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Knife Sharpening near you should create Precise, screaming sharp edges like this one, available at Keith Nix Knives.
Keith Nix Knives uses the Edge on Up Sharpness Tester to inspect Professional Blade Sharpening
The BESS C Scale of Sharpness. Measuring and delivering Professional results at Keith Nix Knives

Knife Sharpening In Black Mountain
Knife Sharpening Near Asheville

Keith Nix Knives offers highly accurate Knife Sharpening for the professional or home chef. Sharpening all styles of custom knives, scissors sharpening too! We make extremely keen hand sharpened edges on Japanese knives, French style, German chef's knives, American or western blades, and Custom chefs knives!

Professional Knife Sharpening is the ability and the tools to take a dull blade and thin the knife edge if necessary, at a precise, measurable, repeatable angle, hand sharpen, deburr, polish, and strop the bevels in a timely manner with a HIGH degree of accuracy and precision. We then Quantify, or MEASURE, the sharpness on the new BESS scale of sharpness, using The Edge On Up knife sharpness tester. This is why we're confident Keith Nix Knives provides the best Professional Blade Sharpening and Knife Sharpening in the area! 
Scissors sharpening near you!
For Knife Sharpening Asheville, call or text today!
(See how we measure sharpness HERE!)

CAUTION! It is CRITICALLY important that this work not overheat the apex of your fine cutlery. This is why I hand sharpen and finish all knives, to eliminate the possibility of a heat affected zone. If your current knife sharpening service is freehand grinding your fine cutlery on a rapidly spinning belt or wheel, and can't tell you what angle the apex of your edge is, they could be doing you a disservice and harming your blades.
Please read THIS research paper by Dr Larrin Thomas.


Excellent sharpening and fantastic service. Keith did 5 kitchen knives and even repaired my oldest knife which is getting near the end of the blade. We relocated last year to the area and had been searching for a good knife sharpener. We found him! Prep will be so much easier now. Thank you so much!!
I trusted Keith with some of my custom kitchen knives and he did an outstanding job. He took great care and is a true professional. I would highly recommend him.


One of the best ways to improve cutting performance of older and factory knives is to "thin the edge". I do this by sharpening the knife as normal, but at a much lower angle than usual. This "thinning angle" is usually 10-12 degrees on kitchen knives. This makes a thick knife feel thinner as you're slicing and dicing your dinner! After this I hand sharpen a slightly steeper angle called a micro bevel, at 2-3 degrees higher than the thinning angle. This micro bevel strengthens the edge and apex without sacrificing keenness.


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Knife Sharpening Near Asheville!

We deliver highly accurate, precise Professional Knife Sharpening in Black Mountain and surrounding area for businesses and individuals. We hand sharpen custom knives and all kitchen cutlery, whether Japanese, German, French, Western style knives or Custom blades. We also take in hunting, fishing, camping and bushcraft knives for edge work. Edge and tip repair? No problem! Bring your scissors too. All butchery blades are welcome, as well as scissors sharpening near you. Precise, courteous, affordable, and quick turn around. Just call or text 828-337-7836 to make an appointment. We're unaware of any Professional Sharpening Service in the area who delivers HAND SHARPENED knives and has the ability to quality TEST those edges for the level of sharpness, other than Keith Nix Knives. We measure the edge sharpness and have a definite Quality Standard, and all knives meet this Quality Control standard, or they get resharpened at no charge to you! Click HERE to learn more.


What's more, we'll sharpen your Keith Nix Knives blades FREE! That means your Keith Nix Knives blades can ALWAYS have a precision hand honed, precisely held edge, stropped to razor sharpness on denim and leather strops. All this and your Black Mountain Knives never leave town! Repair of knives with broken tips and chipped edges happens right here, restoration of dull blades to better than new, satisfaction guaranteed.



Keith Nix Knives provides Knife Sharpening in Black Mountain, Marion, and Asheville NC, showing MEASURABLE results on the BESS Sharpness scale and measuring actual sharpness with the Edge on Up Sharpness tester. Professional Knife Sharpening near you, Hand Sharpened Edges, by appointment, call or text 828-337-7836. Experience the difference when a Knife Maker puts professionally sharpened edges on your knives!

