Knife Sharpening Workshop
$100 per person
What You'll Learn
By the end of the class you will:
- Understand what a “sharp knife” actually means
- Know how to hone and maintain your knife’s edge
- Know how to properly care for your knife
About This Class
If you own a knife that you want to keep around for a lifetime (and you should!), learning how to sharpen and care for it is critical.
Galen Garretson, the owner of Town Cutler, will teach you about the basic chemistry of steel, edge geometry and what sharp actually means. After a quick lecture on metallurgy and the knife’s anatomy, you will then sharpen your knife using multiple steps on Japanese waterstones to create a razor sharp edge. Whether you’re a self-declared “knife geek” or just have a dull chef’s knife at home that has been driving you crazy, the tips from Galen will transform the way you use this indispensable tool.
The price of this class includes a King #1,000/#6,000 Grit waterstone that you will take home.
Please note: Bring your own chef’s knife with you to class and if time permits, you may be able to sharpen additional knives.
- Wine not included
- No meal provided
- Ages 18+
The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.
The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.
Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.
Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.
Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.
You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you.
In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.
Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.
We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.
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Galen Garretson is the owner of Town Cutler, maker and purveyor of top-of-the-line artisan knives and cutlery, chef tools, custom knife rolls, leather scabbards, and the highest quality sharpening services available in the Bay Area. With years of training in the kitchens of some of San Francisco’s most coveted restaurants, Galen aims to deliver unparalleled products and services to you at your convenience with a welcoming neighborhood flavor.