How to Sharpen Engraved Gerber Knives

When new, you shouldn’t have to sharpen

Engraved Gerber Knives, Quadrant Bamboo
Gerber Quadrant Bamboo

engraved Gerber knives. But after some use, you will have to sharpen them. The best advice is “Easy does it”. The gentlest but most effective knife sharpener is the R119 by “American Made Cutlery”. It is made of two wheels of hardened steel, that are placed close enough together to provide an ideal angle of sharpening. It sharpens both sides of the blade at the same time. You want to draw the knife blade through the opening smoothly and gently, as if you were slicing something. Other sharpeners are on the market for more rugged sharpening jobs. We’ll get to them next time.

R119 Knife Sharpener
R119 Knife Sharpener







A Unofficial Guide To The Best American-Made Cutlery Needed for Prime Rib Day

American-Made Cutlery for #PrimeRibDay
American-Made Cutlery for #PrimeRibDay

Even though many of the major holidays have passed, we can still find any day to celebrate with a prime rib dinner. Today is National Prime Rib Day, the best reason to make a yummy flavorful dinner tonight. What exactly is prime rib?

  • It’s also called a “standing rib roast”
  • Plan on ¾ lb per person
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes per pound
  • Temps for cooking: Medium-rare= 110, Medium= 120, Medium-well=130, Well=140

Now that you know the basics of prime rib, you will also need the proper American-made Cutlery knives in which to cut and serve this yummy cut of beef:

American-Made Cutlery Carving Gift Set
American-Made Cutlery Carving Gift Set
American-Made Cutlery Serrated Steak Knives Gift Set
American-Made Cutlery Serrated Steak Knives Gift Set
American-Made Cutlery Knife Sharpener
American-Made Cutlery Knife Sharpener

American-Made Cutlery Dares All Men to Do This One Thing

Men can cook too!
Men can cook too!

A typical assumption is that the women of the family are always in the kitchen preparing the family’s meals. But WHAT IF… the MEN made the meal this time? Today is National Men Make Dinner Day, which is the perfect day for the men in our lives to practice their culinary skills.

No guys, you’re not allowed to cheat and make instant ramen, or, even sadder, just a bowl of cereal. Your family wants a little more effort than that.

So here is a little help for cooking your best meal with American-made cutlery, whether it’s a meal for one or for 20:

  1. PLAN your menu (Pick your main dish, then choose a side and dessert that complement it)
  2. SHOP for ingredients- choose fresh, quality ingredients. If you can’t find what you need, then maybe alter your menu
  3. Mise en place, or “everything in its place”. This means set-up, organize, and chop your ingredients. The American-made cutlery that you’ll need:
  4. COOK
  5. SERVE
  6. CLEAN- Let someone else clean up so you can rest!

How To Take Care Of Your Fruit Knife

Knife Sharpener for Fruit Knife
Knife Sharpener for a Fruit Knife

Besides the normal maintenance that you would give any pocket knife, here are some tips specifically for your fruit knife.

  • Wash it or rinse it thoroughly, to get rid of fruit residue. The acid content of oranges, lemons, tomatoes and some other fruits would etch the stainless steel.
  • Dry it to remove all traces of the rinse water. This will prevent some steel parts like the spring and pins from rusting. Even some grades of stainless steel can experience some degree of rusting.
  • Oil it with cooking oil instead of non-edible oil.
  • Store it in a clean environment, so you won’t contaminate your fruit next time you use it.
  • Use a knife-friendly cutting board. Never cut on a ceramic board, because it would dull your blade immediately.

As with any other knife, here are some general tips:

  • Keep it sharp. The sharper it is, the easier it cuts. Instead of using a stone, I prefer the type of sharpener that has two steel wheels.  That way I don’t get any stone grindings contaminating the works. Then rinse and wipe the knife off before use.
  • Never use your knife as a pry bar or hammer.
  • Keep it in the pouch when not in use. This assures it won’t get contaminated or misplaced.

Your fruit knife will last longer if you take good care of it. Thanks to “Sharpening By Dave” for some information in this article.