Japanese Whetstone Sharpening
What is the free-hand whetstone sharpening method? It is one of the most preferred and popular methods in many industries including the culinary industry. Here are the reasons why we use this method as our main method of sharpening:
- The least aggressive method - it creates an edge that is least susceptible to chipping damage, particularly beneficial for your knives made of quality steels.
- No concerns of overheating your blade.
- Very good control over the amount of steel to be removed.
- Convex edge - superior to the other edges.
- Less concerns from hazardous noise and dust.
- Simple - no mechanical limitation.
- Reliable - no need for electricity.
- Very quick and easy - learn from us.
- Meditative, therapeutic, and satisfying.
- Quality Japanese whetstones - they make blades crazy sharp.
We don't just put a cutting edge on your knives like many others do. We take a holistic approach to improve your knife performance.
The overall knife performance depends on the combination of sharp edge, straightness, thinness, geometry, profile, smoothness, types of steel, and more. We access these factors and bring out the best in your knives.
Touch up, Sharpening, and Thinning
Knife Maintenance Cycle
Do 1-minute easy touch-ups at short intervals,
Do sharpening at medium intervals,
Do thinning at long intervals.
minimise the cost of sharpening and
maximize the knife lifetime
while maintaining your knife sharpness and performance at its best.
Regular Sharpening Prevents The Blade From Chipping
As soon as you start using a brand new knife, microscopic-level cracks and chips occur and grow due to fatigue. Generally speaking, knives made of quality steels for sharpness are more prone to chipping damage. They can end up being as large as the chips in the photo if the knife keeps being used and chips are not removed. There are other mechanisms in play, but regular touchups and sharpening on whetstones re-establish a new edge as well as remove microscopic damage.
Chips happen. Regardless why your knife was chipped, we can fix it for you.
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Knife Sharpening Class
Touch Up and Sharpening Classes
Our Touch Up Class is about 45 min long and you will be able to temporarily restore the edge in a minute with a honing rod, whetstone, and strop. Our Sharpening Class is about 3.5 hr long and you will be able to re-create the edge with whetstones and a strop. You will be able to maintain and make your knives very sharp by yourself.
You Can Do It From Day One
It may look daunting and intimidating. Don't worry. You will work on knives under the watchful eye of an expert, so that any individual sharpening problems will be addressed. You will be able to touch up and sharpen by yourself by the end of the class. Learn our simple and proven way designed to work for almost anyone.
Our Sharpening Services
- Basic Sharpening Service
- Repair and Thinning Service
- Dropoff/Visit at our locations
- Mobile/Pickup at your locations
Types of Blades and Tools
Kitchen knives, serrated knives (e.g., bread knives), outdoor knives, garden tools, woodworking tools, scissors, etc.
- Contact us and tell us your knife problems.
- Send us a photo/s of your knives if possible and get a quote.
- We discuss the best mode for you.
- We book you in, or you post your knives to us.
- We do the job and return your knives.
- Payment is made when the knives are returned.
Cash, EFTPOS and bank transfer payments are available.
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We always aim to provide the best service, but we may not meet everyone's expectations every time. Whether it is our class, sharpening service, products, or your overall experience, if you are not happy with the service you received from us, please contact us first, so that we can discuss and arrange something for you.