Onsite Sharpening At Farmers Markets

Farmers Market Season Is Upon Us!

In addition to offering mobile appointments every weekday (message us now to schedule yours), The Sharpist also offers onsite sharpening service at two bustling Denver farmers markets from May-November.

Most sharpening is $1 per inch with a $5 per-item minimum.

No appointment is necessary at markets. Service is first come, first served, and turnaround for orders is generally less than 60 minutes. If you have any questions about how sharpening at markets works, or would like a reminder the night before our next market in your area, shoot us a message:

719-201-4570 or coloradosharpist@gmail.com

Welcome to The Sharpist

Sharpening for surgical instruments, top quality salon shear sharpening, and culinary knife sharpening are our specialties.

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It is our pleasure to serve YOU. The Sharpist has earned the trust of a wide variety of Denver sharpening customers including medical, veterinary, and research facilities who wish to keep their surgical instruments in top form, salons and barbers needing to keep scissors and shears cutting smoothly, commercial kitchens, restaurants, butcher shops, HOAs and neighborhood associations, etc. needing regular knife sharpening, and even residential customers needing annual or biannual curbside mobile sharpening service at home. Every job is different and every client receives individual care. Drop us a line!

The Sharpist is a state of the art mobile surgical, commercial, and residential sharpener. We offer contact-free curbside service at Denver area address by appointment. We require a 20-pc minimum for mobile calls. If you have that many, great! Customers unable to gather that many knives, shears, and other tools from their own collection will often link up with a neighbor, friend, or relative to batch work and meet that minimum. Feel free to get in touch for details.

Our friends at Peke Safety keep The Sharpist’s airways safe through the generous provision of JSP Powercap Active Respirators. Check them out at https://pekesafety.com/


During the season from May-October, the Sharpist also offers onsite, same-day sharpening service at two bustling Denver area farmers markets:

No appointment is necessary at markets — service is first come, first served, and turnaround for orders is generally less than 60 minutes. If you have any questions about how sharpening at markets works, shoot us a message.

We take health and safety seriously at The Sharpist. We are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Our surgical instrument, knife, and scissor sharpening equipment is sanitized between orders, and we keep physical customer contact to a minimum. This is nothing new — that’s the way we’ve always done it.

Keep an ear out for our radio spot! The Sharpist is a proud supporter of NPR and Colorado Public Radio, 90.1 FM.

Questions are welcome at coloradosharpist@gmail.com, 719-201-4570, or by using the contact form on this page. Replies are made promptly.


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The Sharpist’s tidy mobile workshop is built into a 2018 Dodge Promaster van. A variety of knife and blade sharpening machines and hand sharpening stones help us do our work. These include:

  • Katoku Edge Master Flat Hone Shear Sharpening System
  • Arius Eickert Flat Hone Convex Shear Sharpening System
  • Tormek Water-Cooled Sharpening System
  • Delta Pedestal Abrasive Wheels
  • Delta Pedestal serration wheels
  • Shapton Ceramic Water Stones
  • DMT Diamond Hand Stones
  • Many assorted custom abrasive tools
  • JSP Powercap Active Respirator generously provided by Peke Safety


Medical Instrument Sharpening

Worn surgical instruments are often prohibitively expensive to replace, but the vast majority of these tools can be sharpened at a fraction of that cost. Whether you’re part of a veterinary facility, civilian or governmental clinic or hospital, dental surgical center, or other surgical center, we can help. The Sharpist’s medical instrument sharpening service takes place either same day onsite in the Denver area, or by mail with a 1-2 day turnaround. Here are a few examples of our surgical sharpening work.

Medical sharpening service includes sharpening, alignment, and tension adjustment (if applicable) for

  • Precision and specialty surgical scissors – $8-$12 depending on type and condition
  • Bandage scissors – $8
  • Dental elevators – $8-$10
  • Other surgical – $6-$12 depending on type and condition

Surgical instrument sharpening is extraordinarily delicate work, and we understand that it’s not always clear to technicians when gathering instruments whether they can or should be sharpened. We make that part easy: it is the policy of The Sharpist that any surgical instruments that cannot be sharpened will be returned free of charge, so it does not hurt to include even questionable items with your order.

We also provide, on request, a service summary after your surgical sharpening order is complete, including 60X magnified before and after photos of your surgical instruments, for educational purposes.

To schedule onsite surgical instrument sharpening service, use the contact page on this site, email coloradosharpist@gmail.com, or call 719-201-4570.

If shipping, please print and complete the order form above and include it with your shipment. We will be in touch with a quote as soon as your order is received.


When shipping your surgical instrument sharpening order, send sterilized instruments only, and include enough packing material to reduce shifting in transit. Do purchase postal insurance for your order, and we will do the same on the return shipment. Use this shipping address:

The Sharpist LLC

1275 Trenton Street

Denver, Colorado 80220

About Me

My name is Devin James Fry. I love the calm of my wheels and my stones. I’ve spent more than thirteen years as a professional surgical instrument, veterinary, and culinary sharpener refining my skills via training, seminars, theoretical discussion with other professionals in the field, and practice, practice, practice.

I find it deeply gratifying to engage in, and offer my customers the fruits of, this unalienated labor. My intent is to support myself and my family in the most ethical way I know how, to deal plainly and amiably with my customers, and through it all, to become the absolute best sharpener I can be. These goals are never far from my mind.

I learned the basics of sharpening as a teenager in Cañon City, Colorado. I spent eleven years in Austin, Texas playing music by night and refining my sharpening skills by day. Slowly and surely I gained trust from clients there, until at the time of my move to Denver in early 2020, I had long been the highest rated sharpener in central Texas. I also still make music, which I encourage you to check out on Spotify or elsewhere. My most recent album, Radicans, is the result of an eye-opening collaboration I’ve been able to embark on with Palestinian oud master Sari Andoni. 

Now I am pleased to offer my sharpening services in Denver. I make a great effort to come to an understanding with every single person for whom I work. The relationship between sharpener and client has to be one of earned trust.

I’m grateful for testimony:

I highly recommend the Colorado Sharpist.
I have been a practicing veterinarian for 56 years, 45 of them as a board certified veterinary dentist, performing root canal therapy and oral surgery on dogs and cats for a living and donating my time to lions, tigers, and bears ‘Oh My’ throughout the United States. My dental team and our surgical team at VCA Highlands Ranch Animal Specialty and Emergency Center have used the Colorado Sharpist to keep us the sharpest. His state of the art van and curbside service are of the highest quality and his skills in revitalizing surgical equipment are extremely fine. Knives, axes and surgical instruments have been an important part of my life for more than 60 years and this man has a fine touch and intense desire to deliver the highest of quality service.
Dr. Ed Eisner, March 2020

Visit Devin and get your knives sharpened by a true craftsman at a great price.
Zach M.

He even re-edged a blade that was nicked and chipped to restore it its brand new look. Craftsmen like Devin are rare. Have him restore your blades to their proper cutting glory.
Jon C.

Our knives were sharpened to perfection…probably sharper than when originally purchased!
Isaac C.

Right now I am in safe sharp knife heaven.
Lansing B.

I’m now sitting in my kitchen laughing while slicing through potatoes with ease.  It doesn’t hurt that he’s a really nice dude too, and seems to really care about his craft and customer.
Martin B.

Sharpist at Work

Photos by R. Tomas Gonzales. Check him out at http://www.rtgonzalez.com.