Why Not Get Your Knives Sharpened At The Supermarket [split from L.A. board]
Well, what if you don't have expensive cutlery that needs sharpening?
What if you just have a run-of-the-mill $10 knife from Target or Wal-Mart? Isn't a market the best choice?
Your knives will last longer because you'll take less metal off than someone else would once you learn proper technique. You'll also save a lot of money on band-aids since you won't be cutting yourself on a dull, dangerous knife. ;)
A good chef's knife is perhaps one of the most critical tools in the kitchen. I don't know why anyone would abide anything but a wickedly sharp blade. Even the most expensive solution I mentioned, the $90 DMT duosharp, will last for decades. IMO, it's a minor investment for such a critical piece of gear.
If your philosophy differs, that's cool. I understand some people's position that they just get a Forschner (or comparable knife) and use it up until it's ready to replace. I enjoy the act of cooking itself - not just eating - so it takes something away from the experience for me when I use tools I don't love. My apologies to all for the thread detour.