Whether it is to carve dinner for the entire family or to bring new life to your lawn mower, Sharpening by Dave is your local resource to make sure your blade is performing at its best.
I had lunch with Dave and his wife Amanda at Anna’s Fire (If you haven’t been there yet… I highly recommend it). Not only do Dave and Amanda service the Lindenhurst area, but they reside in Lindenhurst and are enjoying raising their two children, a 12 year old girl and a 7 year old boy, in the community. After speaking with them, you could tell they had a sense of pride for this community and enjoy supporting the local business within the area. I am so glad that I was able to talk to such a wonderful couple and bring their story and business to you.
When I got to Anna's Fire, Dave and Amanda brought me to their mobile office (a big red van) to show me a quick demonstration of how they sharpen. Although the name is Sharpening by Dave, Amanda knows her stuff! She jumped into the van and as Dave explained to me the importance of using cold water (this allows them to be kosher certified), she went to work on a knife that I brought with me. She was very meticulous in the way she moved the knife on the wet stone in order to obtain the precise angle in the metal. You could tell she has been doing this for a while and has mastered the art of sharpening.
While talking over lunch, I learned about how Sharpening by Dave got started with his Mother-in-Law’s idea. She was a hairdresser and suggested that since he was always tinkering with stuff, he should start a business. After thinking about it, Dave traveled to Richmond, VA to learn the art of sharpening from a father/son team. He spent a few days learning the tricks of the trade, but it took many years to perfect them. He explained how many factors go into the art of sharpening, such as if it is a western or eastern blade and the quality of the metal. Many of the gadgets you can purchase today to sharpen your knife, can’t tell the difference and will end up ruining your knife.
Once sharpened correctly, you can help keep it sharp by following these tips:
Never put your good knives in the dishwasher. Detergents are hard on them, and they could jiggle around, harming the edges. In addition the heat can change the temper of the forged knife blade.
To prevent discoloration or rust wipe knives clean immediately after use, especially after cutting acidic foods like tomatoes or citrus fruit.
Store your knives in a knife block or on a magnetic knife rack. When knives are thrown into a drawer, they will become dull more quickly, plus there's a good chance you'll cut yourself reaching in to retrieve one. If using a wooden knife block (with vertical slots), place the knife in upside-down so that the cutting edge is facing up and thus not resting on its own weight.
Always use a wood or polyethylene cutting board because these materials create less resistance to the blade’s edge than boards made from materials like ceramic or plastic.
Although it may be tempting at times, refrain from using your steak knives for prying, as a screwdriver, as a chisel, or for anything kitchen cutlery was not intended. It is also not recommended to use the back or side of your kitchen cutlery as hammering instruments unless it is specifically designed to handle that task. Doing so may cause the pins, springs, or handle to loosen or even break.
Sharpening by Dave is a mobile business, meaning they come to you. They service the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin areas. They do require a min of 10 items in order to travel to your residence, but there are many other ways to get your knives sharpened if you have less. Not only are they at 22 different Farmer’s Markets throughout the year, but they do partner with several businesses that will allow you to drop off your cutlery:
Sweet C's Bakery
10 N. Bothwell Street
Palatine, IL 60067
Dorfler's Meat Market
1182 McHenry Road,
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
AREA General Store
18 E Park St
The River Valley Farmer's Table
1820 West Wilson Ave
6032 W Irving Park Rd,
Chicago, IL 60634
Fearless Cooking Holiday Pop Up
4501 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60630
Peace Paws and Harmony, Inc
616 N Bridgeport Ter
Lindenhurst, IL 60046
You can also mail in your knives. Information can be found here.
Sharpening by Dave