September 28, 2013

Kent Knife Cleaner

A Kent Knife cleaner can be seen in the Hildene Estate, the historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln located in Manchester Vermont.  Found in many classic homes of the late 19th century and early 20th century, Kent Knife Cleaners were once a sought after tool for the American homemaker. Now antiques, these machines were made by George Kent of High Holborn, London.  The knives are placed in the openings at the top of the rotary box. Inside the wooden rotary box, there are roller sharpeners. Also inside, the felt buffers and bristles clean and polish the knives on both sides simultaneously, with the help of an abrasive powder that would be poured through a chute into the box.  The Kent Knife Cleaner is just one of many antique finds in the Hildene Kitchen.

There is more to come about the wonderful historic kitchen and pantry of the Hildene home! Looking forward to sharing more with you.


Sarah A. Blank


Sarah Blank Design Studio is a high-end architectural design firm that specializes in kitchens, butler’s pantries, libraries, Master bedrooms, and bath suites.  The firm works predominantly in Fairfield County and Westchester County. Our award winning firm, with 33 years of experience, often works beyond the kitchens and baths of a clients home, and designs the architectural interiors for many of the projects that have been commissioned.