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Heart of the Home with Chef Tyler Stone

Staying Sharp in the New Year

One resolution for the New Year you should make is to

sharpen and maintain your kitchen knives. This is the one culinary tool most home cooks and many professionals neglect. Sharpening your knives is important, but it is only part of the equation. Starting with a good quality knife makes all the difference in the world. Just as you must start with fresh ingredients to make a delicious dish, you also need good cutlery that is able to take a sharp edge.

The best kitchen knives in the world are made by hand in

a town called Sakai City in Osaka, Japan. Sakai Uchi Hamono is the traditional style of knife making in which two kinds of metal are forged together to make a sharp yet fl exible blade. The cutting edge is made from hard carbon steel welded to a softer iron body that comprises the tang and front side of the knife.

Master knife sharpener Mr. Shunichi Tahara

Last year I had the opportunity to give cooking demonstrations at a restaurant show in New York City. There I had the good fortune of meeting some of the best knife craftsmen from Sakai. One master in particular, Mr. Shunichi Tahara, kindly showed me more about sharpening on Japanese whetstones. Mr. Tahara is an honored and revered knife sharpener in Japan who has won many awards for his skill and craftsmanship. I was honored to meet him and receive three very special knives from him as a gift.

If you are interested in learning more about Japanese

knives and my cooking, plan to attend the Northern California Home & Landscape Expo held January 28-30 at Cal Expo. I will be doing demonstrations each day at the House2Home booth in Building B, space #367. While you are there, you can fi ll out an entry form to win a free dinner for 4 prepared in your home by me personally. I hope you are able to come by and say hello, and, the next time you are cutting something in the kitchen, ask yourself if you have sharpened your Sakai Uchi Hamono today!

See you in the Kitchen! ™

For More Information about Japanese knives, whetstones and accessories go to

Hand forged knife custom made for me by Mr. Tahara.

Chef Tyler Stone is a personal chef specializing in upscale events for clients all over the country who want a one-of-a-kind dining experience. To hire Tyler for your next event or for more information, email him at or go to


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