Come join us Friday for the last Cape Cod Beer Farmer’s Market of the Season. Sadly all good things must come to an end. Last chance to get your knives sharpened on the spot while enjoying a fine beer and live music. After this you will just have to come by the shop and stand in the drive way listening to me sing sea shanties and catching a cool drink from the garden hose. Trust me Cape Cod Beer is a much better idea. We will be at Chatham Farmer’s Market tomorrow from 3-6. We have only a handful of weeks left there before it will get a bit to nippy in Chatham to stand around outside. This weekend we will be in Yarmouth at the Bass River Craft festival. Stop by and hello!
No I am serious. It really is. Celebrate by coming down to Cape Cod Beer Friday for the Farmer’s Market from 3-6. You can also celebrate a couple of days late by finding us in Brewster at Drummer Boy Park at the the Kill Tide Arts and Craft Festival this Sat and Sunday. It will be awesome.
Dead whale that is… In the past two days I have spent 7 hours sharpening over 100 whale necropsy knives for the local marine mammal stranding network run by the IFAW. They contacted me and asked if I could sharpen a few knives. I said sure bring them on down. The first day I got twelve and they must have been sharp enough because the next day they dropped off ninety one. I am grateful for their business and the work that they do.
All the knives were pretty dull and damaged, as one would expect from a stainless steel knife hacking into whale bone all day. There were signs of previous rather harsh sharpening practices. One knife in particular stood out. It was ground very unevenly near the hilt and had a deep gouge and a burn mark in it. Many knives showed deep scratches from slipping on a grinding stone or belt. Tom remarked that the knives were like the ones used at Stop and Shop to butcher meat. He said, “A new scimitar will be ground down by their previous sharpening service to where it resembles a filet knife in just 3-4 sharpenings!!” He also commented that I was being a lot gentler on these knives with my method than the other sharpeners had been and that the knives would last a lot longer.
The lady who dropped them off also thought my method was much easier going than the other place she had taken them with a giant spinning wet stone. My method is simple and does give knives a longer life. I use a 600 or 800 grit belt to remove very little metal per pass. I keep an eye on the blade every couple of passes to check progress. I only want to take as much off as I have to in order to get a good clean edge. I also grind on the slack of the belt, which keeps the metal from getting too hot. It also gives the knife a convex edge, which is sharper and lasts longer then a flat ground edge. I then polish the edge for a few passes on my buffing wheel with a 12-1600 grit rouge. This does not really remove much metal but gives a really smooth cutting surface which offers very little friction when cutting.
A customer brought me an old paring knife with a beautiful patina on it. IT was made by Hoffritz. It had been in the family for some time and the handle had begun to rot off and fall apart. They were made in Solingen Germany and imported from the 1930’s on. The knife is very flexible and thin. The handle was brown and faded and not much left on one side. It may have been ebony at one point but it looked a lot like walnut so that is what I replaced it with. I sharpened it and hopefully it will provide another 70 plus years of work. We love old knives and love giving them a second life. Jut one of the many things we do here at Cape Cod Cutlery.
We will be at the following farmer’s markets weekly:
Chatham Farmer’s Market Tuesdays from 3-6:30 starting May 23rd
Cape Cod Beer Farmers Market‘s on Fridays from 3-6 Starts May 26th.
Brewster Historical Society Farmers Market. The dates we are looking at are July 2, 16 and 30. Aug 13, 27, Sept 3, 10, 17. Look for us under the windmill.
Both of these run weekly till early October. As usual our shop hours will be Mon Wed Thur 2-7 Please call ahead to make sure we are here. for other times call for appointment.
9 Midnight Madness Pennsic Pennsylvania
12-13 Harwich Cranberry Fest
17th Doane Park Harwich Village Crafters
19-20 Cotuit Craft Fair. Cotuit.
16,17 Harwich Cranberry Fest
24th Live Love Local
Nov: Whew Nothing in November. If we find anything we will let you know or let us know if you know. You know?
3rd Live love Local.
31 and Jan 1 New Years Eve and Day Farmer’s Market P Town.