I recently built a custom kitchen knife for a guy in Austin, Texas and he brought a friend along with him when he came to pick it his chef knife. The friend asked me if I sharpen knives and I told him I do so he while his wife was out of town he brought me his entire set of Wusthof kitchen knives to sharpen. I charge $10 a knife, the going rate, and it took me quite awhile to get them as sharp as I could. While you are limited on how sharp you can get a knife of inferior steel they turned out really well. The smallest knife on the end gave me the most trouble since I had to do this knife almost entirely by hand. I polished the steel, but couldn’t do much with the plastic handles. I tried oil and 1200 grit, then I tried a rubber fine grit block and then I tried shining them up on the buffing wheel. Nothing really made them look much better. There’s only so much you can do with plastic. Anyhow, I enjoy sharpening knives, it’s a real challenge to see how sharp I can get them and I test the larger knives out by making sure they can cut through a free hanging rope before I let them go. These knives are now super sharp and I’m sure the wife will be happy upon her return.

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