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About Vulcan Knife

About Vulcan Knife, Mick Marcinko and Midori Dunbar

Mick and Midori purchased Vulcan Knife LLC from Paul and Dee in August of 2020.

Mick trained under Paul Inman, for sharpening, forging and restorations. He is an Army Veteran.

Midori learned leatherwork from Dee and is also a part time special education teacher.

We are both proud to continue the legacy of Vulcan Knife!

Vulcan Knife LLC offers the best sharpening service in the world for knives, cutlery, swords, lawn tools, axes, hatches scissors and many other items.

We also offer a restoration and repair service for current and vintage items. If interested in this service, please send photos of your item via email with a phone number so we can contact you. However, it is best if we can 'see' the item(s) to give you a good quote.

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Tacoma Weekly News Article about Vulcan Knife

The Tacoma Weekly newspaper ran a profile on Paul Inman and his wife Dee Button, and their company Vulcan Knife of Tacoma.

Click the photo to enlarge the article.

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Store Hours

Vulcan Knife Store Hours

COVID-19 Update:
Vulcan Knife is open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Wed thru Sat until further notice.


We are also offering 'Mail In Sharpening' with a 3-4 day turnaround, once we receive your knife.

Send your items for sharpening to:
Vulcan Knife, LLC.
6824 19th Street W PMB 262
University Place, WA 98466


Until further notice we open:
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Wed. thru Sat

Closed Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

Vulcan Knife is located in the College Center:
6726 19th Street W
University Place, WA 98466

(253) 503-3347

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Testimonials

...even when they were new they didn't look THAT good!

The owner was wonderful. I could pick knives up later that day or pay a very small fee to expedite my order. I didn't opt for expediting as thought it would fit my schedule nicely. When I returned an hour early the knives were ready.

When they showed them to me I laughed and asked if they were absolutely sure those were my knives because even when they were new they didn't look THAT good!

Honestly, they are beautiful! Because I was a first timer I was given some instructions about how to get used to them as they are no doubt sharper than anything I'd ever handled. I'm very pleased to have learned about this business right here in Tacoma. They are so nice and helpful and friendly not to mention the quality of work is completely amazing; I'm pretty sure you couldn't do better anywhere.

You can pass a lot of time just touring th... Read More

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Blown away by the quality and level of service they provide

Went to Vulcan for the first time today to get several knives sharpened before I teach a cooking class this weekend. Blown away by the quality and level of service they provide. The price was lower than expected and the job done was much better than any sharpener I have tried before. My knives are hair-splitting sharp and shining like new.

I really love that you can drop your knives off as late as 1:30 in the afternoon and be able to pick them up after 4:30, with no extra charge for same day/rush service. Service itself was friendly, welcoming and top notch. And as a repeat customer I got an offer to bring in four knives and get one of the four free. Nice bonus.

Tip - Vulcan is located in Freighthouse Square - there are free two hour parking spots on 25th that are almost always full, but you can park in the ramp across the str... Read More

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Fantastic is the only word I can use!

Fantastic is the only word I can use! Shop owners are nice people, the shop is lovely to browse with lots of high quality, hand made, and beautifully restored tools of all types.

I went in for sharpening and repair of some kitchen knives and I'm blown away by how lovely my knives are now! Sharper than they've ever been, and the repaired knife is like brand new. I will definitely be back!

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Superb Work!

My knives go through a heavy workload on a daily basis. After having a test knife sharpened here, I brought all my 'daily' knives in. Superb work!

I have since pointed all of my fellow chefs and rabid home cooks here to have their knives cared for. I still have to give my Fujiwara wa-gyuto a pass on the stone at work once a week just to maintain, but I bring my knives in about every 6 weeks or so depending on use. Cool shop!

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Vulcan did an amazing job on my knives!

Vulcan did an amazing job on my knives! They really needed so extra love since I hadn't sharpened them in a while. They were super friendly and said they sharpen almost anything. I'll definitely be back!

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