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Feb 20, 2011 08:16 PM

Knife Sharpening - SGV/LB/LA/OC

I am looking for a place to sharpen my knives. I don't want to do them myself. I wanted to take it to sur la table but i heard i shouldn't. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Sur La Table is OK but they're just going to run them through an electric grinder with fixed angles. The best place IMO to take knives if you're not comfortable sharpening them yourself is Ross Cutlery. They're downtown in the historic Bradbury Bldg on Broadway. SLT will cost you a dollar an inch, Ross will cost you more, but they're worth it.

    1. At the Torrance Farmer's Market on Saturdays is a guy that'll sharpen your knives.

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      1. Haven't tried it myself, but heard mostly good things about this place:

        1. This guy -- John Powers -- is superb. He hand sharpens your best cook's knives by hand (on a wheel) at a highly reasonable rates, e.g. about $6 for a 8"+ blade.

          Scissors, pinking shears, garden tools, knives etc etc

          He even sharpened my Japanese eyebrow tweezers and they actually work again. yay!

          Sundays you can find him at the Studio City Farmer's Market (Laurel Place) until noon.

          John Powers
          (818) 606 7459

          He also does pick up & delivery. You can drop off at his place in Studio City.

          He's really thorough, so it can take a bit of time if you just do it at the markets.

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          1. re: Maxmillion

            Powers is only at the Studio City FM, every other Sun.

            This Sun, Feb 27th, he will be there. Then March 13th, will be the next time he's there.

            He does a great job.

            1. re: Maxmillion

              I couldn't agree more with your assessment of John's service. After reading about him on this thread last week, we went to the Studio City Farmer's Market yesterday. My knives are like new (and they had never been professionally sharpened) AND we had one of the best croissants ever. Within thirty minutes of dropping the knives off, they were beautifully sharpened, for a very reasonable price and he was even able to re-tip a knife that has been pretty useless for about a year. He's a tremendous find for us!!

            2. take them to anzen hardware in little tokyo. especially if you have Japanese knives.