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Where can I get my knives sharpened?

I saw the thread mentioning a Swiss German place, but is there anywhere in Swiss Romand?

Before anyone says it, yes I regularly use a sharpening steel, but after a while, you need a new edge.
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Old 06.07.2011, 14:27
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Re: Where can I get my knives sharpened?

Just check what kind of sharpening they do. 9 out of 10 places will trash your knives. If they do professional whetstone sharpening then you can risk it. If they use a wheel, turn around and walk away.

What kind of knives are they? Global's for example cannot be sharpened on a whetstone and shuold not go anywhere near someone who claims to sharpen knives.

One of these mini sharpeners will put a good edge back on your knife without too much risk. They are also perfect for Globals. I have one and enjoy using it.

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Re: Where can I get my knives sharpened?

I do my own but try this search: service aiguisage des couteaux site:.ch

That brought up a number of hits in Romandie.

If you really don't want to buy stones and learn how to sharpen yourself, you might try something like the Chef's Choice electric sharpeners. I've heard good things about them from professional chefs, and they are well reviewed on Amazon. I've seen some knives that were sent to a 'pro' sharpener on several occasions, and I would be really sad if my knives were treated like that.

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I saw the thread mentioning a Swiss German place, but is there anywhere in Swiss Romand?

Before anyone says it, yes I regularly use a sharpening steel, but after a while, you need a new edge.
The chap selling swiss army knives on the Petit Chene in Lausanne does a good job.
Not cheap though, but worth it once in a while with a really good knife.
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Villeroy & Boch kitchen knives, the kind that were promoted at Coop a few years back. Nothing special, but worth a sharpen from time to time.
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Re: Where can I get my knives sharpened?

are we talking Global as in the knife brand - if so they actually sell a whetstone for their knives.... I've got one
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I do my own but try this search: service aiguisage des couteaux site:.ch

That brought up a number of hits in Romandie.

If you really don't want to buy stones and learn how to sharpen yourself, you might try something like the Chef's Choice electric sharpeners. I've heard good things about them from professional chefs, and they are well reviewed on Amazon. I've seen some knives that were sent to a 'pro' sharpener on several occasions, and I would be really sad if my knives were treated like that.

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I wouldn't go near anything electric. They have moving parts (wheels) that will eventually eat away the straight line on the blade.

Take any of your knives and lay it sharp edge down on a flat surface. If you see light between the blade edge and the surface, your knife is trashed. Electric sharpeners may provide a quick edge, but the life expectancy of your knife will drop dramatically.

With an electric sharpener you'll have to be able to apply super-human consistent pressure and pull in order to achieve a steady line. The same goes for steels and whetstones, to be honest.
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are we talking Global as in the knife brand - if so they actually sell a whetstone for their knives.... I've got one
Globals need to be sharpened on a porcelain steel. The problem with the porcelain is that if you drop it (and I have) it will shatter into thousands of pieces.

The ridge on the back of a porcelain plate can be used to sharpen Globals. The safest method of sharpening Globals is with the gadget I posted a picture of earlier.

I've had my globals for nearly 20 years and the blade edges are in near perfect condition.
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I wouldn't go near anything electric. They have moving parts (wheels) that will eventually eat away the straight line on the blade.
I personally wouldn't either, but for folks who aren't inclined to learn to use stones I think they (the good ones) are a viable option. I haven't seen inside a Chef's Choice to see how the diamond wheels are arranged, but they seem to give a good quality edge from what I've heard and read. Perhaps over the long term the edge could get uneven, not sure. Some of the more basic "sharpeners" out there definitely will mangle a blade, but the current crop of electrics apparently don't.
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