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Kitchen knife sharpening in London?

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!

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  1. 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.

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

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          1. re: KaCHing

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

            TT

            1. 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.