…”You know, like nunchuk skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills… Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.” ~ Napoleon Dynomite
So I queried the only person I could think of with the training and skills to answer this question: Jeff. I respect his knowledge and dedication to the craft and so should you. I’m pretty sure his knife skillz earned him some love.
Unfortunately, due to an unwillingness to aid you in guiding you to lopping off your fingertip like I did when he and I knew each other in college, he has deferred writing a tutorial and directs us instead to the following clip. And yes, the whole lopping off of the finger should give you pause – they are knives people…they’re sharp and they can do that.* To quote Joy on My Name is Earl, “excercise caution, dummy!”
Mince away my pretty ponies! Mince away!
* “Sharp knives make sharp chefs, and dull knives make dull chefs” (someone culinary said that). A sharp knife will cut much more predictably than a dull one. If you don’t know how to work the angles on the traditional style knife sharpener – Sur La Table store has a great Wüsthof® “dummy” sharpener that will also take care of your kitchen shears (Indispensable house tools! Get some.) – for $50…you’ll spend alot more wreaking your knives or shelling out for someone to do it professionally. Fortunately I have a Marine Corps father who grew up in the Vietnam era and knows how to polish a knife. [Future home invaders? Please note this last bit.]