Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Henry Westpfal & Co.

I went to Henry Westpfal & Co. as the first of my errands last Friday.

This is my knife sharpener. I can't say they're the best because I've never taken my knives elsewhere, but they're the best. When you get the knives back they are scary sharp and they hold their edge (with regular steeling) for a while. Using a diamond steel, I lasted about a year. I'm guessing with a normal steel I would have come back in half-a-year.

They had to move recently because their lease expired, and their old store is now a construction site. The new store is at the front entrance of a tool shop, so it was kind of difficult to find, but if you look for the gigantic scissors above the facade you won't miss it.

I was thinking that it's sad that true New York institutions like Westpfal are getting pushed around because someone wants to build a new condo, but I think they'll do just fine. They've been around over a hundred years and don't have that much real competition as far as I can tell. Besides, they've weathered similar moves, like this one in 1990.

Their grinding facility is in New Jersey, and I think they take the bus. I was willing to pay to ship them back to me (a lot of their business is mail order), but they offered to drop the knives off at the apartment (no extra charge) because our place is a short walk from the Port Authority.

Henry Westpfal & Co.
115 W 25th St (btn 6th and 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10010
(212) 563-5990


Cassandra Bromfield's Blogs said...

I was happy to find them too. They are the best in the business and the nicest. I remember when they were on the East side and moved to the West side. I was glad to find them again. Nobody does it better Henry! Cassandra

David said...

Hey Cassandra, they were on the East side? It sounds like they are true survivors. Thanks for the comment!