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knife sharpening lessons?

I've got a selection of the standard brands of knives (Global, Henckel, etc) but was recently given a high-end handmade Japanese number. I am loath to send this knife to Columbus cutlery or similar, and would rather go the wetstone or equivalent approach.
I've searched the web and downloaded all the instructions for how to use wetstones, and bought that multi-coloured version (forget the name) where you attach the stones to metal rods and use a clamp. But no matter how closely I follow the instructions, my edges don't come out sharp.
Does anyone know of a passionate knife person who would do private lessons (preferably in the city)? I could even get a small group together and make it even more worth their while.
... dave

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  1. Perhaps a call to the lovely people at Hida in Berkeley can be of some help.
    http://www.hidatool.com/shop/shop.html

    1. korin has a great DVD on how to sharpen your knife. otherwise, i don't know of any place that does private lessons. although if you befriend a chef, he/she should be able to give you a lesson.

      1. I've been meaning to take my knives to be sharpened, but haven't found the time. I would definitely be interested in a lesson! Meanwhile, you might want to call Bob at Critical Edge. He's the one with the stand at the Saturday Ferry Bldg Farmer's Market, as well as and various other Farmer's Markets throughout the Bay Area. He doesn't have a retail store.

        You can read reviews at
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-critical-...

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          1. I wonder if this is still available.
            If you're really attached to SF, then what you've done is great. But there's a new kid in town in the east bay, http://www.pauldingandco.com/calendar...

            I took a knife sharpening class there that was great.
            sailorbuoys May 18, 2007 04:26PM
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4029...

            I had trouble with the link but company still exists and if you contact them perhaps you can schedule a class, no knife sharpening on present calendar.
            http://www.pauldingandco.com/classes/
            http://www.pauldingandco.com/calendar...