Test Lab: Work Sharp 3000 Tool Sharpener Review

by Chris Gardner

Test Lab: Work Sharp 3000 Tool Sharpener Review

After hanging out in the DIY scene for a few years, I've realized something: a lot of creative projects are simply involve cutting or shaping raw materials and then putting them back together again. Of course, there are "from the ground up" projects, like painting or crochet, but sewing, cooking, woodworking, paper crafting, and many more require means to break down materials like wood, fabric, or vegetables into specific shapes before putting them back together in the way you want.

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And that, friends, requires sharp tools. Any time you use a blade, you break down the edge, twisting the metal out, dulling it and making it less useful. Even cutting regular paper with scissors. 
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But here's the thing - not only are sharp blades more effective, they're actually safer. So, having sharp tools, like scissors, kitchen knives, carving tools, saw blades, chisels, and paper cutters allows you to work faster, and cut yourself less. 

Enter the Work Sharp 3000.

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How To: Learn Basic, Safe Kitchen Knife Skills

by Chris Gardner

How To: Learn Basic, Safe Kitchen Knife Skills

Since graduating from college, I've slowly been developing good knife technique in the kitchen. I've learned that big, sharp knifes are actually safer, have been practicing efficient and consistent ways to prep all sorts of fresh veggies, aromatics like onions and garlic, and even a bit of DIY butchering.

And, ever since I got good enough to make it look like I sorta know what I'm doing, I've been saying, "Man, I should write up a Curbly post...

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Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

Making your home a better place doesn't take a lot of money, and you should never let a lack of supplies or tools intimidate you from trying a home improvement project. Remember, you can always rent or borrow any special tools you might need (a drywall jack, for example, is one of those things you probably don't need to own, but comes in really, really handy when the time is right).

That said, having the right tool for the job can be the...

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Wooden Magnetic Knife and Tool Holder.

by Chris Gardner

Wooden Magnetic Knife Holder from Lie-Nielson Toolworks
The on-the-wall magnetic knife block is a safe and efficient way to keep your blades sharp and on hand. But metal surfaces can scratch your tools and look a bit industrial, if that doesn't suit your style.

As an alternative, Lie-Nielsen offers the Mag-Blok an alternative with an all-wood facade. With options in sugar maple and cherry, it's made to fit your butcher blocks, and many models of cabinetry. And at $35.00 for an 18" model, the price is...

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