Monday, July 27, 2015

Coming to the NBTSG?

Coming to the NBTSG? If so, just a heads up that I'll be doing a new class there this year. There's been a bit of a miscommunication in the literature going out in box stuffers about this though. I will be doing a class on Friday morning, but it won't be on the TAS, Ookami®, and Hira-To®. It will be on using a flat hone and Ookami® in conjunction with one another to create an edge that will set you apart from your competition. I will also be going over how to increase speed when repairing an improperly sharpened convex shear and free hand sharpening. This class will be unique and new. If you're interested, give me a call at 864-381-8697 or email me at otenews@gmail.com and I'll go over all the details.

PS - If you're in the market for Wolff sharpening equipment, give me a call at 864-381-8697 and mention this code: 072415. Thanks as always for your business. Talk to you soon.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sharpeners Jam

I'm headed to the Sharpeners Jam this weekend. If you're in the area stop by. It's always good to get together with my fellow sharpeners.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

WOLFF/ EDGE PRO SHOW REPORT

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Also, I'm sorry about that old post that showed up in your inbox the other day. I was repairing a broken link and had a hiccup. :) Here's a quick run down of how the Wolff/ Edge Pro Show went.


Well it's been about two weeks since I've gotten back from the Wolff/ Edge Pro Show. Questions we asked our packed house: "Was it fun?" "Absolutely!" "Did you learn a lot?" "I learned a bunch!" "Was it worth the time and expense?" "I'd do it again in a heartbeat." We heard many more positive comments besides these and all-in-all we would say it was an excellent show. We received many accolades on our teaching, the sharing from the audience was the biggest help of all, and finally, the tour was great. It’s always helpful to see how companies like Edge Pro do their day-to-day business and how we as sharpeners can incorporate some of these processes into our businesses to make them better.


We started the show off with an introduction of all of Jason's crew. The nice thing about having a show close to home, like Jason had this year, is the ability to have everyone from the shop at the show; making it possible for people to put faces with names. Many of you have spoken to Ronnie, Brandon, Emily, Phil, and the rest of the crew on the phone. Those who attended the show had spoken to them too, but this was the first time many of them met them face-to-face. This is always a treat for everyone.


After introductions, we moved on to clipper blade sharpening. By far this was one of the best clipper blade sharpening presentations I've seen. Jason talked about the benefits of different grits, proper plate taper, how to properly test your blades on a rub block, correct sharpening pressure, and proper sharpening technique. While listening I picked up quite a few teaching techniques that will help me as an instructor. One in particular included a matchbox car like you see in this picture. Jason uses this car, along with a scale, to teach proper pressure when sharpening. Great teaching and practice trick.


After the clipper blade sharpening presentation I had the opportunity to teach on the basics of sharpening. I taught on all three of the Wolff style scissors sharpeners. We started with the Twice a Sharp®. Then moved on to the Ookami Gold®. Then finally we worked with the Hira-To®. Occasionally at the shows I like to go back to the very basics of sharpening because that's the most important thing all of us can do as sharpeners, go back to the basics.


We finished up Saturday’s classes with an in-depth look at the Andis® master clipper. Jason and Ronnie ripped this unit down, parted it out, showed all the tricks of how to repair different problems that creep up, and then rebuilt the clipper for everyone. It was an excellent class.

On Sunday we started the day with advanced scissor sharpening. In particular, my main focus was on the Hira-to® and hollow ground/convex shears. Topics included shear assessment, how to address edge repairs, how to correct inside work, how to address set, tip, and other issues that come up in shear sharpening, and also when to walk away or suggest a new shear. Never an easy thing to do because we all want to be able to fix everything, don't we? My biggest focus was on the inside work. This is the most important part of sharpening high-end styling shears, and/or grooming shears. I will be addressing this specific topic again at the Sharpener's Report Show this month. We finished the day ripping down more clippers, both Oster® and Andis®, showing a number of tricks to make repairs faster and easier, and how to quickly assess each problem to increase profitability.


Here's a shots of the tour that took place at the Edge Pro on Saturday afternoon. I didn't get to take many pictures because I spent most of my time there answering questions. I did do a full video tour before I left, and that will be up soon on my Blog and YouTube channel. I'll be posting that sometime this month, if you'd like to see that, keep an eye on www.jimsharp.blogspot.com and/or www.youtube.com/jimsharpblog.

Also, I always try to write on my biggest take away from the show. My biggest takeaway was a clipper blade sharpening trick, and involved in earth magnet. See the article in the SideBar on page 9 to see this neat little tip (Interested in learning this tip? Order On The Edge at: http://otenewsletter.com/how-to-order-on-the-edge/). It'll make sharpening slippery cutter blades and thick blades like 3/4 blades a cinch.


