Whether you’re an amateur cook, a home cook or a professional chef, good-quality knives are essential to not only effective cooking, but safe food preparation as well. While a blunt knife might not sound like a great danger, the risk of them slipping and cutting you certainly is – if this is your experience, it’s probably time to get your knives sharpened.
Having your knives professionally sharpened is an excellent way to maintain the quality and strength of your knife while also prolonging its life. Professionals can ensure that no more metal than necessary is removed, prevent overheating during the sharpening process, and can assess and recreate the angle of the knife’s edge precisely. If you want your knives to last as long as they can, then a professional sharpening is the way to go.
But how do you find someone in Canberra to do it for you, and how can you know if they’re worth it? In this article, we’ll give you a few things to look out for in a professional knife sharpening service, as well as a helpful guide to some of Canberra’s best.
What makes a great knife sharpening service?
You want to make sure that your knives are getting the best treatment possible so that they can remain strong and effective in your kitchen. Here’s a few things to keep in mind while looking for the perfect knife sharpening service for your knives:
- High quality sharpening equipment. Sharpening a knife with poor equipment can leave your knife weaker and more prone to damage, so look for a sharpening service who use high-quality equipment.
- Knowledge of blade craft and steel composition. Not all knives are created equal, and therefore some knives have different requirements when it comes to sharpening. A good knife sharpener should know what your knife requires and how to return it to you in top condition.
- Attention to detail. Knives might accumulate tiny chips and rust spots as time goes on, and a professional knife sharpener should know how to take care of any blemishes effectively, missing nothing.
- Convenience. Not having knives in the kitchen for any amount of time can be quite inconvenient, and most knife sharpening services will keep your knives overnight. Look for a service that can guarantee that your knives will be ready the following day so that you don’t have to wait too long to be able to cook properly again.
The best knife sharpening services in Canberra
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On A Knife’s Edge prides themselves on delivering superior service for your knife sharpening needs. Knife’s Edge will take care of your knives like they are your own, to help you bring back the joy of cooking again – they also offer a free pick up and drop off service for the Gungahlin area, and promise to have your knives back to you within two days.
Knife’s Edge specialises in sharpening steel, servicing stainless, high carbon and Damascus steel knives. All of the knives are hand-sharpened and polished using high-quality precision tooling, for a guaranteed perfect finish.
Not only is Jordo’s Chop Shop one of Canberra’s favourite butchers, they also offer an excellent knife sharpening service. At Jordo’s, your knives will professionally hand-sharpened using stones and steels, or put to the machines if needed. With excellent understanding of blade craft and maintaining quality, your knives are in safe and capable hands at Jordo’s.
As Claire Widdicombe writes in their Google review, “Fabulous range of quality products at amazing prices. Good old fashioned customer service with a smile. Staff friendly and knowledgeable.”
Knifemaster is a mobile knife sharpening service who also sells knives and meat/cheese slicers at wholesale price. Owner and operator John can sharpen any blade for you – whether it’s a standard kitchen knife, a chef’s knife, a hunting knife or a pizza slicer, Knifemaster can promise high quality sharpening and professional care for your blade.
As Paul Kerlin writes in this Facebook review, “Fast, simple and easy. 10/10 and super sharp knives. Highly recommend.”
The team at Better Blades understands how important sharp blades are to safe and efficient cooking, and have earned a reputation as one of Canberra’s specialists in blade sharpening and maintenance. They use high-quality industrial sharpening equipment and guarantee your satisfaction, and can also offer you advice on how to maintain your equipment at home.
‘Local Guide’ Tony Palmer wrote the following review of their experience with Better Blades, “Great service provided by Ian. I had four kitchen knives sharpened and they are now sharper than they’ve ever been. Recommended!”
Fitch Sharpening has been servicing Canberra since 1985 and can cater to both commercial and domestic needs. They provide fast and efficient knife sharpening services, and their team of experts prioritise customer satisfaction by delivering high-quality service at all times.
Google reviewer Cameron Beresford writes, “Kitchen knives sharpened to a brilliant edge, will be returning for all my knife sharpening needs.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to sharpen a knife?
There are a few different types of tools you can use to sharpen your own knives, such as a whetstone, a mechanical sharpener, or a sharpening sleeve. All of these will have varying levels of effectiveness depending on your knives, so taking them to a professional is a great way to ensure that your knives come back perfectly sharp and safe to use.
What is the best material for knives?
This depends on what you’re going to be using your knives for, and the quality of the steel is measured by its toughness, edge retention, corrosion resistance and ease of sharpening. Different makers will use different steels, but the most common types are carbon, stainless, tool and alloy. Carbon steel is definitely stronger than stainless steel but is more prone to rust and corrosion. Stainless steel knives are best for at-home cooking.
How long do knives last before they need replacing?
Realistically, a good knife set should last up to 30 years, if properly looked after. Regularly sharpening and thorough cleaning are your best defences against corrosion and chipping in the blade, so as long as you take proper care of your knives then you shouldn’t ever need to replace them. However, depending on how they are used and the quality of the steel to begin with, your knives might become chipped or worn. If your knife is becoming difficult or uncomfortable to use, consider replacing it with something of a higher quality.
How many knives should I own?
There are only three knives that you really need – a chef’s knife, which is a large, multi-purpose knife; a paring knife, which is a short-bladed knife that is used for peeling, mincing and dicing; and a serrated knife, which you need for bread.
How often should I sharpen my knives?
Depending on how often they are used, you should have your knives sharpened every 1-2 months, or as soon as you start to notice that they are too blunt to use safely.