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Bradbury Dec 27, 2007 08:10 AM

Hi all -

After trying my luck with a lot of holiday cooking, I'm now finding my good kitchen knives badly overdue for a sharpening. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a knife sharpening service offering good value for money (my knives are nice, but not world-class, so I'm looking for something cheaper than replacing them) in London? Southwest London (Kensington, Fulham, Hammersmith, etc.) would be ideal but I'm willing to (discreetly) take them a bit farther on the Tube if anyone has a clear favourite ...

Thanks in advance and happy new year!

  1. b
    Bluebaby2 Oct 24, 2009 10:36 AM

    Try Claphamknifesharpening.co.uk they can do it same day, very good and not expensive.

    1. t
      themags Dec 9, 2008 05:53 AM

      Accusharp is really good - puts a seriously dangerous edge on my Sabatiers and Henckels - only £8.95
      http://www.tactical-ops.co.uk/Knife%2...

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        realityczech Oct 3, 2008 04:47 AM

        Hi Bradbury,
        a company my brother uses for his restaurant can also sharpen private individuals knives.
        He says they are great and do a great job for his chefs.
        They are called The Knife Sharpening Company and their link is -

        www.knifesharpeningcompany.com

        I believe they cover all of London.
        I hope this could be of help and is'nt too late ! ; )

        1. r
          rblack Jan 5, 2008 05:57 AM

          You could just buy a whetstone and sharpen them yourself; its not that difficult once you get the hang of it. However some butchers will do this for you if you ask.

          Once you get them sharpened make sure you use a steel and put an edge on them each time you use them. They will last much longer this way and wont have to be sharpened professionally as often.

          1. k
            KaCHing Jan 4, 2008 01:09 AM

            We had our knives sharpened at Divertimenti on Marylebone High Street and were quite happy with the results.

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              TexasToast Jan 4, 2008 08:10 AM

              TT bought a knife sharpener there once. I was unaware they offered a sharpening service.

              TT

              1. re: KaCHing
                abby d Oct 3, 2008 06:47 AM

                me too.

              2. oonth Jan 3, 2008 09:03 PM

                http://www.japaneseknifecompany.com/

                Not SW London but this place definitely provides the service. Also a wonderful place to acquire knives most of them hand made in Japan.

                1. d
                  dowal Dec 27, 2007 01:48 PM

                  John at Stentons in Hammersmith will take your knives and I think then sends them away to be sharpened. Have no idea re price but there seemed to be plenty of customers trusting their knives to his care.

                  1. PhilD Dec 27, 2007 10:54 AM

                    My recommendation is to buy a "Furi Tech Edge Sharpener" kit, it is really easy to use and almost foolproof (although not cheap - approx. £60). I have tried a number of different sharpening tools, and had knives sharpened professionally, however this system works really well on both my Furi knives and traditional Sabatiers. It has even put a decent edge on a cheap knife I bought from Ikea...!
                    I believe you can get them mail order through the internet in the UK.

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