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Kitchen Arts Closing- where to sharpen knives

cassoulady Mar 15, 2010 09:59 AM

Kitchen Arts is closing (which is sad for many reasons) but this leaves me looking for a place to sharpen knives. Any ideas?

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    sallyt RE: cassoulady Mar 15, 2010 10:07 AM

    That is very sad - a great store. I love Stoddard's in West Newton - they do a great job and are very reasonably priced.


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      rlove RE: sallyt Mar 17, 2010 08:40 PM

      Anyone know how Stoddard's sharpens knives? Is it on a water stone?

      Put another way, anyone have them sharpen a thin, crazy sharp Japanese knife?

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        justbeingpolite RE: rlove Mar 18, 2010 05:21 AM

        If it's a Shun, just be sure to tell them to use a 16 degree angle.

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          rlove RE: justbeingpolite Mar 18, 2010 01:07 PM

          Not a Shun.

          But I'd be careful to not take a Shun to a place that doesn't hand-sharpen on water stones, either.

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          rchudy RE: rlove Mar 31, 2010 09:33 AM

          Stoddard's sharpens on a stone and always does a beautiful job, I bring in my Global and always comes out perfect.

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          mirage RE: sallyt Mar 18, 2010 12:41 PM

          Not in West Newton - in Nonantum (for those looking for it.)

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          gimlis1mum RE: cassoulady Mar 15, 2010 10:28 AM

          DA Bucci & Sons, 260 Main Street in Stoneham.

          1. holldoll RE: cassoulady Mar 15, 2010 11:14 AM

            That's too bad. It was a great shop!
            Union Square's Farmer's market has a mobile knife sharpener there on Saturdays.

            Siraco's Sharpening Service
            533 Medford St
            Somerville, MA 02145-2656
            Phone: (617) 628-6071

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              ponyboy RE: holldoll Mar 16, 2010 04:48 PM

              Have you ever had knives sharpened by them? I did and will never again.

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              emilief RE: cassoulady Mar 15, 2010 11:22 AM

              Very bad news. Such a nice store! I get my supply of Red Bear Brass Polish from there- anyuone know of another source??

              1. justbeingpolite RE: cassoulady Mar 15, 2010 11:23 AM

                Anyone know anything about "The Knife Cobbler"?

                It's a good name.

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                  pariss RE: justbeingpolite Mar 16, 2010 07:35 AM

                  Yes - I have used him and he does a great job. The only problem is he caters to metrowest. My husband works in Natick, so that is convenient for me. The Knife Cobbler picks up and delivers to the same place the next day. Very convenient and as I said, an excellent sharpening job. Not sure how his prices compare, but I think they are fairly typical.

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                    justbeingpolite RE: pariss Mar 16, 2010 11:58 AM

                    Thanks for the info. I may give him a shot.

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                      bear RE: justbeingpolite Mar 23, 2010 04:41 PM

                      A shout out to the Knife Cobbler, Jeff Roy, in Framingham. I dropped four knives and a food processor blade off yesterday, and he dropped them off at my house this afternoon. The knives are perfectly sharp (the sharpest they've ever been), and the cost was very reasonable. Thanks for the rec!

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                  jodes RE: cassoulady Mar 15, 2010 11:57 AM

                  Not sure what kind of knives you have, but if they are Shun, you can send them directly to the manufacturer and they will sharpen them back to "like new" quality for free once a year. If they are chipped or can't be sharpened to a new-like state, they will replace the knife...for free


                  It means you are without your knives for awhile, but if they come back brand spanking new-like then I think it's worth it.

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                    LindaWhit RE: jodes Aug 9, 2010 08:24 AM

                    This is great news. Hadn't realized that. A friend gave me three Shuns for Christmas awhile back (paring, birds-beak paring, and a Santoku) and while they've remained pretty sharp with regular honing, I'm glad to know they can get them back to factory-sharp. Thanks!

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                      C. Hamster RE: LindaWhit Aug 9, 2010 09:32 AM

                      We should ALL have friends like that!

                  2. C. Hamster RE: cassoulady Mar 15, 2010 01:43 PM

                    Yikes! When are they closing?

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                      BostonZest RE: C. Hamster Mar 15, 2010 05:16 PM

                      We were in this week and the sales clerk said they "May" have a buyer and it may reopen in the location they moved to earlier this year. They will be gone at the end of the month and there really isn't much left right now.


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                      djd RE: cassoulady Mar 15, 2010 05:32 PM

                      Anyone know specifically quick sharpening services? Siraco takes a week. Kitchen Arts is/was overnight.

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                        gimlis1mum RE: djd Mar 15, 2010 05:35 PM

                        Bucci will do same day, esp. if you get there early.

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                          Chris VR RE: gimlis1mum Apr 10, 2010 06:07 PM

                          I've gotten to Bucci pretty early, hoping for same-day service and was told they'd be ready the next day, but I didn't ask for it, so it's good to know that's an option if I'd asked.

                      2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: cassoulady Mar 30, 2010 12:34 AM

                        According to Universal Hub, the sale of Kitchen Arts has indeed gone through: they're reopening in the same space with the same name after a brief restocking.

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                          bostonbroad RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 30, 2010 07:15 AM

                          Well, that made my day - thanks for the update!

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                            cassoulady RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 31, 2010 02:19 PM

                            that is great news!!! Despite the best intentions I never made it over with my knives- glad I will have more time. Any word on when the reopening is?

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                              BostonZest RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 1, 2010 05:43 AM

                              Some will have to do a test run on a second tier knife to test the skill of the new sharpener. I sharpen my own but I'm sure someone out there might give it a go.

                              I walk by there almost daily so I'll keep an eye out for the reopening.



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                              MissCheese RE: cassoulady Apr 1, 2010 01:44 PM

                              The webpage says they are staying open (and that it's not an April Fools joke):


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                                Tonythe Chef RE: kitchenwares Apr 11, 2010 08:44 AM

                                GSI in Medford sharpens knives and rents to most local restaurants and have been in business for 50 years ask for Gene!

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                                  sallyt RE: kitchenwares Jun 2, 2010 11:05 AM

                                  From today's Globe - the owner is staying on to do the knife sharpening:


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                                    rowanej RE: cassoulady Jun 23, 2010 01:41 PM

                                    I found this guy that services the south shore. Anybody know anything about him?


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                                      JOHN DEWAR RE: cassoulady Aug 9, 2010 09:32 AM

                                      Stoddard's is definetley the place to bring your knives to be handled with care,( not scratched) and they will be sharpened correctly

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