Sharpening Knives for Tsunami and Earthquake Relief


It’s been nearly a year since the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated vast sections of Japan. So often with these kinds of disasters, there’s a very active initial upsurge of aid offered, but then after some time passes, the event begins to drift from our consciousness.

Korin, the knife and tableware store I recently visited in New York, is working to keep the Japanese situation in our hearts and raise funds for rebuilding while doing so. To that end, they’re¬†donating all net profits that derive from their knife sharpening and repair services to Japan’s earthquake-tsunami disaster fund throughout the month of March.

You don’t have to live in New York or even be within a train ride to have your knives sharpened at Korin. You can simply download their form, wrap your knife well and send both the form and the knife to the shop. They’ll be in touch when they receive it and then will proceed to sharpen and return it to you.

Knives are sharpened by either Mr. Sugai or his apprentice. They can sharpen any non-serrated knives, engrave any Western style knife, repair blade chips and restore discolored knives. Knives are typically processed and back in the mail within seven days. Knife sharpening and repair rates can be found by clicking more.

The nice folks at Korin have also offered me the chance to give away three free knife sharpenings. Here’s how to enter:

  1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Friday, March 9, 2012. Winners will be chosen at random (using and will be posted to the blog on Saturday, March 10, 2012.
  3. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers.
  4. One entry/comment per person, please.
Disclosure: As previously noted, Korin gave me two knives; one to keep and one for this giveaway. My opinions remain entirely my own and I received no additional compensation to publish this post. 

Korin’s rates and services:
Western knife sharpening – $15 per knife
Western knife repair – $25 per knife
Engraving – $15 (For $10 per knife for more than one knife)
Traditional Japanese knifes sharpening or repair – $25~65

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72 Responses to Sharpening Knives for Tsunami and Earthquake Relief

  1. 51
    Lisa says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this!

  2. 52
    rcakewalk says:

    Thanks for this opportunity. I’ve been saying I need my knives sharpened for years, since I have a feeling I do them more harm than help when I do it myself. (And after your last Korin post, I’ve fallen in love with the Eggplant pendant knife on the site. Seriously, dreaming of adorning myself with pearly, sharp eggplant!)

  3. 53

    People have short memories when it comes to tragedies, myself included. It’s awesome that Korin is helping to keep the people affected by the tsunami at the front of our minds and helping people who really need it.

  4. 54
    Christine says:

    This is great I’ll definetly let my friends in NYC know about Korin but I’d love to send them my knives to have them sharpened.

  5. 55
    Rachel Stout says:

    What a great idea! I love to see businesses that give back!

  6. 56
    Lauren says:

    This is so great! If I don’t win a free sharpening, I may send some knives away anyways, b/c it’s great to see a company doing something like this!

  7. 57
    Kacy says:

    How wonderful. Sharp knives are the best.

  8. 58
    Stacy says:

    This is awesome! Sharp knives are not only better, but safer than dull ones.

  9. 59
    Heather says:

    I’ve got a knife that could really use it!

  10. 60
    mary w says:

    If you saw the state of my knives you would definitely pick me!

  11. 61
    Alexandra says:

    What a great idea! I wonder if they sharpen sewing shears?

  12. 62
    Kim says:

    Love your blog!

  13. 63
    Andrea Zeng says:

    I have just gotten into the importance of sharp knives in cooking.

  14. 64
    Allison says:

    I love this… I’ve been needing my Japanese knives sharpened!

  15. 65
    Lisa Cardoza says:

    Good luck to me. I really need my knives sharpened, especially for a good cause!

  16. 66
    Becky says:

    I really need to get my knives sharpened. They are overdue. This is great!

  17. 67
    Mike says:

    Thanks for the info. An interesting and original way to raise money to help others!

  18. 68
    Safieh says:

    love it! what a great idea!!

  19. 69
    Carolsue says:

    This would be so wonderful to win. Great service.

  20. 70
    Trisha says:

    What a great way to raise funds! And who knew you can get knives sharpened by mail! Thanks for the info.

  21. 71
    Todd says:

    Whether or not I win I think that I will send out my favorite knife. This sounds like a great service for a good cause.

  22. 72
    Jason Kerr says:

    What a great opportunity – sharpening and charity all-in-one!
    I’ve had the Korin website bookmarked for a while, waiting for our next trip to NYC. I didn’t know that I could send in knives … oooh, sharp knives.

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