Services

KNIFE SHARPENING SERVICES

Japanese Knife Imports is now offering a knife sharpening service. For those of you in the Los Angeles area, you are more than welcome to stop by our shop and have your knives sharpened.

For those of you who live a little further away, we may also be able to help you though a mail order service (please contact us if you are interested in taking advantage of this mail order option).

Each knife is sharpened entirely by hand using Japanese water stones. I tailor the edge to each customer, based on his/her needs and personal preferences. We utilize a mix of synthetic and natural stones, from 60 grit to over 20,000 grit, as necessary to achieve the edge our customers are looking for.

At this time, Japanese Knife Imports is only offering sharpening services for Japanese kitchen knives. If you are interested in having other knives sharpened, please check with us first.

  • $Pricing
  • Double Bevel Knives
    $15
  • Wide Bevel Double Bevel knives
    $25
  • Single Bevel Knives
    Starting at 
    $35
  • Chip repair from $5
  • Broken tip from $10
  • Surface refinish from $15
  • Thinning from $30
  • Honbadzuke/Finish Sharpening
    price is assessed on a case by case basis
    $10
  • Major repairs from
    (though we may charge more for very large knives)
    $10

KNIFE REHANDLING SERVICE

We are officially beginning our knife rehandling services for japanese kitchen knives. We will be replacing/upgrading wa handles on a variety of knives, including the more traditional types- yanagiba, deba, usuba, etc.- and most of the western shaped wa-handled knives- wa-gyuto, wa-petty, wa-sujihiki, etc.

Knife rehandles are done in the traditional japanese method. Jonathan has trained with a number of craftsmen in Japan perparing for this. He has rehandled with variety of woods including ho wood, iichi, ebony. For the time being, we will only be offering ho, iichi, and burnt chestnut octagonal handles.

Later on, we will add other types of wood. The handles are imported from Japan and we perform strict quality checks on all of them. When we install the handles, we will seal the area where the handle meets the tang so as to protect the tang from water, rust, food, etc.

  • $Pricing
  • Ho Octagon Handles$55
  • Iichi Octagon Handles$65
  • Burnt Chestnut Octagon Handlesspan$70
  • Blonde Horn$5

KNIFE SHARPENING CLASSES

We teach knife sharpening classes in our store in Beverly Hills (8642 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211). All knife sharpening classes are held as 1-on-1 classes to allow me to most effectively utilize my time with the student.

In 1-on-1 classes, I can adjust each class to suit the skill level of each student. Classes can range from very basic to advanced sharpening techniques, and I am always more than happy to focus on specific areas if that is required.

We provide sharpening equipment and a knife to sharpen on for use during the class. However, often times, it is better if you are able to bring your own knives and stones to learn on. This way they will be more comfortable for you to use when you return home or to work.Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our classes or if you would like to schedule a class - Jon@JapaneseKnifeImports.com

Our sharpening classes currently have a pre-requisite... we ask that all students watch the series of sharpening videos we have on youtube prior to signing up for the class.

All classes are split into 2 hour sessions. For first time sharpeners, we recommend putting two classes together for a 4 hour session. We have found an initial class of 4 hours gives us enough time to get you sharpening effectively, so that you can put functional edges on your knives when you return home or to work.

  • $Pricing
  • 2 Hour class - Store Hours$150
  • 2 Hour Sharpening class - Non Operating Hours$250

ONLINE SHARPENING SEMINARS

Our Online Sharpening Seminars are aimed at providing a more interactive method of learning knife sharpening than our youtube videos offer.

is close enough to our store to stop by for a sharpening class, so we decided to make this avaliable online. The goal is that we can cover various topics and then allow for some Q&A with immediate and direct feedback.

In addition, participants can ask questions anywhere along the way as we demonstrate sharpening techniques. So now, when you see something that doesnt quite make sense or you wish someone could explain, you can ask in realtime and get an asnwer..

Our seminars consist of 3 parts:
1. A lecture covering the basic concepts of the subject at hand.
2. A demonstration of the technique(s)
3. A question and answer section where we can review some of the subjects we covered in more depth

OUR NEXT CLASS

APR. 15TH, 2012

We will do our Stone Primer and Stone Selection class. In this class, we will cover the different types of stones that are out there, what their characteristics are, and how to choose the right stone for the job. We will also talk about what it takes to build a solid sharpenign setup from start to finish. In addition to this, we will talk about stone maintaninance and care, natural stones, and what kinds of techniques work best on each type of stone. As always, we will end the class with a breif Q&A.

In the class following that (DATE TBD), we will hold our Tip Sharpening Class. In this class, we will cover the concepts and movements involved in sharpening the tips of knives- specifically Japanese kitchen knives. We will cover both single and double bevel knives. In addition to the basic concetps, we will also demonstrate a couple of different methods for this kind of sharpening. As always, we will end the class with a breif Q&A.

The next class, Stone Primer and Stone Selection, will take place on Apr 15st, 2012 at 5:15 PM PST. There will be slots for 6 people max in this class (to make it less confusing and easier for those participating). We will also have spots for 4 local people to come by the store and experience the seminar in person. You can signup anytime until Apr 13th, 2012 for the class. Following that, we will have our first Tip Sharpening class on DATE TBD at 5:15 PM PST. Registration for the DATE TBD class will close on DATE TBD. Regardless of the number of people signed up at that time, class registrations will close. This will allow me to send out prepared materials to the participants ahead of time so they have visual aids through the class.

The seminar is conducted via Skype, so you will need a computer with the most recent version of skype. You will also need speakers and a microphone. Webcams are optional, but highly recommended. At the time of the seminar, I will call the entire group in a group call. You do not need skype premium to do this (thats what i have it for).