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  • How often should I get my knives sharpened?
    The frequency of sharpening depends on how often you use your knives, the quality of the knives, cutting boards used, how you store the knives, and what you use them for. When you are no longer happy with how the knife is cutting it is time to bring your knife in for sharpening. For most home chefs getting your knives sharpened every 6-12 months seems to be ideal and for those who cook more regularly every 3-6 months. In a restaurant settings every 1 - 3 months seems to be suitable for my clients.
  • Can you sharpen Japanese knives?
    Yes, we have experience sharpening Japanese knives and use the appropriate sharpening techniques to ensure long lasting resilient edges well suited for brittle Japanese knives. For Japanese knives we mandate they be sharpened using our premium service as we polish the edge to a 4000 grit finish on a Japanese water-stone. This edge is ideal for Japanese knives as it provides a long lasting more resilient edge compared to our standard sharpening process.
  • What types of knives do you sharpen?
    At Market Sharpening Company, we sharpen all types of knives, including chef's knives, serrated knives, hunting knives, pocket knives, and more.
  • Do you offer knife repair services?
    Yes we offer knife repair services. The cost of repair is always included in the cost of the sharpening. We are able to perform a number of repairs on site for broken tips, major blade chips, missing blade chunks, minor bend repairs, and knife re-profiling.
  • What types of cutting boards should I be using with my kitchen knives?
    HDPE, end grain wood, and more specialized rubber cutting boards from Japan will keep your knives performing at their peak for longer. Avoid using bamboo, glass, or pressed fibreboard cutting boards as they will dull and damage your knives quickly. Own a bamboo cutting board? Trade in your bamboo cutting board and save $10 off your next sharpening. Bamboo cutting boards will be repurposed into knife strops and magnetic storage. HDPE cutting boards are the thicker white plastic boards that are softer than the harder thinner cutting boards. I buy my HDPE cutting boards from commercial kitchen supply stores as they come thicker and of a higher quality material then those from department stores but the ones from Ikea also will work they just wont last as long. Links for great cutting boards: Knifewear:
  • How long does the sharpening process take?
    In general it takes 5 minutes to sharpen a kitchen knife.
  • How much does knife sharpening cost?
    The cost of knife sharpening depends on the type of knife and the level of sharpening needed. Please refer to our website for pricing information.
  • Can you sharpen serrated knives?
    Yes, we can sharpen serrated knives using a specialized sharpening technique.
  • Do you sharpen knives on-site?
    We offer both on-site and off-site sharpening services, depending on your needs. Please contact us to discuss your options. I sharpen your items on site at farmers markets and for the mobile sharpening service I offer . If you are unable to make it to the markets or do not meet the minimum $100 order size for mobile service I also offer sharpening from my home in the West End of Winnipeg by appointment. Please contact me if you have any questions.
  • What types of sharpening tools do you use?
    We use a variety of sharpening tools, including water stones, diamond stones, and leather strops, belt grinders, and buffing wheels depending on the type of knife and the level of sharpening or repair needed.
  • How do I know if my knife needs sharpening?
    If your knife is no longer cutting smoothly and requires more pressure to cut through food, it may be time to get it sharpened. your knife should be sharp enough to cut tomatoes while only using the weight of the knife as pressure.
  • Where is a good place to buy Japanese knives from?
    I would not recommend buying Japanese knives from winnipeg as all the stores carry the same couple of mass produced brands which are expensive compared to vast array of small knife makers which can not be found here. My preferred place to buy Japanese knives is from Knifewear, a Canadian supplier of Japanese knives whose quality, diversity, and prices are unparalleled in Canada. A couple of times a year I offer Japanese knives for sale. I import Japanese knives from japan that are in need of restoration and fix them up for sale. All knife handles will be made from recycled material. Example below. I also blacksmith kitchen knives inspired by those from Japan.
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