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Local Knife Sharpening Service?

NYNO May 9, 2010 07:29 PM

Does anyone know of any skilled knife sharpening services around town?


  1. N.O.Food May 9, 2010 07:40 PM

    Alpine Clocks & Knives in Metairie sharpens knives. 1901 Vets in Metairie. Bad online reviews for clock/watch repair, but I had a badly chipped knife sharpened there a while back. They made it like new.

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      Frolic May 9, 2010 07:56 PM

      A guy at the Saturday Crescent City Farmers Market sharpens knives. He'll do it while you wait.

      The Crescent City Farmers Market
      700 Magazine Street Corner of Girod Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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      1. re: Frolic
        NYNO May 10, 2010 07:11 PM

        Since I live about 5 blocks from the CCFM, I'll give that a go this Saturday. If that doesnt work out I'll try the place in Metairie.

        Thanks to both for the responses.

        1. re: NYNO
          noradeirdre May 19, 2010 03:14 PM

          Did the Farmers Market knife sharpener work out, or did you need to go to Metarie?

          1. re: noradeirdre
            NYNO May 21, 2010 09:10 AM

            I had to work on Saturday morning and the wife slept in. So no go.

            I'll be away this weekend but intend on going next Saturday and I'll report back here.

            1. re: NYNO
              noradeirdre May 21, 2010 02:06 PM

              We're hoping to go tomorrow so I will keep my eyes peeled.

          2. re: NYNO
            meremortal May 19, 2010 05:24 PM

            I don't recommend Alpine. The price they charge for sharpening is outrageous, and they charge by the inch. I forget the exact rates, but to get two chef's knives and a mandolin blade sharpened, I forked over $38. These were my beater knives--I don't think I paid more than $15 for one, maybe $20 for the other. So to pay more for sharpening than the knives really got me. I don't think it should cost more than $3 or $4 -- $5 tops -- per knife, unless it's a ceramic knife.

            1. re: meremortal
              Tonto May 21, 2010 12:12 PM

              There is a knife sharpen at the Saturday Gretna Farmer's Market and also at a shoe repair shop on Magazine river side in that block with a whole bunch of shoe repairs where Martin's is.

              1. re: meremortal
                txgirl May 22, 2010 07:07 AM

                My only experience with Alpine is that they could use a refresher course of friendly customer service skills. I went to inquire about the lifetime warranty on one of 12 shun knives that my husband purchased there in 2009. It developed a chip in it. Anyway, the two guys working that day were unfriendly and seemed totally annoyed to provide me with the Shun 1-800 number...which sort of surprised me since (a) our total 2009 knife purchase was well over $1000 and (b) while they were searching for the number, I was expressing a high level of interest in purchasing another $100+ knife in their display case. They were so off-putting about the 1-800 number that I decided to purchase the new knife via an online retailer instead. In this day and age, if a local company expects us to Buy Local, they need to be mindful that we have options and reflect that recognition in their customer service skills. By the way, Shun provided exceptional customer service and a quick turnaround. They also offer lifetime sharpening for free.

                Anyway, in light of the shoddy customer service that I received from Alpine, I would most definitely try the guy at the Farmers Market first.

          3. N.O.Food May 22, 2010 11:29 AM

            Sharpening guy was at the CBD farmers market this morning. Didn't ask about price though. Good to know about Shun lifetime sharpening. It was a Shun that I took to Alpine.

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            1. re: N.O.Food
              noradeirdre May 24, 2010 11:18 AM

              Looks like $3 for a knife, according to the sign. I'm gonna try him out next week.

              1. re: N.O.Food
                JazzyB Jun 28, 2010 07:06 AM

                Even though shun offers free sharpenening, for the sake of convenience, I purchased their electric sharpener. I can use this for my global as well. It does a decent job, but not as good as the factory edge. It does not accomodate the bolster on German knives. I use an old chef's choice electric sharpener for my Wustofs. Again, not a factory edge. I do not recommend either except for convenience.

                I got my son a manual sharpener from global that actually puts a razor sharp edge on his knives. He uses it for his Japanese and German knives. It does not have an adjustment for 23' (German) so he sharpens them all to a 16' bevel ...which is an improvement.

              2. noradeirdre Jun 27, 2010 08:54 PM

                OK, FINALLY, after several weeks of totally spacing on bringing the knives with us, we got our three chef's knives sharpened. $4 each, he did a nice job. Was very happy cooking dinner tonight.

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                  NYNO Jun 28, 2010 10:55 PM

                  I am terribly ashamed to say I still havent made it over to the CCFM to get my knives sharpened. The best part is that I live on Magazine and Poeyfarre.

                  In my defense, I have been working every Saturday since this post.

                  As for my wife's defense. Well, uh...

                  She promises me she's going to go this weekend!

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                    intotheblue Nov 3, 2012 10:06 AM

                    A little late (like, a couple of years late), but I checked out this thread b/c I needed the same thing. The guy at the Farmer's Market has nothing but a whetstone and oil. I thought it was really lame to charge someone $4 a knife to take 2 minutes to re-hone the edge with a whetstone; I thought he would have a truck w/a grinder or something. Total rip-off.

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                    1. re: intotheblue
                      meremortal Nov 4, 2012 06:41 PM

                      I wouldn't recommend the knife sharpener at the Saturday CCFM, either. If you want the real deal, go see Doyle Hanson at the Gretna Farmer's Market -- I think he's only there every other Saturday, and is at the Baton Rouge / Red Stick Farmer's Market on alternate Saturdays. He's got the full set-up (grinding wheel, etc.) -- I brought a box FULL of knives, scissors, etc. to Doyle and was happy with how my knives turned out. If you're looking for chef-quality sharpening for prized knives, you may have to send 'em off. There's a guy in Atlanta who sharpens knives for chefs here in New Orleans...I'll see if I can find out his name/contact.

                      Doyle Hanson
                      Professional sharpener for kitchen cutlery, knives and garden tools

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