Where Do You Get Your Knives Sharpened in DC?


My knives are dying a slow death.

My chef’s knife really needs to be sharpened. I’ve known this for a while – it’s been getting progressively harder to slice an onion, let alone a tomato. But I knew things had gotten really bad when it was having problems cutting through an eggplant the other night. It’s one dull blade that won’t slice through an eggplant.

I have a sharpening steel (God only knows if I actually use it correctly), which hones the edge, but I’ve never actually gotten this knife sharpened. According to Martha Stewart, the steel is good for removing scratches and realigning the edge, but knives still need to be sharpened on a whetstone. And yes, in case you want to learn how to do that yourself, Martha will tell you how – but I think I’ll leave my sharpening to the pros.

I put the call out to the Adams Morgan listserv, and the good people of AdMo suggested the following places for knife sharpening. The Sur La Table got the most recommendations, but it looks like several of the local hardware stores sharpen knives as well.

Logan Hardware
1416 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 265-8900

Pfeiffer’s Hardware
3219 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010-2137
(202) 462-1431

Sur La Table – Friendship Heights
5211 Wisconsin AVE NW
Washington, DC 20015

Sur La Table – Pentagon Row
1101 South Joyce Street
Suite B-20
Arlington, VA 22202

True Value on 17th
1623 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-462-3146
Fax: 202-387-4503

I’ll be making a trip to one of these locations this weekend – but does anyone else have any place to add? Where do you get your knives sharpened in DC?



  1. Amelia said

    Oooh, good to know. Thanks for posting this. I have a couple of knives that need sharpening, so maybe I’ll stop by one of the hardware stores soon.

  2. Ty said

    Hey Jenna. Kayanna pointed out this point. I’m told there’s a place in Eastern Market that does it for a few dollars per knife. A friend spoke highly of them. I’ve got a very, very dull carving knife that needs a little work. Let me know when you find somewhere you’re happy with.

  3. I am very fond of the job that the guys at Eastern Market have done on my knives.

    • moderndomestic said

      Which booth in Eastern Market?

  4. Yikes. According to Martha knives need to be sharpened “several times a year” in a whetstone. That seems excessive. Do you think it really shortens the life of the knife to go a year or two? Maybe it depends on how much cutting you are doing. I imagine Martha does more cutting than the average cook.

    • moderndomestic said

      Well, I mean, if you’re a professional cook, you probably sharpen them more than a couple times a year. But I think it depends on how finely skilled you are at chopping stuff (if I could dice an onion the way they could on cooking shows, I’d probably need a really sharp knife too).

      Actually, I think I vaguely remember that Bill Buford talked about knives in “Heat” (his memoir of volunteering in Mario Batali’s kitchen at Babbo). I think he said that some cooks had crappy knives, which they sharpened all the time until the knife was unusable, and then they just replaced them.

  5. Sue said

    At home — the Chef’s Choice multi-stage electric sharpeners are great. They sharpen well and require no skill on your part. Once through my whole knife collection and it paid for itself. Now I have sharp knives all of the time. Can’t imagine going back to having someone else do it.

    • moderndomestic said

      That does sound tempting – especially the part about it requiring no skill.

  6. Megan Gray said

    I also recommend Alicia Groncki, she has a company called SharpenThis — and she can come to you. She also is at the Bethesda Farmer’s Market every weekend and can do it while you wait. She was immensely knowledgeable. I was not aware of all the options in the neighborhood. Please post all the price quotes that you get — I must say, getting all my knives sharpened was alot more expensive than I anticipated.

    • moderndomestic said

      Thanks Megan!

  7. Megan Gray said

    It’s http://www.sharpen-this.com, 888-747-8447

  8. Christine said

    It may no longer be the case (or perhaps never was here), but when I was a kid in Kentucky all the local grocery stores offered free knife sharpening as a way of getting people in the store. It couldn’t hurt to call up Safeway / Giant / Harris Teeter / etc. to see if they have a similar policy.

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