Joel Bukiewicz loves grinding steel. He’s the man behind Cut Brooklyn, making high-end knives to order for chefs and home cooks. Bukiewicz found that honing metal was more satisfying than honing his novel, but as with many writers and their characters, Bukiewicz remembers details about every knife he’s made. The video takes you through the knife-making process and addresses common questions, like how many knives do you need, what’s up with Santokus, and what is the best knife to own.
This is a regular series called Obsessives, in which CHOW explores the worlds of singularly focused food-industry figures. These are the people with the dirty hands, answering detailed questions about the work they do.