Pro knife sharpening: How to separate the good from the bad?
With no doubt, the best wedding gift we received was a full set of Wusthof Classic knives. After more than a year of steady use, we took them to our local cutlery shop to have then sharpened. They did a HORRIBLE job. I dare say some of the knives came back less sharp than when we brought them in. They now are on pare with the cheapy knives my mom bought from Odd-Lots for my first apartment.
Assuming that the shop hasn't permanently damaged our knives, I'd like to take them elsewhere to get them properly sharpened. How can I assess the would-be sharpener BEFORE I trust them with my knives? What questions should I ask? Any tips on locating a good knife sharpener (we live in a small community)?
Also, should I be worried that the knives are permanently damaged from one bad sharpening? How could I tell? Thanks!