Leaving Town? Drop Off Your Knives to be Sharpened

Yesterday Sara Kate posted a great how-to on sharpening your knives at home. If you have the tools, it's easy to do. But just like there are people who prefer to buy pizza dough rather than make it from scratch, there are some of us who prefer to leave our knife sharpening to the pros. The only problem is that we miss them while they're gone. Here's one solution—plus a slew of sources...

We have very few, very essential knives, so being without them is a hassle. What if we need to slice an onion for dinner?

But we have quite a few weekends away on the books this spring and summer. So we're planning to take our knives to Broadway Panhandler in Greenwich Village on our way out of town. They take two days, which means our knives will be ready to pick up when we get home. We're on vacation, our knives are on vacation... Everybody wins!

There are some places that will sharpen while you wait. The old-school knife grinding guys who drive around NYC neighborhoods clanging a bell like the ice cream man are one option. You can read about them here:

The Knife Grinding Trucks of Brooklyn (look in the comments to see others, like Mike on the Upper West Side)

Joanna says there are similar trucks in Chicago. Dana says there are knife sharpeners at many of the farmers' markets in San Francisco. You can drop off your knives, do your shopping, then pick them up.

Here are more suggestions from our contributors, based on where we all live. This list is by no means complete, and we'd love to hear about the best sources in your city. Add them in the comments, please, so we can compile a more comprehensive list.

BOSTON

Kitchen Arts
161 Newbury Street
617-266-8701
www.cobrandit.com/kitchenarts/

Stoddard's Cutlery in Newton
360 Watertown Street
617-244-4187
www.stoddards.com

CHICAGO

Northwestern Cutlery
810 West Lake St.
312-421-3666
www.northwesterncutlery.net

The Chopping Block
4747 North Lincoln Ave.
773-472-6700
www.thechoppingblock.net

The Wooden Spoon
5047 North Clark
773-293-3190
www.woodenspoonchicago.com

LOS ANGELES

Gary's Knife Sharpening
area farmers' markets (check website for his schedule)
310-560-3258
www.garysknifesharpening.com

Ross Cutlery
310 South Broadway
213-626-1897
www.rosscutlery.com

NEW YORK

Broadway Panhandler
65 East 8th Street
866-266-5927
www.broadwaypanhandler.com

Gracious Home
various locations around the city
800-338-7809
www.gracioushome.com

Henry Westpfal & Co.
115 West 25th St.
212-563-5990

Samurai Sharpening Services by Margery Cohen
Chelsea Market, in front of Bowery Kitchen Supply (Wednesdays and Saturdays only)
79 Ninth Avenue
www.samuraisharpening.com

SAN FRANCISCO

Bernal Cutlery
415-902-6531
www.bernalcutlery.com

Jivano's Cutlery Service
3674 18th Street
415-552-7997
www.jivanos.com

Of course, you can always get your knives sharpened by mail.

Let us know your favorite sources!

Related: Weekend Project: Sharpen Your Knives

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