Honing the tools of the trade

Professional knife sharpener Dave Blum checks the edge of an axe at his New Buffalo workshop.

NEW BUFFALO — A sharp knife may be one of the most important implements we need in the kitchen, but for most of us, myself included, it’s easy to let the blades get dull – making slicing and dicing a chore.

When slicing a tomato becomes more like butchering it, that’s an indication your knife needs to be professionally sharpened, says Dave Blum, owner of Cutting Edge Sharpening, noting a sharp knife should easily cut a piece of paper in half.

Honing the tools of the trade

Dave Blum sharpens the edge of a knife in his workshop.

Honing the tools of the trade

Dave Blum offers a variety of culinary knives for sale at his workshop.