October 24. 2018.
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13 Must-Know Knife and Sharpener Sales for Every Chef in Your Life

The holiday rush might be right around the corner, but any serious chef knows that premium kitchen tools are essential any time of year. With that in mind, Master Grade has announced 13 limited-time sales designed to connect professional chefs with knives and knife sharpeners that elevate their every kitchen creation.   Check out these sales, and share photos of you with your new kitchen tool on Instagram @mgsharpener!   Get a jumpstart on Christmas shopping and order the  7″ Santoku Knife on Amazon for the chef in your life! Save 10% through the month of October with promo code […]

October 6. 2018.
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Master Grade Kicks Off Rare Sale on I.O. Shen Knives and Knife Sharpeners

If you’re a chef, butcher, caterer or a passionate home cook, you know that Master Grade is a leader in unbeatable professional knives and knife sharpeners. And now, for a limited time only, these award-winning I.O. Shen knife collection and knife sharpeners are on sale on Amazon.   With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to ensure you have all the top-notch tools to create those holiday dinners—either for guests of your restaurant or guests at your own home. If you’re serious about cooking and only settle for the best, don’t miss this limited time sale! […]

September 13. 2018.
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Five Fast Facts About the Santoku Knife

Loosely translating as “three virtues” or “three uses,” the word “Santoku” refers to the knife’s three specialties: slicing, mincing and dicing. The Santoku Knife is a modern twist on the traditional Western chef’s knife. Elegantly styled, the Santoku is a chef’s knife reimagined for use in Japanese cooking. In the mid-1940s, the Japanese began to discover new styles of cooking popular in the West. As a result, they developed the Santoku knife, which was their own version of the Western chef knife. The Santoku design is shorter, lighter and thinner than a traditional Western chef’s knife, and it is more […]

June 28. 2018.

What Do Butchers Look for in the Ideal Knife?

You work long hours wielding your butcher knife. From preparing animals to be broken down into individual halves or quarters to cutting and packaging specific cuts and portions for the market, both butchers and meat cutters have a unique relationship with their knives—and an equally unique need for the best.   Meat professionals work fast, and this often results in injuries from accidents, Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) or Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS). These conditions can result in things like muscle overload, tennis elbow, tendonitis, arthritis (from gripping) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The injuries are often characterized by discomfort or ongoing […]

June 27. 2018.
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Sharpening Your Butcher Knife and Commercial Electric Knife with an Electric Knife Sharpener

As a professional chef, what do you value most in a knife? A blade that holds its edge? A knife designed for a specific purpose? Comfort after hours of use? You’re in good company with many of the top chefs who seek quality in their kitchen tools. But while knives, like your butcher knife and commercial electric knife, might be vital to your kitchen, having a quality knife sharpener is vital to the life of your knives.   Check out these quick tips to keep your knives sharp with an electric knife sharpener.   Professionals Need Proper Sharpening Tools An […]

May 26. 2018.
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Which Sharpening Sticks are Right for Your Professional Kitchen?

Are dull knives the sore spot of your professional kitchen career? You’re not alone. Knives that are less than razor sharp are the bane of professional chefs everywhere. But luckily, there are many solutions on the market today to help you and your knives maintain your edge. Ceramic sharpening sticks and diamond sharpening sticks can transform your restaurant’s cutlery, and redefine the meaning of sharp.   How to choose the right sharpening sticks Sharpening sticks, also called honing rods, are a perfect way to quickly refine the edge on a dull blade. They are classified on the Moh scale of […]

May 4. 2018.
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The NRA Tradeshow is Around the Corner (and so are we!)

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) tradeshow is almost here! The NRA’s annual event of all things culinary is coming to Chicago, and we’re excited to see you there. Along with it being an extraordinary opportunity to check out new industry equipment and explore fresh technology, you’ll have the chance to hear from industry leaders, network with food industry peers and enter for your chance to win your very own I.O. Shen knife.   The Details   What: The 2018 NRA Tradeshow Where: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., in Chicago, IL When: Sat. May 19 – Tues. May 22 from 9:30 […]

April 13. 2018.
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Commercial Knife Sharpeners or Professional Knife Sharpeners? Finding the Right Electric Knife Sharpener for You

Commercial Knife Sharpeners or Professional Knife Sharpeners? Finding the Right Electric Knife Sharpener for You. Top chefs know that kitchen safety is vital. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), sharp knives are crucial to maintaining wellbeing and safety during food prep. The simplest and most cost-effective way to keep your knives sharp is to ditch the costly sharpening services and keep it in-house. But in an industry of options, how can you know which electric knife sharpener is right for you and the safety of your kitchen staff? A commercial knife sharpener or a professional knife sharpener? Watch celebrity […]

April 3. 2018.

Knife Sharpening 101

Sharp knives save lives—or at least they save fingers. Keeping tools in prime condition is integral to personal safety as well as excellent job performance. Check out this quick guide for tips on maintaining the peak performance and cutting edge of your knives Test your knife’s edge Hold a folded (but not creased) sheet of newspaper or copy paper by one end. Lay the blade against the top edge at an angle and slice outward. If the knife fails to slice the paper cleanly, try honing its edge with a steel. How to use a steel Maintaining your blades with […]

March 25. 2018.

The Ultimate Guide to Knife Sharpener and Knife Terminology

Knives may seem like a simple enough kitchen tool. After all, we all use them. We purchase them. We cut with them. Occasionally we sharpen them. But the knife and knife sharpener world has a whole vocabulary unto itself—and if you don’t speak it, you’ll quickly be left behind when trying to maintain your professional kitchen equipment.   So we’re dropping the veil on our favorite kitchen tools to give you the know-how to accurately understand your knife, and to de-jargonize the use of your kitchen knife sharpener.   So without further ado, here we go: Knife sharpening and knife […]

March 20. 2018.

An Interview with Knife Expert David Holly

When it comes to knives, David Holly is an undisputed expert. The executive chef puts his expertise on display as the owner of knifemerchant.com – home to an impressively curated collection of knives and a showroom that draws in culinary schools and pro chefs alike.   Like every master of his trade, Holly knows that the right tools are essential to doing the job right. Master Grade recently sat down with Holly to discuss his passion for food, his essential knives, and how to instantly judge the quality of this essential chef’s tool.   Master Grade: Why are you so passionate […]

March 11. 2018.

4 Top Kitchen Trends That Will Stand the Test of Time

Keeping up with the vast array of trending kitchen styles can be exhausting, but everyone wants to stay current in design as well as in functionality. Let’s face it, not too many of us want to use great grandma’s wallpaper or her icebox. But what looks good in a magazine may not be practical in our everyday lives, either. The modern kitchen is the hub of the home. It is where everybody hangs out, today’s de facto “family room.” The key to maintaining up-to-date design in this crucial space is to incorporate quality craftsmanship with distinctive features. HouseLogic.com, a solutions […]

May 18. 2017.

4 Reasons to Maintain Your Edge

Anyone who uses any kind of equipment understands the necessity of keeping tools in top condition. A sharp knife is no exception. Professionals like chefs and meat cutters quickly learn to be cautious of a knife’s cutting edge. Wariness aside, anyone with real food prep experience will agree that a sharp knife is vastly preferable to a dull one.   Food Network’s Alton Brown relates happiness to a sharp knife. If that’s not convincing enough, here are 4 key reasons why you should keep your blade on the cutting edge. Sharp knives mean safety Contrary to the myth that a […]