An unsolicited plug from a happy camper.
I'd been meaning to take some of my knives in for sharpening somewhere. So today I grabbed a few (By the handle. Duh!) and went down to Vulcan Knife Works, ( http://vulcanknifeworks.com/ ) on 24th just past Market.
Walked in, owner looks like Vulcan himself, asks if I'd like these tomorrow or if I could wait 10 minutes? Naturally, I waited and browsed the surprisingly big shop. Chatted with a woman who also worked there, tried not to disturb the sleeping cat, and oogled the various knives. Lots of cool blades. Sword blanks everywhere. If I ever need a halberd for some weird reason, this is where I'm headed.
For $17 my 9" French Chef's, 4" Paring, 6" Butcher's and 2" Mushrooming knife are now polished and sharper than they've ever been. I mean, I sharpen them regularly at home myself and steel them before each use. I can get a good edge on my own. But this is something else. I've never been able to get that little Wusthoff paring knife to hold a decent edge for long. Now it's razor sharp and he seems to have taken some of the shoulders down as well. My chef's knife had a nasty little nick near the tip. Gone.
Best thing by far though: they buy up old neglected knives "with promise" and clean, sharpen and polish them until they are better than new. Some of these simple kitchen knives were selling for UNDER $10. There was an antler handled carving knife, spitting image of a 100 year old one my family uses, for $40. If I ever need a new kitchen knife, I'm going here first. Eying one, actually, that I might go back for. Even though I don't really need it...
Anyhow, kudos to a great local business! Now go sharpen your knives. Just watch out, mine are now scary sharp.