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Ax/Knife Sharpener

Postby Bubba 2 Guns » 06 Jun 2012, 14:25

Does anyone know a shop that sharpens axes, knives or garden tools? I need a grinder or something for these blades.

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Re: Ax/Knife Sharpener

Postby Enigma » 12 Jun 2012, 13:36

If I were doing it, I would go to any hardware store and just buy a cheap grinder. They may also have a honing stone. I'd get that too. If they dont have the honing stone, you can find them in most night markets. Look for the knife vendor and you'll find several grades of honing stones. Grinder, probably about 1,000. Stone, 200.
Hell of alot cheaper than carting all your gradening crap down to some bloke that will probably lose it anyway.
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Re: Ax/Knife Sharpener

Postby neesh » 12 Jun 2012, 15:44

Bubba 2 Guns wrote:Does anyone know a shop that sharpens axes, knives or garden tools? I need a grinder or something for these blades.


Where do you live? Old time knife makers, and guys who do sharpening work can be found all over Taiwan. There is a guy who makes knives and other types of blade tools not far from where I live in Sanchong, New Taipei City. These places will not be found in trendier areas, or new housing developments. You generally find them in older communities, and often near old established market areas. And it'll be easier to find these guys in areas where people still do farming. New Taipei City and in rural towns.

Kind of like looking for the guys who do scissors sharpening. They are here, but you have to keep your eyes open.
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Re: Ax/Knife Sharpener

Postby neesh » 12 Jun 2012, 16:13

neesh wrote:
Bubba 2 Guns wrote:Does anyone know a shop that sharpens axes, knives or garden tools? I need a grinder or something for these blades.


Where do you live?
Old time knife makers, and guys who do sharpening work can be found all over Taiwan. There is an old guy who makes knives and other types of blade garden tools not far from where I live in Sanchong, New Taipei City. These places will not be found in trendier areas, or new housing developments. Best bet would be to ask your neighbors or local wet market butchers is they know of a local knife maker. You generally find them in older communities, and often near old established market areas. And it'll be easier to find these guys in areas where people still do farming. Places like Sanchong in New Taipei city, and other rural towns. Unfortunately, as these old guys retire, (the guys I've seen are well into their upper 50s and 60s), local handmade knives and farming implements will disappear from the Taipei area, along with the sharpening services. Xi Men Ding had a knife shop, but I don't remember the location.

If it's just knives, you could always go to your neighborhood wet market and ask your butcher to sharpen your knives. All the butchers and fish mongers in wet markets sharpen their own knives. I see it all the time. Best time to go would be a weekday morning or afternoon. Weekend mornings are busy times for them, so forget weekend mornings. Maybe a Saturday afternoon.

In some of the hardware stores, you can find a very wide selection of sharpening stones. From coarse stones for doing a rough edge on garden tools, to imported Japanese wetstones suitable for sharpening fine wood carving tools -with prices to match. Taiwanese knife shops also stock those stones.
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Re: Ax/Knife Sharpener

Postby neesh » 17 Jun 2012, 17:06

The June 16, weekend supplement of the Liberty Times has a feature on knives and knife makers.

http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/Service/weekly.htm
You can get hard copy at most libraries.

There are addresses for several knife makers. And yes, in one pic you can see garden tools!
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