Where to get knives sharpened in Toronto
Does anybody know a good place to get their knives sharpened in Toronto? Preferably on the east side as I live in Leslieville.
I called Nella Cutlery near Queen & Parliament and they said they can do it but they don't do it in store so it will take 4 - 5 days.
Does anybody know of a good place that will do it on site?
do you get the 'basic' sharpening or the 'professional' grade sharpening?
Depends on your knives(Japanese,German,French or North American),how often you use them(do you work in a pro environment?) Type of steel etc...
Just go down and talk to Eugene,he's a great guy and he'll do what need's to be done dependent on you cutting style type of steel and daily usage..
The sharpening class is great! I do all my own sharpening thanks to Eugene!(not as good as him obvs... :) )
No offense meant, but if you are going to be in the kitchen, using your tools, you should learn their necessary upkeep.
Get a good ceramic sharpening 'rod' and remember, go with the smallest angles and work yourself up, its all in the wrist motion - lots of videos on youtube I am sure that will help.
Nothing to be afraid of!
I use a knife sharpener at home -- AccuSharp Knife and Tool Sharpener. I have no financial interest in the company, etc.
Cooks Magazine did an exhaustive survey of at home knife sharpeners and came up with this one - which really works.
$10.99 at Amazon, lasts for years, from the site:
- Sharpens your knives quickly, easily and accurately
- Just draw the accusharp over the tool and your work gets easier
- Renew your edges in an instant
- Safety hand grip prevents cuts
- Diamond-honed tungsten carbide
Superb cutting tomatoes (the best test).
BUT -- not for Japanese knives, which are sharp at a different angle (20 degrees, not 15 degrees).
Tosho Knife Arts, at Bloor and Bathurst is a good place. It's not cheap per knife, but it's not terribly expensive either, and they do good work. I've been a number of times, and have always been happy. Also, I haven't seen anything negative about them here. (And, really, how many places in any food-related area can you say you haven't seen something negative about here?)
If you have expensive knives you are faced with having them ruined if they are sharpened with a grinder.
Hand sharpening is not difficult to learn. See the folks at Lee Valley or on-line try Paul's Finest in Montreal. Ask at your favourite restaurant if the chef will show you how sometime. If he says they send their knives out to Nella for sharpening, find a new favourite restaurant.