Appraisals & Trade-Ins


Bernal Cutlery’s Josh Donald offers appraisals of vintage and antique knives, both individual pieces and large collections, including for auction houses. Appraisals include history and current approximate value, are available by email only, and begin at $10/knife.

Please email to arrange for an appraisal; make sure to include pictures of each knife, front and back, clearly showing makers mark if possible.


Trade Ins

If you have high quality cutlery that you don’t use anymore, in any condition, you can inquire about a trade in for store credit. Come by the shop to have us take a look and offer a quote for store credit based on the current condition of the knife. Be prepared to leave the knife with us depending on the staff present. Please allow a few days to work on a quote for more rare/unique knives.

If you live far away, send an email to with a few detailed photos. Please highlight usage and imperfections. We will take a look and give an estimate of the trade-in value. All remote quotes are subject to a final inspection upon arrival and we reserve the right to adjust the quote based on unforeseen condition. Include all original packaging if available.

Once quoted, send them to:

Bernal Cutlery
c/o Trade-ins
766 Valencia Street
San Francisco CA 94110

Please pack the knives well and we strongly suggest sending with shipping insurance coverage. We are not responsible for knives lost or damaged during shipment.