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Jan 14, 2012 08:41 AM

Knife sharpening

Just got my knives sharpened at a Sur La Table store and they came back duller than ever! Any recommendations for a place near NW DC/Bethesda? Will travel further if highly recommended. I searched the archives, but couldn't find anything recent.

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  1. I bought a Shun from another cook for ten dollars 'cause he didn't like the handle! Sent it to the US headquarters in Oregon and they sharpened it for FREE (paid S&H). Before you give your knife up, ask HOW they sharpen it. One knife of mine awhile back (not Shun) came back with a blue hue to it, too heavy of a hand=too hot=lost temper of blade=lost edge. Risking to state the obvious, get an Arkansas stone, do not use water or vegetable oil, EVER. With a little practice....

    1. I know it is not in your target neighborhood - but the folks at Market Meats in Eastern Market do a nice job.

      1. the williams-sonoma store in tysons has a knife sharpener come every month. call for details, but i think it is the last (first?) friday of the month.

        there a w-s in bethesda, and i'd call there:
        North Bethesda
        White Flint Mall
        11301 Rockville Pike 1st Floor
        Williams-Sonoma # 557
        North Bethesda, MD, 20895
        Phone: (301) 468-6156

        7 Replies
        1. re: alkapal

          Williiams-Sonoma does a good job, but if I remember correctly, it is quite expensive.

            1. re: alkapal

              It's on the more expensive side, yes.

              1. re: ahack

                Or you can just sharpen them on your own - saves money and time running around

                1. re: ahack

                  I don't think $1/inch is on the expensive side - that seems to be the going rate everywhere I've looked.

                  1. re: DanielK

                    That's because it's the gong rate everywhere - the "everyone else charges that" syndrome. It's not any easier or faster to sharpen a 3 inch blade than a 10 inch blade. They should charge by the material and type of blade, but the customer can measure inches.

                    I can keep my pocket knife and woodworking tools pretty sharp myself, but my kitchen knives seem to get duller quicker than I expect when I sharpen them than One of these days I'm goimg to try a professional sharpening.

                    1. re: MikeR

                      Agreed. Because it's the "going rate" doesn't mean it's not expensive. For running it through an electric sharpener? I'm not sure it's going to be any better than SLT since it's the same method.

          1. The Strosniders right in Bethesda does a great job sharpening knives. They turn them around in a few days.

            1. I get my knives sharpened at the 17th Street True Value Hardware store in Dupont. They do a great job and are usually pretty fast. I got my chef's knife sharpened this weekend and I think it cost less than $5.