Walk inside San Mateo’s Perfect Edge to be mesmerized by walls and counters covered in knives.
More than 25 brands in all: American, German, Swiss, Chinese and supposedly the largest selection of Japanese knives around.
Cleavers, chef’s knives, mezzalunas, and everything in between — some worth thousands of dollars.
Owner Mike Solaegui opened his first store in the 1990s in Burlingame. Now, his knife sharpening services can be found in locations around the Bay Area, including at various farmers markets and his flagship San Mateo store, which opened in 2001. His fleet of trucks make the rounds to many of the Bay Area’s top restaurants to care for the prized knives of chefs.
It’s also been the go-to place to take my own knives for the past couple of years whenever they get a little dull around the edges.
At the San Mateo store, you can often drop your knives off to be sharpened, then wait for them to be done.