Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
Mail-order Knife Sharpening
When mail-order comes to mind, knife sharpening may not be at the top of the list. Mail-order in knife sharpening has become very popular in recent years. The companies or individuals that offer mail-order knife sharpening services are typically very experienced and skilled in their trade. Most mail-order sharpening is done on machines of some sort. One of the best sharpening techniques is with a high speed sander and very fine grit belts. This type of sharpening takes off the least amount of metal and gives a convex blade that maintains its edge for the longest time possible. The final stage of this type of sharpening is a leather strop. The leather stropping belt charged with a fine honing compound de-burrs and puts a mirror polished, razor edge on the knives.
A mail-order sharpening business that truly cares about its customers will help show you how to properly maintain your edges after they have been professionally sharpened. There are also books, articles and videos that will guide you through the process. Every service is different as far as prices go. Some will have a set fee for any type of knife but most will have some type of pricing structure based on the size and type of knife. You can expect to pay somewhere around $5.00 - $10.00 per knife. In some cases the return shipping may be included, depending on the size of your order.
One of the greatest attributes of a mail-order sharpening service is the ability to get your knives professionally sharpened no matter where you live. Good luck in your quest to have razor edges on all of your knives!
If you are looking for a mail-order knife sharpening business, make sure the service offers good contact information, a website, short turn-around times, and shipping that includes insurance and delivery confirmation. If you have always had a hard time getting a good edge on your knives, this professional approach to sharpening may be ideal for you. Generally speaking, if you get your knives done professionally once a year, you can maintain a quality edge for quite sometime using a steel, ceramic hones or a leather paddle strop.