Welcome! I'm Woody Bailey, owner and operator
of Zen Blades. It is my mission to improve your cooking experience by bringing your kitchen knives up to their sharpest
possible edges. My "Where to Find me" page is intended to be up to date weekly, the odds are high that I may
have forgotten to do so - so easiest way to find me is to call or email me. Anyway - thanks for checking out my site.
|Mobile knife sharpening workshop
Every blade has its own identity and purpose - just like its owner. To truly
sharpen it requires both an understanding of the blades purpose and a process of sharpening that brings the blade to its optimum
geometry - the optimum edge. Years ago Master Blade Smith (and former chef) Bob Kramer (creator of todays most coveted
hand made culinary knives and my teacher..) set out across the country in search of the "perfect" sharpening technique.
His search was extensive, and in the end very successful. For years Bob sharpened blades for Seattle's finest eateries
from a mobile "work shop" much like mine. Eventually he went on to learn how to forge knives and after allot
of hard work and study earned the rare title of Master Blade Smith. **CHECK OUT THE NOVEMBER'08 ISSUE OF THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE ON BOB KRAMER!!**
OR... best yet... go to YouTube and search for "Bob Kramer CBS". FANTASTIC INTERVIEW!!!
After attending and eventually working for two culinary schools , I became very familiar with sharpening knives. This
quickly became a passion for me that through careful research (and shear luck) lead me to Bob Kramer. After many long
phone conversations and shared enthusiasm Bob offered to teach me his method of sharpening. It's taken some time and
effort, but Zen Blades is now ready to bring the Kramer method to you. This method starts with thought and examination,
and ends with an edge that is superior to anything else out there. I am very happy to bring you Portland's ONLY seven step sharpening process! Best yet, with a quick
lesson on knife care and a couple simple maintenance tricks, your
knives will stay "wicked sharp" for at least 6 months - probably up to a year! That's what a
knife sharpening service should be all about - making you and your knives as happy as possible for as long as possible.
Hopefully you'll let me show you what I mean.
Currently we're cash or check only
$5.00 for knives under 6" - $8.00 for 6" & up.