By Knotty Woodpecker

Sharpening service does not include serrated edges (like bread knives) or major repairs.

Be careful, knives can be sharp!

About the Sharpening

Knives will be sharpened by hand with oil stones.  Two coarse stones are used to do major reshaping to the edge and remove small chips.  Two Arkansas stones are used to refine the edge, and sharpening is finished on a leather strop.  The knives will be cleaned with alcohol before being wrapped and returned.

mail-in / drop-off

  • For quick return:  Drop off your knives on Sunday, and pick up on Tuesday.
  • Purchase online. Purchase for the number of knives to sharpen ($10/knife), then select Pickup or Shipping to choose how your knives should be returned to you.
  • Wrap up your knives!  For the safety of my fingers and your knives, individually wrap your knives in layers of paper.  Seal them in a cardboard box, with padding so they don’t bounce around.
  • Include a copy of your order in the box.
  • Mail or drop-off at:





  • We will contact you when they are ready!

Questions?  Get in touch:

knife care tips

  • Keep knives out of dishwashers, drawers and sinks! 
  • Use a proper knife rack or case.
  • Wash and dry after use to prevent rust.
  • Avoid soaking handles in water.
  • Avoid cutting or sawing into the cutting board.  This ruins the cutting board and dulls the knife.  If the knife isn’t cutting well, then it probably needs to be sharpened.

Should your knives be sharpened?

I don’t believe in “disposable”. Knives are made to be sharpened.  Certain types of steel can get sharper and stay sharp longer, but inexpensive knives can still benefit from getting sharpened to feel new again.

How often to sharpen knives?

When they start feeling dull and chopping gets more difficult.  Sharp knives are safer to use than dull knives, and make cooking so much easier! 

If your tomatoes are getting squished, then it’s probably time.