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bea arthur Mar 1, 2010 11:25 AM

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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    Minnesotapix Dec 19, 2010 02:21 PM

    Here's one more vote for Eversharp. Wherever you are in the Twin Cities - it is worth it to get here to have them put a professional edge on your knives. Had 4 of them done there on Saturday - in about 5 minutes. These guys know their stuff!

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      valeriefirefly Dec 3, 2010 10:36 AM

      Do not go to Lunds. I had my knives sharpened there and the tip of my chef's knife came back bent!

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        soupkitten Nov 30, 2010 08:19 PM

        best knife guy in the metro i've found is in hopkins, believe it or not! eversharp is good for german knives, and they give a great industry discount, but after an incident, i won't take our japanese blades there anymore.

        it isn't worth it imo to pay for chicago cutlery etc to be sharpened by a professional. just get the free service at lunds/byerly's for those, and put the $ you save aside to buy better knives. . .

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          UnChow Dec 3, 2010 10:15 PM

          I second this comment. German knives to Eversharp, Japanese to the guy in Hopkins. I wasn't thrilled with the job they did at Eversharp, but I'm unaware of a better option. The guy in Hopkins did a beautiful job on my Global.

          Chicago Cutlery has some decent forged knives that you can get for cheap. They are worth taking to Eversharp. Stamped knives, however, aren't.

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            John E. Dec 7, 2010 10:09 AM

            What is the name of the guy in Hopkins and where in Hopkins is he located?

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              PhilESL Dec 27, 2010 02:48 PM

              Knife Guy in Hopkins: http://www.sharpencenter.com/Services...

        2. daniellempls Oct 18, 2010 10:49 AM

          Wish I had found this thread before getting my knives sharpened for our anniversary. Not that I got bad results from Kitchen Window- but Eversharp looks pretty cool. Somehow I had not heard about them. Happy I did not get the complimentary shapening at Lund's- I would have been heart-broken if they wrecked my knives.

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          Kitchen Window
          3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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            hamptonmeadow Nov 29, 2010 09:38 PM

            Do not go to Byerly's. I think they just hand the knives back after they use the steel on them (if that).

            Eversharp is great. He sharpens for many restaurants.

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            Byerly's
            3777 Park Center Blvd A, St Louis Park, MN

          2. nlewarne Mar 24, 2010 02:01 PM

            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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              savvyguy Mar 24, 2010 05:20 AM

              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. bob s Mar 1, 2010 11:49 AM

                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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                  Skizzle Mar 3, 2010 04:19 PM

                  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.

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                  semanticantics Mar 1, 2010 11:39 AM

                  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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                    Uisge Mar 3, 2010 11:01 AM

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

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                      ibew292 Dec 1, 2010 12:59 PM

                      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.

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                        karykat Dec 5, 2010 12:04 PM

                        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.

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