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I WANT YOU TO TRY MY COMPETITION!.   Ok, while that's a bold (at least by Font) statement, I honestly believe it will help establish the difference between our finished products.  And please, understand I truly respect them all (at least those that I've tested) - especially the two specific vendors I compete with here in the Portland area in a mobile sense (even though they're both from Washington).  But having the instruction of one of the country's few Master Blade Smiths and current premier knife makers (Bob Kramer) I've been given an understanding of sharpening that goes beyond what their  systems can offer. And truly I just get a high off watching people (who really love their knives) fall back in love with their knives!  Nuff said. 

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!!   Please, and by all means tell me what you like and dislike!  Feed back is what makes me think!!!  Thinking helps me improve - and one can never stop learning or improving (hopefully!). 

TAKE A CLASS!  I encourage everyone to find and enjoy a knife skills class.  Nothing can make you feel more comfortable with your knives then a lesson on how to properly handle them.  Check out Portland Culinary Workshop.  Melinda Cassidy (a former instructor at Oregon Culinary Institute) saw the missing link for home cooks in Portland and opened a school to address it.  Classes are short, sweet and meant to make you love cooking again.   Learning brings enlightenment... enlightenment brings happiness.  Learning how to professionally use your knives will forever change what makes you happy in the kitchen!
A great Chef once said to me: "Knowledge is water, your brain a sponge.. and your mouth a great hole from which water will depart.  Keep your mind open and your mouth shut!".  A truth regularly handed down to our departing students.  I've since found life to be one great "ride" that left unmanipulated seems to flow into areas I would have never dreamed of - or otherwise exected. Much like a good book - one that leaves an imprint on your mind on things or life in general.  

The Messiah

“Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river.  The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.
  Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.
  But one creature said at last, ‘I am tired of clinging,. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going.  I shall let go, and let it take me where it will.  Clinging, I shall die of boredom.
  The other creatures laughed and said, ‘Fool ! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you will die quicker then boredom!’
  But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.
  Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.
  And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, ‘ See a miracle!  A creature like ourselve’s, yet he flies!  See the Messiah, come to save us all!’
  And the one carried in the current said, ‘ I am no more a Messiah then you.  The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go.  Our true work is this voyage, this adventure’.
  But they cried the more, ‘Saviour!’ all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a Saviour.’”

Richard Bach - Illusions
 
Let go of "your" rock... trust the "current" that you enjoy most!

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