Mother’s Day Tip: Offer to sharpen Mom’s knives

Screenshot from Serial Mom (1994)

Happy Mother’s Day to any “Ladies of the Knife” who might be reading.  I was trying to come up with a holiday themed post, and it made me think of how I have touched up my Mom’s kitchen knives dozens of times in my life. This post will obviously only apply to those who will actually see their Mother today, but if you do, offer to sharpen your Mom’s knives. It won’t cost you anything but a little bit of your time.

My Mother keeps the IPAC Standing Knife I bought her on the counter, but she has a cringe-worthy knife drawer. She has an assortment of Henkels, Wusthofs, and a Shun, tossed willy-nilly in a drawer. I have explained the error of her ways, to no avail. I didn’t have any of my sharpening stuff with me the last time I was over, but I used the old ceramic mug trick, and made her some sheaths of layered duct tape. Hopefully she has kept using the and actually is taking care of her nice kitchen knives.

Either way, it took about a half an hour and my mom appreciated it. It was an easy, free, and personal gift. What is better than that?

So before you leave for mom’s house, toss your Spyderco Sharpmaker, wet-stone, or ceramic/diamond rod in the car and help your Mother out. She gave birth to you after all 🙂



  1. gerald brennan says:

    I would cringe watching my mom brutally sawing through meats and veggies and crushing tomatoes with knives never sharpened and dull as spoons. So, for her 80th birthday, I sharpened all her knives. She spent her birthday evening in the emergency room getting six stitches in the hand that held the green pepper.
    Just sayin’…

  2. Skinnedknuckles says:

    I used to sharpen my mother’s kitchen knives every time I visited, starting when I was in college and would come home for vacations. It never seemed to fail – every time I would sharpen her knives, she would cut herself once before she remembered they were once again sharp. But she never asked me to stop sharpening them for her. I just wish I could still sharpen them for her.

  3. cmeat says:

    maw is 89 this summer. she is currently on a whirlwind visit to see her (pregnant) granddaughter in peru. she says she went DOWN from cusco to macchu picchu…?
    i stopped in eskilstuna to try and replace a serrated kitchen knife of hers that the dishwasher (shame!) melted the handle on. years later i found a swedish replacement on fleabay.
    i’ll at least get the holiday beast carvers touched up, they could use it.

    and if you haven’t seen that waters movie above, you should. the courtroom non- recycling neighbor accusation is classic.

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