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Why hire a Knife Sharpening service through Airtasker?

Whether you’re a butcher, chef, caterer or homemaker, you know the frustration that comes from dull knives at your kitchen or workplace. Replacing them is impractical and inconvenient, not to mention costly. When your knives lose their keen edge, and you can’t find a tradesman that does professional knife sharpening quick enough, you can hire a sharpening service via Airtasker.

Save yourself the headache of working with dull knives, and spare yourself the cost of having to buy new ones. Post a job on our platform to get your knives sharpened. Please list all the crucial details like what kinds of knives need sharpening, your location, budget and how soon you need them sharpened. Qualified Taskers will approach you about the job and give you a free quote.

You can see Tasker’s reviews and ratings to help you decide on which one to hire. After you agree on the price, they go to your address to sharpen your knives. So use that pink button to do wonders and restore your dull blades, and get you back to slicing and dicing!

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Top Knife Sharpening related questions

You don’t have to content yourself with dull knives in your home kitchen or worksite again. This blade sharpening service can also save you money since you don’t have to buy new knives every time they lose their edge. Much like electrical or assembly services, it’s usually challenging to find a local blade sharpening service on short notice. Still, when you hire a Tasker to do this, you can find someone within a few minutes to sharpen your blades.
Nope! As with hiring Taskers to do building & construction or plumbing, you don’t have to provide any tools or equipment when hiring Taskers to sharpen your knives. Apart from skill and years of experience, Taskers come equipped with their tools to perform the service you hired them to do. At the very least, they may need an electrical outlet for powering a portable grinding tool.
The time a Tasker will need to sharpen a knife or knives can vary. Usually, it can take around half an hour to inspect, sharpen, remove burrs and test a single knife after it’s sharpened. It can take less time if the knife isn’t as dull and if the Tasker works fast. Expect your specialist to finish in an hour or more if they need to take extra care with a special knife, especially those with serrated edges.
Sure, you can! If you offer knife sharpening services yourself as a business, you can hire Taskers if you’re short-handed and there’s a lot of demand for knife sharpening services in your area. Some Taskers can even help you with sword sharpening if you have clients that are blade collectors or enthusiasts that want them. Just be specific about your needs to help you hire the right Tasker or Taskers, so they know what’s expected of them.
Sure, Taskers can also sharpen your pocket knives by booking the knife sharpening service. Do note that it may not be cost-efficient for you, as most pocket knives have small blades and the cost may be too much for sharpening one small blade. We suggest you have your pocket knife sharpened along with all your other knives when hiring this service.
You can sharpen your knives in many ways. One common practice is to use traditional whetstone and learn how to use it. Many hardware or online stores also sell different kinds of knife sharpeners which you can purchase and learn to use by following their enclosed instructions. We suggest you practice on cheap knives, then consult a knife sharpening expert or find a course on professional knife sharpening to “sharpen” your skills!

What do Knife Sharpening services include?

Knife sharpening services include inspecting the knife’s edge, sharpening the blade or knives with the appropriate tools, removing burrs, and testing the knife. Your hired specialists will perform all that’s necessary to repair or restore the cutting ability of knives that have been dulled from daily use. 

Inspecting the knife

Your sharpening specialist begins by testing the knife’s sharpness and looking for the blade’s flat areas. This is usually done with a “paper test” where the knife is made to cut through a sheet of scrap paper or old newspaper. If the knife edge is sharp, the blade should slice through the paper smoothly, leaving no jagged or rough edges.

Should there be any dull areas, the cut on the paper will come out uneven and will require more effort to slice through the paper. Your knife sharpening specialist may have other methods to test the sharpness of your knives, but this is the easiest way. 

Sharpening Butcher, Sabatier, and other knives

Once your knife sharpening specialist has tested the knife to spot the dull and sharp spots, they proceed with sharpening. Your specialist uses the appropriate tools for sharpening your knives. These include the following: a ceramic knife sharpener for your ceramic knives, a Butcher knife sharpener for large cleavers and other butcher’s knives, or (if you happen to have them) a Sabatier knife sharpener for your valuable Sabatier kitchen knives.

For very dull knives that have a lot of nicks or sections with missing material, some specialists can bevel a new edge with their tools and sharpen the new edge.

Knife sharpening service: Finishing touches

As sharpening knives involve grinding down on the blade and removing metal, your specialist takes off any burrs or tiny bits of material from the blade. This can be done with honing steel or a similar tool on the knife and wiping the residue off with a clean cloth. Some specialists may even apply metal polish on the blade to give it some sparkle. 

Testing the knife

After the finishing touches, your specialist can test the knife to confirm that it’s no longer dull. They can use the paper-cutting test, and use the knife the way you usually would; they can cut fruits or vegetables you have in your kitchen. If the paper or any fruits, vegetables or other foodstuffs that the knife is tested on appear jagged or meets resistance when cutting, the specialist repeats the sharpening process. This is done until the knife cuts clean and without much effort.