Bernal Cutlery: A Sharp Perpective

During a recent reconnaissance patrol on YouTube, Bernalwood uncovered this spiffy new video from Bernal Cutlery, the knife shop tucked inside the marketplace at 331 Cortland:

Bernal Cutlery opened for business in 2005 and specializes in all things knife related. Using time-honored Japanese Whetstone grinding techniques—and finishing by hand with a modified version of an old fashioned Barber’s strop—it offers peerless sharpening services, as well as very high caliber new knives, collectable and vintage models, classes in care and sharpening as well as hosting sessions on knife skills.

This approach results in edges that are sharper, longer lasting and produce far less metal removal making for less wear on the knife. As opposed to fast but aggressive dry grinders and belt sanders, which remove unnecessary amounts of metal and are prone to producing enough heat to ruin a blade, often producing ugly scratches and marks in the process. Japanese whetstones not only are the preferred sharpening medium for fine Japanese knives but are superior for all types of cutlery.

4 thoughts on “Bernal Cutlery: A Sharp Perpective

  1. Thanks for the love! That video has an embedded home in our (Bernal Cutlery’s) new website. We just launched a new site. There is a typo in the text your grabbed; it should read that Bernal Cutlery started in 2005. Josh’s first order was a pair of pruners at his work station in the back of our then apartment @ 805 Cortland Ave. above the old Italian restaurant that then turned into Chez Papa….

  2. I am still enjoying the super sharp edges Bernal Cutlery did on our Sabatier knives quite a while ago. I lived WAY over in Noe Valley at the time (and they didn’t have the awesome 331 Cortland setup yet), so I dropped them off at Drewes Bros. Meats and picked them up a few days later. Not sure if they still that setup, but it was pretty darn convenient, since I love getting meat from Drewes Bros. So does my dog, who gets a piece of bologna for waiting patiently outside. Great prices on the knives, yes!

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