I was reading an article in Esquire on Evan Yurman, son of jeweler David Yurman where he talks about learning to make knives.
Anyhow, here is a quote from the story:
Yurman says, "I ran into a blacksmith near his house, and he had this amazing handmade knife. We got to talking and eventually he invited me to learn how to forge a knife. 'But,' the blacksmith said, 'before you learn how to make a knife, you need to make 200 coat hooks, because everything you need to know about making knives is in one of those hooks.' [End Quote]
Well, I'm neither a blacksmith nor a knifemaker, but is this some sort of Karate Kid-like zen thing for knifemakers?
I know there is more to making a knife, but I found the story interesting. I bet if I was wandering in the woods and met Devin, he would have me make 200 spoons -- all for Chef Niloc of course.