OUR MISSION

James Ferrari and Sons, Inc. strives for the ideal customer experience. Whether we are providing our high quality sharpening service or supplying you with products and equipment you need for your home or business use. Customer Satisfaction is our Highest Priority

James Ferrari and Sons is a family-owned company that was founded by James Ferrari, Sr. in 1913. Giacomo “James” Ferrari was born in a small town in northern Italy called Pinzolo, where his parents were farmers. It was there he learned and mastered his sharpening trade.

OUR ORIGINS

In 1909 Ferrari emigrated from Italy to New York, where he lived and worked for two years before returning back to his former home in Italy to marry his wife, Margherita “Margaret” Cereghini. In 1913 he returned with his new wife to the Detroit area where they lived in an apartment near the Eastern Market. During that time, Mr. Ferrari worked under the name of Mario Binell East where all the sharpening was done on the spot. Butchers and Chefs would give the sharpener their knives and they would be sharpened in the truck while at the establishment. James literally brought his grinding wheel by backpack from Italy and that very grinding wheel is still proudly displayed in our Mt. Clemens building. James worked that way for a few years until he saved enough money to buy a home on Strasburg Street near 6 Mile and Gratiot. There he set up the grinding wheel in his basement and sharpened under the name Ferrari & Lorenseti Grinding.

While living in Detroit, Ferrari and Margaret raised a family of five children: Chloris, Genetrice, Modesto, James Jr. and George. Since James Jr. and Modesto were the oldest boys, they were the first to learn their sharpening skills from their father. They all worked in the basement together until Modesto was drafted by the military and left for two years to serve his country. While Modesto was away, James Jr. and James Sr. continued to work together under the name Ferrari Brothers Grinding. After James Ferrari’s passing, his sons Modesto, James Jr. and George took over the company, naming the family business in their father’s honor, James Ferrari & Sons.

It wasn’t long before they outgrew the basement and moved into a garage on Gratiot in Mt. Clemens. They worked out of that garage for about 13 years before moving to 102 North Avenue, which was an old gas station. It was in that location where they started to diversify into seasonings, band saw blades, casings and other supplies. As the company expanded, they added on to the building, but the business would continue to outgrow that location as well.

In 1995 George Ferrari’s youngest son Vincent joined the company. Vince Ferrari is third generation and the only grandchild who took a full-time interest in the family business and today is the company’s president. He showed an interest at 8 years old and was always around the shop and today his three sons can be found around the shop also. In 1996, the company moved to Groesbeck and 16 Mile Road. A 4,000 square foot building that they thought they would never out grow, but 10 years later they would do just that.

James Ferrari & Sons is now located in a 10,000 square foot building at 148 North Groesbeck in Mt. Clemens. Today we are one of the largest sharpening services in the Detroit area. We also carry thousands of different items. They include knives, bulk spices, pre-mixed seasonings, disposable gloves, trashcan liners, grinders, stuffers, band saws and much, much more. We service both retail and wholesale customers. James Ferrari & Sons still sharpens knives for thousands of customers on a weekly basis and we take great pride in our quality and history of our trade.

Through this site we are taking our expertise in both sharpening and supplies to the next level and the World Wide Web.

We have gone to great lengths to populate our site to include some of our most popular items for chefs, butchers, hunters and home sausage enthusiasts. We sincerely hope we can be of service to you. This is a new venture for us and this site will continue to be updated on a daily basis. Please check back with us from time to time to see our new additions, specials and close out items.

