We have a draw of kitchen knives in our 1960s kitchen. They should really be on a magnetic wall-mounted knife rack or in a block but they remain in the top draw where they bash about against each other and become blunter by the day.
I’ve tried every home knife sharpener in existence. I think they are only so hopeless because my knives are now so blunt that they require a rather unattainable 5 hours worth of sharpening to produce any sort of edge.
Jelita has a knife sharpening lady on level 2. I’ve passed her stall a few times but it’s always been shut. In desperation I took them all along to her. Obviously she was closed but her lovely neighbour, Mr Minute, took them in to pass to her when she next opened. He told me all her prices and helped me measure blades so I could work out what I would be spending on each one; she charges by the inch it turns out (a method of charging I’ve never heard of before, but one that never fails to raise a smile; the girls in Geylang could learn a thing or two from her).
Not cheap – its about $9 for a 6″ blade to be sharpened – but really brilliant for bog standard kitchen knives which come back from their little sojourn dangerously sharp.
Even better, they are returned to you in beautiful little cardboard blade covers, so hopefully won’t blunten once they are back – in my case – in the dreaded draw.
Ultra-Sharp Sharpening is on level 2 of Jelita. Closed Wednesdays.
T: (+65) 8113 9158
Knife rack image courtesy of Chef’s Knife Store