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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2010, 12:08:54 PM »
Hey Norma
dms's post got me thinking.
I just tapped the edge on my pizza cutter with a butterknife and it left a visible dent, then tried it on a shaving sharp real blade which was left unmarked.  Then I passed just the dented spot on the cutter thru my device about a dozens times.  The dent is still there but smaller, the area I passed thru the device is clearly visible on the extreme edge, and just that area is sharp enough to cut paper and my finger when I felt it for the dent!  I know better but never guessed it would be that sharp.
So if your cutters are as soft as mine any of these devices should work fine, just be careful!
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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2010, 04:55:30 PM »
PizzaHog,

Thanks for doing that experiment to find out how easily a pizza cutter can get dulled.  Sorry you had to cut your finger while doing the experiment.  Will have to try out your experiment with my pizza cutters to see if the same thing happens..probably will find the same results.

Thanks for letting me know how these devices will work in sharpening pizza cutters,

Norma

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« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2010, 05:57:37 PM »
Norma,

It may be cheaper to just replace your pizza cutters as they get dull or just resharpen them, but I wanted to mention that there are special pizza cutting boards that are used by some pizza operators on which to cut their pizzas before they box or serve them. They are usually made of a wood fiber laminate or some other equivalent material that is resistant to food absorption and cuts and stains. They are also NSF rated. Maybe they would be less hard on your pizza cutters. Examples of the cutting boards can be seen at http://www.nminc.com/scan/fi=products.txt/sf=subcat/se=pboard/sf=category/se=portion/va=catname=pboard/sp=hitlist.html. There are also pizza serving boards, which are also shown at the abovereferenced website, that many operators use on which to cut their pizzas (see, for example, the review at http://www.wasserstrom.com/restaurant-supplies-equipment/Product_126662). Those boards have handles that make them easier to serve pizzas or to slide a pizza into a box. I suspect that pizza operators who use cutting boards are more likely to use rocker type cutters.

Pizza cutting boards such as mentioned above tend to be quite expensive--more than for regular wood peels. So, some price shopping might be a productive pursuit if cutting boards are of interest to you.

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #28 on: March 15, 2010, 06:21:45 PM »
Peter,

I have seen these boards, but never knew they were specifically used for cutting boards for pizza.  It is good to be able to learn new things that might make my life easier.  Also, great to know they are NSF rated, so no problems with the inspector.   ;D

I believe it would be worth the investment to try one of these. 

Thanks for your wealth of information on everything related to pizzas,

Norma

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #29 on: March 15, 2010, 10:38:13 PM »
NORMA  that is most likely what they were using at Union pizzeria, all the man did was wipe with a white kitchen cloth and do the next pizza it was square shape with a short handle, just like the one showing in the tread Pete posted, dull pizza cutter problem solved ;D thanks Pete,for clearifying my observation :-D

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2010, 06:11:18 AM »
NORMA  that is most likely what they were using at Union pizzeria, all the man did was wipe with a white kitchen cloth and do the next pizza it was square shape with a short handle, just like the one showing in the tread Pete posted, dull pizza cutter problem solved ;D thanks Pete,for clearifying my observation :-D

   Phil

Phil,

You were exactly right and knew what you were talking about, when you explained how they cut their pizzas at Union pizzeria.   ;D  I just didn't know how regulations are from state to state in a food business.   ::)

Thanks so much for posting your observations and suggestions,

Norma

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2010, 11:09:53 PM »
Hi Norma

Regarding the pizza cutter problem, I have an alternative solution for you. Bed Bath and Beyond used to sell and still may sell a round cutting board made of a plastic poly material (should keep your inspector happy) with DEEP grooves so you can cut the pizza into half, quarter or eighths.  The grooves are so deep you would have a hard time not cutting a pizza with the dullest blade.  This board also allows you to cut equal size portions.  It measures 15 inches in diameter and is about 3/8 inches in thickness.  Tomato sauce will stain it but it can
be cleaned with bleach.  The heat of a dishwasher will warp it so hand wash.  My pizza cutter has a replaceable blade but since using this board, I have not had to replace it.

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2010, 11:22:28 PM »
Hi Norma

Regarding the pizza cutter problem, I have an alternative solution for you. Bed Bath and Beyond used to sell and still may sell a round cutting board made of a plastic poly material (should keep your inspector happy) with DEEP grooves so you can cut the pizza into half, quarter or eighths.  The grooves are so deep you would have a hard time not cutting a pizza with the dullest blade.  This board also allows you to cut equal size portions.  It measures 15 inches in diameter and is about 3/8 inches in thickness.  Tomato sauce will stain it but it can
be cleaned with bleach.  The heat of a dishwasher will warp it so hand wash.  My pizza cutter has a replaceable blade but since using this board, I have not had to replace it.

