Never use your steel on your Global and other things I've learned about knives

"She's not the sharpest knife in the drawer."

I was thinking that might apply to me after I interviewed Jeffrey Elliot the author (with James P. DeWan) of the new Complete Book of Knife Skills.

Here's a link to a funny little clip on Josh Ozersky's blog.

I thought I knew something about knives. What I learned is how much more there is to learn. And, that I really need to get serious about how I sharpen or hone my knives. By the way, did you know that sharpening and honing are not the same thing? See what I mean?

Well, that post will be up shortly on Suite101 but in the meantime I have some very exciting news: Louisa Kasdon's Stuff column "Blade Runner" is a must-read for anyone who cooks. It is an introduction to a woman in our area who has a knife sharpening business. Patti Small also does some incredible pumpkin carvings.

Patti's website includes a schedule of farmers' markets and other places where she'll set up shop in the back of her truck and sharpen, or hone, your knives for a reasonable fee.