 Grit Diamond Stone paddles onto the guide arms. Using your 100 grit stones, make up-and-forward strokes against the knife until all of the marker is removed from the bevel.

Once all of the marker is gone, concentrate on one side and make an additional ten strokes on that side only. Carefully slide your fingernail or a cotton swab up the side of the knife (opposite the side you were just sharpening) from spine to edge. If you’ve successfully created a burr, your fingernail or cotton swab will snag on the metal overhanging the edge. Check the entire length of the blade to ensure the burr is present. Perform additional strokes as needed until the burr is obvious along the whole blade. Repeat the procedure on the opposite side.

Step 7 – Sharpening your knife

With your 100 grit stones, sharpen your knife in an up-and-forward motion, alternating strokes from side to side with light pressure. Do approximately 20-30 passes on each side, then switch to the 200 stones and repeat. Continue this process until you have progressed through all of your stones.

Gen 3 Pro 100 200 In Motion WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

Step 8 – Removing the knife

Be careful! Your knife is extremely sharp. FIRMLY hold the handle of the knife with your left hand and move the Vise Jaw Clamping Lever to its up position to release the knife. Clean off the metal dust and shavings before you use the knife.

Gen 3 Pro Releasing Clamp WE300   Generation 3 Professional Sharpener

 

Step 9 – Touching up your knife

When the edge of your knife starts to become dull, it is time for a touch up. The amount of time between touch ups can vary, depending on the steel, angle, and usage. To touch up your edge, we recommend starting your grit progression with your finest Diamond Stone. Simply reference your recorded settings from the previous sharpening session. Mount your knife so the depth and alignment are identical to the settings you previously used. Set your angle to the same settings you previously used. Once all of the geometrical factors are set, begin lightly sharpening with your finest Diamond Stone. Make sure to check for a burr on each side of the knife. If you have purchased any additional stones or strops, progress through the rest of your stones and strops until you reach a level of refinement with which you are satisfied.

April 2015 Newsletter

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April’s a busy month for everyone: We have a couple of birthdays here at the office, Tax Day is coming up faster than anyone would like, Passover starts of the 3rd, Easter in on the 5th, and there is, of course, April Fool’s Day to start everything off right.

It’s going to be especially busy for us as we are moving to a brand new location this month! Over the past few years we have grown and grown and now we’re crawling the walls of our current suite of offices. Thanks to our loyal customer base and new Wicked Edge users, we’ve secured a 3,800+ square foot warehouse and over 3,600 square feet of office space.

In order to get fully moved in and operating, we will be closed April 13-17. We will not be able to ship any orders during that week, so if you have gifts to buy, please plan ahead! Make your order by 12pm Mountain Time on April 10th and we’ll get it shipped. Any orders made after that will ship after April 17th. We will still be taking orders and answering phone calls during the week.

As a final quick update, we are now accepting payments through Paypal! Just look for the button at the bottom of the checkout page.

 

Our new location

Here are a few pictures of the new location being painted and prepped for our arrival.

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Gen 3 Pro Pre-Orders

Just in case you have not heard, we are now taking pre-orders for our new Gen 3 Pro sharpener and the Gen 3 Vise Jaw Upgrade! We’ve shown the Gen 3 prototype at the SHOT Show and the ECCKS this year and now we have the final product ready to go. The full Gen 3 Pro sharpener includes the free-floating vise jaw and one-step angle setting as well as a handy storage shelf. It comes with our 100/200, 400/600, and 800/1000 grit diamond stones. The Vise Jaw Upgrade is just the free-floating clamp and an extended degree bar that can be added to a Precision Sharpener on its own or a Pro Pack I or Pro Pack II. It also works with our Field and Sport Pro.

We are still getting these new products made-to-order so expect 3-4 weeks for delivery. We are also asking for 50% down on the Gen 3 Pro Sharpener. The Gen 3 Pro Sharpener is currently retailing at $699.00 and the Gen 3 Vise Jaw Upgrade is priced at $169.00

 

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WESWAT – Variable Stone Thickness Adapter

Using the Variable Stone Thickness Adapter     

Some Wicked Edge stones are thicker than others, particularly the Naniwa-Chosera Waterstones. To ensure the shape of your bevels stay consistent, and angle adjustment must be made when switching to these stones.

The Variable Stone Thickness Adapter is a guide that holds the place of your angle, and lets you repeat your angle when switching between stones of different thicknesses.

Helpful tip: To achieve perfect results with the Variable Stone Thickness Adapter your sharpener should have micro adjustment capabilities. If you have a model without this capability it is OK, you will just need to remove your Base Rod and turn it around so the detents are facing away from you.

Step 1 – Place the Adapter on the Base Rod

Remove the Guide Rods from the Base Rod (degree bar). Slide the Variable Stone Thickness Adapters onto both sides of the Base Rod so the are facing up and away from you. (Note: there is a flat side and an indented side to each adapter. The flat side goes towards the Vise Jaw.)

WE SWAT 1.610B WESWAT   Variable Stone Thickness Adapter

 

Step 2 – Find your angle

Slide your Guide Rods back onto the Base Rod and then slide your stones onto the Guide Rods. Click here for detailed instructions about how to find your angle.

 

Step 3 – Setting the adapter

Once you have found your angle, slide the Variable Stone Thickness Adapter over until it is flush with your stone. Then, while holding the stone flush against the adapter with one hand, firmly tighten the Adapter to the Base Rod by using the Vise Key with your other hand. Repeat on the opposite side. (Important: From this point forward the Variable Stone Thickness Adapters should not move at any time during the sharpening session. They are now set as the guide for your other stones.

WE SWAT 1.599 WESWAT   Variable Stone Thickness Adapter

 

WE SWAT 1.589 WESWAT   Variable Stone Thickness Adapter

 

 

Step 4 – Using the adapter as a guide

When you are ready to switch to a stone with a different thickness, slide the stone onto the Guide Rod and loosen the collar that holds your angle in place. (Notice that when you place the stones with a different thickness against the adapter, there is a gap.)  While holding the stone against the adapter, adjust your angle setting until there is no longer a gap and the stone is flush against the adapter. You can do this by using the main angle adjustment on the degree bar, or with your micro adjustment. Then, while holding the stone flush against the adapter, re-tighten you angle adjustment so it is set in place. Repeat with the stone on the other side of the sharpener. WE SWAT 1.575 WESWAT   Variable Stone Thickness Adapter

WE SWAT 1.579 WESWAT   Variable Stone Thickness Adapter

 

 

Step 5 – Progress through all of your stones

Feel free to progress through all of your stones. You will want to check each stone against the adapter to see if an angle adjustment needs to be made.

Step 6 – Stropping 

When you progress to leather strops, it is important to clean off all of the water, stone slurry, or any other particles from the adapters prior to touching the strops to the adapters.Doing this will prevent damaging or contaminating the strops. When you use the leather strops, set your angle 1-2 degrees more acute than your original sharpening angle. This is important because the leather is pliable, and if left at the same sharpening angle as your stones, it can roll over and dull your edge. You can reset your sharpening angle without moving the adapters.

 

 

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