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Feb 10, 2007 11:44 AM

Knife Sharpening in East Bay?

I followed the discussion about knife sharpening a little while back, but did not find any references to good services in the East Bay. Does anyone have a recommendation in Berkeley or Oakland?

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  1. Sur La Table on 4th Street in Berkeley does a fine job. Get tacos at Tacubaya while you wait.

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    1. re: Jess Leber

      DO NOT use Sur La Table. They merely use one of those electric grinders that they also sell in the store. No good, and they can do some real damage.
      I'd recommend Hida Tool on San Pablo and Gilman. They're fantastic.

    2. I'm always looking for an excuse to run errands on 4th St. at lunchtime and get a couple of fish tacos at Tacubaya while I'm there. Thanks, Jess.

      1. The guy who goes to the Berkeley Farmers' Market seems to get very good mentions.

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        1. re: grishnackh

          I used to use him until he ruined my 10" chef's knife. I use Columbus Cutlery in SF.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Any updates, Robert? Are you still going to Columbus Cutlery now?

        2. check out this place in Albany. I recently brought in all of my knives to be sharpened there. Was very very satisfied. It's a fairly new place and the guy shares the store with a man selling beautiful items from Turkey.
          Definitely worth checking out.

          California Cutlery is the name of the store. I found them on craigslist originally.

          1. Hida tool & Hardware in Berkeley on San Pablo Avenue. They do a great job. I think I paid $5 or $6.00.

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            1. re: Cerise 37

              I second Hida Tool. They do good work and are very reasonable at $5 per knife.