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Kitchen Arts Closing- where to sharpen knives

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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  1. 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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    1. re: sallyt

      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?

      1. re: rlove

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

        1. re: justbeingpolite

          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.

        2. re: rlove

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

        3. re: sallyt

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

        4. DA Bucci & Sons, 260 Main Street in Stoneham.

          1. 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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            1. re: holldoll

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

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

              1. Anyone know anything about "The Knife Cobbler"?

                It's a good name.

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                1. re: justbeingpolite

                  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.

                  1. re: pariss

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

                    1. re: justbeingpolite

                      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!

                2. 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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                  1. re: jodes

                    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!

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      We should ALL have friends like that!

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      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.


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

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                      1. re: djd

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

                        1. re: gimlis1mum

                          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. 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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                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

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

                          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                            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?

                            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                              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.



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


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

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


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


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