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sundeck sue Nov 20, 2012 05:02 PM

I just realized the one thing on my Thanksgiving to-do list that I forgot is getting a knife sharpened to carve the damn bird.

I called the knife sharpener who comes to Star Market in Berkeley, but he's working in Santa Rosa tomorrow.

Ideas of a person/place to contact closer to Berkeley/Oakland to get a knife sharpened tomorrow?

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    sundeck sue Nov 21, 2012 04:19 PM

    I tried the first suggestion--the knife/shaving store across from the Walgreens in Temescal. They were great, underscored.

    For those who've never ventured in, it's a funky, old-fashioned business, a hold-out in a sea of hipster commercial establishments.

    The guy first said to leave the knives and come back in a couple hours, which seemed great--but he then checked w/ the fellow doing the sharpening and said he could do it while I waited.

    The price: $5 a knife. (Not a typo....)

    Thanksgiving Eve thanks to the Bay Area Chowhound Board, which has once again offered the best advice going!

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      mochimunchie Nov 21, 2012 09:10 AM

      Hida Tools on San Pablo Ave across from REI

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      1. re: mochimunchie
        escargot3 Nov 21, 2012 11:26 AM

        Last time I tried Hida, they had a wait list of about 4 weeks.

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          lmnopm Nov 24, 2012 06:57 PM

          How long ago was that?

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            escargot3 Nov 25, 2012 10:20 PM

            about a year ago.

      2. drewskiSF Nov 20, 2012 05:47 PM

        The Japan Woodworker. they definitely sharpen on site.

        1731 Clement Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
        (510) 521-1810
        http://www.japanwoodworker.com/

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        1. re: drewskiSF
          Stephanie Wong Nov 21, 2012 09:34 PM

          The owners retired and closed Japan Woodworker 2 weekends ago.

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            Melanie Wong Nov 21, 2012 09:49 PM

            Japan Woodworker was acquired and will stay open under new ownership.
            https://finewoodworking.com/item/104321/woodcraft-to-acquire-japan-woodworker
            http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11...

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Stephanie Wong Nov 21, 2012 10:51 PM

              The Alameda location is closed. Closest retail shops are now in San Carlos and Dublin. Shopped at the Alameda shop on its last day and was told that the culinary goods would not be continued at the new owner's stores.

              1. re: Stephanie Wong
                drewskiSF Nov 21, 2012 11:30 PM

                Thanks for the up-to-date info, you two.

        2. chefj Nov 20, 2012 05:22 PM

          There is a Knife Store across from the Walgreens in Temescal that has sighs up for sharpening.
          I do not know if they sharpen on site or send out.
          http://www.shavecutstore.com/default....

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