For a condensed list of our Seasonings and Spices, 

  • All Spices come in a plastic bag unless requested otherwise.
  • All other containers are an additional price.
  • Other spices available upon request.
  • 25lb & 50lb discounts available.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • Adobo Seasoning Italian Seasoning
  • Allspice Ground Lemon Pepper
  • Allspice Whole MSG (Accent)
  • Anise Seed Mace
  • Anise Seed Ground Makanek
  • Baharat (Middle East) Marjoram Leaf
  • Barbecue Seasoning Marjoram Ground
  • Basil Leaf Middle Eastern Seasoning (Baharat)
  • Basterma Mint Leaves
  • Bay Leaf Mustard Flour
  • Beryani Mustard Seed
  • Black Pepper Ground Nutmeg Ground
  • Black Pepper Cracked Nutmeg Whole
  • Black Pepper Whole Old Bay Seaoning
  • Black Pepper Gourmet Onion Granulated
  • Blackening Spice Onion Minced
  • Canadian Steak Seasoning (Montreal) Onion Powder
  • Canadian Chicken Seasoning (Montreal) Onion Salt
  • Caraway Ground Onion Sliced
  • Caraway Seed Oregano Ground
  • Cajun Oregano Leaf
  • Cardamon Ground Paprika
  • Cardamon Whole Parsley Flakes
  • Celery Salt Peppercorns Whole Mixed
  • Celery Seed Phosphate Pumping
  • Celery Ground Phosphate Sausage
  • Chicken Soup Seasoning Pickling Spice
  • Chili Powder Dark Poppy Seed
  • Chipolte Powder Poultry Seasoning
  • Chives Red Pepper Crushed
  • Cilantro Red Pepper Ground
  • Cinnamon Ground Rosemary Whole
  • Cinnamon Sticks Sage Ground
  • Citric Acid (Lemon Duecy) Sage Leaf
  • Cloves Whole Sage Rubbed
  • Cloves Ground Salad Supreme
  • Corainder Ground Salt
  • Corainder Whole Salt 50# Bag
  • Cream of Tarter Savory Leaf
  • Cumin Whole Season Rite
  • Cumin Ground Sea Salt
  • Curing Salt Season Salt
  • Curry Powder Sesame Seed
  • Curry Powder Hot Schawarma Beef
  • Dextrose Schawarma Chicken
  • Dill Weed Shish Tawook
  • Fajita Seasoning Sojuk Spice
  • Falafel Southwest Seasoning
  • Fennel Cracked Sodium Erythorbate
  • Fennel Ground Sumac Ground
  • Fennel Seed Syrian 7 Spice
  • Garlic Granulated Taco Seasoning
  • Garlic Minced Tarragon French Leaf
  • Garlic Powder Thyme Ground
  • Garlic Salt Thyme Leaf
  • Ginger Ground Tumeric Ground
  • Gumbo File Xanthum Gum
  • Jerk White Pepper Ground
  • Kibbeh White Pepper Whole

SHARPENING SERVICE

James Ferrari and Sons’ core business is our Knife Sharpening Service. We provide personalized, custom built sets of Sharpened Knives ranging from a full selection of regular knives to specialty knives such as Pizza Knives, Pizza Wheels and Double Handle Cheese Knives. We have over 1400 Customers in the Southeastern Michigan Region who receive weekly, bi-weekly and monthly Knife Sharpening Services. Our regular customers receive a duplicated knife set on their scheduled delivery day. We also incorporate delivery of Butcher and Deli Supplies, along with all of the items featured on this Website. We do not charge to deliver supplies on schedule days as delivery is included in the knife set rental price.

We supply high quality stainless steel knives with plastic or wood handles. The plastic handled knives are offered in a multitude of colors to allow for cross contamination control or departmental inventory control. We also offer a selection of quality, wood handle knives as an option for the customer’s set.

Please feel free to utilize our “Contact Us” Link on our Home Page to set up a custom Quote.

MAIL ORDER SHARPENING SERVICE

We are pleased to announce a new service provide by James Ferrari and Sons. That is our MAIL ORDER SHARPENING SERVICE.

Utilizing our “Contact Us” link on our Home Page, the customer can provide us with an inventory of knives or other items to be sharpened. We will then e-mail a quote back to the customer who packages up their items and ships them to us for sharpening. Attached to the e-mail will be a shipping form for the customer to fill out and include in the knife package. The quote will include the cost for the return shipping as the customer is responsible for shipping to and from our facility in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Knife sharpening is typically $2.00 per knife with additional costs for serrated or damaged knives. Other items to be sharpened are charged more or less depending on the item and sharpening difficulty.

We also professionally hand sharpen or hollow grind all types of hunting knives. Additionally we sharpen grinder knives and plates up to #52, chain saw chains, scissors, axes, hedge trimmers both hand and power and many other items. In fact, if it cuts, we can probably sharpen it!

For further information, please do not hesitate to e-mail us or call us at 586-790-1800.

SATISFACTION IS ALWAYS GUARANTEED!