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Jun 30, 2013 08:33 AM

My knives are dull! St. Louis city.

Can anybody tell me where I can get my knives sharpened in or around St. Louis city? I try to give them a few swipes on that 'sharpening' thingy that came with the knife set. (Okay, the one that came with my mom's knife set....those things last forever). But I think the time has come when they could benefit from a real sharpening. Any recommendations? And what should I expect to pay to have a couple of knives sharpened? I just posted on a 'slow-roasted eye of round' thread and it reminded me that last time I tried for paper-thin slices, it was kind of a struggle.

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  1. Rather than seeking out someone to sharpen your knives, schlepping your knives over there, waiting, paying, etc., I'd suggest you invest in a good knife sharpener.

    I have this one, and I love it:

    I bought it at Bed, Bath & Beyond with my 20% off coupon, and couldn't be happier.

    But, I don't care how sharp your knife is, if you're trying to slice a round steak, or any other meat "paper-thin," you're going to have a miserable go of it unless your meat is frozen. Stick it in the freezer. Then, when it's frozen, take your sharp chef's knife and shave it into those paper-thin slices. Easy peasy.

    1. Schnucks stores have been sharpening knives for free for about the last 4 years. You can pick up cardboard sheathes at any meat counter. They are ready in 24 hrs, and they do a good job. Otherwise you will pay around 4 or 5 dollars at Bertarelli Cutlery on the Hill.

      1. Thanks, jaymes and rob5265, I see both short AND long term solutions here...the sharpener is a little expensive for me to run right out and buy it but I see it as a possible gift-list item come Christmas. And I'm in Schnucks all the time, anyway.

          1. Bertarelli Cutlery in the Hill
            Used to go there until I got one of these. Now I do it at home.

            5 Replies
            1. re: AigreDoux

              Bertarelli is where the chefs use. Love 'em. And a good excuse to go to the Hill.

              1. re: lemons

                Well, another excuse maybe. I do actually drive across the Hill maybe six times a day, (my kids go to school that-a-way), now if I could just remember to put the knives in the car....

                1. re: tonifi

                  pack them in your kids bags...

                  oh wait, bad idea. put them NEXT to your kids bags. I think that old mom + pop hardware store on SW does it too, no idea about price though.

                2. re: lemons

                  Do they hand shapen or is it a grinding wheel better suited for lawn mower blades?

                  1. re: Itsmy6

                    I have no idea. Are all grinding wheels suitable for mower blades or are some specific for certain blades? All I can tell you is that their knife work is that they do an immense amount of work for serious chefs here in town.