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Where to have knives sharpened?

warneral Nov 25, 2008 04:53 AM

I am going to my sister's for Thanksgiving. Her knives are not very good - they are low quality Wustoff (very thin). But they are SO dull. She got them for her wedding about 14 years ago LOL.

So whenever I am there I tell her to get new knives but she hasn't yet. I'd like to take hers in for sharpening while I"m there so I can cut an onion without cutting my fingers off and just to be nice.

I've tried doing some googling to find a knife sharpener place in elkhart indiana, but so far, no luck. What type of shop name would I look for?


  1. vanillagorilla Nov 25, 2008 10:14 AM

    I've given up on trying to get my family to keep their knives in good condition. I now travel with my own when I have to make a trip and I know I will be cooking.

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      sobriquet Nov 25, 2008 08:09 AM

      My suggestion? If you're not comfortable sharpening freehand on a benchstone and don't want to invest in a system like an Edge Pro Apex (they're worth it!), then how about something like this?


      No, I wouldn't run one of my good knives through it, but I got one for my mom who refuses to sharpen knives. This way when I'm there for a holiday and do some cooking, I can do so without the knives getting me nuts. At $11, it's a lot cheaper than taking it to a service.

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      1. re: sobriquet
        warneral Nov 25, 2008 10:04 AM

        I do have a henkles sharpener kind of like that. I think I'll just bring that and we can use it on her lower quality knives. Thanks!

      2. HaagenDazs Nov 25, 2008 07:22 AM

        Any well-known store or grocery store is likely going to have a local high school student in the back room simply running knives through one of their table top, store bought sharpeners. A real knife sharpener is a person. Restaurants will usually have someone that either comes in and sharpens them or someone local where they can be sent. If you can't find a reputable restaurant (don't go looking at Applebee's) look for a specialty food shop or deli or butcher shop. Make sure and ask how the knives are sharpened before you take them in. You want someone on a grinding wheel.

        Then again after re-reading your post, you might not want to spend lots of cash on this venture. In that case, maybe a simple trip to a place like Sur La Table isn't a horrible idea if your sister is just going to let the cheap knives get dull all over again.

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          LabRat Nov 25, 2008 05:36 AM

          I'd probably check out the restaurant supply places in whichever town your sister calls home. If they don't sharpen themselves they might be able to give a reccomendation. In the Chicago area, a lot of professionals take their knives to Northwest Cutlery to be sharpened.

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          1. re: LabRat
            Stuccolow Nov 25, 2008 06:03 AM

            Mind reader! I just got my work knives back from NW Cutlery. I had some friends take their knives to Sur La Table and they did a lousy job.

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