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gothamdarkknight Apr 19, 2010 12:28 PM

Hey everybody. Anyone know where I can get knives occasionally sharpened in the New Haven area? Ideally, I'd like a place where I can just drop in, get them sharpened, and walk out with sharp knives (carefully).

I live in Guilford, so anything out east of New Haven would be good too.

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    jmacmillan Aug 14, 2013 08:29 PM

    I use Steppin Razor Sharpening Service, out of Kensington Connecticut. They do a great job, and the owner knows his stuff. I'm a cabinet maker, and my wife is a dog groomer. They sharpen all my chisels and her clipper blades and scissors, as well as our kitchen knives. www.steppinrazorsharpening.com

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      SeoulQueen Nov 5, 2010 12:07 PM

      Yes, the Wusthof outlet will sharpen any brand of knives. It's $2 per blade but they will not to serrated edges like bread knives. I'm very happy with my newly honed blades.

      The outlet itself has a great selection and discount prices on knives and cutting boards. I saw knives that were 60% cheaper than retail and cutting boards for $5.

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        sherijo May 5, 2010 01:31 PM

        Drive down to the Wusthof outlet in Norwalk. They have in-house wheel sharpening. It's fantastic and something like $3 a knife.

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          javaandjazz May 5, 2010 02:48 PM

          where in Norwalk? I can't find it online. Thanks

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            ChefBoyAreMe May 6, 2010 07:53 AM

            http://www.google.com/search?q=wustof...

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            cheereeo May 6, 2010 09:39 AM

            Great tip! I never knew this place existed.

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              SeoulQueen Oct 24, 2010 04:54 PM

              WIll they sharpen any brand of knives or just Wusthofs? I have Henkel knives and was thinking of mailing mine to Ambrosi up in Mahopac, NY but Norwalk is just down the road for me and so much more convenient if they will do any brand.

            2. algct Apr 29, 2010 09:02 AM

              I have owned a Chef's Choice [the one with the rotating stones] for maybe 10 years & the model with the oscillating stones previously. Works for me & my selection of stainless, carbon steel knives and cleavers.

              The advantage of the Chef's Choice is that it doesn't hollow out the blade if used properly.

              I sharpen them maybe twice a year & use a steel to hone them when needed.

              Using a steel properly is the key, it took me awhile to get it right [after putting a 4 stitch dent in my thumb due to lack of concentration]. But a couple of swipes & all the knife has to do is look at what it will be cutting.

              Never got as good as my grandfather who was a butcher. I have his steel, but he could wield it amazingly. All you saw was a blur & the sound. After that you were trimming the fat off a hunk of meat with no effort at all. If you twisted your wrist accidentally, you sliced 3" into the meat with NO effort at all.

              All said & done, if you like to keep your knives, get a good sharpener & do it yourself.

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                LAMATZ Apr 27, 2010 03:20 PM

                Seriously

                Get your own REAL knife sharpener. There are a good selection if you know where to look. Most places, even knife sharpening places don't put a good edge on a knife. These places look for speed, not quality. With your own sharpener, you can LITERALLY split a hair in half.

                And if your knives are good, and you are a home cook, you sharpen them up once every three months if you keep them honed.

                Really, its AMAZING how sharp a good knife can get, AND how long a good knife will keep that edge.

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                  gothamdarkknight Apr 28, 2010 07:06 AM

                  Thanks for all the replies!

                  I'll ask at Page Hardware and Big Y. Anyone know whether they sharpen the knives well at those stores?

                  Lamatz, what do you recommend for sharpening/steeling? My mother in law has a Chef's Choice 110 that I sometimes use but she lives a couple hours away. And I am always worried that I'm not sharpening well on that machine, even though I follow the manual closely. Any thoughts on good reading material for sharpening skills?

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                    BiscuitBoy Apr 28, 2010 01:47 PM

                    You could spend days reading about sharpening, and thats just this site. If you're serious about sharpening your own knives, start with a set of good sharpening stones...2 good, wide waterstones may set you back $80, and lots of technique to learn. And if you're into the whole knife culture thing, you may even enjoy the 20mins you'll spend on one knife. Machines? The only machine I like is the Tormek, at around $300, plus a jig for a long knife. The rest of the "sharpeners" are nothing but gadgets, and will ruin a good knife in no time. Like I already said, if you're a knife geek, you'll enjoy your sharpening time, otherwise $3 per knife every few months is pretty short money, and frees you up to do other stuff...Like cook

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                      Bada Bing May 3, 2010 02:06 PM

                      I own a semi-expensive manual Norton knfe sharpening setup, with three stones of different coarseness levels attached to a rotatable pin that rests in an oil well. Takes a bit of practice, but Youtube videos and other online sources help to learn how. Never takes more than 5 minutes to get an edge where it will slice paper. It's like this Norton IM 313:

                      http://www.amazon.com/Norton-IM313-11...

                      I got it after my local culinary shop closed, and I realized that I was dropping $40 every 6-12 months having my knives done.

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                  rosieg Apr 27, 2010 10:50 AM

                  I think Page Hardware sharpens knives.

                  1. BiscuitBoy Apr 27, 2010 07:59 AM

                    Beltram, 865 Sherman Ave, Hamden

                    1. LHorch Apr 26, 2010 05:45 PM

                      The butcher counter at any Big Y supermarket

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                        javaandjazz May 4, 2010 08:20 AM

                        don't get them done at BIG Y, the ruined one of my Henckels.

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                        gothamdarkknight Apr 26, 2010 12:31 PM

                        Bumpitty bump bump

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