Bob

Bob,

I will have to look into what you are talking about at Bed Bath and Beyond.  That really sounds like a great idea, too.  I just wonder if they made this kind of board that you can slice in 6 slices.  I make a 16" pizza at market and slice it into 6 slices.  It also would be great if I could get equal slices.

Thanks for telling me about your ideas,  :)

Norma

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #33 on: March 16, 2010, 11:26:29 PM »
I make a 16" pizza at market and slice it into 6 slices.  It also would be great if I could get equal slices.

Norma,

Then, this is what you need: http://www.pizzatools.com/The_Equalizer/subgrouping.htm?cat=30889&sort=sku&results=99  ;D.

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2010, 11:33:18 PM »
Norma,

Then, this is what you need: http://www.pizzatools.com/The_Equalizer/subgrouping.htm?cat=30889&sort=sku&results=99  ;D.

Peter

Peter,

That really looks like a nifty tool, but look at the price...LOL  I think I will just use a pizza cutter.

Thanks for the idea,

Norma

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #35 on: March 17, 2010, 03:56:14 PM »
Norma,

What I have done is to disassemble the pizza cutter and chuck it up on a shouldered bolt in my drill press.  I can then bring in a stone to dress the edge, then flip it over and repeat.

Alternatively, there was an Amish gentleman that always did an amazing sharpening job on my saws, but I'm not sure if he would sharpen pizza cutters.  <grin>  I found him while riding my motorcycle around northeast of town by their farms and asking around for someone who could sharpen a saw for me.  Unfortunately, I couldn't possibly give you directions; first, I don't remember, but more importantly, the street signs out that way always seem to disappear.

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #36 on: March 17, 2010, 04:16:26 PM »
Norma,

What I have done is to disassemble the pizza cutter and chuck it up on a shouldered bolt in my drill press.  I can then bring in a stone to dress the edge, then flip it over and repeat.


That's how it's done when they're made.  (Well, I expect they're using an automatic lathe, with a tool post grinder.  But close enough.)  It's how a sharpen olfa rotary cutter blades, as well.  Takes longer to put one in the mandrel than it odes to sharpen one. 
 

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #37 on: March 17, 2010, 08:13:32 PM »
Jack,

Thanks for your suggestions.  :)  I am at best an amateur when using tools.  I donít even own a drill press.  Seems like all you guys are handy with tools.   Most Amish men know a lot about doing things by hand.  They are mostly a do it yourself type of people.  Good to hear you also need to sharpen you blades. At least it isnít just me having the problems with pizza cutters.  ::)

Norma

dms,

You are a continuing source of knowledge.  :)  It seems like the pizza cutter problems comes down to removing the burrs.

Thanks,

Norma

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2010, 10:24:29 PM »
I would suggest you use a chinese chef knife to cut pizza...it does not pick up stuff along the way like a pizza roller cutter will...an it allows you to serve a piece easily by picking it up with the flat side...Dexter makes a stainless model, do not get the carbon steel one--it will rust, for about $40...Much better way to cut up a pizza...RJ
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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #39 on: March 17, 2010, 10:40:45 PM »
RJ,

Do you mean a pizza cutter knife like this one?  I never used any kind of knife to cut pizza before, but this looks interesting.

http://www.dexter1818.com/Item_Details_1.asp?id=408&line=SS

Thanks,

Norma

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #40 on: March 18, 2010, 11:25:41 AM »
Norma...that is not the dexter knife...it is a Chinese chef's knife, 08140 S5197W, stainless steel...Great knife for pizza and it will become your favorite knife...I have a complete set of 4 star Hencklels and use this knife the most...all for about $40-$45...Try it, you'll love it
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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #41 on: March 18, 2010, 11:43:52 AM »
randyjohnsonhve,

Is the Chinese Chefís knife the second one down in this link?

http://www.twinsupply.com/dextercutlery/products.asp?cat=40

Thanks for helping,

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2010, 01:41:52 PM »
Norma...It is the 3rd one down on the list...the larger blade...and again, make sure it is stainless, not carbon steel...Have a Super Day, RJ
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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #43 on: March 18, 2010, 01:53:28 PM »
Norma...It is the 3rd one down on the list...the larger blade...and again, make sure it is stainless, not carbon steel...Have a Super Day, RJ

randyjohnsonhve,

Thanks for telling me which knife you use.  I will look for the stainless. 

