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Knife Sharpening in Union County?

Does anyone know if there is any reputable place to have knives sharpened in Union County? Reputable being the key word :-)

Thanks!

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  1. hey im not sure where union county is in relation to greenwood DE but there you will find W.G.Willey Knives. a MASTER at his craft it would be worth it to mail the knives to him to be sharpened. I currently live out west but send my knives to him about once a year. Oh yeah key word REPUTABLE

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    1. re: mark the butcher

      Hours away, alas :-(

      I'm in Northern NJ, I should have been more specific. I forget that this board includes more than NJ sometimes because it seems to have mostly NJ posts.

      If I can't find someone local, I'll look him up. I would consider mailing them out. I haven't had any of my knives professional sharpened since I purchased them, way too long ago I'm embarrassed to admit and I'm beginning to realize some of them really need attention.

      Thanks for the tip!

    2. I don't know if you have one of these stores near you, but I had my knives sharpened by Sur Le Table in Marlton back in February. They were having their once a year sharpening special...I think the first 2 knives of a certain length were free and they charge by the inch for the other knives. Another friend and I dropped off the knives, and had lunch, did some shopping, and picked up the knives about 3 hours after we dropped them off. I think they did a pretty decent job, and the knives were ready and waiting when get got back. I brought in 5 knives and I think my bill was around $35 or so. You can probably go to their website to see if there is a location near you.

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      1. re: mschow

        There's one about 1/2 hour from my home. I'll have to be on the lookout for that event. Thanks for letting me know about it.

        1. re: sivyaleah

          Sivy, I was going to suggest Sur Le Table, but mschow beat me to it. The one in the Freehold Raceway Mall occasionally offers sharpening services, so I'm sure the one closest to you does as well.

          1. re: RGR

            Yep, I'm closer to the one in Livingston. It isn't all that far so I'm going to give them a call. I've been working a short week for the summer and looking for things to keep me busy - that should suck up 1/2 a day :-)

            1. re: sivyaleah

              i called Williams-sonoma the other day because I too needed knives sharpened and they said they do it 2x a yr. and this isn't the time. They told me to call these people , http://www.collinesecurity.com/new-je.... I called them and they have a 1 week turnaround. I know that the guy who owns Classic Thyme does knife sharpening too. Good luck.

              1. re: jnk

                Classic Thyme is right by my house, much better! Thanks jnk, I knew someone would come up with something local :-)

      2. I would recommend that if you use your knives a lot you invest in a Chefs Choice electric knife sharpener. It works great and is nice to use on a regular basis to keep a knife sharp and safe. It was highly rated by Cooks Illustrated mag. Nothing beats a professional but it is nice to be able to touch up a blade whenever you want to.

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        1. re: AppleSpam

          Thanks for the rec. What is considered "a lot"? I used to use them more frequently than I do now - because my husband has been traveling for business, and not home a lot so I'm not cooking as many complicated meals where I need to use those professional knives as much. Certainly not for heavy duty work. So, if I get them sharpened professionally now (which I know for a fact they need, since they are several years old and have never been sharpened since I purchased them) and don't use them daily, how long do you think it would be until I need to have them sharpened again? Or, if I get the home sharpener - how often would I need to touch them up?

          This is one of those things I've always been a bit in the dark about.
          Thanks!

          1. re: sivyaleah

            In my case I go by need not by amount of time that goes by. Depending on how much and what I am using the knives for is how often I sharpen them. If I go to cut a tomato and it pushes the skin vs cutting it I know it is time. The sharpening machine can deal with really dull knives as it has three levels. Use all three for really dull or just one for a tune up.

            1. re: AppleSpam

              Thanks. According to that, only my chef's knife is in dire need at the moment. Not as bad as I thought, overall considering the age of some of them.

              But, I think I'll invest in one of the Chef's Choice sharpener's. Worth it in the long run.

        2. I learned from a reliable source there is a man in Union County who sharpens knives for the restaurant industry, he has a garage with all the latest and time honored professional equipment, ...he does knife sharpening only for friends and referral
          from friends at $2.00 per knife.......I gave my knives to the source, and they came out perfect.........better than new..........he wouldn't tell me the name or location...I also bought 2 new restaurant Chefs knives for $20.00........It's interesting to know many restaurants use inexpensive high carbon knives with plain plastic handles, because
          of their constant use......after their worn they throw them away......The only reliable
          knife sharpener in Union County that services walk-in trade is Maffey's Lock & Key in Elizabeth.......call first