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#1 krispenn

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 12:41 PM

Since I'm new to the Portland area (literally, with in this past week), this is probably going to be the first of many "where can I find..." posts.

First question being: Can anyone recommend a reliable knife sharpening place?
I passed one over on Hawthorne in the 30's but wanted some foodie opinions before trusting them with my knives.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 01:03 PM

I like George & Sons downtown. I've heard others recommend Sur La Table and Portland Cutlery, but I have no experience with those. I tried a mall cutlery place one time and was very disappointed. I think Sur La Table may still have free knife sharpening this month, perhaps?

Also, many people have recommended this if you want to do it yourself. It's a local company, but with national prominence among professionals:

http://edgeproinc.com

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 02:57 PM

For my not-so-nice knives, I go to Fred Meyer on W. Burnside. It's free on Saturdays.

For everything else, I am very pleased with George & Sons downtown.

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 06:17 PM

Avoid the Sur La Table sharpening. They have a machine which is way too agressive, plus it doesn't do well on bolstered knives. I had to rescue two knives for a good friend after she took them to Sur La Table and nearly had them ruined. George & Son is the best local option.

If you don't mind sending them away to be sharpened, I used to use Northwestern Cutlery when I lived in Chicago. We'd take loads of knives to them and they'd all come back in fantastic shape. They're right in the meat & produce district just west of downtown & service a lot of the butchers and meat packers in the area. I still make sure I stop by anytime I go home to Chicago. I love the place.

There's a fellow who posts on another website I frequent who does a fantastic job, according to a couple of the regulars who have sent him knives to be sharpened. His name is Dave and his company is D&R Sharpening.

Here are links to the two sites:

http://drsharpening.com/index.html

http://www.futureche..._sharpening.asp

Good luck!

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Posted 28 September 2005 - 03:29 AM

George & Sons is worth the money . my wife has had dozens of knives done by them and the did an excelleny job every time . they are really good with sarated as well as standard .dt between 4th & 5th on Washington or stark next to Kelly's olympian .

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 02:17 PM

I've taken my knives to portland cutlery, and they do a fine job. I asked about the sharpening service, and its some guy who comes around to the shop to do all their knives. I think that's the same for George and Son, most of it's outsourced. I lived near Holgate, and there's this house near the corner of Holgate and Milwaukie that does sharpening---always been curious about that joint.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 03:05 PM

I thought George & Sons had a grinder in back. I thought I remembered seeing it. The only problem with them is that it takes like a week to get the knives back.
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Posted 30 September 2005 - 03:44 PM

Good things come to those who wait , but if any knows anyone good and fast I'm sure we would all like to do businss with them .

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 09:01 PM

I use Portland Cutlery. They do a fine job. I started using them after taking a printmaking class (woodblock) and finding out they were the only ones in town that printmakers would take their japanese woodblock chisels to.

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 09:43 PM

We use George and Sons too (I guess Portland is evenly split, it's a duopoly!) and since it's Chef Paul that led the way when we first opened, I presume most downtown restaurants use them as well.

They do a fine job but they sure are corky. Once, upon picking up some knives, they said something to the tune of "You know, we didn't sharpen them as much as we could have because when the knife is too sharp, people hurt themselves." 8O

We laughed, they did a good job nevertheless. :lol:

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Posted 09 November 2005 - 10:07 AM

I saw this in the Oregonian FoodDay this morning:

If your kitchen knives can't cut cottage cheese, it's time to get them sharpened. After all, dull knives are not only hard to use but also dangerous. Kitchen Kaboodle is offering free knife sharpening at all six area stores Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A representative of cutlery manufacturer Wsthof-Trident will professionally sharpen up to two household knives per person (serrated knives cannot be sharpened) and answer your cutlery concerns.



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Posted 09 November 2005 - 10:14 AM

Interesting. I wonder if most professionals use the electric grinder that Sur La Table uses. Normally someone on the floor does the sharpening, and I'd rather a specialist handle it....

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Posted 09 November 2005 - 10:35 AM

On Chowhound someone noted that my favorite spot, George & Sons, is going out of business.
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Posted 30 December 2005 - 11:18 AM

I've had very good experiences with Northwest Resharping Service. They sharpen on site, while you wait. Even better, my 6 1/2 inch chef knife costs about 2 bucks to sharpen there and it takes less than 5 minutes. The atmosphere is auto mechanic-esque, so if you're looking for Sur La Table, this is not the place for you.

Northwest Resharping Service
1327 SE Division St
Portland, OR
(503) 233-2244

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 04:01 PM

I tend do sharpen my own. Friends have used Portland Cutlery and been happy.

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 08:35 AM

Any new options or opinions for sharpening services in the Portland area? It looks like Portland Cutlery has the most votes since George & Son closed.

Has anybody else besides Bisquite Queen tried Northwest Resharpening Services on SE Division?

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 08:45 AM

Portland Cutlery has changed ownership in the last year or two and I don't care for the new regime. I inquired about a special order and they never returned my call.

I've never used NW Resharpening Service but I know people who have for commercial and industrial equipment which is their primary market.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 01:27 PM

There's a place on Hawthorne that does a GREAT job with quick turnaround. I was sent there by Brian Kerr from Morton's, who has them do his Shuns and they handled my Wusthofs just fine. Beware - you'll have to deal with all the sabers, rapiers and other weapons in the place, some of which are pretty deadly-looking.

Now, if I could just remember the name, but it's on the South side of the street in the low 30's.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 04:51 PM

PDXWine - any chance of getting the name (and possibly phone number of that place)? I think my knives could use a trip to the sharpener next week.

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Posted 08 September 2006 - 07:35 AM

Oh, I know which place... Hawthorne Cutlery, 3208 SE Hawthorne Blvd ?
It's like between the bike and mystery book shop.

Yeah, the sabers in the window were a bit of a deterent to wanting to head inside :)
But I am ready for some sharpening again, so I might need to brave it!