Jende Tri fold Knife Bag is Sexy!

December 7, 2016

The Blue Period Jende Tri fold Knife Bag is our latest creation! This is the tri fold everyone else wants to be…

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The royal blue leather lining alone will make you want to just touch and caress it! But we’ve gone above and beyond just looks…

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On the inside, there are 11 knife sleeves, 3 big, 5 medium, and 3 small, to hold blades of up to 17.5″ (45cm) in overall length. The side storage pouch runs the whole height of the bag.

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But why stop there? We went all the way with this bag, using the absolute best quality hardware in the world, including A&E DoD Certified Thread, Rivets from Rome Fasteners, CMC silver buckles and D-rings, Cone selvedge canvas, an unbreakable carbon fiber support bar, and solid copper rivets at the stress points. And to top it all off, we’ve subjected the whole bag to a waterproof nanocoat treatment from Nanoman to repel water and even some oils.

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This is the ultimate Tri fold!

 

 

Custom Damascus Straight Razor by Adam Grosskopf

December 5, 2016

We had the great fortune to meet Adam Grosskopf at the Sydney Knife Show this past August. He had a wide selection of beautiful straight razors at very reasonable prices. More importantly, they were actually properly honed up and in shave ready condition. We are very happy to announce that we have an Adam Grosskopf original damascus straight razor for sale on our Artisan Mall.

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Adam Grosskopf Straight #079

This beautiful straight razor is 5/8 and is hand forged using pattern welded 1084/15N20 steel. The blade is 1/4 hollow ground, with the edge overall length tang to toe measuring 5 ½”. Signed and serial numbered. #079. The blade also sports a micro clear Cerakote finish for easy clean and rust prevention. It has been honed by Adam and is shave ready.

The scales are laminated abalone shell veneer in black and clear acrylic with black and blue G10 spacers and a custom mosaic pin. The pivot is an adjustable stainless torx head screw with brass washers.  This razor comes with a hand-made deerskin pouch, certificate of origin, and a USB key with photos taken throughout the build and an electronic copy of  the Certificate of Origin. Don’t let this razor pass you by!

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Some New Japanese Knives at Jende Industries

November 23, 2016

We’ve been slowly adding to our knife line, and have recently added several Japanese knives, including some Gyutos, Santokus, Yanagis, Debas, and Tacobikis. These are all high quality blades, using Aogami Super Blue, Shirogami White, and VG-10 Steels, and come with and without damascus patterns. Our favorite to look at, by far is the Sakimarutako by Tanaka Kazuyuki, which is an octopus knife with a rounded samurai sword tip instead of the usual squared off tip of conventional takobiki blades. It features a Damascus Clad VG-10 core with  and ebony octagon handle and horn ferrule. kiritsukegata-takohiki-6

We also have a traditional Santoku by Maruyoshi, featuring Aogami Super Blue steel with a walnut octagon handle.

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If you’re in the market for a Gyuto, we have 180mm and 210mm Gyutos by Shiro Kamo. Both of these knives feature damascus clad VG-10 core steel with a red sandalwood handle.

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The Jende Knife Roll – Truly Inspirational

November 1, 2016

The Jende Knife Roll has come a long way over the past few years, and here is our latest version. Be sure to turn your volume all the way up!

We make several versions of this bag, including the Reaper Roll, which is black leather with red stitching, the Think Pink Roll, which is hot pink with yellow stitching, our Blue Period Roll which is Black and Royal Blue leather with blue stitching. These rolls can hold knives up to 17.5″ (45cm) in total length.

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Jende Blue Period Roll

 

We also offer the original Jende Knife roll in a sushi knife sized roll, which can accommodate blades up to 21.5″ (55cm) in overall length.

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Top: Jende Sushi Roll
Bottom: Jende Knife Roll

Shapton Glass Stones for the Wicked Edge!

October 18, 2016

Shapton Glass Stones are now available for the Wicked Edge Precision Sharpener (WEPS)!  The full 10 stone lineup includes grits from 220 all the way up to 30K, and you can now make your own customized Shapton Glass Stone Paddles for the Wicked Edge.

