Knife repair - chips, tips and bends
We are masters at knife repair. Minor repairs are free as part of our service. Larger repairs (see details below) cost $5 a knife. We love bringing knives back to life after they have spent the last few years unused and languishing in a kitchen drawer.
The main benefits of a knife repair are:
- Cheaper - a fully usable knife for a fraction of the cost of a new knife.
- Less waste - a recycled knife rather than a knife in a landfill.
- Safer - a recreated tip is much safer than a broken-off tip.
- More fun - a smooth edge without bends or chips, which is safer and more fun to use.
Chips in a blade vary vastly and can e.g. be caused by cutting into something hard, by the blade knocking against a hard object or falling. Chip repair is often necessary for harder steel and ceramic knives. As knife steel comes in many forms and as knives are often pressure, heat or chemically treated, it is impossible to ‘fill in’ chips. To repair a chip the rest of the edge has to be reduced to the level where a straight new edge can be created in solid metal. Knifes are designed to be sharpened and repaired and the new edge will be solid, straight and sharp.
We can create a new tip for your blade. As we recreate the point from existing metal we will always have to grind off metal and the new tip will start where the old tip broke off. That means your knife will always be slightly shorter than before the tip was broken off. A new tip can be created in two ways. We will usually choose the repair that is most suitable for your knife. If you have a preferred way of repair, please get in touch.
For most tip repairs we create a new tip by changing the curvature of the top edge of your bade. The end of the top edge will bend down to create a new point and more of the original edge of the blade remains.
Alternatively we will keep the upper edge of the blade intact and recreate the curvature and ‘belly’ of blade on the remaining length of metal. Your knife will basically look like a slightly shrunk version of the original.
Bent blades and tips
Bend blades and tips can also be repaired in some cases. If the tip of the blade is extremely bent, we might have to cut a new tip (see 'Broken tips' above). Highly flexible knives such as filleting knives are impossible to straighten (see what we do not repair below), but many knives will become true again. Strongly bent blades might never fully go back to being 100% straight, but they will be fully usable again. The repair of bend knives might result in slight hammer marks on the blade. Small bends in the tip or blade will be repaired for free.
Bend and twisted edges
We frequently receive knives that have suffered at the hands of a coconut. These knives have bend or twisted segments in the edge of the blade that render them useless. These twists can be ground down to create a new straight edge again. The process of this repair is similar to a chip repair, but it is often harder to know exactly how much metal needs to be removed until only the straight true blade remains. As with chip repairs the blade will be reduced in heights as a result of the repair (see chip repair above).
To make our service easy we do not charge for knife repair upfront. If you send us damaged knives we will look at them and get in touch with you, should we need to charge you for a repair. Most minor repairs are included in the sharpening service and we do not charge for them.
More time consuming repairs are charged per blade; ie a knife that has a broken tip and chips will only be charged as one repair. If you decline having your knife repaired, we can either return it unsharpened with a refund for the sharpening charge or sharpen the knife as is. 99 percent of repairs are charged at $5 per blade. Extreme cases cost up to $10.
What we do not fix
- Knife Handles, we specialize in knife sharpening and blade repair only.
- Bends in highly flexible blades such as filet knives or slicers.
- Twisted blades, with the twist along the vertical axis of the blade.
- Scissor repair - bigger chips in the blade or misalignment of the blades.