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Please note no SHARPENING from Sunday 3/24 to 3/29
Russ's weekend is Sunday and Monday. So no sharpening during that time but you are welcome to leave your knives anytime.
We do offer professional knife sharpening. All types of kitchen cutlery, some food processor blades, hunting knives, folding knives serrated & plain! Sorry we do not do ceramic blades or paper cutters. You can always ask & I will let you know if we can do it as we have done some strange items over the years! I do the scissors for the store but there are so many that can not be done that it is more of a challenge to figure out what can & what can not be done! So at this time please ask first!
My brother Russ does the knife sharpening & has been doing it for the past 20 years. He has developed quite a following reaching around the world of customers who wait until they are in the area to bring them to him. When Russ decided to join the family business & my time to do the sharpening became more limited, he agreed to learn how so over the period of a year or so I worked with him to develop his talent. He's better then I am now! My philosophy in sharpening he shares: "Do not remove any more steel then necessary & there is no reason to mark up the sides of the knives". We basically sharpen the edge the same as the manufactures by using different belt sanders depending on the requirements need to put the edge back on the knife. It is done free hand & not with any guides as there are too many variables.
We normally use a fine steel to finish the edge which is a little more toothy then doing it the fast way, by buffing the edge to a razor edge like most sharpeners do. If you know how to use a steel, you can also get a razor edge & the first time you cut through the crust on that roast or a nylon rope your edge will not crumble as it will with a polished edge from a buffer. Don't get me wrong, in some cases you need a polished edge but not for general use! We usually also cut things that are stronger then hair. If you want a buffed edge just ask we will put that edge on for you.
Also if there is damage to the edge such as a broken tip or a nick in the edge we can remove that depending on the situation. In some cases it is better to leave a nick in the edge & it will come out after a few sharpening unless it is real deep. The other major problem is knives get out of shape as they are used over a period of time. We can reshape the edge to make a chef knife cut from guard to tip most notably on J. A. Henckels forged cutlery as well as others. This of course is an extra charge & we need to see the knives first.
Broken tips on folding knives are always a challenge, but we can try! If you are not sure take a picture & e-mail it to us. No attachments please so make sure it is inserted into the e-mail! I will let you know if you can send it to us. If you need to send a normal picture in the mail we will call or e-mail you back with an answer before sending the knife in.
We will do what we can & always our best effort.
Knife Sharpening Pricing
Through December Sharpening takes a few days! No while you wait service! Back to normal in mid January!
Kitchen Knives: $1.00 an inch of the cutting edge rounded up to the next inch on all knives.
Minimum of a $1.00 a knife
Example: 10" cooks knife would be $10.00 if it does not need re-shaping
Sorry we can not remove scratches on the side of your knives. If rusted we can clean but all the pitting underneath will still remain so the finish will still be uneven & it will rust again! This is an extra charge also
Sporting knives (Folding or fixed): These really vary as some knives are worse then others! $2.00 an inch of the cutting edge rounded up to the next inch is the approximant price. They just very a lot!
Serrated knives are the same price but all we can do is touch up the edge. We can get them pretty sharp & considering the amount of them we do people are pretty happy with Russ's work. We do note sharpen the back side that is not beveled until the edge is almost gone. No reason to do that if you know what you are doing! We can not put a new serrated edge on a plain edge.
Minimum of a $2.00 a knife
How long will my knives stay sharp after having them sharpened? : Impossible to say! It only takes a couple of cuts on a class, granite or other hard cutting board or surface to dull your knives. Please understand that depending on what you are cutting & what you are cutting into will determine that along with using a steel to keep the edge up. If you don't follow these guidelines they will dull pretty fast no matter the quality of the knives you have. Use soft wood or soft plastic cutting boards only. Also use your steel daily or weekly depending on how much you use your knives. The more you use it the longer they will stay sharp. Failure to do this results in dull knives! So we guarantee them to be sharp when you receive them back, but as to how long they will be sharp depends on you alone!
Turn Around Time: Usually a couple days. We ship UPS out of the store every day & unless requested we will always use UPS. If it needs through the post office it will be another day or two to get it out. Our post offices here are very slow & always a long wait so it will be at our convenience.
Shipping Charges: Our actual cost plus $2.00 handling charge
Shipping your knives: Please clean your knives & wrap them securely in newspaper putting extra padding towards the tips so they do not come through the side of the box. Post office does not like that! Ship them postage prepaid to us. Our address is here: About Us . Please us the order form here to enter your billing information: ORDER FORM & INFO It would be best to use a credit card as any extra work does cost extra & it is hard to guess at the final price without seeing the knives first.
In closing: We do the best we can for a fair price to keep our doors open. If you are unsure, don't send your knives & save both of us a lot of trouble. Find someone in your area. If you have specific worry's please ask, but if you are being unreasonable after 28 years we have learned to say "try someone else please, we can't help you!" We very rarely have people question Russ's sharpening. I will be taking some before & after pictures & posting them here!