Westchester County Executive George Latimer can see the people flocking to the White Plains farmers market from the County Office Building set up along Court Street every Wednesday. Many of the people enjoying the fresh food, plants, flowers, herbs and baked goods are also stopping by to see what’s become a fixture at local farmers markets around Westchester – Jack Knife. Owned and operated by White Plains resident Jack Martin, the U.S. Navy Veteran provides sharpening and restoration services for cooking knives, gardening tools and even tweezers.

Latimer wanted to recognize Martin, who has been in business for five years with a certificate, calling Jack Knife, “The Sharpest Business of 2021 in Westchester County.”

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Knife sharpening dates back to 19th century Italy and these professionals, are far and few in between in the 21st century. Instead of discarding knifes, some of which could be family heirlooms, Jack Martin helps keep that history alive. I’m proud to recognize his work and support a local veteran who has proudly served his country and is now serving the County with his unique craft.”

Martin was ecstatic when he received the certificate: “This is awesome!”

Martin was a 2019 graduate of Westchester County's Economic Development program Element 46. The incubator program is aimed at inspiring and supporting entrepreneurial talent and the development and the development of new businesses in the County. Martin was able to learn from local business experts, network and collaborate with other entrepreneurs in the program. Element 46 also provides extensive mentorship and access to co-working space during the program.  

Martin sharpens on the spot at local farmers markets in White Plains, Rye, New Rochelle and Old Greenwich in Fairfield County, Connecticut.