Location: 57 Warren Street, New York NY 10007
Format: Hands-On [You are strongly encouraged to bring your own knives, as a portion of the class will be dedicated to practicing sharpening with your knife]
Restrictions: Ages 18 and Older
Instructor: Vincent L.
Please note that Saturday, November 23rd will be the last class for 2019!
Rough stone, medium stone, and fine stone
How to prepare stones
The proper way to prepare whetstones for sharpening
The different bevel on knives
Sharpening 70/30 bevel knives vs. 50/50 bevel knives
How to check for sharpness
Two Pricing Options Available1) Basic ($99) Hands-on western knife sharpening. We will provide a knife and sharpening stone for students to use. You will be able to take home the Togiharu Two-Sided Sharpening Stone 1000/4000. *Savings of more than 15% off on the retail price from the stone.
2) Basic Plus ($189) Everything in Basic option and you will also get a basic chef knife to take home (Togiharu Inox Steel Chef Knife 8.2″). *Savings of more than 15% off on the retail price from the knife.
Classes are 1.5 - 2 hours, please arrive to class 10 minutes earlier
You will be standing, sharpening and working for most of the class
Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and have long hair tied back
You can also bring your own knives to practice sharpening
Students receive a coupon good for 10% off in-store purchases the day of class
Vincent gained an understanding of the hospitality industry early on. Growing up in a restaurant family instilled him with a love of all areas in the industry, from food culture to management. In 2009, when given the opportunity to apprentice to our resident sharpening master Mr Chiharu Sugai, he rose to the occasion. Excited at the prospect of learning a trade with such a long history, Vincent applied himself with great dedication. From the initial sharpening to complicated repairs, each style of knife and type of steel requires different techniques, which makes mastering the art of sharpening a formidable task. In 2012, Korin sent Vincent to Japan to continue his training by visiting the renowned knife crafting cities Sakai (known for forging traditional Japanese knives) and Seki (known for Western knives). There he was able to learn firsthand about the forging process and refine his sharpening knowledge under the guidance of master craftsman Keijiro Doi and grand master sharpener Shouzou Mizuyama. During this period he also was able to visit Japan’s premier knife companies including Misono, Masamoto and Suisin, and gained a deeper understanding of the crafting process by speaking to and watching master craftsman and forgers engaged in their craft. Vincent continues to travel to Japan periodically to deepen his understanding of the crafting process. Having honed his skills over the years, Vincent is now able to skillfully sharpen and repair over seventy Western and traditional Japanese style knives each day.
Korin provides a wide variety of knife services including sharpening, left-hand conversions, repair, reshaping, and handle replacement as well as a number of complimentary services. With two knife sharpeners, Korin is able to offer free knife sharpening demonstrations in our showroom as well as out of store demonstrations at restaurants and culinary schools without disrupting our regular sharpening schedule. Vincent is passionate about sharing his knowledge with aspiring chefs, and hopes that these demonstrations will help students and young cooks excel in their chosen field. Using a sharp knife is essential to get the cleanest cuts possible and preserve the flavors and textures of food, and through these demonstrations Vincent strives to provide students and chefs with the knowledge and skills to get the best possible performance from their knives. Proper sharpening technique results not only in a sharper knife, but also mean less time spent sharpening and less time on preparation. By imparting this essential skill, chefs will be able to achieve the precision and accuracy necessary to get to the next step of their career. With experience giving demonstrations at high end restaurants such as Morimoto, Nobu, Bellagio, and Caesar's Palace. Vincent’s enthusiasm and knowledge make him a great resource for chefs at any stage in their career. He is available for individual consultation on sharpening tips and knife selection, so please feel free to reach out to him when you are in our showroom, he will be happy to be of assistance.
What is your cancellation policy for classes?
You may cancel your registration for a class up to 48 hours in advance of the class start time and receive a full refund or transfer to another class of equal value. To cancel a registration, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org call our customer service department at 212.587.7021 from 10am-6pm EST (Holiday hours may vary.)
No refund or exchanges will be given on classes that are cancelled less than 48 hours prior to the class. Korin reserves the right to cancel any class that fails to attract sufficient enrollment, for chef illness or inclement weather. We will contact you by email or telephone and issue a full refund or you may request to be transferred to another class of your choice (depending on availability). If you miss a class due to weather-related concerns, our standard cancellation policy applies.