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storefronteats May 24, 2007 10:17 AM

Anyone know of a good place to get kitchen knives sharpened? The closer to downtown, the better. Thanks!

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    rollledspleen May 24, 2007 10:57 AM

    We use the Knife Sharpest at 4703 Burnet Rd. They've always done a good job. It is a small place that can be hard to spot.

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    1. re: rollledspleen
      rudeboy May 24, 2007 01:50 PM

      He used to live on my street, so he'd sharpen my knives in his mobile rig out in his front yard. Saucy fellow, but the knives stay sharp.

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        Carter B. May 24, 2007 01:54 PM

        I agree, I've used his services before and its been first rate.

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          scrumptiouschef May 24, 2007 03:09 PM

          The Knife Sharpest guy is old-school[meaning great].He puts an edge on Henckel 5 stars that their factory can't even begin to.Make sure the old cat does the work on your blade[other workers aren't in his league].

          1. re: scrumptiouschef
            TAF Jul 18, 2007 06:55 AM

            Another rec for this guy. He does great work.

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        texasgirly May 26, 2007 03:31 PM

        I may be mistaken, but I think Faraday’s Kitchen Store on 620 also offered knife sharpening every so often.

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          Samoq Jul 17, 2007 01:14 PM

          Yep- Faraday's does an in-store once in a while, and it's the Knife Sharpest who comes and does it. They come about once every 3-4 months.

          1. femmenikita Jul 18, 2007 07:44 AM

            Or you could buy a good stone and learn to sharpen your own. I was told never to trust anyone else with my precious misono.

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              SpencerCFord Jun 22, 2010 11:15 AM

              The old guy is a pretty Bizarre guy. He will sharpen you knife. He also published a vanity book about religion where he refers to himself as a prophet. I got to listed to his views on Satan, Organized Religion, and large breasts all while waiting for my knives to be sharpened.

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                rudeboy Jun 22, 2010 12:21 PM

                Yeah - obviously, there's really not another knife sharpening option in Austin, or even Texas. The guy used to live on my street, and he had his mobile sharpening trailer in the front yard. Sooo convenient for me. They used to have knife-throwing jousts in the front yard, too.

                1. re: rudeboy
                  chispa_c Jun 22, 2010 01:06 PM

                  They used to offer knife throwing classes for people wanting to brush up on their Ninja skills.

                  Just checked their website and they still do!


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                    rudeboy Jun 22, 2010 04:10 PM

                    I may need to take the Tomahawk class!

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                      scrumptiouschef Jun 22, 2010 04:27 PM

                      Knife Party: Mobile Sharpening by Devin James Fry


                      These guys put an edge so fierce on my giant knife that I use for spatchcocking,I used it go right through a boule like the blade was serrated.

                      Good rates too.

                2. re: SpencerCFord
                  tummoi Jun 22, 2010 04:37 PM

                  I missed the prophet book, but I did read parts of his book on starting your own knife sharpening business and making 100k a year.

                  Yes, the place is trippy. The kind of place I like to find myself in. My knives used to come back razor sharp. Once after having them done, my wife committed the cardinal mistake of dropping one into the dish water.... and then forgetting about it. We returned from the ER 5 hours later, and her finger hasn't been the same since.

                  But the last few times I went (over a year ago, now) it was a couple younger guys doing the work, and it just wasn't great. I ended up doing what I always do when I can't get the service I want: I learned how to do it myself. Besides, shouldn't a chef sharpen his/her own knives, at least once in a while?

                  FWIW, here is the place I got my kit: http://edgeproinc204.corecommerce.com/
                  I have the "apex" model.

                  I would like to take their knife-throwing class, however!

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