Our History:

  1955 – Razor Edge Systems was founded by John Juranitch who began researching and studying the cutting edge as a barber during the Korean War. His lifetime of study led to the development of products that literally re-defined what "Extreme sharp!" really is.
1968 – John's first invention was a knife sharpening guide that attached to the back of a knife for proper angle and control and sharpening hones that, when combined, would produce a shaving edge.
1970's – 1980's – At one of many blade sharpening and beard shaving events over the years, John's son, Joe, beat his dad's Guinness World Book record in 1987 at the AMI in Chicago.
Razor Edge Systems pioneered and developed the first central knife sharpening system for the meat processor obtaining notoriety for extreme and unheard of edges - a tremendous contribution to the meat processing industry's profitability, production and their people.
1976 – John, with his wife Rose and their 5 children, moved from Milwaukee to Ely, the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area gateway in northern Minnesota, where the company planted its roots and continues to operate business today.
During the early years, John and his sons manufactured the knife sharpening equipment in a small log shed on their homestead property, heated only by a small wood stove during the winter months, where the temperatures commonly drop to -30 degrees.
1980's – The original and first of its kind, the Mousetrap® Steel, was developed to restore and maintain an extremely sharp edge. Over the years numerous inferior imitations tried unsuccessfully to replicate the results of the Mousetrap. Earning its name during the test period at a beef plant in Iowa, the workers referred to the steeling rods as mouse whiskers and associated the "snap" sound made during its use as that of a mousetrap, hence the name Mousetrap Steel.
Today, we continue in our commitment to serving the meat and poultry processor. Our foundation still being our customer – listening to and understanding their needs before offering solutions, providing unrivaled customer service programs, and continuing to work with them on edge related challenges, always aiming to exceed their expectations. We are thankful for the meat processing industry and the many processors who have trusted their knife programs to us today and over the past 40 years.