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Dec 7, 2012 07:16 PM

knife sharpening [NC- Triangle]

Looking for recommendations, preferably iin Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh area. I use a diamond and steel on regular basis but my knives are still dull. I've been disappointed in results from a recommended shop in a Chapel Hill shopping centre. Appreciate suggestions.

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  1. Are you talking about the place in U Mall? I think it is called kitcheworks? That is where I was planning on taking my knives.

    1. I've used Kitchenworks twice, and have been pleased. Southern Season also sharpens knives (of course in the same University Mall as Kitchenworks.) Might I ask which of those did work that was unsatisfactory? Cliff, at Cliff's (butcher) Market in Carrboro, sharpens knives too.

      1. I was at the new Sur La Table store at the Southpoint mall today and learned that they sharpen knives, including Japanese knives. $1 per inch. Can't vouch for quality as I haven't used them yet but will give them a try with my Japanese knives. I could be wrong but I don't think Kitchenworks, who I've used for my other knives, does Japanese knives.

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        1. re: bbqme

          Do you know what their turnaround time is? I have a Japanese knife that I keep meaning to take to SS, but the scheduling always makes that inconvenient.

          1. re: Remsleep

            They said "while you shop" unless they are slammed, so don't try on Friday evening or the weekend.

            1. re: bbqme

              Or really any time before Christmas, I hate to say. I was in there on Monday around 2 pm and the place was a madhouse. Once the holidays are over I'm sure it will go back to being fairly quiet on weekdays.

        2. I've been pleased with Kitchenworks, too, and I take my knives there a couple times a year. A dollar per inch sounds rather pricey ... they'd have to do a stellar job in order to get that kind of money from me ...

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          1. re: romansperson

            Yes, sorry, I did mean Kitchenworks. I've used them twice for 2 different knives and afraid my experience wasn't as positive as others'. One of the blades was visibly bent when it was returned (not to say that they bent it, but that they didn't fix it). Maybe I'll try Southern Season.

          2. Hancock Fabrics (at least the one on Hillsborough Road in Durham) will have a knife sharpener come to the store every few weeks; they post his schedule in their store window. I've taken my knives there to have them sharpened and they have done a good enough job. I took my knives to Kitchenworks once; they did a good job, but I had to leave my knives with them for a couple of days (is that normal?).

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            1. re: PGDinDurham

              yes, but the guy at Hancock Fabrics isn't using any skill.
              he has a commercial version of the 3-stage home knife sharpener.

              there is a garden store in Durham that sharpens knives. name escapes me.