Zen Blades Mobile Knife Sharpening

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Providing Bob Kramers legendary 7 step sharpening technique in Portland and by Mail!

  Blades under six inches cost $5 to sharpen.  Blades six inches & up are $8. Cash or check only please. I currently do not sharpen scissors or garden tools. I also do not sharpen micro serrated knives (think Ginzu).

  Mobile to you for 15 knives or more.  Often folks hook up with neighbors or friends to make 15 or more happen :).   Or come see me at the Oregon Culinary Institute (see below for details)

Updated 10/31/2014: I will be doing on site sharpening at for the next 4 Saturdays at Kitchen Kaboodle.  11/1 I'll be at the Broadway Kitchen Kaboodle for 10am - 6pm sharpening.  11/8 I'll be at the Orenco station location, then 11/15 I'll be at the NW 23rd location and finally 11/22 I'll be at Kitchen Kaboodles Progress location.  Drop your knives off and pick them up next day.   Due to my current school schedule, all drop offs need to be pre-arranged by email (woody@zenblades.com).  Knives dropped off before 1:30pm Monday thru Thursday will be available next day between 6am & 1:30pm.  Drop off location is at the Oregon Culinary Institute 1701 S.W. Jefferson Street in Portland.  Once we've arranged a day for drop off, you can park in front of the school on Jefferson Street and call me to come fetch your knives.  Pick up will be the same.    Please include your contact information with your knives.  Your knives will be available for pick up the next day by 6am(or as late as 1:30pm)  Knives received Friday will be available the following Monday.  Please plan on check or exact cash for payment prior to pick up.   For 15 knives or more I can arrange to come to your location to sharpen - again Monday thru Friday, but limited to 2:30 ish in the afternoons.  My cell number is: (503-816-3913).  Best would be to email me to set up an appointment - woody@zenblades.com.    PLEASE carefully wrap your knives to be sharpened either in separate knife sheaths .. OR.. in a towel .. OR paper.  Please include your contact information.!

For even more convenience..you can take your knives to any (locally owned) Kitchen Kaboodle for my sharpening.  Turn around is one week but you get to check out all their amazing kitchen supplies & gadgets.. and oh yeah.. KNIVES!   

Welcome!  I'm Woody Bailey, owner and operator of Zen Blades.  It is my mission to improve your cooking experience by bringing your kitchen knives up to their sharpest possible edges.  My "Where to Find me" page is intended to be up to date weekly, the odds are high that I may have forgotten to do so - so easiest way to find me is to call or email me.  Anyway - thanks for checking out my site.  Enjoy!

the Zen Blades mobile knife sharpening van
Mobile knife sharpening workshop

Every blade has its own identity and purpose - just like its owner.  To truly sharpen it requires both an understanding of the blades purpose and a process of sharpening that brings the blade to its optimum geometry - the optimum edge.  Years ago Master Blade Smith (and former chef) Bob Kramer (creator of todays most coveted hand made culinary knives and my teacher..) set out across the country in search of the "perfect" sharpening technique.  His search was extensive, and in the end very successful.  For years Bob sharpened blades for Seattle's finest eateries from a mobile "work shop" much like mine.  Eventually he went on to learn how to forge knives and after allot of hard work and study earned the rare title of Master Blade Smith.  **CHECK OUT THE NOVEMBER'08 ISSUE OF THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE ON BOB KRAMER!!**   OR... best yet... go to YouTube and search for "Bob Kramer CBS".  FANTASTIC INTERVIEW!!!
  After attending and eventually working for two culinary schools , I became very familiar with sharpening knives.  This quickly became a passion for me that through careful research (and shear luck) lead me to Bob Kramer.  After many long phone conversations and shared enthusiasm Bob offered to teach me his method of sharpening.  It's taken some time and effort, but Zen Blades is now ready to bring the Kramer method to you.  This method starts with thought and examination, and ends with an edge that is superior to anything else out there.   I am very happy to bring you Portland's ONLY seven step sharpening process!  Best yet, with a quick lesson on knife care and a couple simple maintenance tricks, your knives will stay "wicked sharp" for at least 6 months - probably up to a year!   That's what a knife sharpening service should be all about - making you and your knives as happy as possible for as long as possible.  Hopefully you'll let me show you what I mean.

Currently we're cash or check only
$5.00 for knives under 6" - $8.00 for 6" & up.

Zen Blades Knife Sharpening Service

Our Hours
Monday - Friday
From when I start until about the time I finish.