Knife Sharpening Frequently Asked Questions

    What types of knives do you sharpen?
    We sharpen and restore most kitchen knives, including knives with single, double, and asymmetrically beveled blades, serrated blades, kitchen shears and scissors, pocket knives, Benriner blades, and hand pruners. Unfortunately, we cannot sharpen knives with ceramic blades, swords, or hair-cutting shears.
    Do you sharpen knives with asymmetrical edges and single bevels?
    We can sharpen asymmetrical edges, such as 90/10 or 80/20, based on your knife's design or your request.  
    My favorite knife has a chip in the blade.  Can you repair it?
    We can restore most knives, including chipped edges, bent and broken tips, and bent blades. Before you decide to replace a knife, please call or visit Blackstone's during store hours to see how we can extend the useful life of your favorite knife.
    Do you repair knife handles?
    Unfortunately, we are not able to repair broken or damaged knife handles.
    How do you sharpen knives?
    We use professional sharpening and polishing equipment, customizing the approach for each blade type. After sharpening, we hand-hone each knife to like-new sharpness.
    What is the pricing for knife sharpening and chip repairs at Blackstone's?
    Prices are $6 per knife (5"blade length or less) and $8 per knife (blade length greater than 5"). Scissors and shears are $8 each. Learn more about our pricing and service options.  For custom repairs or questions, please contact us.
    What is the service time for knife sharpening and chip repairs?
    We generally provide next-day service with pick-up after 2 pm. When we cannot offer next-day service, we will let you know when you drop off your knives.
    Do you offer same-day knife and shears sharpening and chip repair?
    Occasionally, we can provide same-day service if scheduled in advance. Please contact us to request same-day service.
    How should I pack my knives to transport them for in-store sharpening and repair?
    To keep you and others safe during transport, please roll your knives in a kitchen towel, fold the end of the towel over the tips of the blades, and put a rubber band around the towel to keep it secure (like a knife burrito). If visiting Blackstone's' using public transportation, it is legal to transport your knives discreetly.
    Can I send my knives for sharpening and repair by USPS / UPS / FedEx?
    We offer prepaid return service for mail-in knife sharpening and repair.  Learn more about our prepaid service options.  If you prepaid for curbside drop-off or mail-in services and have questions, please find information for online sharpening orders or contactus.  
    How do I package my knives for mailing?
    You can package your knives securely in a cardboard box and wrap the blades in paper or cloth with tips protected so they don't puncture the box. We will return your sharpened knives with blade guards in secure packaging. 
    What is the best way to maintain my knives?
    Wash and dry your knives by hand, hone them weekly, and professionally sharpen them annually for optimal performance. When a honed blade doesn't easily cut through a tomato skin, it is time to resharpen your knife professionally.
    What is the difference between sharpening my knives at home with a honing steel and professional knife sharpening?
    The honing steel realigns and cleans up the micro edge on an otherwise sharp knife. A carefully honed knife can keep its edge sharp longer. Professional sharpening repairs a dulled or damaged edge reshapes the blade to its original design, and restores the bevel angles of the blade edge.
















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