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berkleybabe Mar 28, 2009 04:45 PM

Need a good place for my good knives --any suggestions?

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    xman887 RE: berkleybabe Mar 28, 2009 07:20 PM

    i asked the same question about a year ago. the only thing i got was sur la table. i went to their store at partridge creek and took advantage of a "have two knives sharpened for free" promotion. they did an ok job. but i would still like to find a professional sharpening place. i remember, years ago, lakeside had a store that was all about knives and they had a professional sharpening service.

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      Summerfield RE: berkleybabe Mar 28, 2009 09:56 PM

      Arbor Vacuum at the corner of Carpenter and Packard in Ann Arbor does the job. I myself use a Chef's Choice 120 electric sharpener. It seems to do the trick. Can't use it for my granton edge carving knife, though. I know purists get the vapors when one mentions an electric sharpener, but I'm no purist. I also know it's about 50 miles from Berkley to Ann Arbor. Maybe call Arbor Vacuum (734-973-2990‎) and see if they can advise you of a place closer to Berkley.

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        Jim M RE: Summerfield Mar 29, 2009 09:22 AM

        I've also had good results at this place. One guy, when he finishes, demonstrates his prowess by holding a piece of paper hanging from one hand and slicing it up with the knife in midair. If you ever come to the U-M campus or sports facilities, the original location is within walking distance of those at 1226 Packard.

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          berkleybabe RE: Jim M Mar 30, 2009 12:15 PM

          This may be the best bet...can they do it while I wait? If I hear from them with an alternative any closer than A2, I'll post.

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            Jim M RE: berkleybabe Mar 30, 2009 01:51 PM

            I have gone in there and had them do it while I wait, but it was only two knives. I don't know about a whole set. Phone: (734) 761-3677. For coffee and pastries in the neighborhood, I recommend the Pastry Peddler on Packard just NW of State. I don't know whether they grind or not.

            Gotta be someplace in the OC that will do this.

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              berkleybabe RE: Jim M Mar 30, 2009 08:28 PM

              Yeah, you'd think OC would have someplace but i haven't found. The phone # you gave is for Arbor Vacuum? It's different from Summerfield's. I'll try whatever...it's just two knives for now as well. Thanks, Jim M.

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                Jim M RE: berkleybabe Mar 30, 2009 08:49 PM

                Those are the two different branches. Either one could work. If you go to Summerfield's branch, you could try Great Lake seafood right next door--probably AA's best Chinese restaurant (although that's not saying much).

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        qriusminds RE: berkleybabe Mar 29, 2009 02:25 PM

        I've used John's Cutlery in Chesterfield Township. They do the knives for a lot of the area's restaurants. I took in about 10 old dull knives that had been sitting in a drawer for years, and now they're like new. Best of all they did them while I waited and only charged $2/ea.

        1. Fritter RE: berkleybabe Mar 29, 2009 03:39 PM

          Be carefull where you take your knives. Many of the places being suggested here are simply grinding them. That's a great way to destroy your tools if you have a quality knife. Ask if they hand sharpen or grind. Paying some one to grind your knives is silly (IMO). If you have knives you don't mind "sharpening" like this as you can buy a grinder for $25-$50.
          You may want to look around on this web site. There are some guys here that truelly hand sharpen and there is a major difference between a sharp knife and a knife that's been slapped on a grinder. The best bet of course is to buy stones and learn how to use them. It's not that difficult. Korin has a great how to video for about $25.
          Hope this helps. :)


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            JanPrimus RE: Fritter Mar 30, 2009 07:00 AM

            I mail mine out...


            He is a student of Bob Kramer.

            This is a much read article from the New Yorker about Bob Kramer.

            If you want to drool over knives, check out his.

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              Fritter RE: JanPrimus Mar 30, 2009 07:04 AM

              God I love Kramer knives. That's just cruel putting that up that link! (smirk) For more knife porn you can go to Korin. They sharpen as well.


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                JanPrimus RE: Fritter Mar 30, 2009 07:10 AM

                I'm on Bob Kramers waiting list....

                I am wanting the two knives in the Meiji line.

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                  Fritter RE: JanPrimus Mar 30, 2009 07:15 AM

                  Have you seen the Shun Bob Kramers at Sur la Table? They are production, but still very nice. They do not stock them at the Partridge Creek store.


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                    JanPrimus RE: Fritter Mar 30, 2009 07:29 AM

                    I did...I thought about it but I want to know mine are the real deal hand made creations of Bob. Something to pass down to my kids.

                    BTW I am drooling heavy over at the Korin link you sent.

                    If I was not laid off right now I would be dropping a few hundred bucks right now.

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                      Lolamonkey RE: JanPrimus May 7, 2009 10:22 PM

                      I have to say those Shun Bob Kramer's are pretty amazing! Apparently they had to have the exact perfect feel in his hand before he would give his approval to the production. That is pretty amazing...

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                        Fritter RE: Lolamonkey May 8, 2009 04:26 AM

                        The Kramer commercial versions appear to be very nice indeed.
                        Here is a shot of an original Vs a Shun. The difference in the damascus cladding is note worthy but the Shun's are 1/3 the price and you can actually get one.

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            goatgolfer RE: berkleybabe Jun 25, 2009 11:48 AM

            Holywood Market - Maple rd. Troy, sharpens knives for free on Tuesdays. They have to be in a box not a bag (reduce push through cuts) and since it's free and weekly they politely suggest just a few at a time. I normally take four when I go. Good meat store as well. Remember to put your name on the box ( I use a shoe box).


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