re: [] Knife Sharpening

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From: Michael Davies
Subject: re: [] Knife Sharpening
Date: 09:57 on 05 May 2007
I used to take my knives to Divertimenti in Marylebone. They had a drop off service with pick-up a few days later...might still do it.
Beware of amateurs! When I was living in France recently, I asked Vivianne, the woman who came by once a week to clean if she knew of a knife service. She replied enthusiastically not to look any further, that her husband sharpened knives at home. I paused  before replying, "C'est intéressant..." but I don't think she caught the note of reserve in my voice. Vivianne promptly whisked my knives away without any further discussion on the point. The knives returned a few days later, but sadly only a shadow of their former selves -- her husband was very passionate about the job and must have equated 'sharp' with 'less metal', reducing my Henkel blades by half! What could I do but force a smile (mixed with eyes full of horror) and reply 'Merci, c'est trop gentil, je suis sur! ;-)
- Michael
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De : James O'Brien [mailto:james@xxxxxx.xx.xx] 
Envoyé : 04 May 2007 21:10
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Objet : [] Knife Sharpening
We've moved onto our boat, hooray! And we've spent the last few weeks  
doing the usual stuff-amalgamation formalities with our kitchen  
utensils. We've got ourselves down to one set of very good Richardson  
Sheffield knives and one set of very crap cheap TK Maxx knives but  
they do hold a pair of scissors in the block and sometimes you don't  
want to use the good knives.
What we've realised, however, is that all the knives, good and bad  
alike, desperately need sharpening and both of us are too ham-fisted  
to do it right (we've tried practising on the knives we're not  
keeping and... well... does anyone need magic props for that trick  
where you appear to slice open your forearm?).
So we're trying to work out where we can go to get them sharpened -  
does anyone have any suggestions?
Also - the boat used to be a hotel and we've inherited a huge number  
of mugs, saucers, plates, glasses, enormous cookware, foam  
mattresses, bedding, really good single duvets and canoes. Any takers?
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