Sharpen your knife

If you’ve got a great set of knives, it becomes rather imperative that you keep a good edge on them.

While daily honing will generally keep the knives sharp enough for vegetables, you do occasionally need to sharpen them with a whetstone.

Our current favourites are these two traditional Japanese sharpening whetstones: The King Deluxe (300 grit) and the King 1000 (1000 grit) whetstones.

Similar to filing anything: first you rub down the edge of the knife at a 5 degree angle using the 300 grit, and then you hone the blade to a fine edge using the 1000 grit stone. Remember to first wet each of the stones, though – a dry stone will cause burrs on the edge!

Sharpen first, then try your ninja tricks with tomatoes.

Enjoy your fine sharpie!

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Nail Art Tools

Sometimes, all you want is a manicure. All that lovely fun: creams and buffing cloths and just general lavish pampering!

And, of course, you want to follow up that intensive care with a picture perfect nail job.

But that takes tools, like this lovely, versatile silicone nail art brush from IainStars. This “brush” (a dotting pen, really) makes it easy to draw delicate and intricate patterns on a base coat of your favorite nail color.

The dual silicone tips are firm but flexible, making it a snap to control the pressure and thickness of the pattern. And silicone also means that cleanup is no fuss at all.

So go ahead: this weekend, treat yourself to a home spa routine and then curl up with a great book!

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