Thursday, February 9, 2017

Do you know what HRc means?

You might have seen HRc rating when you are looking for a quality knife, and wonder what it really means.

It refers to the Rockwell Scale of Hardness, part C. The Rockwell scale is a measurement used for hardness of a steel piece, and part C is specifically used for the steel in knives.

The higher the number, the harder the steel.

You may think the harder the better, but it is not necessarily the case.

A harder knife generally holds an edge better than a soft one, but it is easier to crack or fail and takes longer to sharpen. Think of a hard knife as a sheet of glass: it does not bend and keeps its shape very well, but it can shatter very easily. 

A softer knife is more durable and easier to sharpen, but won’t maintain an edge as long as the hard one. Although an extreme example, a softer knife is like a piece of aluminum foil: if it is dropped it will not shatter since it has more give. However because it bends easier, it will not keep it's sharp edge as long.

Another fact for you to consider when you are looking for a knife!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween from NA Sales!
By the way, we have Sriracha chili sauce available!

Monday, October 13, 2014

LA Mutual Trading Restaurant Show

Although the NA Sales Restaurant Show already occurred back in May, that doesn't mean other events aren't happening! Our sister company Mutual Trading had their restaurant show over the weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena and several of us at NA Sales were invited to attend and take part in the festivities. This time, we got to see and enjoy the event from the eyes of an attendee and not a planner. Our time was unfortunately short due to travel, but we still had a chance to experience quite a bit!


Representatives from various breweries, food producers, and suppliers from all over assembled to provide a great atmosphere for tastings and product demonstrations. Mr. Hirano, president of Tsukiji Masamoto was also present providing his famous knife engraving services. Several seminar panels were also scheduled for a variety of subjects including how to use trehalose, how to design drink menus, tips for creating cocktails, information about craft beers, and how to sharpen knives more effectively.


It's always interesting and informative to see an event as a visitor. We all enjoyed ourselves and saw some great ideas that we may adapt for our events as well!