Who Better to Sharpen Your Knives, Scissors, and Tools than a Professional Custom Knife Maker?The Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center is a one-of-a-kind knife-centric shop in downtown Santa Monica, California. The shop offers superb sharpening of all knives, scissors, and tools; custom made knives; and a range of well respected commercially made knives.
"Laurence Segal of Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center has precisely the personality you need in a go-to knife guy. He's . . . satisfaction-guaranteed confident ("Yeah, some people think they can sharpen knives, but just wait until you try your knife out tonight"). He also harbors a few obsessive-compulsive knife storage issues," writes Jenn Garbee in LAWEEKLY Blogs.
A Selection of Rhino Custom Knives Made by Laurence Segal
. . . "Hey, if we owned a knife half as stunning as the hybrid Inuit Eskimo-Chinese knives (!) Segal designs and makes by hand at his tiny alley-side shop in Santa Monica, we'd probably be just as uptight about proper knife handling," continues Jenn Garbee in her Kitchen Tools blog.
Shop at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market - Take Advantage of Westside Sharpening's Proximity.
The Santa Monica Farmers' Market is held twice Wednesdays and Saturdays in downtown Santa Monica, CA.
The Wednesday market is held at Arizona Ave at 2nd Street, from 8:30am until 1:30pm. It is the largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California, and a favorite for local chefs. Seventy five farmers sell their farm products.
The Saturday market is held downtown from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Arizona and 3rd Street, with 45 farmers participating.
Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center is nearby at 1207 4th Street, #150, Santa Monica, CA 90401. You can park in the Santa Monica Municipal Parking Structure, bring your less than sharp knives to be sharpened at Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center, and proceed to the Farmers' Market for your fresh fruit and vegetables and other products sold at the Farmers' Market.
On the way back, pick up your wonderfully sharpened knives.
Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center is a complete knife shop owned and run by a knife pro, Laurence Segal. Laurence has been handcrafting Rhino Custom Knives (rhinoknives.com) for years, so naturally he is an expert on knife sharpening and repair.
Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center offers superb sharpening of all knives, scissors, and tools; Laurence's custom made (Rhino) knives; and a range of well respected commercially made knives.
Bring in your knives, scissors, and other tools and see the improvement that professional sharpening of these tools can make to your effectiveness in the kitchen, garden, and around the house.
Rhino Knives Has a New Home in the Westside Sharpening & Cutlery CenterLaurence Segal, the maker of Rhino Custom Knives, has come out of his garage workshop and opened Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center. In addition to his painstaking sharpening of almost every bladed instrument, Laurence will work with you and craft a knife to your specifications.
You can choose the type of blade, length, and handle material and shape that make a knife ideal for you. Put a Rhino Custom Knife to work in your kitchen.
This Rhino Chop is sold. Similar knives start at $400.
Featured in Los Angeles Times
The Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center and its owner, Laurence Segal, have been featured in the Los Angeles Times HOME & GARDEN section, L.A. at Home, . . . A buyer's guide to knives.
Rhino Custom Knife Made by Laurence Segal
In the article Laurence comments on the increased interest in really well made knives. He credits this interest in part to greater participation by men in cooking and the mind-set men often have that to do a job right, start with good tools. The photo below shows Laurence, at work in the back room Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center, located in downtown Santa Monica, at 1207 4th Street, #150, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
The Origin of the Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center"After a 20 year career in marketing and sales I reached one of those times in life when I decided, 'It’s time for a change.'
"I always enjoyed knives and had worked as a cook in my teens and 20's. I was continually dissatisfied with the handles on most knives. I knew that there was room for improvement, so I got a book on how to make custom knives, and Rhino Custom Knives was born.
"After my having made and sharpened knives happily for the public in my garage for 15 years, my new bride said to me, 'Mi amor, you know that more women would use your sharpening service and buy your knives if they didn't have to meet you in a garage off an alley.'
"After some thought and discussion with my wife, we decided to go 'house-hunting' for a small shop where I could continue to make knives, sharpen knives, scissors, and tools, and also sell quality manufactured culinary knives, all on the premises.
Professional Chefs Use Rhino Custom Knives Made by Laurence Segal
"We settled on a small shop in downtown Santa Monica, at 1207 4th Street, #150, to be the home of Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center. After about a month of reworking the space, painting, and installing cabinets, we have a very comfortable showroom and a back workroom.
"Satisfied Customers with Sharp Knives that Fit Their Grip - That's our goal."
Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center Services Japanese and German KnivesWestside Sharpening & Cutlery Center services knives of all the European/German manufacturers: Henckels, Wusthof, Messer, Mister, Sabatier, etc. Laurence Segal is also experienced in working with Japanese knives with the specialized Harigami apple seed edge and the Deba or chisel grind edge, by all manufacturers, including Global, Shun, G. Sakai.
Along with repairing tips and handles for all knives, Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center can take care of all of your sharpening needs, including sharpening serrated knives.
Contact Laurence Segal
WESTSIDE SHARPENING & CUTLERY CENTER
1207 4th Street, #150
Santa Monica, CA 90401
[We're located at the SE Corner of Wilshire and 4th, with 2 hours of free parking across the street in the Santa Monica City Parking Complex.]
All of our Rhino Custom Knives are Made Right Here in the USA, in Santa Monica, CA.
(Some of the exotic woods in the handles may have originated abroad.)
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