Carving Your Thanksgiving Day Bird: Tools of the Trade

 

While Leitz prides itself on providing the finest cutting tools, which very likely helped build your dining room furniture, we cannot recommend using Leitz tools at the Thanksgiving table. We are however deeply thankful for our industry friends, colleagues, customers and partners who use Leitz products to shape and build a better world. We wish you and yours a great Thanksgiving celebration!

From a consultative and educational standpoint, we can offer the following information to help you prepare for this important. We’ve rounded up the top articles covering everything you need to know about carving your turkey. Just one suggestion, leave the saw blades at the shop.

What’s the Best Knife for Carving a Turkey?

Outdoor magazine cooked up three turkeys and risked their fingers for us and conducted a knife to knife test – view the results here. We want to know who ate all of the turkeys.

Esquire magazine offers up two suggestions for knives.

Lastly, from people that really know what they are doing, check out an interview with Corey Milligan of New West Knifeworks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming from the Splendid Table.

How to Carve Your Turkey

Our friends at Real Simple have made turkey carving… well, simple. Pull up this step-by-step guide on the big day and impress even your most scrupulous family members. Bonus, there is even a video.

And of course, no Thanksgiving dinner blog is complete without information from the domestic expert herself, Martha Stewart. Here is a step-by-step slideshow of how to carve your turkey in the most traditional way possible. It’s a good thing.

Enjoy Your Feast

Now that you know which tools to use and how to use them, you’ve got what you need to be the hero at your Thanksgiving Day table.

Proper Tool $ervice yields Critical Cost $aving$

 

Are you really buying the lowest cost-cutting tools? Caution, tool cost is not based on the lowest initial price, it’s based on the total efficient productivity provided by the tool.

The Real Cost of Tooling

Here’s how you should be calculating your tool costs:

New tool price + total service costs + tool change over costs / total linear feet of production achieved over the life of the tool.

The actual tool cost really comes down to the cost of cutting each piece of material. The key cost variables are total productivity between sharpening cycles and maximizing the total number of efficient service cycles.

If you simply evaluate tooling cost based on the initial purchase price and assume you are saving money by buying lower-priced tools. In reality, you are likely buying lower-performing tools, more frequently, and therefore, at a higher overall expense.

Better Tools + Better Service

Leitz is intensively focused on providing the lowest cost tooling, by ensuring our premium quality tools are used in the correct manner and returned to like new condition at every service interval. By sharpening tools on precision CNC grinding equipment and adhering to Leitz principals of proportional and relief grinding, we ensure your tools operate at top performance over the greatest possible service life.

Leitz proportional grinding procedures ensure the sharpest possible cutting edge while removing the least amount of cutting-edge material, thereby maximizing total available sharpening cycles.

Leitz proprietary tool relief geometry, and service relieving procedures ensure premium cutting-edge quality and sufficient tool clearance which minimizes friction heat build-up and thermal breakdown of the cutting edge.

High-tech final inspection and dynamic balancing equipment ensure you will NEVER be shut down due to tool geometry or performance issues.

If you’re searching for the lowest cost tooling solutions, Leitz will always provide the least expensive solution over the life of your tools!

Interested in learning how you can extend your tool life and save money? Contact Leitz at insidesales@leitz.org or (616) 431-4096, or fill out the form below, and we’ll get in touch.

Tooling Spotlight: Blackened Rip Saw Blades (BlackTron)

 

The Leitz Blackened Rip Saw Blades (BlackTron) are included in the 2019 Solid Wood Processing Year End Promotion. Learn more about the special pricing and offer details here. Contact the Leitz Customer Service Team direct at 616.431.4096 or email insidesales@leitz.org for more info.

In our tooling spotlight, we break down what you need to know about our most effective tooling solutions. This MVP is the Leitz Blackened Rip Saw Blades (BlackTron).

The Tool

Our principal focus is designing blades that optimize finish quality and service life, through the use of premium quality carbide, tight manufacturing tolerances and proprietary features which reduce vibration, noise and heat build-up. The ultimate advantage to the customer is a blade that cuts clean, runs quiet, and returns the best value.

The BlackTron saw blades are available in a wide range of driver dimensions to fit premium millwork machines and in multiple kerf and plate measurements.

What Makes it Better

BlackTron coating resists the build-up of pitch and resin. Keeping the plate clean reduces heat build-up in the tool, which reduces thermal breakdown of the carbide tips.

BlackTron coated blades tend to run +35% longer than uncoated blades, which is especially beneficial when running long arbors of gang saws, which require significant tool changeover time.

The clean saw plate also allows Leitz to use a thicker plate, relative to the cut width (kerf), which improves stability and performance.

When to Use It

Cutting along the grain in natural woods for glue-line finish. Use on straightline and gang rip saws when working with soft- or hardwood materials.

The Results

BlackTron coating resists build-up of resin, and heat, while significantly enhancing tool life.

Add this Tooling MVP to Your Line up

Download the Compact Tooling Catalog and view page seven for BlackTron specs.

Contact Leitz at insidesales@leitz.org or (616) 431-4096, or fill out the form below, and we’ll get in touch.