Northside Cutlery in the Chicagoland area is a kitchen retail supply store with a focus on knife sharpening services. Founded by a professional chef with a love of cooking and a deep passion for everything sharp, we offer only the very best quality kitchen products, and our hands-on sharpening services are second to none. From chip repair to knife thinning and everything in between, we utilize the highest quality tools to sharpen knives and scissors, as well as specialty items like mandoline blades.
What we do
About The Team
We met over 5 years ago in South Florida where we are both originally from, and we both have a passion for being in the service industry. Kevin, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with over 10 years as a professional chef, including an internship at Chicago’s own Michelin-starred Boka Restaurant and formerly the Sous Chef at Driftwood in Boynton Beach FL; and Danielle, a graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton Florida with a career managing luxury retail stores such as Vince and formerly AllSaints in downtown Chicago, are proud to open Northside Cutlery.
We packed up our lives in sunny Florida and decided to move to the beautiful city of Chicago to further our careers. Our timing was impeccable as two days after getting to the city, Chicago shut down from the pandemic. I took up delivery driving at Domino’s to pay the bills but I saw it as a great way to learn about our neighborhood. I missed being in a kitchen and cooking and so to keep my mind sharp, I did just that, sharpened knives. What started out as a small post on the Ravenswood Neighborhood Facebook Page turned into a website and business cards. Working out of a small studio apartment was difficult to say the least and as the business grew, we knew we needed to open up a shop. It also let us carry the amazing locally made goods we carry from local leather workers, blacksmiths, woodworkers, artists and artisans. While I don’t cook professionally anymore, I’m extremely happy and proud that I get to stay in touch with an industry that shaped my career. We want to give back to our community and support as local as we can.
Come into the store and find me sharpening at a vintage 1940’s Chicago workbench that was locally restored, or chat with Danielle who runs our retail side and marketing as the Director of Operations.
Quarantine had me cooking more than I have in my entire life. My knives were unsafe to keep using. Not only did Kevin do a fantastic job sharpening my knives which hadn't been done in years, he picked them up and delivered them in the middle of a blizzard!
Kevin did wonderful work restoring a couple antiques and then sharpening to a razor-sharp finish my knives.
Kevin is the magic man when it comes to making your knife cut like butter.He is the master of his craft. Thank you so much, Kevin, for saving my favorite knife.
Providing knowledge as well as a service is above and beyond these days. Thank you, Kevin! I will absolutely come to you again!
"Knives are a chef’s best friend and the most essential tool in every kitchen.”