Shapton Glass WEPS Stones

Shapton Glass WEPS Stones

The Wicked Edge Precision Sharpener is such a great platform, and anyone who uses one knows just how diverse the accessory stone options are. Shapton Glass Stones are some of the best sharpening stones in the known universe, and until now, the only only way to experience them was by using them in the full size stones. Now they have been brought together to make the WEPS even better! Be warned that there may be a small mushroom cloud that forms when you first use the stones🙂

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The extensive grit range is unparalleled, and includes 220, 320, 500, 1K, 2K, 4K, 6K, 8K, 16K, and 30K grits. Our DIY Shapton Glass WEPS Paddles allow you to mix and match your grits to get the combos you need, and come attached to a Wicked Edge Paddle. If you liked the Wicked Edge before, you will fall in love with it all over again with the Shapton Glass WEPS Stones!

 

Jende Kangaroo and Leather Strops – What’s the difference?

October 17, 2016

We’ve recently introduced the Jende Kangaroo and Leather strops on color coded acrylic to our lineup. One of the questions that will inevitably be asked is “which one is better?” As usual, the answer is “it depends”. They are both excellent mediums, and this article is designed to allow you to make a better informed decision about which is better for you and your particular needs.

 

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Jende Leather Strop (acrylic side)

Kangaroo and Cow leathers are both tanned animal skins, In this case it is vegetable tanned, which is basically untreated with any oils, waxes, etc.. It’s the most natural foundation which can then be used as a clean, final strop or be loaded with pastes, sprays, compounds or emulsions of your choosing. Cow leather has a much longer history of use for stropping, with Kangaroo leather only becoming more accessible since Crocodile Dundee first appeared in the 1980s.😀

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Jende Kangaroo Strop (acrylic side)

Ounce for ounce, kangaroo has about 10 times the tensile strength as cow leather, meaning a thin 1mm strip of kangaroo is about as strong as a 2-3mm strip of cow leather. This translates into less compression of the kangaroo strop over the cow strop, which can be advantageous in certain situations like straight razor honing. But the compression of the cow leather can be more suitable to matching the shape of convex edges.

In order to better describe more of the differences between kangaroo and cow leather, we need to look more closely under the microscope. Here’s a side by side macro view of the Jende cow and kangaroo leathers. Pictures are taken with a Veho 400x and the actual resolution is 1.3mm wide x 1mm high.

 

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Cow Leather, Macro

 

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Kangaroo Leather, Macro

At this level, the cow leather looks very consistent and smooth. There is what’s best described as a “spotted” texture to the leather, but it seems flat, overall. (It reminds me of the surface of painted drywall, actually.) The Roo, however, looks like an army of ants are embedded in the surface. These are the hair follicles of the skin. Overall, the surface looks smooth, even with the contrast of the black follicles. Honestly, there’s not much difference to be seen between the two skins here.

Where things really change are at the micro level. This resolution is 1mm wide by 0.75mm high.

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Jende Leather Strop, Micro

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Jende Kangaroo Strop, Micro

The spotted surface of the cow leather reveals a smooth surface with raised polyp-shaped mounds. The kangaroo leather shows a smooth surface with divots where the hair follicles are. It is this difference that really influences the the way each strop works.

My theory is that he raised polyps on the cow leather will come into contact with the blade when stropping, making the strop more aggressive but arguably slightly less consistent. If you were to load the strop with an abrasive, the abrasive would leave deeper scratches at the polyps and more shallow scratches in between. Again, arguably more aggressive but less consistent.

The divots on the kangaroo leather do not interfere with the stropping action of the rest of the surface of the strop, meaning you get more consistent contact with the strop when stropping. When the kangaroo is loaded with an abrasive, the contact between the blade and the strop is much more constant as well since the abrasive fills in the gaps. The catch here is that this could be considered less aggressive since the surface scratches are not as deep, but because more edge is in contact with abrasive throughout each stroke, it could still be described as as aggressive since there is more shallow depth of scratch per stroke, but a whole lot more of it. It’s a different kind of aggression.

So what does all this rambling mean? Well, based upon the picture evidence, there is a strong argument to be made that the polyps of the cow leather make for a more aggressive stropping medium and the divots of the kangaroo make a smoother stropping medium. This is the simple answer, of course, and doesn’t factor in things like stropping technique and pressure. But is does remain a constant that the cow leather has raised polyps and the kangaroo has divots, and this is the information needed to begin making an informed decision as to which stropping medium is better suited for your needs.

