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Nov 13, 2012 11:30 AM

is Ross Cutlery on Broadway and 2nd St. DTLA the best option for Knife Sharpening near me?

I'm in Silver Lake, cooking Thanksgiving for 20, and my knives are so dull they won't cut an onion! Help!

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  1. Japanese Knife Imports in Venice is probably among the most knowledgeable and diligent sharpeners in your area. But not among the cheapest.

    Take your knives to him if you use Japanese knives, or if you want anything special done or repairs or improvements made, or if you just want to learn a thing or two. If you're looking for a cheaper option just to get Western knives sharp, you'd probably be better off looking elsewhere, though I don't have any recommendations myself.

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    1. re: cowboyardee

      Venice is in "your area" if you're in Silverlake?

      1. re: perk

        Apologies - I'm not in California and not familiar with Silver Lake. I saw that this was posted on the LA board, and I know that the guy at JKI is one of the rare professional sharpeners I'd trust fully with Japanese knives.

    2. yes or Gary's Knife Sharpening. He's at the Hollywood Farmers Market on Sundays

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      1. re: TailbackU

        Last couple of times I looked for Gary at the farmer's market, he was a no show. I talked to someone at information desk and they said that he had been pretty inconsistent about coming lately. I would call or email and confirm that he's going to be there before lugging your knives to the farmer's market.

        1. re: bg90027

          oh that sucks. good to know though.

      2. What kind of knives do you have? I agree with cowboyardee. If you happen to have high quality Japanese knives, then Japanese Knife Imports is a very good place to go to. If you have good German or French knives, then most knife sharpeners can handle them. If you have low-medium kitchen knives, then I think anything will do just fine.

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          They are high end German. I'm going to try out Ross this week, mainly for proximity's sake.

          1. re: jdwdeville

            I think Ross will work out very well for your knives (based on reputation). Good luck.

        2. I take ALL my knives to Ross, once a year (a personal birthday gift) and have never regretted it. I have mostly European knives although there are a couple of Santukos, Chinese Cleavers and a Henkels' Cermax in there. LOVE those guys. They do great work, never dinged or otherwise damaged or burned my blades. Their prices are reasonable to competitive, Grand Central Market is across the street and big bonus, the Bradbury Building is virtually next door, always worth a visit.

          1. I somehow bent a 1/2 cm of my forged Calphalon 8" chef's knife and chipped of the tip, and they restored the thing to almost-new condition. In order to restore the tip, they had to take a noticeable amount off the width of the blade, but at 1"/inch it was much cheaper than buying a new blade.

            Mr Taster

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