The Caola family has been sharpening knives in the Delaware Valley since 1912. Louis Caola migrated to the US from Italy with his Moleta ( A Knife Sharpening Push Cart ) and would walk the streets of South Philadelphia; ringing his bell and sharpening people's knives right on the corner. In the 1940's the business grew onto Grinding Trucks that would still sharpen the knives right outside but more and more customers seemed to be "in the trade" ; butchers and chefs. In the 1960's we started using bigger machines and more machines. So sharpening on the street corner was no longer feasible. We set up shop in the Southwark section of Philadelphia and started using "delivery" trucks to take a set of sharp knives to the customer and pick up the dull set. As more new customers called for this service, we started supplying both sets of knives to make the service more complete. After 70 years of catering to the commercial customers, the fourth generation wanted to make the business more open to the public and in 1991 an independent retail store, Just Knives was born in Mays Landing New Jersey. In three years, the store relocated to the Black Horse Pike in Williamstown NJ which proved to be a step in the right direction. We started to see customers from the Cherry Hill, Vineland, and Mullica Hill areas as well as the local, Atlantic City and Philadelphia business. JustKnives became JustKnives101 when it dove into the world of e-commerce in 2001. 1996-2006 seemed to be a huge boom in the economy, the housing market and the Food Network with Rachel Ray and Emeril yelling "Bam" every afternoon. It was exciting to be a part of the TV explosion of cooking shows and the tools people use to cook with. In 2002 JustKnives101 had outgrown it's little home on the pike and moved only 3 miles to Main Street where it resided for 14 years. After several years of declining retail sales, we made the very difficult decision to get out of the retail business after 24 years. With there being so many "discount" retail websites, marketplaces and auction sites available currently, there just aren't enough good customers left to keep the doors open. And the Knife Service business is requiring more attention than ever. Upon hearing that we were closing, our customers started asking, “What about the sharpening? Where am I going to get my knives sharpened? ” We are working hard to keep the sharpening going in the Delaware Valley area. Hopefully even make it more convenient for some and available to more people.
WE WILL NOT BE DOING WALK IN SHARPENING AT THE OLD STORE LOCATION.
Although we are still going to be using that location for a while, we will not be set up for walk in customers and we will not have set hours. Between closing the store on November 25 and January of 2016 we are trying to set up a handful of drop off/ pick up locations in the area. Locations with better hours than we ever could provide, Nights & weekends. Locations that will make it easier for some and more feasible for others to get their knives sharpened. Turnaround time will be one week. As Always, we will be taking the upmost care and precautions to ensure your knives stay together and get returned on time. Any special requests will be handled by phone call or email. Remember, We have been doing this knife sharpening thing for over 100 years. And we have been sharpening upper end, high quality kitchen knives like Wusthof, Henckels and SHUN for over 20 years. We know exactly what we are doing and we ARE doing it right.