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!

New York Custom Knife Show

We’re heading back to Newpor, NYt for the annual NYCKS.  Show dates are Nov. 22-24. Please come by the table if you’re in the area for a demo or just to say hi.

Show details: http://fiftyfiftyproductions.net/nycks-info.php

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

June 2015 Newsletter

June 2015 Newsletter

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It is summer again at last in Santa Fe! After a lot of late frosts and snows it’s warming up and everyone is gearing up for more outdoor activities. As far as the business goes, we’re having another busy month. The NRA Show was a great success and we had a wonderful time meeting new and old users of the Wicked Edge. We’re heading right back out again for our last show until November, so here’s a quick update on Blade Show 2015.

 

Blade Show 2015

As always, we will be attending the Blade Show in Atlanta June 5-7 at the Cobb Galleria. We will have some of our most popular products for sale as well as a couple of Generation 3s to view in person. If you have a knife that needs sharpening or if you just want to chat, come by Booth #48.

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Sous Chef Boot Camp

Clay recently travelled to British Columbia this past week to visit the new Cactus Club Café location in Kelowna. There he was able to take part in their Sous Chef Boot Camp and provide one-on-one training on the Wicked Edge. We are delighted to work with the Cactus Club Café and hope their employees love their new sharpener! 

May 2015 Newsletter

May 2015 Newsletter

 May 2015 Newsletter

Hello from our new location! At long last we are moved in and have been fully operational for several weeks. As with all moves, it has been a long process with some bumps but now that we’re up and running again we’re looking forward to making the most of our new warehouse space and R&D facilities. We also have a brand-new AV room, so keep an eye out for more new videos in the coming months.

 

National Restaurant Association Show 2015

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This coming weekend we will be in Chicago for the National Restaurant Association Show. This is our 2nd year at the NRA show and we are very pleased to be returning. Most of our shows focus mainly on hunting, fishing, and knife hobbyism. The NRA Show is all about food and the restaurant industry, which is a field we’re very interested in making headway in. If you’re lucky enough to be in attendance, come see us at booth 9916 at the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place May 16-19.

 

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Gen 3 Field and Sport

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We are very pleased to announce that our newest model, the Generation 3, as thus far been a huge success. We’re expecting our first batch of sharpeners to arrive within the next couple of weeks and we’re very eager to get them out the door. Thanks to the success of this first run, we will be expanding the Generation 3 into our Field and Sport line. The Field and Sport will soon be available with the new Gen 3 vise along with the ball-jointed arms for extra precision and even easier sharpening. We aren’t taking pre-orders just yet, but be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook for news regarding this great new product.

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.

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