Who are reputable professional single-bevel sharpeners in the US?

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Who are the current reputable vendors/specialists in the US who sharpen/repair single-bevel knives?

So far I'm aware of the forum's own Jon Broida at Japanese Knife Imports:

Does anyone here have any experience with any others that they consider recommendable?
 

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Hah, thanks for the vote of confidence, but I’ve only done a few single bevels, and while they turned out ok, I am nowhere near worthy of national recommendation for this. In Boston, Scott has done a lot more. (@Runner_up, or sharpknivesrock.com, or see Ben’s link to his IG.) I imagine you could also ask Korin, or Strata Portland (ME), or Carbon (I assume they sharpen?), or Dave Martell, or @crockerculinary, or any number of reputable sharpeners.

Edit: oh, yea Bernal too, as parbaked says below!
 
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Yeah well, I'd figure you'd knew where to send it at least :p
 
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Isn't the single bevel game Korin's bread and butter? I've been left with the impression that's where a lot of sushi chefs go. Though their top sharpener did unfortunately pass a year or two ago.
 
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Isn't the single bevel game Korin's bread and butter? I've been left with the impression that's where a lot of sushi chefs go. Though their top sharpener did unfortunately pass a year or two ago.
Yea, of the ones I mentioned Korin is the one that screams single bevel to me.
 

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Bernal Cutlery are experienced with single bevel sharpening.
Josh posted a long vid of him sharpening a yanagiba on their IG yesterday.
 
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Yea, of the ones I mentioned Korin is the one that screams single bevel to me.
Should tell them to lower their voice...
 

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Dave Martell (JapeneseKnifeSharpening) is the forums OG for sharpening. Korin is probably by far the one with the longest history. Plenty of newer sharpeners around the country these day. In the DC region we have District Cutlery (was DCSharp).
 

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Isn't the single bevel game Korin's bread and butter? I've been left with the impression that's where a lot of sushi chefs go. Though their top sharpener did unfortunately pass a year or two ago.
Vincent? Oh just googled, I see it was the late Chiharu Sugai.
 

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Vincent has a dozen or two sharpened knives in his past...

Or maybe a few thousand.
 

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Hah, thanks for the vote of confidence, but I’ve only done a few single bevels, and while they turned out ok, I am nowhere near worthy of national recommendation for this. In Boston, Scott has done a lot more. (@Runner_up, or sharpknivesrock.com, or see Ben’s link to his IG.) I imagine you could also ask Korin, or Strata Portland (ME), or Carbon (I assume they sharpen?), or Dave Martell, or @crockerculinary, or any number of reputable sharpeners.

Edit: oh, yea Bernal too, as parbaked says below!
Thank you, I forgot to mention Evan at Strata.
 

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Forty Knives is where I would send it first. He's busy but he's first choice in all likelihood.
 
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That's interesting. Any particular experiences as to why their current sharpeners' voices should be raised or lowered?
It’s… just… you know… aaaaaah… should never trust a store selling tools for Chefs that leave the core in, don’t I?
 

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He seems competent enough to me. I still think the Kimono and bare Indian sitting stance are hindrances, but hey it gets that vibe going of minimalist old tradtional ways.

I know he doesn’t even need to try and get a better edge than I do. Competent enough…
 

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The plus side to Korin is that (pre-COVID) they regularly brought over people from the industry in Japan. Last time I went there I met Aoki-san with Suishin and Ikeda-san. Vincent seemed to know those guys pretty well and they seemed comfortable with him sharpening their knives. That's a pretty decent endorsement in my book.
 

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The plus side to Korin is that (pre-COVID) they regularly brought over people from the industry in Japan. Last time I went there I met Aoki-san with Suishin and Ikeda-san. Vincent seemed to know those guys pretty well and they seemed comfortable with him sharpening their knives. That's a pretty decent endorsement in my book.
Aoki (among others) taught Sugai how to sharpen, and Sugai (among others including Keijiro Doi ) taught Vincent. Sugai and Vincent both have a really deep and interesting history with sharpening posted on Korin’s site.

 

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Respectfully, why not sharpen a single bevel one's self? It actually seems EASIER for me than sharpening a double bevel where I'm trying to be either symmetrical (or deliberately yet non randomly ASYMMETRICAL).

I'm not a pro and nobody in their right mind would pay me to sharpen a high end J knife- But I can make myself happy with the edges I achieve on single bevels.
 

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Respectfully, why not sharpen a single bevel one's self? It actually seems EASIER for me than sharpening a double bevel where I'm trying to be either symmetrical (or deliberately yet non randomly ASYMMETRICAL).

I'm not a pro and nobody in their right mind would pay me to sharpen a high end J knife- But I can make myself happy with the edges I achieve on single bevels.
Me personally? I do. Not sure how that's relevant, though.

I'll also note that there also are some aspects of repairing single-bevel knives that not everyone's that good at doing for themselves. Jon Broida has mentioned that he's often had to correct errors from incorrect straightening of warped blades.
 
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