Your Cup Runneth Over…With Sharpness

Here’s the dilemma: you’re at Claridge’s for tea and want a slice of lemon in your Earl Grey…because no one would dream of a cup of Earl Grey without lemon. The problem is that due to management’s ongoing difficulty getting and keeping acceptable staff these days, the kitchen neglected to slice the lemon (again). That’s right, some cretin just plopped a whole lemon down there on the tray before it went out. You, however, always carry a knife. But when you surreptitiously slide your (UK-illegal) Damascus Endura out of your pocket to do the honors, you find that it’s so dull it would have a hard time making its way through the Duerr’s marmalade, let alone parting that lemon peel. Negative perspiration! Just discreetly invert your Paragon cup (before pouring the Earl Grey, of course) and hone that edge on its glaze-free base. Problem solved.


  1. Aharon says:

    MacGyver would be proud.

  2. I_Like_Pie says:

    This has been a thing for better part of a century.

    Seems to work better on carbon rather than stainless blades.

  3. Sam L. says:

    Like a crock stick–it IS crockery, after all.

  4. Chris Dumm says:

    I’ve also read that rubbing your knife on the edge of your partly-rolled down car window is an effective MacGuyver sharpening method. I don’t think I’ll test it on a good knife, however.

  5. janitor says:

    his dad got him a nicer knife than my dad gave me…. all i got was an old military lineman’s knife….told me if i wanted something nicer id better start mowing more lawns

  6. Out_Fang_Thief says:

    Important point: only a cup with a non-glazed bottom will do.
    A fine tea set will most likely be fully glazed on the bottom to
    prevent scratching the tea cup’s saucer, but coffee mugs aren’t.

  7. ed says:

    when camping a car window edge has served many a time for me. It works…sorta. It is lousy for sharpening, as in actually dull. It’s fair for maintaining sharp, like a steel would, but a bit aggressive for mere touch ups. In between, not actually dull but needs more than a steel would do, it actually isn’t bad for keeping a working edge. I have found some variation based on what car it was, but this is an improvised method after all. IMO, YMMV.

  8. G.R. Mead says:

    Sheesh, my grandmother taught me that when I was ten … and she died two years ago, a well-sharpened, 98 years old …

    Where have you people been ?

    @Out_Fang — stoneware is coarse grind — but porcelain will razor it

  9. Wes says:

    At my Glock Armorer class, the instructor said the Austrian army is taught to sharpen their knives in their Glock’s slide.

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