Sharpening and Restoration

Just like knife making, it took us a few years to be happy enough with our service to make knife sharpening in Adelaide something we offer.

Where are you?

We are located at 330 Goodwood Road, Clarence Park (near the intersection of Cross and Goodwood Road). We welcome you to come by and drop off your knives for sharpening and we will advise you how long it will take depending on the queue.

What types of knives do you sharpen?

  • Japanese high carbon steel knives
  • German steel knives
  • Basically any knife found in a kitchen (we love to see heirlooms and vintage knives)

We are primarily focussed on kitchen knives at the moment, but may extend to hunting and outdoor knives down the track. Why no hunting knives? Our machines are carefully calibrated to work specifically with kitchen knives, the curvature of hunting knives are a bit too technical to be able to offer this service for the price below.

Knife Sharpening Pricing?

Sharpening varies between $15 - $25+ depending on the work to be done.

  • $15-$20 is for a full sharpen of a double-bevel knife (with no repairs to be completed)
  • $20+ is for a full sharpen with additional repairs to be completed. We will give you a quote on the work before commencing.  

Single-bevel knives require care and skill to sharpen. To reflect this, our pricing is slightly increased for these.

  • $30 for a full sharpen of a single-bevel knife
  • $20+ for serrated knives
  • $50+ is for a full sharpen with additional repairs to be completed. We will give you a quote on the work before commencing.

Unlike many sharpening services we perform whetstone sharpening by hand.

We do this to preserve your knife (remove less steel) and therefore make your knives last a lot longer. It does take us longer so it typically costs more (when compared to sharpeners using electric sharpeners).

Neither approach is correct (for low cost knives sometimes you're better off using an electric service however you'll need to replace them more often).

In terms of pricing we will let you know before we begin so you can decide.

Drop Off Times

Open Monday to Friday 9am-4:30pm, Saturdays 9:30am-1pm

We aim to have your knives completed within 8-10 business days depending on the number of knives, type of knives and restoration that needs to be carried out. We generally have 80-100 knives in our cabinet waiting to be sharpened, so same day sharpening is not feasible.

While we hold on to your knives we let you test-drive one of our knives so you are not without a sharp knife in your kitchen. Let us know if you would like a test-drive knife when you drop off your knives.

Any questions?

Any questions relating to sharpening please feel free to give us a call - 0488 050 055 :)

Our store is located at 330 Goodwood Road, Clarence Park, South Australia 5034

We are open from 9:00am to 4:30pm Weekdays and 9:30am to 1:30pm on Saturdays.

We are closed on Australian and South Australian public holidays.

Unfortunately we don't have a forge to make the blades ourselves.

All our knives are designed by Shannon here in Adelaide, and the knife blanks predominantly come from Aichi Japan.

There are a few knives in our collections that use Swedish and German steels.

We use a variety of materials and techniques for our handles.

We like to work with wood and resin that is mixed together just outside of Adelaide. This also means that no two handles are exactly the same - it all depends on the wood and how the resin and been poured.

We also use G10 for handles -G10 is a composite material made from layers of fiberglass cloth and resin pressed together under high pressure and temperature.

We do our handles in batches so it means that we might not always have the colour you are after available

If you come into the store on a Wednesday or a Friday you might see the guys cutting handles on our CnC machine (it can be pretty noisy)

Yes we sharpen nearly all types of kitchen knives - with the exception of ceramic blades.

We are unable to sharpen scissors, gardening tools, chainsaws, lawn mower blades, or swords.

We sharpen knives in the order that they arrive to us - sometimes there may be only 5 in the queue, sometimes 50.

We always ask that you allow two weeks just to be safe.

Our sharpener Joao will send you a text message when your knife/knives are ready to be collected.

Please note that single bevel knives and restorations can take longer due to the extra work involved.

We can provide you a knife to borrow while yours is being sharpened.

Prices vary depending on the condition of the blade.

Prices start at $20 per knife.

No appointments are necessary for knife sharpening.

Drop your knives off into our shop on Goodwood Road and we will give you a rough time frame of how long it will take.

We do all our sharpening by hand using whetstones (unless it's a restoration that requires more work).

We also offer classes on how to learn to use whetstones.

For any sharpening questions please give us a call or come into the shop and speak to our sharpener Joao (Tuesday - Saturday)

We offer a "test drive" service while your knife is being sharpened.

You have the option to borrow one of our Koi knives to use at home while you are without your own.

All we ask is that you treat it with the love and care you would if it were your own, don't put it through a dishwasher, and not to sharpen it yourself with a honing rod or pull through sharpener (they are already sharp).

We certainly do!

Please be aware that there may be additional taxes applied by customs in your country, it doesn't happen all the time but it can happen.

Unfortunately we can't tell you how much this would be as each country is different.

A handy guide to use is

We can gift wrap your order for you :)

Just add a note in the comments and we'll wrap it before we sent it out.

We offer an engraving service free of charge.

Usually we like to keep it short and sweet - when the message is too long it can look out of place on the blade.

Example: Happy 50th Dad would work well on a Gyuto but not on a Paring knife.

Engraving is done on the opposite side of the Koi or Big Red logo.

We ship orders on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Orders within Australia should arrive within a week.

International orders can take between 1-4 weeks to arrive.

Tracking information will be sent to you when your order has been sent.

Just add a note in with your order and we can upgrade you to express shipping for free.

*only for Australian orders