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Where can I get my knives sharpened? (downtown Toronto)

spigot Nov 24, 2006 12:43 AM

I am deeply ashamed of the state of my knives, and I need to get them sharpened pronto. They're good knives (a mix of Henkel, Global and Kyocera) - and it's evil of me to treat them so badly.

I need a place where I can drop 'em off and pick 'em up shiny and honed a few days later. Ideally downtown; I live at King and Bathurst, work at King and John.

Does Nikolau on Queen sharpen? Embros on Yonge? Dinetz on King East; any of the places in Chinatown; Williams Sonoma; Nella; Lee Valley; um, Calphalon................?

Thanks in advance.

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    Atahualpa Nov 24, 2006 01:32 AM

    Nikolau has a sharpening service. Drop of Friday pick up Monday. But, I have had a bad experience with the sharpening through them. I asked specifically if they could sharpen my serrated bread knife and they said no problem. I asked if there would be an extra charge and they said 'no'. I was pleasantly surprised until I returned on Monday and I found they had simply sharpened it as if it was a straight blade and worn off all the teeth! You have to sharpen a serrated blade with a round file of the correct diameter equal to the space between the teeth. It is the same as how you sharpen a saw. My blade was close to ruined (it took me so very many hours of filing to return the teeth). Why did they think I had asked so carefully? Are they that stupid!

    I have done my own sharpening ever since. If someone knows a more reliable a source, I would be happy to leave it with a professional again.

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    1. re: Atahualpa
      spigot Nov 24, 2006 02:33 AM

      Ooh, that's not encouraging. Thanks for the warning, Atahualpa.

    2. estufarian Nov 24, 2006 04:39 AM

      Unfortunately Embros has gone. That's where mine were sharpened (as well as mandolines). So I'm searching too.

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        thomasevan Nov 24, 2006 05:05 AM

        Nella at Queen east

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          Mila Nov 24, 2006 05:28 PM

          Second Nella. Cheap and they do a good job, as they should since they sharpen knives for most restaurants in the city.

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            Davwud Nov 26, 2006 03:43 AM

            Third Nella.

            Haven't been to that one but I've been to the big one beside the 400. If you can get there, do it. Great selection of chef's items. Plus, if you can wait around about a half hour, they can do them right then and there.


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          Chef_Fu Nov 24, 2006 04:25 PM

          There's a Nella on Bathurst just north of Bloor. I think it takes a couple of days. Once you get them sharpened invest in a honing steel and steel every time you pick up your knife for the first time. That will keep them sharp for a really long time. You'll almost never have to sharpen them again.

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            T.O.chowfan Nov 24, 2006 07:10 PM

            Berghoff (sp?) knives in Kensington Market sharpens on site. Its on Baldwin just east of 'Kensington's' on the north side.

            i think its around $3 per knife (or cheaper for more).

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              Full tummy Nov 25, 2006 05:13 AM

              I know it's not downtown, but the Cook's Place on Danforth near Chester has a sharpening service that I've used a number of times. Last visit, I think it was the owner who offered to give me a very helpful lesson on using the sharpening steel to prolong the life of the newly sharpened blade.

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                EPIcureanTO Nov 25, 2006 06:27 PM

                Does the old Italian fellow with his sharpener & bell still go around downtown?
                Always thought that was neat

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                  embee Nov 26, 2006 02:11 PM

                  Yes, but he goes through back lanes in my neighbourhood at random times - making his service close to useless and making me wonder how he earns a living.

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                    DylS Nov 26, 2006 02:25 PM

                    When I went to George Brown the chefs used to tell us (shout at us) NEVER to use the guys in those trucks. They exist to sharpen lawnmower blades and skates. You do not want them anywhere near your fine kitchen knives. Go to a good kitchen supply or restaurant supply store, or buy yourself a Chef's Choice, or learn how to use a whet stone (which some find meditative but I have never had the patience for).

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              embee Nov 26, 2006 02:15 PM

              I've had a Chef's Choice 3-slot electric sharpener for about 20 years. It does a great job with little effort. It has never damaged a knife. The model I have cannot sharpen a serrated knife, though. Their current model is supposed to be even better.

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                francelonian Nov 26, 2006 02:44 PM

                Ditto. I haven't gone to a sharpener in years. It's a great tool.

              2. spigot Nov 26, 2006 05:10 PM

                Update: I took the knives to Nikolau; the triumphing of laziness over (possibly) good sense. But I held back the two serrated knives, thank you Atahualpa.

                I'll keep you all posted, and maybe we'll end up able to put Nikolau back on the 'okay' list.

                Gonna check out the CC 3-slot also, for later..

                Thanks all.

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                  spigot Dec 3, 2006 04:09 AM

                  Further update: They did a good job, yay. Thanks everyone for your help.

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                  YummyYummy Dec 3, 2006 01:58 AM

                  Anyone know where I can get an old cleaver or butcher knife sharpened as well??? Thanks in advance! :)

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