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A getting knives sharpened tale

We have some kitchen knives that needed sharpening. I posted a query on ne.food about places to do this and I got 4 responses. One person suggested a kitchen store on Newbury street, but opined that they would be expensive; another suggestion was for General Grinding in Medford.

So rsc and I looked them up on switchboard.com - whose map listing was not quite right, but I called them and the phone answerer said GSI, can I help you and I asked where they were. We went there and it turns out that GSI is a restaurant services company and they have this grinding shop. We went in and saw piles of metal boxes each of which was labeled with a restaurant's name. A couple were open and contained a few knives. There were hundreds of these boxes; these must be the people who sharpen every local restaurant's knives. In the back of the shop there were about a dozen people doing this grinding. Some one came to the front and took my two knives and went to the back - no conversation at this time. Five minutes later someone brought them back and gave them to us. Then the first guy came back and said "Oh, that'll be $2". We paid and left with our newly sharpened knives.

In these days, who can get anything done these days for $2? That Newbury St store would probably charge $15 and made me wait a week at that.

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That Newbury St store would probably charge $15 and made me wait a week at that.

But think of the snob appeal!

The one slightly annoying thing is that we had, in fact, brought three knives from Gloucester to be sharpened, but when we put them in the car Friday morning, only two were there. John went back intot he house to look for the other one, but it wasn't there.

So we figured maybe it had gotten dropped or otherwise left in Gloucester (where we were headed after the sharpening trip anyway), but we couldn't find it there either.

Then this afternoon when we got back from NEFFA (of which more eventually in my journal, probably), there it was in the Cambridge driveway. I don't know why we hadn't seen it on the way out either today or yesterday.

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