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Scissors Sharpening Black Mountain?

We have the jigs and fixtures in the Black Mountain Knife Shop to professionally sharpen scissors, pinking shears, fabric scissors, and kitchen shears. Don't hesitate to call!


Quantifying Sharpness-

After Hand Sharpening and final stropping of your blade on 1 micron diamond loaded leather, I'll MEASURE the sharpness on the Edge On Up BESS knife sharpness tester to make sure it meets my specifications. If your knife doesn't fall below 170 on the BESS "C" scale, it gets resharpened. My target sharpness on the BESS scale (see picture in this article) is 140-170 grams. Considering that HIGH end factory knives measure between 250 and 350, we make SHARP knives!  Here are three articles I've written on measuring the sharpness of an edge:

How I Sharpen Knives

Quantifying Sharpness
Quantifying Sharpness II

Quantifying Sharpness III

The BESS C scale in the picture above gives comparative results of various sharpness benchmarks. For example, there is a block between 250-350 on that scale, notated as "new high end cutlery edges". Another block between 150-200 says "utility razor blade". Another roughly between 25-75 is noted as "double edge razor blades". The knife I carry every day for a "box opener" needs a touch up, it just checked 208. 

Why pay postage to mail your chef's knives away to some sharpening service that charges astronomical prices and takes weeks to process your blades? Our turnaround time is 24 hours or less. Why take them to a hardware store where the person entrusted with your blades is not properly trained to provide Professional Knife Sharpening? We sharpen a hundred blades or more every month, because we have the equipment and requests. Keith Nix Knives Professional Sharpening Service provides knife sharpening near you, available through an email, a text or a phone call

Learn How I Sharpen Your Knives!

All work is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, so there's no risk for you. 
Click here for Professional knife sharpening for individuals and businesses in Black Mountain NC, Asheville, Weaverville, Old Fort, Marion, and Greater Western NC.

"The kitchen knife, cook's knife, chef's knife, is the most used single tool in the house for many of us. To be continually disappointed by dull, cheap knives is something I can't understand. If you cook for yourself or your family, you DESERVE a great kitchen knife!"
-Keith Nix

Visit the online knife store now to choose you first or next custom knife!
FREE Learning Articles HERE!!

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If you've been searching for Professional Knife Sharpening, or Knife Sharpening near you, Keith Nix Knives is the place to go. With fair pricing, GREAT reviews, fast turnaround, and highly accurate, screaming sharp hand finished edges, I don't know how you could beat NC knife maker Keith Nix Knives for Knife Sharpening! I use a progression of bonded diamond sharpening stones from 80 grit to 2000 grit and a 3000 grit ceramic stone to hand finish your edges in a quick and timely manner.

Also Available For Sharpening  in Asheville! If you're looking for reliable, high quality, affordable local knife sharpening in Black Mountain or Asheville, NC, please consider Keith Nix Knives! Text or call 828-337-7836 now.

Do you find yourself asking "why do my knives dull so quickly?", or just hate kitchen prep because they ARE dull? Do your kitchen shears or sewing scissors need professional sharpening?  Don't fall for the line, "my machine will make your knives stay sharp for years and years to come!" (No kidding, that's a QUOTE!) No sharpening machine or method is magic, and no knife sharpener can make an edge last longer or stay sharper longer. I say now, whoever advertises that is being untruthful. The way someone sharpens your knives will NOT change the steel they are made from, or the way you care for them, what you're cutting, or the material your cutting surface is made from. Read these tips on "How To Care For Custom Knives". Even if your knife is a $10 special, proper care will help the edge last longer!

Chips and Broken Tips
Keith Nix Knives offers repair of broken knife tips and large edge chips, knife edge repair, reprofiling, and adjustments to thickness behind the edge, the key metric in KEENNESS. Knife sharpening service and edge repairs available to businesses and individuals in Black Mountain NC, Asheville, Weaverville, Old Fort, Marion, and surrounding area.

