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Apprentice Sharpener and Retail Position

Who we are: 

Bernal Cutlery is a full-service cutlery shop, offering sharpening services, Japanese and Western-style culinary knives, vintage knives, outdoor, pocket, and craft knives. We also sell cooking tools and accessories along with offering knife skills and sharpening classes. We are proud to serve kitchen professionals, knife enthusiasts, and home cooks alike. 

Our shop was established in 2005 by Josh Donald and Kelly Kozak in Bernal Heights, San Francisco in a slanting utility room hidden in the back of an apartment on Cortland Avenue. Using $40 to buy an extra stone and print some fliers, Bernal Cutlery was born. Sharpening services soon grew into selling vintage 

and antique culinary knives and after several years of working from various home workshops around Bernal Heights, we opened our first brick & mortar shop as a part of the 331 Cortland small business incubator collective in 2010. 

We have since expanded twice and are now at home on Valencia Street in the dynamic Mission District. We take the role of small businesses in the community seriously, working hard to fundraise and support our local schools and develop rapport with organizations that resonate with our concept of food studies, approachability, and education. 

We appreciate coming to work as whole people and value different work styles. We work hard as a mom and pop shop to foster a growth mindset and think it’s imperative to support a love of learning in our staff. We hope that you bring your perspective, enthusiasm, and interests to the table. 

Apprentice Sharpener and Retail Position 

This position is a great introduction to the trade of high-quality sharpening. It is an entry-level position in our sharpening department that has room to grow. Experience in cooking or history of a skilled trade is highly preferred but not required. Possessing understanding of general tool care and familiarity with the basics of sharpening is key. This role also requires retail shifts and working on weekends

Apprentice period and beyond will require: 

Assisting our sharpening crew in processing orders on schedule 

Sharpening knives and other tools for a wide audience of home cooks, food service professionals, and other trades 

Representing forward-facing customer service on the retail floor and in sharpening intake; serving patrons who are dropping off tools for sharpening 

Some attributes that serve a quick study here at BC: 

Ability to improvise while keeping in mind the big picture of operations Be able to work as a team and pace accordingly 

Follow safety rules and come to work prepared 

Ability to ground a strong work ethic with a sense of humility


Email resume and cover letter to: kellykozak@bernalcutlery.com