Sharpening Knives for Tsunami and Earthquake Relief

March 6, 2012(updated on October 3, 2018)


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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