To give an example, a 2K edge on a hunting knife can get more out of a cow leather strop since it will push the edge back into position with more force. That same cow strop loaded with a 4 micron (4K) Jende emulsion takes the knife edge up a notch while still being aggressive enough to maintain the edge between sharpening sessions. On a straight razor, a kangaroo strop will push the fragile edge back into a more uniform position. The same kangaroo strop loaded with 0.25 or 0.10 Jende emulsion will abrade the edge of the razor more evenly, thus minimizing microchipping while keeping the scratches very consistent. You can just imagine the possibilities from here!

Loading and Using the Jende Nanocloth Ultra Color Coded Strops –

September 20, 2016

We’ve done a quick and dirty video on how to load your Jende Color Coded Nanocloth Ultra Strops. These are the 4 micron 2×6″ with 4 micron CBN Emulsion and the 210×70 mm 0.25 Micron Poly Diamond Emulsion. Both strops and emulsions are color matched for easy recognition. 210×70 mm strops are designed to fit most stone holders as well. These strops are 3/4″ thick acrylic.

A special thanks to Mike Martinez of Martinez Blades and to Mark Reich of Reich Precision for allowing their razor and knife to make a cameo appearance.

The New 15K Jende Reed Knife

September 14, 2016

The New 15K Jende Reed Knife is now available! The 15K Jende Reed Knife has been around since Jende Industries first opened its doors, but it has just now received a complete overhaul.

The New 15K Jende Reed Knife now features a stainless steel that has slightly more complexity and wear resistance, giving a different type of edge that can hold up longer. It is still sharpened to 15,000 grit for control and effortless removal of cane. The handle is Madagascar Ebony, and is tapered to fit hands of all sizes. The handle has been laser etched with the Jende logo and sealed with 100% natural bee’s wax. The weight of the hardwood handle helps keep a neutral balance for scraping your oboe, bassoon, and clarinet reeds. The sheath is Stone Oiled leather for stylish protection of the blade.

Jende Nanocloth Ultra Strops – Color Coded for Your Pleasure!

September 9, 2016

We are happy introduce Jende Nanocloth Ultra, our newest innovation in stropping mediums!

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Jende Nanocloth Ultra Rainbow

  • The Jende Nanocloth Ultra is a synthetic stropping material that has no weave, so feedback is the same in all directions. Other weaved strops tend to have noticeable resistance change feedback variations, like a rug when vacuuming, which can make you second guess your stropping stroke.
  • The Honeycomb structure is very consistent. The shape allows the emulsions to fill up the honeycombs, keeping more abrasive on the strop and off your knife. The shape also fills up and beads on the surface, giving a snow-shoe effect with even scratches when stropping.
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Jende Nanocloth Ultra – 400x

  • The depth of the honeycomb has little compression – less than leather in general.
  •  Because of the depth of abrasive in the honeycomb tubes, differential pressure can be used to give the strop more or less aggression by adding pressure for more aggression, and super light strokes to just tickle the edge for finish stropping.
  • The color-coded Acrylic base allows you to instantly recognize the grit strop you desire to use, saving time and confusion.
  • Laser etched to ensure long-lasting and clear identification marks.
  • Works equally well with our Jende Poly Diamond Sprays, Jende Poly Diamond Emulsions, and our Jende CBN Emulsions.

We are offing a huge variety of sizes on color coded acrylic, including 210x70mm and 2×6″ Bench strops on 3/4″ thick acrylic blocks, and for a full array of guided sharpening systems, including the Edge Pro (EP), Hapstone Sharpener, KME Sharpener, and Wicked Edge (WEPS).  Stropping will never be the same again!

Ken Schwartz Products Are No Longer Available

September 8, 2016

It is with great regret that we must inform everyone who has supported Jende Industries over the years that the relationship between Ken Schwartz of Precise Sharpening and Jende Industries has come to an end as of June 18th, 2016. Ken Schwartz’s products are no longer available for purchase.

There is a long, vibrant, and fruitful history between Jende and Ken, but amongst other irreconcilable differences that we’d rather not discuss publicly, it has mainly come to a point where chronic inconsistency of supply and delivery times on Ken’s part was hurting our reputation and customer service record. We have put up a notice on our website to this effect, and have since developed our own improved line of  Jende CBN and Poly Diamond Emulsions. We have also added our own Nanocloth Ultra, Kangaroo, and Leather strops to accommodate sharpeners of all types, be it free hand, mechanized, or guided. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. In the mean time, we strongly recommend considering the Jende Strops and Compounds, found on our site, here.