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Where to get your Knife professionally sharpened?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Most Sur La Tables do it for a dollar an inch. Call in advance to confirm.

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    1. re: katecm

      I was under the impression that SLT just runs the knives through one of those automatic grinders... is this not the case?

      1. re: Dmnkly

        Don't know, but have liked what Sur La Table does for my Wusfhof & Henkel. William Sonoma recommends them. Also, I believe it is in October SLT gives you a discount (I think it's the 2 biggest knives free or something along those lines) So I sharpen every October... you gotta ask the nice ladies at the desk for the discount or for when they are running the discount.

    2. I have Cutco knives. They are great for all common kitchen chores, and have a lifetime replacement/sharpening policy. I call the local rep who sold me a few pieces at a home show last year, and she comes to the house and sharpens them at no charge.

      if you live in a big city and have other kinds of knives (Wusfhof, Henkel, etc.) check with Sur La Table or William-Sonoma. Sometimes SLT does it in store, but both will have good suggestions as to where to get this done. Most places charge by the inch (length of the blade to be sharpened). Good luck!

      1. Another option I've had a good experience with is this service by mail. He provides the packaging, was very prompt and did a great job.

        1. Dave Arnold, a Chef/instructor at L'Academie de Cuisine, has a mail-in knife sharpening business. A plus is that you can drop the knives off in person in Alexandria. He also sells well-priced knives and accessories.


          1. La Cuisine on Cameron St. in Alexandria: http://www.lacuisineus.com/. It's $3 or $4 per knife, depending on type. They do a good job (managed to slice my finger last night cleaning one of my recently-sharpened knives...). Usually a two-day turnaround time.

            1. Union Meat @ Eastern Market does knife sharpening.

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              1. Many hardware stores will sharpen knives, along with lawnmower blades.

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                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  Yes but they just use grinders. Would you really let someone who does lawnmower blades anywhere near your expensive knives?!

                  1. re: Dakota Guy

                    All I know is that I've had my Wustofs and Heinkels come back from the hardware store razor sharp. I've thrown away my Chef's Choice electric sharpener.

                2. There are several good tips here, e.g., Dave Arnold, but after initial trepidation I found that sharpening my knives myself using a stone is pretty easy. I have both traditional knifes and Japanese knives. I bought a sharpening stone from Korin in NYC (www.korin.com) and a how-to-do-it video from them. I was surprised how easy it is. No grinder is ever going to do as good a job.

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                  1. re: Dakota Guy

                    I forget - a Japanese stone is wet vs. oil right? do you find a difference in the outcome - I seem to remember someone saying the difference in carbon in the knife steel can react differently.