Have a great day too,

Norma

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #44 on: March 19, 2010, 04:13:03 PM »
That's how it's done when they're made.  (Well, I expect they're using an automatic lathe, with a tool post grinder.  But close enough.)  It's how a sharpen olfa rotary cutter blades, as well.  Takes longer to put one in the mandrel than it odes to sharpen one. 
 

I don't see any other (easy) way to sharpen a round knife, but it's good to know this Enginerd can still figure something out once in a while.  <grin>

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« Reply #45 on: March 20, 2010, 06:05:22 PM »
Hey this is dangerous thread, I'm the second one to draw blood !  Hahaha :)

Seriously, I took my round dull pizza cutter over to my cheap electric can opener which has knife sharpener on the back side. I got the pizza cutter wheel spinning in that sharpener and ground both sides individually. Then I tested the blade by trying to slice a paper towel on my cutting board. It was not sharp enough to cut the paper towel..

Next I brought out my medium and fine knife sharpening stones and wet them down. I sharpened the pizza cutter by drawing it across the stone with one hand while applying downward pressure and spinning the wheel about 1/8th turn with the middle finger of my other hand. I repeated this motion maybe 20 times to ensure I got all the edges evenly. First the medium stone and then the fine stone. I did this on both sides of the blade. Now it will cut & cleanly slice the paper towel on the wooden cutting board, but I have to press very hard.

To me, it seemed sharper than before but not extremely sharp. This was my mistake. I was using this sharpened pizza cutter today and I accidentally pressed it into the keel if my hand and gave myself a nice cut. It cut the pizza better than ever, but I'm thinking it's not meant to be so sharp due to the danger of the open round blade and it probably does not really need to be all that sharp to cut pizza.

Bottom line. if you sharpen your pizza cutter be extra careful not to cut yourself!

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #46 on: March 20, 2010, 07:09:36 PM »
Hey this is dangerous thread, I'm the second one to draw blood !  Hahaha :)

Seriously, I took my round dull pizza cutter over to my cheap electric can opener which has knife sharpener on the back side. I got the pizza cutter wheel spinning in that sharpener and ground both sides individually. Then I tested the blade by trying to slice a paper towel on my cutting board. It was not sharp enough to cut the paper towel..

Next I brought out my medium and fine knife sharpening stones and wet them down. I sharpened the pizza cutter by drawing it across the stone with one hand while applying downward pressure and spinning the wheel about 1/8th turn with the middle finger of my other hand. I repeated this motion maybe 20 times to ensure I got all the edges evenly. First the medium stone and then the fine stone. I did this on both sides of the blade. Now it will cut & cleanly slice the paper towel on the wooden cutting board, but I have to press very hard.

To me, it seemed sharper than before but not extremely sharp. This was my mistake. I was using this sharpened pizza cutter today and I accidentally pressed it into the keel if my hand and gave myself a nice cut. It cut the pizza better than ever, but I'm thinking it's not meant to be so sharp due to the danger of the open round blade and it probably does not really need to be all that sharp to cut pizza.

Bottom line. if you sharpen your pizza cutter be extra careful not to cut yourself!

---pete---



pete,

I am also sorry for you cutting you finger to try and see the best way to sharpen pizza cutters.  Maybe some day people will appreciate what you went though, when they know what to do when their pizza cutters are dull.   ;D

When I in my shed today, trying to fix my lawn mower, I came across a box I didn't go though for a long while.  I found these old sharpening tools and will have to try them out.  Don't really think they will work though.

Thanks for your help,

Norma

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #47 on: March 31, 2010, 11:31:29 AM »
Thanks to everyone that posted on this thread.   :)  I have been trying different ideas that you all have contributed. I think my pizza cutters will be in better shape now.  I did purchase a 18" pizza board and am going to purchase a rocker blade tomorrow and try them both out next week.  I am anxious to see how these work out.

Thanks,

Norma
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« Reply #48 on: March 31, 2010, 12:07:30 PM »
Norma,

From the video that Bill/SFNM recently posted on YouTube at , it appears that he is using a pizza board like yours and shapes his skins on it. I don't know if he cuts his pizzas on it though, which would require that you brush off any loose flour.

Where did you purchase your new pizza board?

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Re: Sharpening Pizza Cutters?
« Reply #49 on: March 31, 2010, 12:36:35 PM »
Peter,

I purchased the pizza board from www.nminc.com National Marketing, Inc.  It is a Richlite Round Serving Board with a 5" handle. 

I didnít really look at the board Bill was using.  I was just watching how he handled his dough.  I wonder if his board is the same as mine.  That was a great video clip.   :)

I used my marble slab for opening the dough and havenít tried opening dough on a board or a peel.

Norma


 

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