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Knife Sharpening in Boston?

mgerstenblatt Jan 31, 2011 06:53 AM

Hi All,

Is there a place in Boston proper where I can get a knife sharpened? Older threads mention Kitchen Arts and Stoddards--but both are now closed.


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    powella Jan 31, 2011 07:25 AM

    Recently, City Feed and Supply in JP has been hosting monthly knife sharpening nights. A woman named Patti, who has her own business called "On the Edge Knife Sharpening" comes in and sharpens while you wait. I took a few knives in just before Thanksgiving and I was pleased (still am) with the results. The CF website mentions her here: http://cityfeedandsupply.com/

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    1. re: powella
      mjg0725 Jan 31, 2011 07:42 AM

      You can find her business here and also a link to her schedule:


      She does and excellent job.

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      smarx Jan 31, 2011 07:25 AM

      kitchenwares on newbury street does knife sharpening.


      1. StriperGuy Jan 31, 2011 08:09 AM

        Stoddard's is now in Nonantum in Newton and does a great job. I usually sharpen my own, but had a (very tricky) serrated bread knife that they hones in 10 min while I walked around the block.

        Stoddard's Cutlery
        360 Watertown Street
        Newton, MA 02458
        (617) 244-4187

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        1. re: StriperGuy
          StriperGuy Jan 31, 2011 11:48 AM

          I think they charged $8 for a tricky serrated blade.

        2. Luther Jan 31, 2011 10:47 AM

          Siraco sharpening service, drop off/pick up at Tags in Porter Square Somerville. Best quality at a reasonable price. Could take up to 5 days to get your knives back.

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          1. re: Luther
            rlh Feb 4, 2011 01:25 PM

            I used to love this service when they had a storefront in Somerville, since the dropoff / pickup setup replaced it, the results have been mixed at best. The price is right (4 knives @$19 total), but most recently our chef's knife seemed way overground (we lost too much of it) and the Santoku hollow edge was simply done wrong and basically ruined - it now has a curved edge much like the chef's knife when it should be almost straight - we mentioned it and discussed it by phone, but while they are really nice and well-meaning at Siraco, they don't seem to get that they ruined at $100+ knife that we will now have to replace - it's a different shape than it needs to be. We will be finding a new place for our sharpening needs - or learning to do it at home - going forward.

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            nomadgirl Feb 1, 2011 07:02 AM

            Formaggio in Cambridge has a guest knife sharpening person in some weekend days. I think the next one is Sunday, Feb 6.

            1. StriperGuy Feb 1, 2011 07:18 AM

              Not to sound like a broken record (though I often do) it is disgustingly easy to sharpen your own knives and takes less that 3 minutes per knife.

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              1. re: StriperGuy
                davis_sq_pro Feb 1, 2011 03:30 PM

                Agreed on easy, but it takes me closer to 10 minutes per knife (probably because I put it off and end up sharpening only once a quarter). But great results and no reason to send out knives make it absolutely worth the time.

              2. ChefJune Feb 1, 2011 10:29 AM

                Stoddards is one of the few (if not the only) places in the US where the knives are hand ground. I won't let anyone else mess with my Wusthof's (vintage blades). Imho, they have no competition in the quality category.

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                1. re: ChefJune
                  StriperGuy Feb 1, 2011 11:12 AM

                  AND they are reasonably priced. I could not believe he hand sharpened a serrated knife. Way cool.

                  Seriously though it is SO easy to do.

                2. The Chowhound Team Feb 4, 2011 05:39 AM

                  We've moved a discussion of Knife Sharpening at home to the Cookware board, at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7639...

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