Archive for the ‘Reed Knife’ Category

Jende Sharpening Tips – Left Handed Reed Knife by Left Handed Sharpener

December 6, 2018

Jende Sharpening tips byTom Blodgett at

Left handed reed knife users are people, too. Here is a demonstration of a left handed version of the Dime-Nickel reed knife sharpening method that every Jende Reed Knife is sharpened with to make a left handed reed knife. Excellent for Oboe, bassoon, and Clarinet reed makers.

Stones: Chosera 600 and 1K
Reed Knife: Chairugi


Jende Sharpening Tips – Using the Jende Nanocloth Ultra Strops

December 4, 2018

Sharpening Tips from Tom Blodgett at
Using the dynamics of the Jende Nanocloth Strops once loaded with Jende emulsions allows you to tickle the edge by stropping with no pressure, or by using pressure to compress the nanocloth, which exposes more abrasive, making the stroke more aggressive at the same grit level.

Strops: Jende Nanocloth Ultra, 0.25 micron in 1×4″, 1×6, 2×6″, and 210x70mm
Emulsion: Jende Poly Diamond Emulsion, 0.25 micron
Knives: Benchmade CPM20CV, Jende Student Reed Knife, D2 Damascus Chef Knife

Jende Sharpening Tips – Pantzier Reed Knife

December 1, 2018

Sharpening Tips from Tom Blodgett at

The Pantzier reed knife is basically a single bevel knife with a radius tip. The bevel portion of the blade is sharpened as usual by following the bevel angle. The radius is the tricky part, which requires a compound motion of matching the bevel while raising the handle to match the contour of the tip to come into contact with the stone along the entire radius. This is definitely a more advanced technique. The softness of the steel puts the optimum operating sharpness between 600 and 2,000 grit, and will benefit more from being reinforced with a micro bevel, or secondary bevel.

Knife: Reeds ‘N Stuff Pantzier
Stone: Naniwa Chosera 600

Jende Sharpening Tips – Ando Single Bevel Reed Knife

November 29, 2018

Sharpening Tips from Tom Blodgett at Single bevel reed knives usually follow the preset bevel angle, but the laminated steel of the Ando knife requires more “forward pressure” so that the harder edge steel gets abraded rather than the softer top layer of steel. The flat side of the blade can usually be sharpened flat, but may require a slight lift to accommodate for what is essentially a double bevel that forms from dished stones and/or poor technique.

Knife: Ando SIngle Bevel Reed Knife Stone: Naniwa 600 Chosera.

New Double Reed Products from Jende Industries – April 2017

March 27, 2017

We’d like to announce our newest double reed additions to the Jende product line for all you oboe and bassoon players!

First up is the Jende Reed Tool Roll. This high quality leather tool storage roll features 3 large and 3 small sleeves, and one covered and uncovered pouch to store your reed making knives and tools. The larger sleeves can hold knives, reamers, mandrels, etc, and the small sleeves can hold your ruler, calipers, pencil, etc.. The covered and uncovered pouches can hold your cutting block, plaque, and razor blades. The black leather also features red contrast stitching and silver hardware, keeping the roll formal yet exciting.



Next are the Jende Leather Reed Knife Sheaths. These stylish sheaths protect your reed knife’s edge, and gives you a little flair at the same time!


Third is the Jende Cutting Block. This 38mm round cutting block is made from ebony hardwood, and has an indented lip to make cutting the tips of your oboe and bassoon reeds more manageable. It also features a non-slip rubber bottom.

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.

Jake Lieberstein – Now a Jende Reed Knife Retailer!

November 20, 2014

I’d like to welcome Jake Liebertstein to the Jende Reed Knife family! I first met Jake a few years back at a reed knife seminar at Oboe Works when they were at Columbus Circle in NY City. He was one of those students who took a deep interest in reed knife sharpening, and subsequently, in my method of sharpening reed knives. I’ve always been impressed with his work ethic and dedication to his oboe, and I’ve been particularly proud to watch his sharpening skills mature over the years.

I bumped into Jake again this past summer at IDRS in Manhattan, and was happy to find that he is now living in Chicago, and that he was ready to take on a few items to sell in his thriving reed making business. I was, and still am, honored that one of the first things he wished to sell was the Jende Reed Knife. So if you are in Chicago, or know Jake, look him up. He’s in the process of getting his webpage up, in the meantime, please contact him at

Sun Yat Sen University 中山大學 – A Musical Exchange between China and Taiwan

November 14, 2014

I’ve been fortunate enough to be the conductor of the National Sun Yat-Sen University (中山大學) wind band club in Taiwan for the last 14 years. Opening it’s doors in 1980, it is a top 10 school with a full fledged music department, but the wind band club is made up entirely of non-music majors. We’ve had some great years, winning 2nd place in the National Southern Taiwan Band Competition, getting a “Highest Achievement” award from the Ministry of Education, and even performing for the University’s graduation ceremony. I’m fiercely proud of them, to say the least.

