The History

Here at Povinelli Cutlery, we pride ourselves on quality products and outstanding customer service. Since 1890, we have been sharpening cutlery for restaurants, meat markets, hospitals, and households.

The original family business was started in the 1890’s in Buffalo, NY by John Povinelli and his brother Dominic who came from Carisolo – Trento – Austria. They sharpened knives by a push cart mounted grindstone and in the early 1900’s they started using a horse and wagon.

In the 1920’s the 6 sons of John Povinelli joined their father and expanded the business. Doing their sharpening in trucks, they covered the city of Buffalo and its suburbs.

During the 1950’s and 60’s, John’s grandsons’ (the third generation) became involved to continue the family business. The original business in Buffalo, New York is operated by John’s great grandchild Paul.

Other great-grandchildren are operating family businesses in Carolina (, Arizona ( Dallas, Texas.

Our Services

Povinelli Cutlery provides you with razor sharp knives with our Professional Knife Sharpening Program. You can use our mail-in knife sharpening service to send in knives from wherever you are located. We promise your dull knife will come back to you as good as new!

In addition, we also provide a blade and cutlery sharpening service. We sharpen meat grinding knives, plates, deli slicer blades, scissors, lawnmower blades, manual garden tools, axes and more.

We sell flatware, commercial smallwares, fine cutlery to fit any budget, robot-coupe food processors, meat grinders, deli slicers, bandsaws, and manual food processing equipment. Choose from the most recognized brands in the industry, such as Dexter Russell, Wusthof, Forschner, Robot Coupe, Nemco Manual, Univex, Biro and more…

We also fix kitchen aid mixers, deli slicers, bandsaws, meat grinders and many other manual food processing equipment.

Stop in, call us at 716-891-8116 for more information about our many products and services including;

  • Full Line of Small Wares
  • Flatware
  • Food Processing Equipment
  • Meat Grinders
  • Robot-Coupe Equipment
  • Cheese Graters
  • Mixers
  • Manual Processing Equipment
  • Dicers
  • Buffalo Choppers
  • Fine Cutlery
  • Mail-in Knife Sharpening
  • Blade Sharpening
  • Hand Knife Sharpening
  • Cutlery Sharpening

Store Hours: Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm
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