The Sharpening Guy LLC

Grand Rapids and Mail Order Knife Sharpening Info

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Standard Knife Sharpening

I examine every knife that I sharpen to check for damage and to assess the blade profile and geometry. Once I have fixed any damage, I will thin the blade down by creating a back bevel behind the cutting edge. This is often done with variable speed belts or a water-cooled wheel. Finally, I expertly sharpen the edge bevel and hone it to razor sharpness. If you are getting a hand sharpened edge, then the edge bevel will be sharpened and honed on Japanese waterstones. On a carbon steel knife, I will also put a light coat of camellia oil on the blade to prevent rust.

Standard Knife Sharpening Prices

  • Knife - $1.00 per blade inch - ($5 minimum per knife blade)
  • Knife (hand sharpened edge) - $1.90 per blade inch - ($10 minimum per knife blade)
  • Serrated knife - $1.20 per blade inch - ($6 minimum per knife blade)
  • Meat cleaver - $1.20 per blade inch - ($6 minimum per knife blade)
  • Scandinavian ground blade (without a microbevel) - $3.60 per blade inch - ($25 minimum per knife blade)

Japanese Knife Sharpening

I start by examining the blade to check for damage as well as observe the blade’s profile and geometry. After fixing any problems, I begin by sharpening the shinogi line. After I have finished sharpening the shinogi line, I then sharpen the edge. If it is a single bevel knife, I also do uraoshi sharpening. I then polish the blade road to the desired look. Finally, I finish by polishing the cutting edge on fine Japanese waterstones. If it is a carbon steel knife, I will also put a light coat of camellia oil on the blade to prevent rust.

Japanese Knife Sharpening Prices

  • Double bevel Japanese knife - $1.90 per blade inch - ($10 minimum per knife blade)
  • Single bevel Japanese knife - $3.10 per blade inch - ($25 minimum per knife blade)
  • Deba - $3.60 per blade inch - ($30 minimum per knife blade)

Knife Blade Repair

If your knife blade has any damage to it (such as nicks, chips, bends, broken tips, etc.), I will repair it when I sharpen it. When a large amount of steel must be removed, then I will use variable speed belts or a water-cooled wheel followed by Japanese waterstones.

Blade Repair Prices

  • Standard Repairs - $1.00 - $6.00
    • Bolster reduction
    • Broken tip repair
    • Blade shape restoration
    • Bent tip repair
    • Re-serrating
  • Extensive Repairs - Estimate given at drop off or when I receive the item in the mail.
    • Bolster reduction
    • Broken tip repair
    • Blade shape restoration
    • Bent tip repair
    • Re-serrating
    • Blade thinning
    • Japanese knife repair

Products

Prices

  • Gift certificate - $10 and up
  • Smooth steel (straight) including tax - $32.00

Other items

I also sharpen various other items. Click here for a list with prices.

Please note the following:

  • Pocket knives are charged per blade.

  • Extra charges may be made for items that need repair. I do not repair handles. If extra charges are necessary, I will advise you before proceeding.

  • Blades should be clean when they arrive for sharpening.

  • I sharpen each individual serration on a serrated knife. I will re-serrate knives if necessary.

  • I do not sharpen double edged knives.

  • If I am unable to sharpen your item, then I will return it to you with an explanation.

  • If you have questions, please contact me here.

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