This year is host to a new milestone for our band. Dr. Sun Yat Sen (1866-1925), who’s nickname in Chinese is 中山, or Chung Shan, literally meaning “middle mountain”(originally called “Nakayama”, in Japanese – his story is quite amazing, actually!) is the father of Democracy in pre-communist China and later, democratic Taiwan, and is a highly respected figure in both countries. In 1924, he started a civic university what would become Chung Shan University in Guangzhou, China, and this year marks the 90th anniversary of the school’s founding. As part of the celebrations, the band, choir and string club students of the Taiwanese University were invited to take part in a joint concert to celebrate.

The timing was tough – it was midterms for the Taiwanese students – but we still managed to muster up 35 or so club members for the trip. As their band conductor, I was able to tag along, but I lurked in the background as this was about the China/Taiwan relations event, and not about me being the conductor. I went because as a somewhat protective teacher to my students, I wanted to make sure my students got the most out of this experience. These students are not music majors, they did not experience regional or all state bands, and I knew that this experience of many hours of rehearsals over several days would be a challenge for them, even though the final rewards would be immeasurable.

Day 1 was pretty exciting – a new university (actually not so very different, since it was technically “the same” university…)

Chung Shan University - China

Chung Shan University – China

Breakfast at the Student Union was actually pretty good! (All the school meals were unsettling good, actually – I was getting scared because institution food was not supposed to be so good…) Then onto the first rehearsal. There was that awkward moment when no one knows anyone, but everyone managed to find a chair.

First Rehearsal

First Rehearsal

The joint Choirs were not there yet so our students made the best of their free time and rehearsed on their own.

Choir Rehearsal

Choir Rehearsal

Here the conductor is rehearsing “more” of the choir. There were still quite a few more people who would show up!

Some of the full choir

Some of the full choir

After several grueling days, the students were definitely feeling the pain of the rehearsals, and lack of sleep – but it was soon time to check out the venue, and do a sound check and dress rehearsal.

Dress Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal

And before you knew it, the concert was over! We got a few pics of our groups!

Band and String Clubs

Band and String Clubs

Choir Club

Choir Club

Support Team!

Support Team!

The results for my students was as I had hoped – they got a taste of what it is like to perform in a large orchestra with choir, and a taste of what it is like to endure the hours upon hours of unrelenting rehearsals with amazing conductors, so that just when they thought they couldn’t physically take it anymore, the excitement of the concert gave them that extra burst of energy which propelled them through an amazing performance experience that they will remember long after they graduate. And it was a job very well done, too. On a political, and more important personal growth note, they all made friends with people that are supposed to be political enemies, and through the beauty of music, were able to see that these sister-school students are not so different from each other, after all.

We are 中山大學! Reed Knife + 1,500 grit Shapton Pro Travel Sharpening Stone (2 Videos)

March 27, 2014

An introduction to using the Swiss Star Knife from Oboes.Ch on a custom 1,500 Shapton Pro grit travel stone by Tom Blodgett of Jende Industries, LLC.
This video first introduces the 1,500 grit Shapton Pro 1″ x 6″ stone, which is mounted to an aluminum base for better stability. The stone is stored dry in a sheath and just needs a quick splash of water before use. Then he uses the Swiss Star Reed beveled reed knife to demonstrate how to properly use the stone in order to refresh an edge that is simply tired or dull, but otherwise in good condition.

The second video shows how to effectively account for the rounding by using a permanent marker to mark the edge. On older single bevel reed knives, there is almost always rounding that has occurred at the edge, either through sharpening and/or stone wear over time. When touching up the edge of the reed knife, it should remove the marker from the edge of the blade. If you use the travel stone on your older reed knife, it may not work when the blade is placed flat on the stone. If it does not remove the ink when flat, then the blade should be raised off the stone slightly in order to abrade the actual edge.

This stone can also be used on hollow ground knives and of reed knives of all makes. Enjoy!

Making Reeds Start to Finish – an Ebook by Nancy Ambrose King

August 18, 2013

Many people in the double reed world are familiar with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, Professor of Oboe at Michigan University. Aside from being a truly gifted musician, teacher and a wonderful human being, she is the past president of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS), as well as a celebrated recording artist and international soloist. (You can read her extensive bio on her website).

Now you can add her ebook Making Reeds Start to Finish to her long list of accomplishments (2012). Obviously the book is about how Dr. King makes her oboe reeds, but the multimedia integration is what sets this book apart from all others in the field. As the iTunes site mentions:

…there are over 15 videos you can watch repeatedly…, multiple interactive images…, hand-drawn diagrams and a 3D interactive oboe reed which will allow you to spin around a computer generated version of her reed full screen to inspect details.

That 3D reed sounds pretty cool if you ask me! Like a Matrix version of reed making!

Perhaps most important is the following:

Dr. King will instruct from “Start to Finish” her entire process of making reeds including some invaluable insight about what tools she uses and recommends and she even provides a list of the major vendors in the United States from which you can buy these essential tools.

I’ll give you one guess as to what kind of reed knife she uses….