Originally Posted by alliswell
Knife damage and repair question: someone who no longer works for me used by Wusthof Grand Prix chef's knife to pry open a can of tomatoes. It's damaged in three places - two dents along the edge and a broken tip. Is this something that can be repaired by a civilian, a specialist, or not at all?
Originally Posted by Manton
I think a knife dinged up as badly as that Wustof has to go to a professional. Certainly I would not be able to fix it myself.
Originally Posted by foodguy
you can probably get it fixed, but at what cost? they'll have to shorten the knife by at least half and inch and remove a good quarter to half-inch of belly. And it'll probably cost around $30 to $40 to do it. Considering you can probably find a new gp chef's knife for around $80, that's probably not a good deal.
Hmmm. If this were my knife, I would take a 4-lb hammer to gently
bring the dents close into line. Once that was done, I'd polish the remaining flares off, and grind a new bevel to bring the tip back to a point.
The reason I'm advocating this for the Wusthof, where I did not for Manton's Shun, is 1) that the Wusthof has softer steel than the Shun and is likely less brittle/more malleable (AND the Shun is laminated, which adds a whole new layer of complexity), 2) Manton's bent area was at the tip, which is IMHO trickier to straighten since there is nothing on the other side of the ding, and 3) Shun's guarantee.
And finally, foodguy's advice pretty well defines why I would try it myself: if it works, great - it took a few minutes and cost me nothing. If it didn't work and I ruined the knife - well...I'm out the $80 for a new knife, where I might have been out $40 for a repaired knife with no guarantees of success.
Good luck with it, let us know what you wind up doing and holler if you have questions.