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Dec 10, 2009 01:30 PM

New Chef to the area with a question

I just moved to the tacoma/south sound area and my chef knives are very dull. Can anyone on here recommend a good blade smith who can sharpen my 3 chef knives without screwing them up?


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    1. re: RouxBabe

      I understand that Bob Kramer gave up his sharpening business to focus on making knives. He refers people to his former apprentice Bob Tate in Seattle for sharpening.

      Bob Tate's website:

      Both Bobs have done a great job for me, though I get a bit piqued about their practice of sharpening the heel to be part of the cutting edge, where my poor grip and cutting technique causes me to want to rest my finger.

      1. re: not the bad Steve

        I can attest to the quality of Bob Tate's work. I believe you can ship him your knives and he'll send them back promptly.

    2. Bob Tate does a good quick job. Also Epicurean Edge in Kirkland will do it well.

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      1. re: vanillagorilla

        Yep, everyone in the know goes to Bob Tate.

        1. re: vanillagorilla

          The Epicurian Edge did astonishingly fine job with my quiver of knives. The counterman boasted in advance that, when he finished with them, the knives would be "sharper than ever before" and "sharper than a razor blade", but it proved true. The durability continues to amaze me also: two plus years later, they are still better than before his work.