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Knife Sharpening/peners is Southwest?

I had never thought about sending knives out for sharpening until I saw some suggestions for it on other forums here. Anyone know of any knife sharpeners in the southwest/st louis park/edina area?

Is it even worth it for my lower-end Chicago Cutlery? My Presto brand knife sharpener is kinda lame (and scary), but I want sharp knives!

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  1. Do you know if your knives are stamped (cut from a sheet) or forged (hand hammered)? If they are stamped (which I assume from being lower end CC) I doubt they are worth, or it might not even be possible, to have sharpened.

    I've heard of Eversharpknives.com, they are in NE Mpls, but I cannot speak to the quality of their services. They happen to be the only licensed reseller of Wusthofs, maybe you could find a deal on a nice second hand knife? I believe there is another sharpener near Broadyway / Central, but the name escapes me.

    I'm a would-be hobbyist in the kitchen and really appreciate a nice knife. Personal suggestion: Globals are really nice.

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    1. re: semanticantics

      I've had knives sharpened at Eversharp. Very fast, cheap, well done.

      1. re: Uisge

        Just returned from having my knifes sharpened at Eversharp. they turned out great and very reasonable. They gave me their special price ($1)because I took 8 to be sharpened.

        1. re: ibew292

          Very good to know. I've been in a frugal mood and was going to take only a few knives to Eversharp. They all need sharpening, so I think I'll bring the whole lot.

    2. Local knife sharpening was discussed in these threads:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637449
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/511650

      A quick glance reveals that Lunds/Byerly's and Kitchen Window were suggested by others, but you should take a closer look.

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      1. re: bob s

        The knife sharpening at Lund's/Byerly's meat counter is free. That said, you get what you "pay" for. I had them do one of my Wustoffs to try it out. It came back butchered, no pun intended. I had a very good experience with Eversharp.

      2. Not sure whether/not it would be worth seeking out a specialty shop on this one. Are you knives surrated/forged/stamped? Try the Byerly's store. They'll do it for free. My suggestion is to wait until October when Kitchen Window has their annual knive sale. It's a zoo but they'll usually have 1-2 REALLY good deals on Wusthof knives. Last year, I believe they had one of my favorite larger Santoku's on sale for $40. Then, if you spent a certain amount, you could get a sharpener or butcher block for free. You couldn't imagine how a GOOD knife will change your kitchen mentality. All you need is a larger chefs/santoku and paring knife. You'd also probably want one bread/tomato (serrated) knife. Then all you really need are steak knives. Start at the two and then slowly build. I love the Wusthof Classic line. It's a bit spendy up-front; however, with proper care, they'll last you a long, LONG time. For example, my parents received a set on their wedding day and that was like 800 years ago. ha If you're not looking to spend that much, try Calphalon (SP?). They make some decent knives.

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        Kitchen Window
        3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        Byerly's
        1601 County Road C W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

        1. I can also say the sharpening at Eversharp is good. I go with most of my knives about every 3-4 months and they are usually $2.50 a blade. Also they have a great selection of knives to look at while you wait the few minutes for your sharpening.

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