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The Brooklyn set is up in arms over their beloved Whole Foods’ knife sharpening station, with some customers concerned that it will put shoppers in harms way.
The sharpening station consists of a quickly (about a hundred RPMS) rotating grinding wheel operated by an employee who presses old knives against the wheel to sharpen them. The stand is between the meat department and the chips aisle, according to DNAinfo, and anyone can come inches from the area.
One customer was so concerned that he even contacted OSHA—the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to Effed in Park Slope. “I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to be standing in front of an 8’ chefs knife doing 80 miles an hour at my skull,” he complained.
However, Chris Harth, the store’s primary knife sharpener and owner of NYCutlery said that the so-called “seriously dangerous” stand isn’t at all that deadly. “There’s almost no way you can hurt yourself on the machine during its operation,” he insisted. “Its very safe.” He also said that many customers are excited by the opportunity to refresh their cutlery.
The high-end grocery store’s representatives agree with Mr. Harth, arguing that Whole Foods’ first-ever blade-sharpening station in New York City is nothing to be scared of.
“These guys are professionals and we feel very confident having them out there,” Whole Foods spokesman Michael Sinatra said. “It’s something people are not used to seeing, and because of that they question it.”
Here’s a video of the stand in action. Not sure we’re ready to retire all the knives to grab our torches and pitchforks.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the grinding wheel operated at several thousand RPMS when the particular one used at Whole Foods only reaches about 100. The story has been updated to reflect this information.