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Knife Sharpening

If your knives aren't as sharp as they were when new, don’t worry - almost any good knife can be bought back to life through being given a proper sharpening.

. We’ve got plenty of options in store to do the job, from traditional steels and whetstones to simple-to-use pull though sharpeners. Click to see our range of sharpeners. If you’re unsure how to use a sharpener, either bring your knife into any of our shops (we’d recommend you sandwich it between a folded piece of thick card, blade side down, and use parcel tape at the top to form a sheath when you’re carrying the knife) - and we’ll show you how to sharpen it, or see oursharpening guide online.

There will be times, though, that home sharpening just won’t do the trick. If the blade hasn’t seen a sharpener for years, or has had a mishap and suffered a chip, you’ll need to bring it in to one of our shops for expert attention. Visit our store pages to find your closest store, and contact details to get in touch with them - or email us at and we'll help you out.

As good knife sharpening is a specialist skill – and requires the right kit – our shops will send your knives back here to Lewes where they’ll receive proper care. Please allow at least 10 days for your knives to be returned – we’ll call and let you know when they’re ready.

What can we sharpen?

  • Any good quality, taper ground knife
  • Japanese or European blades
  • We can improve broken tips or slight chips (but they won’t be as good as new, unfortunately)
  • Even the most blunted knife can be restored to a good cutting edge

What can’t we do?

  • A lot of inexpensive knives have a ‘hollow ground’ edge – these can’t be resharpened without putting a whole new edge on the blade
  • Serrated knives can be very difficult to resharpen – we’ll advise what is possible
  • Significant chips in the knife or bends in the tip
  • Broken knives or broken handles (these may be covered by manufacturer warranties if there is a fault – please ask us to look at the knife in store)

What does it cost?

  • For knives with blade lengths under 6”, £1.50
  • For knives over 6” in blade length, £2.50

Just bring your knives into any Steamer Trading shop (sorry, but we can’t accept knives sent by post), and we’ll soon get them back as close to new as possible – and be there to advise you on keeping them sharp.

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