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Knife-sharpening in Edmonton

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I've never sharpened my own knives before and the two we use the most are getting pretty dull.

Is it pretty easy to sharpen them at home, and if so, what kind of knife-sharpener is best? Or, is it easier to take them to a sharpener? Does anyone know of any in downtown or near the university?

Thanks!

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  1. I would first recommend getting a sharpening steel and use it quite often. here is a good blurb about how to do it right. http://www.chefdepot.net/knifesharpen...

    this essentially 'hones' the knife leaving it more 'carved'. occasionally it is important to have them sharpened professionally. I know that Call the Kettle Black on 124st & 102ave does sharpening, I have not used them yet so I am not sure of price or quality.

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    1. re: cleopatra999

      I think Call the Kettle Black does it for free once a month if you have a certain brand of knife (maybe the rep comes in and does it). I have one of the water ones that is required for the Global knives, and it sharpens the crap out of them. We actually have to be careful with our non-global knives and not run them through many times. Got it at Call the Kettle Black as well, but Le Gnome and other stores that sell high end knives will all have good sharpeners and staff that can make recommendations for your particular knives.

    2. I just bought one of these http://www.paulsfinest.com/Edge-Pro-A...

      It's expensive and I haven't had a chance to use it yet but it's supposed to be one of the best home sharpening systems you can get and you should be able to keep your knives sharp for the rest of your life with it. It comes with a small sharpening steel as well to keep the blades sharp. I also picked up an 800 grit stone that it supposed to be good for japanese steel knives.

      1. I've used R&R Sharpening in the West End for some nicer quality kitchen knives and was happy with the service. Opening hrs many not be convenient for everybody, especially if you live far away. It was $4 per knife.

        http://www.rrsharpening.com/contact.html

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        1. re: egon61

          It's easy to sharpen your own knives if a klutz like me can do it anyone can(!)

          A few stones from a place like Lee Valley and a guide like this one http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.as... and you're all set!

          1. re: Sam Salmon

            Thanks to all for the advice!

            I will check out these links and start honing my sharpening skills soon.