The Fluting Grip

This grip is used when you're carving decorative patterns into a vegetable of fruit. It is most commonly done with a paring knife or turning knife. 

  1. With the edge of the knife facing away from your hand, rest the tip and middle segment of your knife-hand index finger against the middle of the blade. Place the tip of your middle finger just below the tip of your index finger. 
  2. Press your knife-hand thumb against the blade, holding it against your index and middle fingers. 

The fluting grip is similar to holding a pen, but with the major difference, a pen is held at an angle, with the middle resting against the soft fleshy spot between your thumb and index finger, while a knife in the fluting grip is help so that the blade is vertical. 




Scaling Fish

It's not uncommon to find fish at the market that need to be scaled. You can ask the market to do it for you or you can do it yourself. If you're catching you own, of course you'll have to do it yourself, but if you are catching your own, chances are you don't need to read about how to scale a fish. 

Scaling is not difficult, it's just messy. We suggest scaling fish inside a plastic bag, either in the sink or outside your home. 


  1. Wrap a clean , dry towel around your guide hand and hold the fish by the tail.
  2. Beginning at the tail and working toward the head, scrape the spine of the knife down the side of the fish, detaching the scales. 
  3. When one side is scaled, flip the fish and scale the other side. 
  4. Rinse the fish under cold running water, then rub a paper towel over both sides to remove any loose scales adhering to the fish. 

Recommended knives for this process: 

  • Filleting Knife
  • Chefs Knife (but preferably the above) 


Booth's Celebrate 150 Years in Business.

2015 was the year that marked C.Booth & Son's 150th anniversary.

A highly specialised shop, C. Booth & Son was a direct importer of American hickory butchers skewers and sold printers’ guillotine knives. 

Booth’s was and still is very specialised in providing traditional services such as sharpening, grinding and repairing. The shop had developed a great reputation for providing these services in-house at the workshop in the back. Around the time the first shop photo had been taken these services were very common in most towns and cities, but the fact that we still provide the same services for our customers 150 years later is what makes us unique. We can still sharpen almost anything with a blade. 

Take a look at Huddersfield Examiner's article on Booth's 150th Anniversary!