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May 13, 2009 02:14 PM

Knife Sharpening Where Should I Go?

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. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: trimtab

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

        1. re: tatertotsrock

          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.

          1. re: trimtab

            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.

            1. re: tatertotsrock

              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

              1. re: Mr Taster

                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.

                1. re: BHAppeal

                  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.

                2. re: Mr Taster

                  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.

            2. re: trimtab

              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.

              1. re: mikester

                You get what you pay for :)

                Mr Taster

            3. 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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              1. 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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