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.