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Feb 8, 2010 06:59 AM

Knife sharpener

Does anyone know of a good place to get knives sharpened in NYC?

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  1. Henry Westphal & Co
    In business since 1874 and still owned by the same family. The absolute best.
    115 West 25th St
    (between 6th - 7th)
    there's a big scissor hanging outside of the door
    good service, reasonable prices, they do a great great job.

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Do you know whether they specialize in sharpening Japanese knives as well? Or just European style?

      1. re: sarahmilne

        Westphal sharpens anything and everything, and they are the best.

    2. I have always had great results with the lady at Samurai Sharpening in Chelsea Market. She's there next to Bowery Kitchen supplies but I believe it's only Wednesdays and Saturdays.

      Zabar's has a big sign out front that they have knife sharpening but I have not yet tried them.

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      1. re: LNG212

        I just went to that lady Samurai Sharpening in Chelsea Market - excellent. And very reasonably priced.

        The knife truck guy in my neighborhood (who wants to charge outrageous fees and who allegedly over-grinds) bragged that he was outside of Zabars. I didn't use him. I waited for Chelsea Market lady since everybody here sings her praises. I was very happy.

        She is indeed 12-6, Weds and Saturdays.

        1. re: pitu

          Glad you had good results too. Reminds me I'm due to get down there soon. :)

          1. re: pitu

            Good to know about the truck guy. I saw a truck a while ago outside of Zabars and was thinking of using him one day. Now I know to go elsewhere. Thanks

        2. I can't personally vouch for the knife-sharpening here, but it's where I bought my "good" knife, and the staff is very knowledgeable.

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          1. re: small h

            Korin is good, but they are very expensive and they take a long time.

            Westphal has been in the knife sharpening business, same family, for 136 years!

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              Eh, what do I know. I have a sharpening stone (from Korin), which I occasionally attempt to use. I'm not too good at it, though. Mostly I use the sharpening steel, and I'm reasonably satisfied with the sharpness of my knives.

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