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Knife Sharpening Where Should I Go?

tatertotsrock May 13, 2009 02:14 PM

Does anyone know of a great place to get my knives sharpened/edged and all that good stuff?
I'm in Glendale and would be willing to travel if I have to.
Any suggestions and links will be much appreciated.
Thanks y'al!!

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  1. SIMIHOUND RE: tatertotsrock May 13, 2009 02:29 PM

    I use the guys that show up monthly at the local craft and fabric stores like Joanne's. I always see the signs up. Call one of the stores near you for information.

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      trimtab RE: tatertotsrock May 13, 2009 02:30 PM

      My sister who works at a Sur La Table in Phoenix says they'll sharpen your knives for free. There's one in Old Town Pasadena.

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        tatertotsrock RE: trimtab May 13, 2009 02:36 PM

        Thanks timtab!
        Awesome! I'll hit the Sur La Table this week!

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          trimtab RE: tatertotsrock May 13, 2009 02:43 PM

          I forgot to mention that you have to leave your knives there for a couple days. Hope that doesn't take the edge off the idea.

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            tatertotsrock RE: trimtab May 13, 2009 02:48 PM

            Re: "take the edge off "
            Ha : D
            Hmm, that does kinda make me have to hesitate...but for free, I can use one of my other crazy knives...I just hate the idea of having my knives outta the house.

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              Mr Taster RE: tatertotsrock May 13, 2009 03:04 PM

              It's rather important to keep in mind that Sur La Table does the cheaper, lower quality machine sharpening.

              If you want a high quality whetstone sharpening ($1/inch) you should go where professional chefs go... Ross Cutlery across from Grand Central Market, downtown (it's one of the sidewalk shops in the Bradbury building).

              Mr Taster

              Ross Cutlery & Sharpening Services
              310 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

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                BHAppeal RE: Mr Taster May 13, 2009 04:20 PM

                I had a couple of my knives sharpened at Sur La Table at the Grove and they didn't do a very good job. Same with the guy who sharpens at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market. I've heard great things about Ross Cutlery, but after doing a web search on the general topic of sharpening I ended up getting a Gatco rod-guided sharpening kit for around $30 bucks. While it may take 10 minutes or so per knife working through the various stones to put an initial sharp edge on a dull knife, once you've done that most will stay razor sharp with good steeling for a couple of weeks to a month with regular everyday use. Once a month or so I use the fine stone to touch each knife up -- takes about 2 minutes per knife. Easy to use and keeps knives plenty sharp.

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                  missyp RE: BHAppeal May 13, 2009 08:47 PM

                  i took mine to the Sur La Table in Pasadena a few years ago and wasn't too pleased with the job they did. They were having some deal where it was free -- but only for two knives, so i did have to pay for two more. that leads me to believe it is not always free.

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                  Raspberries RE: Mr Taster May 14, 2009 09:28 AM

                  I just got my knives back from Ross. They sure know their stuff - they were able to tell me, from looking at my knives, who had been sharpening them previously. Now, my knives are crazy, samurai sharp. Highly recommend.

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                    tatertotsrock RE: Mr Taster May 15, 2009 08:32 AM

                    Thanks so much Mr Taster!!!

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              mikester RE: trimtab May 14, 2009 10:04 AM

              Yeah I was told by an employee at the Sur La Table in Irvine at the Spectrum that they do offer such a free service, but they use the same type of 3-stage, consumer-level machine (forget the brand) that I have at home and that does a decent but not professional-level job.

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                Mr Taster RE: mikester May 14, 2009 10:35 AM

                You get what you pay for :)

                Mr Taster

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              whospizza RE: tatertotsrock May 13, 2009 04:33 PM

              Try Advance Cutlery at the Santa Anita Mall. I was a little turned off by it being in the mall, but they do a REALLY great job. ive taken my knives there many times and got to know the knife sharpener very well. he has been doing it for 40 years, and his son for 15. For 3 more dollars they will do them by hand. i would not trust my knives to anyone else but them. If he is there they will sharpen them in 2-3 hours, if not they will be ready by 10am the following day.

              Advance Cutlery
              400 S Baldwin Ave # 172, Arcadia, CA

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                tatertotsrock RE: whospizza May 15, 2009 08:32 AM

                Great info whospizza!
                : )

              2. bgazindad RE: tatertotsrock May 13, 2009 08:03 PM

                What kind of knives do you have? Anzen Hardware in Little Tokyo has a sharpening service, 309 First st.Their strengths are Japanese Knives. The prices are reasonable $10.00 per knive provided there are no nicks. They do sharpen western knives. they did a good job on my Japanese deba. It tales about a week or more to get them back.

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                  schrutefarms RE: tatertotsrock May 14, 2009 02:48 PM

                  There's a place downtown-forget the name-but they were written up as a "best of" in Los Angeles Magazine. I'm sure if you go to the website, and type in "best knife sharpening", it will come right up.

                  1. tatertotsrock RE: tatertotsrock May 15, 2009 08:33 AM

                    Great info from all y'all!
                    I cannot thank you enough!

                    1. blackbookali RE: tatertotsrock May 15, 2009 09:03 AM

                      Ross is the best

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                        rednyellow RE: blackbookali May 16, 2009 11:47 AM

                        I've had very good results from Ross for over 10 years now.

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                        posh RE: tatertotsrock May 15, 2009 02:41 PM

                        Ross is the place to go. Don't go anywhere else. They charge something like $1 an inch and an extra $1 per knife for same day service.

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                          jaymor RE: tatertotsrock May 16, 2009 11:37 AM

                          i havent sharpened my knives since i purchased them.....they are cutco brand....cutco says they will sharpen for free if you mail them.....does anybody know what quality level sharpenng they do?

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                            posh RE: tatertotsrock May 22, 2009 10:16 PM

                            I just got my knives back from thee cutlery in Manhattan beach. The guy there was pretty amiable and did a good job for a good price.

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                              posh RE: posh May 25, 2009 08:22 PM

                              I just looked more closely at the knives I took in, though I still haven't had a chance to really use them. They don't look so good. Ross does a much better job.

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                                LA_Eater RE: tatertotsrock May 30, 2009 06:41 PM

                                Ross Cutlery. 3rd and Broadway (Bradbury Building), downtown Los Angeles.

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