Zen Blades Mobile Knife Sharpening

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

  Blades under 5 inches are $7 to sharpen.  Blades 5 inches & up are $10. 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 if you have 15 knives or more to sharpen (often folks will pair up with friends or neighbors to make that happen).  Otherwise you can arrange to drop them off at the Oregon Culinary Institute (where I work).  To drop off, contact me in advance (text or call 503-816-3913 or email: woody@zenblades.com) so I know you're coming and so you know I'm there.  Address is 1701 S.W. Jefferson Street (Portland) - down in Goose Hollow.  You can park in front of the school on Jefferson St. and text or call me upon your arrival.  I will come out and meet you and collect or return your knives.  Remember, cash or check only. Exact change please. Thursday's are Kitchen Kaboodle days and very unpredictable as far as my OCI availability is.  Please be sure to include your contact information with your knives.

** Please note:  Knives dropped off at OCI before 1pm Monday thru Thursday (as pre-scheduled) will be available next day between 6am & 1pm. Friday drop offs will be available Monday.  No pick ups or drop offs are possible after 1pm **  


**Please do NOT drop knives off at my home address, it s for mail ins only.** 

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.  Drop them off before 2pm on Tuesdays and pick them up on Friday.. also 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
$7 for blades under 5 inches, $10 for knives 5 inches & up.

Zen Blades Knife Sharpening Service

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