ON VACATION UNTIL 2/25/2024. This service is per knife not per order.
The Japanese call finish sharpening Honbatsuke. "Hon" means real, formal, professional, and genuine. "Ba" means edge and "Tsuke" means making or finishing in this case. In short, Honbatsuke means sharpening or finishing the edge.
Simply purchase this service along with the knife or knives you want us to sharpen and we'll sharpen them by hand using our typical progression of stones and strops. **Please note that the sharpening service is $15.95 per knife so if you want more than one knife sharpened, you need to order more than one service. Double bevel knives only. No serrated knives. This service does not include resetting bevels. We do not finish sharpen the CCK Butcher's Knife and Big & Li'l Rhino. It is too time-consuming.
If you have special instructions please let us know in the "Comments Box" and we'll try to accommodate your request.
Also please note that we will sharpen the knife evenly on both sides unless instructed otherwise. We will give priority to those of you who purchase this service and will attempt to ship your order within 1-2 business days. Usually, we do it the same day if you order early enough.
I recently had two new knives done by CKTG. The first, an Aogami Super steel Kiritsuki was well sharpened the entire length of the cutting edge. The second a Hap40 Bunka was very sharp except for 1-2 cm at the heel, the edge of which reflected light and was clearly missed in the finish sharpening process. Both knives included the sharpener’s name and a list of the stones used. I have not contacted CKTG about touching up the Bunka and will try to finish it with my own stones.
Cleanest and sharpest edge I've seen. I bought 2 knives to keep one as the reference. It'll split tomatoes in your hand without dropping the top half. If only I could post a video...crazy sharp. Well worth the cost.
Being good with a honing steel but not being proficient in knife sharpening, I recommend this service for a lot of the japanese knives which, come with a decent edge but can really get razor sharp with this service. Well worth the price.
Posted By: Bjorn Kruse - verified customer 4 people found this review helpful
I selected this service with a Daovua Pipeline Tall Nakiri. I consider myself quite capable of sharpening and maintaining edges on all my kitchen knives, but figured since the knife was so economical, why not pay $15 extra. Upon opening my package I was expecting to find an impressively sharp edge, but instead found it almost dull even by factory standards, barely able to shave my thumbnail. I spent 15-20 minutes with my own stones and sharpened it to my standards. For future purchases I'll just handle finish sharpening myself.
Posted By: Leigh - verified customer 1 people found this review helpful
I had this performed on a VG10 Tojiro and feel like a fool for not having it done one the last two knives I ordered. Giving it the ol fingernail test made my stomach turn and it's easily shaved the hair off my calf. I'm pretty capable of freehand sharpening but this is unreal. A week and a half into hurricane Laura and I used the same knife to have a clean shaven face.
After buying the knife sharpening service I realized that I could never tell how good the service is because I will never know how well the knife cut before sharpening, since I bought it along with the sharpening service before it was sent to me. Also the blade arrived with scratches on it which may have been done during sharpening, or it may have already been like that. I'll never know.
Get this service with any knife purchase...unless...
Posted By: Jim H.
If you are a master knife sharpener, then you don't need this service. If you are a beginning or intermediate knife sharpener then get this service. If you do get this service you will have a baseline from which to sharpen again. And even if you are a great sharpener...save yourself the time and get this service. Mark has become a very accomplished knife sharpener. And using Shapton stones just about guarantees a great finished product. Enough said.
Mark put a beautiful wicked edge (12 degrees!) on my CCK thin cleaver and I'm thrilled with it. I've been keeping it up with a ceramic rod and a leather strop (the extent of my sharpening abilities), and it's been holding up well, continuing to be a giant straight razor that effortlessly slices through veggies, proteins and well, anything, even bread. Getting this done on all new knife purchases (save maybe Takeda-son) is a no-brainer. Mark's service and services are top-notch.
This knife is wicked sharp.I chose the service because I know I couldn't sharpen this knife at home. I have Chef's Choice Model 130 which works very well on my French knives but I know it would mangle the edge on my Japanese knife. For $16 I would be prudent of every new knife purchase to also purchase this service unless you can do it from home. Well worth the cost.
Knife came polished and stropped. It had consistently sharp edge over all length of it. Also, I liked that there was a paper which told me which angle was used to sharpen as it helped me with my own sharpening as a guide.
Posted By: Aaron - verified customer 1 people found this review helpful
The knife I ordered came fairly sharp, but my expectations were a bit higher. The edge looked very good and even. The heel and the point were not sharpened very well. The heel especially had material left that deformed the edge. But the knife came ready to work and that's what's important.
I am a person that likes to sharpen my own knives. After reading the reviews I decided to pay the extra for this service. I am not sure what the factory edge would have been like without this service but it was probably worth it. However, I ended up sharpening it myself to get the blade a little sharper and polished it to a mirror finish.
Posted By: Mike - verified customer 1 people found this review helpful
came scary sharp. got my new knife with this service on it and thought i would be cool and rub my thumb across the edge. Nope was not going to happen. Very sharp in my opinion thanks for the awesome work
I purchased the finishing service for my Masakage Shimo Gyuto and it produced a fantastically sharp blade. I've sent out knives to other major sharpening services and I'm really impressed with the service offered by CKTG. I don't know how sharp my knife would have been without it, but when I received it, I was able to cut exceptionally thin slices of paper with perfectly clean edges. I've never seen a blade this sharp. It simply drops through produce. Highly recommended!
Posted By: A. T. - verified customer 1 people found this review helpful
To be fair - I can't tell if it's the knife or the service. The small piece of paper says it was sharpened to 12 degrees. I guess was hoping for closer to 9-10 degrees. Many reviews of the knife itself (Daovua Bunka) says that people had very sharp edges sharpening it themselves. I got this service because I am inexperienced in sharpening knives and wanted to really see it's best performance. It goes through tomatoes OK but my ceramic Kyocera (over a year old) does a better job still. I was hoping for more but I can't say if this is more of a reflection of the knife or the service.
If you want to use your knife right away, you must get the sharpening service. The knife came extremely sharp and ready to use immediately. There was no delay of using the knife, and I didn't have to scramble to find someone to sharpen it for me, or figure it out myself. Let the pros handle this for every knife you purchase!
Posted By: Steffen - verified customer 1 people found this review helpful
Perfect as a reference for your knife sharpening. However my knife arrived with some rust on, that I guess is a result of the knife not having been dried completely after sharpening. Easy to remove though.
I have been upgrading all my kitchen knives and it was pleasure to run into chef knives to go. I can't stop ordering knives, the wife thinks am nuts!! I have been getting all the knives sharpened after I purchase them and they all have been coming to me super super sharp. Highly recommend
I bought a Tojiro kiritsuke and had it finish sharpened before it was shipped to me. I'd recommend it for any knife you purchase. It takes the factory edge to the next level and ensures that you're starting with a knife that reflects the best it can be from the outset. Even if you have your own sharpening stones as I do, this small investment in the sharpening service is worth the slight delay in shipping and small price for the service rendered.