A New Blade

Day 300 Week 43 Q4 Saturday, October 28, 2023

Chefs, carpenters, surgeons, and the rest of us who simply shave all benefit from a new blade. There is less resistance when cutting and, therefore, more control when you have a sharp instrument. In fact, sometimes, a person can act as a blade in a contentious situation. There are times when blunt instruments and blunt people can be better. There are times when a new blade can be too sharp, and an old blade can be too blunt. The range also depends upon the skill of the user of the blade, but most of the time, most of us appreciate having a new blade.

It is interesting to note that, at present, surgeons always use new scalpels. I am sure this was not always the case. Additionally, scalpels made of obsidian, a volcanic glass, take a significantly finer edge than stainless steel but cost 100 times more, even though they are also both more brittle and more challenging to sterilize. 

The creative process frequently requires the cutting and reshaping of whatever you are working with, whether that be wood or a team of people. I do not trust myself to shave safely with a straight-edge razor but instead use disposable blades, as do surgeons, although they, unlike me, have a new blade for every surgery. 

New extremely high IQ, but inexperienced managers can be a little like a straight-edge blade, a bit too sharp for repetitive circumstances. They may be brought in to change things up but may be too inexperienced to understand the meaning of social cues. People can be accidentally hurt, and the blade person can even hurt themselves.

Sharpness is relative. One must ask, compared to what? Perhaps if a new blade is needed, it should be blunter than the old one, and perhaps it should be sharper. Most of the time, a new blade is terrific, and some of the time it is dangerous. 

Chefs take care of and sharpen their old blades, and surgeons toss them out. Do you need a new blade in your process? Or do you need to sharpen your old blades? Do you know how and when? Do you immediately try to use a brand new tool in a project with a rapidly approaching deadline? Do you have to because the old one cannot do the job?

When you are a woodworker, an old blade can be downright dangerous. Sometimes older means more experienced, and other times, it just means worn out. Much of the time, the impulse to get a new blade is right on, but the new blade cannot be found, afforded, or installed.

Don’t you wish everything was as simple as shaving or slicing tomatoes?