Knife Sharpening

Sharpening FAQ’S

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Standard Knife Sharpening

Price per knife is $3.50
While you wait.
Standard sharpening includes;
Reshaping the knife
Remove nicks or chips
Fix broken tips
Fix bent tips if possible
Serrated knives

Hand Sharpening

Price per knife starts at $15.00 for a Western style edge.
$25.00 for Japanese style edge.
Prices may increase if the knife is significantly damaged or worn.
Hand Sharpening takes time and patience, be prepared to leave your knife with us.

Scissor Sharpening

Most kitchen shears and utility scissors are $3.50 and can be done while you wait

We also sharpen;

Corrugated scissors
Pinking shears
Dressmaker shears
Stylist scissors
These items can not be done while you wait

Straight Razor Sharpening

Razors are $20.00 each.
We do not restore old razors or sharpen razors that have significant wear.

Other Items

Meat grinder plates and knives (up to 16″)
Robot Coupe blades
Meat slicer blades
Paper cutters / trimmers
Most pruning shears and hedge clippers
Axes
Chisels

27 thoughts on “Knife Sharpening

    • Marty Petlicki says:

      We do sharpen ceramic knives. The cost is typically $7.50 to $10.00. We can not always sharpen the ceramics while you wait so please plan on leaving it with us for a short time.

    • Marty Petlicki says:

      our standard knife sharpening is done on our belt machines. We reshape and renew the edge and then hand hone on the bench stone to finish. 90% of our sharpening is done this way. It’s fast, inexpensive, $3.50 per knife, and suitable for most knives. As you get into higher quality knives, we like to recommend hand sharpening. Consider why you buy such a knife in the first place. Take a close look at the edge and you will see a highly polished edge free of scratches. A high quality knife with that type of edge will stay sharper longer. A lot of time goes into achieving that degree of sharpness but it’s why you buy the knife. Unless a knife is damaged with large chips or say a bent or missing tip, it will never see a machine during the sharpening process. It’s all done by hand on a series of bench stones. A typical combination we use is a 1000, 5000 and 8000 to finish. We always dress our stones for flatness and a fresh surface in order to achieve that perfect edge.

  1. Jim Judge says:

    Over the past couple of years, we have really started to use the Zyliss 7″ Santoku (Purple stainless steel) for just about everything, including what our Victorinox and Chicago Cutlery knives have been used for. Since these knives are $15 and come with 15-degree edges, the question is, sharpen or replace?

    • Marty Petlicki says:

      I would certainly try sharpening the knife, I don’t believe it’s worth $15.00 to have it sharpened by hand but for our standard sharpening at $3.50, I think it’s worth it and you will be happy with the results.

    • Marty Petlicki says:

      Hi Emma,
      It depends on the size of the serrations, it may be something we can do. However, if there is damage to the the knife I would recommend replacing it.

  2. Bradley Crandall says:

    I see that you sharpen straight razors and I’d like to know about your process: By sharpening, do you mean honing? What stones do you use? What is the highest grit stone you use? Finally, how long does the process take; i.e., what is your average turnaround?

    Thank you in advance for answering my myriad of questions.

    • Marty Petlicki says:

      Hi Bradley,

      We only sharpen or hone the razors, we do not restore old out of shape or badly damaged razors.A typical progression for us is 1000, 4000, 8000, 1/2 micron diamond paste and then strop. We use a combination of Shapton Ceramic and Norton Water Stones. We have been experimenting with some new stones from Japan with very good results. Normal turnaround is 2 – 3 days.

    • Marty Petlicki says:

      Hi Joanne,
      we charge $7.50 to $10.00 and we are located at 810 W Lake St. in Chicago. Sorry for the delayed response.

  3. Jake says:

    Can you do standard sharpening on a Japanese knife – wondering for my shun classic chef and Santoku knives

    • Marty Petlicki says:

      Yes we do Jake. Most of our customers are more than satisfied with the standard sharpening on any western style knife.

    • Marty Petlicki says:

      That depends on the condition of the sword. Most swords we see are cheap replicas and those we don’t sharpen. If however it’s made with quality steel, we will sharpen it. We have charged anywhere from $50.00 to $100.00 in the past

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