Early Knife sharpeners history.
Knife sharpeners history started. According to a study done by the University of Colorado at Boulder, prehistoric people developed a method of sharpening tools and stone knives at least 75,000 years ago. Western style knife-sharpening, however, can be directly traced back to the “moletas” of Northern Italy. The moletas were knife-grinders who traveled from village to village offering their sharpening services. They originated in the valley of Val Rendena in Italy`s Dolomite Alps, and the first one landed in America in 1886.
Block’s Knife sharpeners History.
Our Family’s Knife sharpeners history started with my Grandpa Paul Block and my Dad Paul Block Jr. They started sharpening knives and pitching the knife sharpener first under the name Easy Sharpener throughout the 70s. They loved traveling around Michigan selling Knife sharpeners, They set up in Fairs and gun and knife shows all over Michigan. In 1981 Grandpa Block and dad bought the patent rights and original Knife sharpener mold to Manufacture them, from a old German man I only know as Curt from Zug Island Michigan.
In 1988 grandpa and my dad Trademark our family’s last name. They had our name added into the Knife sharpeners Handle, along with short knobs on bottom side of sharpener to held keep sharpener steady when working off edge of table top.
My dad also worked For a steel company Bristol lock nut where they made nuts and Bolts and worked with steel. Over the Years dad experimented with lots different types of steels to use for honing rods. He tried courser rods and finer rods. Harder steels ,Softer steels, and was not happy till sharpen worked perfect, and to his standards.
By the 90s Block sharpeners became very popular, Sold thousands of sharpeners to Meat packing plants, Vegetable processing plants, Bate shops ass well through Gun and Knife shows all over the united states.
Grandpa Block pass away in 2003, Later that year I took a road trip to Florida to visit my in-laws. Dad suggested I take a couple Hundred sharpeners to sell at flea market, while wife visits her family. I know this could help me pay for my trip. What I did not expect was walking in to a gold mine. Florida turned out to be the perfect place to sell knife sharpener. I soon found my way in to the Gun and knife shows, That where much bigger than anything in Michigan. Me and Billie Jo stayed and worked shows all over Florida.
Me and my wife sold Tens of thousands of my grandpa Original Block knife sharpeners over the years. People in the south loved our Knife sharpeners and our new named spread like wild fire. (Dixie’s Finest) We became well known threw out southern states, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas where we worked in sport shows and lot’s of gun and knife shows.
Block’s Knife sharpeners History, new model.
In 2013 Me and wife Billie Jo felt we needed to update our sharpener. To us they looked plain. We did not want to change the original design or look to much. People knew our sharpeners, and know our sharpeners work great. So we decided to keep the original look. We add a new patent Anti-slip grip rubber over shot to the sharpeners new handle design along with new thumb grip made in it.. We put this softer rubber over shot over the thumb grip and on bottom side of our new model.
Our new Model sharpener has became a big hit. We now have great new safety features. They come in many different color combinations, plus they look and feel much more durable. In 2015 we received a phone call. I was offer to be a guess on Cutlery Corner knife show to demonstrate my new Knife sharpeners, It was a big hit. We became there best selling knife sharpener in there history there show over night. Still are Number one selling knife sharpener today on the show. Block knife sharpeners are also availed online and still found in small bate shops and ma and pa stores, We are also sold in Blue ridge wholesale store. And gun and knife shows all across America.
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Grandpa Block RIP. Capac Michigan.
Block’s Knife sharpeners history, Started in Capac Michigan, Now days we are located in Houghton lake Michigan. Business is operated by me Paul Block #3 and my wife Billie Jo. Our Business is run on our property in our work shop. We are American made as it gets. Small family Business started by my dad and grandpa Paul Block. 1 and Paul Jr. 2 and now me Paul-R- Block #3.