Edge Thinning

Over the years, as we sharpen our knives freehand, the edge angle gets too obtuse, the thickness of the blade right behind the edge gets TOO thick, and you miss that keenness and sharpness that makes the difference between SLICING carrots and breaking them into pieces that fly all over the kitchen. Sawing tomato slices shouldn't be a necessity. That's when you need a tune up by Keith Nix Knives professional sharpening service to make your dull knives screaming sharp again! The sharpening systems we use hold the knife and allow a consistent angle to be applied to each side of the knife to create a very precise edge apex. We sharpen your knife with progressively finer grit stones to refine and polish the edge until its keen and shaving sharp!


Honestly, those sharpeners on the back of your electric can opener, or the drag through kind, tend to do more harm than good. The same can be said for Papaw's side grinder, or any belt sander with a single speed. There is a danger of irreparable harm to your knife. Let a pro touch up your knives once a year or so.

See What Keith Nix Knives Customers Say HERE!

Knife Making Articles HERE!

What Does Knife Sharpening Cost?


Fair Pricing- Full Service Sharpening

Every knife receives this attention:
1) A full inspection of your knife to check for cracks in the steel and other safety issues.
2) Measurement of "thickness behind the edge", the  key metric in keenness.
3) Edge thinning, most often at 10-12 degrees per side for kitchen knives, higher for heavy use knives.
4) Final HAND sharpening, on a fixed angle sharpener (Hapstone), at a final sharpening angle appropriate for the knife, it's use, and the quality of the steel it is made from. We utilize a progression of diamond sharpening stones from 80 to 2000 and a 3000 grit ceramic for final polish and deburr before hand stropping.
5) Final Hand Stropping on leather loaded with 1 micron diamond paste, to polish the apex of your knife and remove the burrs created in the sharpening process.

6) Measurement of the sharpness with the Edge on Up Sharpness tester.
7) Final cleanup and wipe down with isopropyl alcohol to remove residues.
8) 100% satisfaction guarantee!


All for $1 per blade plus $1 per inch of blade (serrated blades, $2 per inch). So an 8" knife is $9, a 6" knife is $7, and so on. What are you waiting for??


Major edge, chip, and tip repairs might cost a bit more, but I'll quote the work fairly and reasonably. Pickup and delivery is available within 30 miles of Black Mountain, NC for a mileage based fee. Or you may drop off and pick up your knives at my shop. Or I'll meet you in Black Mountain at a location convenient for you. After I've "freehand sharpened" my own knives on stones for a while, I start losing the correct edge angle, and I need a tune up too. That's when I treat my knives exactly as I'll treat yours. Here's an article I wrote for the FREE Learning Page that explains my entire sharpening process. Just click the link to visit the post:

"Learn About Knife Sharpening"

To Make an Appointment for Knife Sharpen
ing Near you, Click Here!



Keith says,

"I took in a knife for sharpening not long ago, and it was the biggest mess I've ever seen. Uneven edge, faceted, and two big gouges, one at the heel, another at the tip. It was obviously done on some grinding machine by an individual who didn't have a clue what they were doing.
I literally had to grind away about 20 years of that knife's life to fix a wreck of a sharpening job that was done by someone who lacked training or a reason to care about quality. And his supervisor didn't care enough about quality to take a look at said individual's work. I put an acceptable edge back on the blade, but it will never be the same.

"I won't ask you to bring all your knives to Keith Nix Knives, but I AM going to say this. There are a half dozen or so REPUTABLE knife sharpeners in Buncombe County and the surrounding area. Including Keith Nix Knives there are two in Black Mountain. To my knowledge, NONE OF THEM work out of a hardware store. Find one of those if you can't find me, please. Don't let an untrained machine sharpener do permanent damage to your blades to save a couple of bucks!
Rant over!"


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Get in Touch!

Call or text now, or EMAIL Keith today to make an appointment for your knives, or set up regular pickup/delivery if you own a business or restaurant. I'll be happy to show you the shop and whatever knives I'm working on!


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Testimonial- "My knives are like new! Keith does excellent work, and in quick time as well, which was important as my knives had not been sharpened in years. I highly recommend him, and will certainly call on him again."
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