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Long Island Nassau Knife Sharpening

SarahKC Dec 29, 2008 07:46 AM

Hi there,

I want to get my parents' knives sharpened. They live in Glen Cove. Anyone have a good resource? Ideally they'd go to my folks' home but I'm not pushing it.

Thanks and happy new year!

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    emarcus RE: SarahKC Dec 29, 2008 08:11 AM

    The only person I trust with my knives is Charlie Robertson, the knife guy at Loaves and Fishes in Garden City.

    Loaves and Fishes Cookshop
    835 Franklin Ave
    Garden City

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      SarahKC RE: emarcus Dec 29, 2008 08:36 AM

      I just heard of Hunt's Barber Shop in Locust Valley. Any ideas?

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        emarcus RE: SarahKC Dec 29, 2008 10:36 AM

        Well, it makes sense that a barber shop would have blade-sharpening ability, but with knives there's more than pure sharpening required. The proper angle of the edge must be maintained as must be the integrity of the blade's shape--you can't continually sharpen the edge without also grinding off some of the bolster; otherwise the blade becomes concave and can't be used for chopping. Honestly, unless I had a specific recommendation from someone who knows knives, I wouldn't take mine to a barber shop.

    2. Fred19 RE: SarahKC Dec 29, 2008 04:05 PM

      You may want to talk to "Morty the Knife Man". His website is:

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        emarcus RE: Fred19 Dec 30, 2008 03:44 AM

        Morty the Knife Man moved to Florida a few months ago. Morty had sold the place years ago to Cliff, and it was Cliff who moved the business to Florida. HOWEVER, the aforementioned Charlie Robertson, now at Loaves and Fishes, worked at Morty's--that's where I met him. His knowledge about cutlery and skill at sharpening is comparable to that of Morty himself, and that is saying a lot.

        Sarah, you gotta drive to Garden City.

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          SarahKC RE: emarcus Dec 30, 2008 07:19 AM

          Man, Garden City. Didn't want to go that far on my vacation. Might take my chances at Hunt's.

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            Scott_R RE: emarcus Dec 30, 2008 10:59 AM

            Jeff Hirsch, who's been doing the sharpening at Morty's for the last four or so years (also while Charlie was there), has been doing it from his home since the store closed. I don't have contact info offhand (I think he's using dropoff locations), but I'll try to find out.

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              SarahKC RE: Scott_R Jan 6, 2009 11:51 AM

              Went to Hunt's barber shop in Locust Valley. Very pleased.

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                emarcus RE: SarahKC Jan 6, 2009 02:39 PM

                Thanks for reporting back, Sarah. And glad you were pleased. Did they reshape the blade, grinding down the bolster, or just sharpen the edge?

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                  SarahKC RE: emarcus Jan 12, 2009 07:37 AM

                  I'm not sure. I just know my Mother is happy.

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