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Aug 27, 2007 12:52 PM

Knife Sharpening?

Anyone know where I can get my knives sharpened? Downtown Toronto would be preferable... Thanks in advance.

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  1. ..just got the scoop myself, although I haven't dropped 'em off yet I am planning to bring my jap and german blades to Nella about a block north of Bloor on Bathurst. They said it take 4-6 days, they send them to their warehouse in Mississauga, the guy showed me a sample global they just did, blade couldn't have been better...they do the standard 2 sided sharpen and the single sided bevel sharpening. Oh, and he said it's around 6 bucks a knife...

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    1. re: Recyclor

      Recyclor, Did Nella say how they sharpen the knives? By hand or on a machine? What grade sharpening stone do they go up to? Nella sharpens knives for a lot of restaurants, butchers, etc, but often these aren't good quality knives. You mentioned Japanese knives, so that probably means you know something about knives. Let us know how your knives turn out. I sharpen my own knives but I'm not that good at it, so I'd be interested in a outside company that I can trust.

      1. re: Jean Georges

        JG, here is the link to a recent article on Nella in the Star.
        I think it will answer all your questions.

        1. re: dinin and dishin

          Thanks! It says Nella's Mississauga plant (1655 Finfar Court, near Erin Mills Parkway and QEW, 905-823-1110) offers same-day service at $3.50 a knife. Bring your knives in before 1:30 p.m. and they'll be sharp again by 3:30.

          I wonder if that's the machine sharpening and hand sharpening is $6 as Recyclor wrote.

          My first real knife was a Nella butchers knife that they reground into a chef's knife, so I have a soft spot in my heart for Nella.

          1. re: Jean Georges

            I believe it is done on a machine with 2 different grits, the price might be wrong I quoted, like I said he showed me a Japanese Global knife they just sharpened for someone else, looked like a smooth edge & razor that I talked to him about, that I have, is a totally destroyed Global vegetable chef knife, was sharpened by somebody who didn't have a clue and has now no edge, he said they would fix it or return it with no charge -- nothing to lose...I'll let you know how it goes...hey, and props to you for learning to do it by hand, I was so close to going for it but I didn't want to spend the cash on the stones and then risk damaging my trusty blades...

            1. re: Recyclor

              I had mine sharpened recently at their Norfinch location. I have Global, Henkel and Wusthofs. They did them right away plus a good job to boot.

              1. re: mikeb

                Word to the wise about Nella on Norfinch.
                I've taken my Wustof chef's knife there to be sharpened twice. After two sharpenings, there is a spot at the back of the blade that does not touch the board anymore. So when I chop peppers or celery or something like that, they stay attached. Really made me mad.


            2. re: Jean Georges

              i dropped my knives off at the bathurst location and picked them up a week later ($4 per knife) but was disappointed with the job they did.

              it just wasn't a consistent edge. on my chef's knife towards the hilt it was sharp but towards the point it was dull dull dull. the opposite with my paring knife... i've yet to call and complain, we'll see how they respond.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                I would say definitely let them know you were not happy. They have been super accommodating with issues I've had in the past.
                They are my go-to knife sharpeners.

                1. re: Mila

                  Whew! Glad you posted that Mila, I dropped 2 knives off there this morning...

                  1. re: Recyclor

                    The article in the Star mentions that George Nella sharpens the public's knives himself, and if he works at the Mississauga location then perhaps the reason pinstripeprincess was disappointed was that she used the Bathurst location.

                    From the article" The commercial knives are sharpened on hollow grinders, reviled by some chefs for weakening the blade but easy to do.

                    The public's knives are done by hand, and usually by George Nella. His movements are graceful and sure. He starts with a sandstone wheel – sparks fly with a high-carbon cleaver – then moves to an Indian oil stone before buffing. To check the sharpness, he licks his inner forearm and shaves off a few hairs."

                    1. re: Jean Georges

                      the reason why i got my knives back after a week is because they send them to the mississauga location.

                      1. re: pinstripeprincess

                        ..that is what I am expecting aswell...buddy said they send them out there...

                      2. re: Jean Georges

                        "To check the sharpness, he licks his inner forearm and shaves off a few hairs."

                        Note to self.
                        Wash knives after George Nella sharpens them!!!


              2. re: dinin and dishin

                They are the best. High end restaurants have their knives sharpened there. Fast, good service and reasonable price.

          2. I'm not sure actually who does their sharpening for them, but I took three knives (2 Henkel, 1 Wusthof) that had been totally destroyed by another knife sharpener to the Cook's Place on the Danforth and they came back beautifully restored. Their guy had to regrind and sharpen the edges completely, including reshaping the entire blades, because the previous sharpener was such an idiot that he brought the blade edges above the actual back heel of the knives: if I set the knives on a cutting board I could actually see light between the board and the blade... Arghh! And, he does it by hand...

            I was ready to throw the knives out, so I'm extremely happy with the outcome. And, after about six weeks of use the edges are holding up nicely, with only minor honing required every week or two (they see a lot of usage).

            Yep, there's truth to the statement "don't let the guy who offers to sharpen your lawnmower blade touch your high quality kitchen knives." What was I thinking??? ;-)

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              1. re: cybergod

                How much? Cook's PLace is better for me....

                And by the way, avoid those guys who sharpen knives on their trucks. It's quaint with the ringing bell and all, but we did it once and our knives were never the same...

                1. re: bluedog

                  488 Danforth Ave. (416) 461-5211

                  I can't remember exactly how much it was per knife, but it was definitely under $10 a knife including the full reshaping of the blades, and definitely cheaper if you're just getting them sharpened.

                  re: knife trucks, yep, that's who wrecked my knives in the first place too.

                  1. re: cybergod

                    I asked Cooks Place about prices and here is what I got (pretty reasonable):

                    "Knife sharpening prices depend on the length of the blade. Up to 7" is $5.
                    8" is $6. After that its $.50 per inch. There are additional charges for
                    serrated knives, repairs, etc.

                    Our knife sharpening is done by a professional. He usually picks knives up
                    early Monday morning and returns them the next week. This week he's on

                    1. re: bluedog

                      Hey Recyclor, did you get your knives back?

                      1. re: Jean Georges

                        Funny you should ask...the girl just picked 'em up for me! She called me about an hour ago to say so...I'll post how they are this evening...stay tuned!

                        1. re: Jean Georges

                          Just checked out my knives, a Global veg chef knife and a pairing knife, both were damaged very badly, the chef knife was sharpened improperly by a "profesional" and the pairing by an old roomate of mine with my Henkel sharpener, i thought it was ruined...both have straight razor sharp blades now! I'm very happy with the results, oh and it took 8 days (long weekend in there though) and cost 8 bucks! *sweet* ...if you are going to have someone else sharpen your knives for you I'd recommend Nella.

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                      Professional Instuction.
                      Alton Brown video.

                      Acme Malacarne Grinding Ltd.

                      Address: 468 Gilbert Ave
                      York, ON
                      M6E 4X5

                      Telephone: (416) 789-0644
                      Ask for Joe.
                      Never tried them,or asked for Joe...

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                      1. re: ultrablue

                        I remember this egullet post from years ago and it's very informative. Thanks for digging it up.

                        It's interesting, the Alton Brown video says "Never sharpen your own knives, always use a professional".

                        1. re: Jean Georges

                          The trouble is, you never know if the pro will overdo the grind, and gouge the blade. They may use some heavy duty tools, worse yet, expediently.
                          How much harm can you do with a 1000x Japanese stone, under a trickle of water?