The knife man

by sam on 03/18/2012

The knife man is one of those ‘only in New York’ (or perhaps even ‘only on the upper west side’) things that my friends who grew up in the city talk about. This guy drives around the neighborhood, waiting for people to bring downstairs knives, scissors, or anything else with a blade that needs sharpening, and then he sharpens them in his ever-more-antiquated truck. A service that only works in a community stacked with close neighbors who don’t drive.

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  1. 03/18/2012Mike says:

    I grew up In the Chcago suburbs. We had a guy with a pushcart and bells that would go down the street looking to sharpen knives, etc. My mom would hand me a handful of knives and have me run down the street to have them sharpened. Not really the safest thing for a klutzy kid like myself. Haven’t seen something like this in a loooong time.

  2. 03/18/2012sam says:

    So really, an only in ny and Chicago thing. Makes sense given the urban density. I think my favorite part is the drawing of the lawnmower. Because people keep those in their apartments!

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