COVID-19 Update: 8 June 2021
KNIFE SHARPENING: Sharpening will be available for drop off (and later collection) in Stoke Newington and Coal Drops Yard. This is not a while-you-wait service - we will text when your knife is ready for collection with turnaround time typically around 7 days. Please bring your knives clean and suitably wrapped (a tea towel will do). You do not need an appointment for collection or drop off, please come (wearing a mask!) whenever during our opening hours. We are also offering a while-you-wait service at the workshop in Stoke Newington which can be booked here. The workshop is Unit 3, 2 Bouverie Road, N16 0AJ. Please note that availability for while you wait sharpening is limited.
SHARPENING LESSONS. We are not currently offering sharpening lessons - this will be reviewed in September ‘21. The exception to this is if you have already purchased or been gifted a voucher for a sharpening class. Of so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a voucher, we have waived any expiry date and are more than happy to book you at a later date or change for store credit.
What's the deal with knife sharpening?
We are happy to sharpen your knives or tools by hand on Japanese whetstones. Services include sharpening, thinning, re-profiling, chip removal and tip repairs. Please allow £8 per knife for sharpening with other services quoted on an individual basis (simply put, we remove the metal by hand and the more metal there is to remove or work required, the longer it takes!).
The turnaround for sharpening work depends on how many jobs we have on and we work broadly on a first-come-first-served basis. We will let you know a rough timeframe when you drop the knives off and take your contact details to text you when it is ready. Typically the turnaround is 7 days for sharpening and 14 days for repairs. If you haven't received a text, this means they aren't ready!
Please bring the knives in clean (no dried food or grease) and well wrapped - a couple of tea towels will do it. We cannot take responsibility for knives left for longer than 60 days.
Can you sharpen while I wait?
Yes, using this service requires your knives to be in a readily sharpenable condition. We reserve the right to refuse to sharpen any knives that are damaged or in poor condition on a while you wait service, or take the knives in to be sharpened over a longer period.
To reserve your slot, there is a non-refundable deposit of £12 payable which will be deducted from the cost of sharpening. Please also note that the while you wait service is charged at x1.5 rate and you should allow for £12 per knife.
Can I post my knives to you?
Certainly. Send it signed-for or on a similarly recorded service and drop us an email beforehand on email@example.com to confirm arrangements and let us know to expect them. Please make sure to wrap them well - tea towels and a poster tube normally do the trick. We add the cost of return postage to the bill. Please don't just randomly post knives to us!
Do you sharpen things other than knives?
Yes - we're more than happy to do scissors, secateurs and axes, and have even turned our hands to chisels and planes. We did turn down ice skates and a lawn mower blade. It is worth bearing in mind that anything carbon steel will sharpen more readily, and it is priced based on length so while we will happily sharpen your antique sickle, it will be more expensive than a penknife. We will need to see all of these item before we can price and confirm that sharpening is feasible.
Can you come into a professional kitchen, sharpen and teach sharpening?
We sure can! Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can book you in.