Thanks to all that were able to come to the show. It's a joy to be able to host these get togethers. Were Jason and I tired when it was done? You bet! Was it worth every minute of the time and preparation? Absolutely! Some of our favorite things to do in this industry is help, teach, and learn; and we get the benefits of all three just like you when we host these shows. Thanks for letting us serve you.

Interested in when we will be doing this again? That’ll be October. Where? At the Nugget in Reno, NV. What dates? October 17-18. For more info see the show list in the Sidebar on page 3 in On The Edge.

If you're in the market for any of the Wolff  sharpening machines, be sure to give me a call before you buy. I know all the best places to buy at the best price! Call 864-381-8697 or email me at otenews@gmail.com.

If you came to this show and have any questions, please shoot me an email at otenews@gmail.com. If you’d like to find out more about the upcoming shows I’ll be speaking at, please do the same. Looking forward to seeing many of you in Hickory. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Wolff/ Edge Pro Show is Almost Full

UPDATE: The show is now officially full! Thanks to all that signed up. We are still working on our waiting list though, so if you're interested in coming call 800-888-3832. You never know, a seat may come open.

In On The Edge and Wolff Prints you've seen that Wolff and The Edge Pro have scheduled their first combo show for the 2015 season. It will be held on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th at the Best Western Hotel in Ankeny, Iowa. The show times will be 9am - 6pm on Saturday, and 9am - 3pm on Sunday. The price to attend is just $89 if you sign up by February 20th, and then $109 thereafter. Seating will be limited to 50 and as of this writing there are only 2 seats left. After those fill we start a waiting list. The price includes access to all seminars and tours. Call 800-888-3832 to save your seat. 

At many of these shows Wolff offers a door prize. This time we have a special one, a black Twice as Sharp®. Why is it black? Wolff announce last month that they are having to re-cut their molds for the Twice as Sharp® housing. Every time we do this we change the color. (Last time was 1998) Black was one of the colors we tried along with red and yellow. Red was the winner. Who is eligible to win this prize? Anyone who signs up before the February 20th price increase deadline and in attendance at the show, so if you’ve signed up already you’re name is in the hat. If you haven’t, you now have another reason to sign up ASAP. 


There will be a number of seminars just like at past Wolff Shows. I will be doing in-depth training on the Hira-To®, the Ookami Gold®, the Twice as Sharp®, and the Corru-Gator. Throughout all of these seminars I’ll be including some shears that will be pretty beat up so I can show some repair work as well. So whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned sharpener, you should find my presentations interesting. Jason Sturm and Bob Schiessl will be teaming up to do clipper blade training, and Jason and his staff will be training on clipper repair. He will walk everyone through a wide variety of clippers so be sure to bring a notebook and any questions you may have. (Schedule will be out soon)

If you’re coming the Best Western has blocked a number of rooms for us at a special price. The room discounts are as follows: Single Queen - $70.54 + Tax, Double Queen or King - $79.04 + Tax, Double Queen Pool Side - $87.54 + Tax (Pool side rooms have been newly remodeled.) This room rate includes parking and a full hot breakfast at the hotel restaurant. The number for the hotel is 515-964-1717. Be sure to ask for the Wolff/ Edge Pro rate when you call. Also, the Fairfield Inn that is just across the street where Jason has his students stay is also discounting rooms for this event. Their room rate is $70.00 + tax and comes with free parking and a hot continental breakfast. This is a newer hotel. The hotel number is 515-965-8400, ask for the Edge Pro Rate. Both hotels are nice, you’ll just have to decide whether you want to stay at the event hotel or across the street.

Part of the show will also include a tour of The Edge Pro. Come and see Jason’s shop and meet his crew. Come see how they operate their business and perhaps take home some new ideas you can incorporate into your own business. 

I hope to see many of you there. If you are new to the industry these shows are excellent for giving you ideas on how to grow and expand your business. For those of us that have been at this a while, it’s always good to refresh ourselves and catch up with our friends and fellow sharpeners. Give me a call at 800-888-3832 if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sharpening Curved Grooming Shears


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I often get questions on how I sharpen curved dog grooming shears on the Wolff Twice as Sharp® machines. Here is a video of the steps I teach.

To find out more about the classes I offer here is a link to a post written by one of my students.
http://jimsharp.blogspot.com/2009/03/day-of-training-with-jim.html

If you'd like to talk to me about training, shoot me an email at otenews@gmail.com and we'll set up a time to talk.

If you're in the market for any of the Wolff  sharpening machines, be sure to give me a call before you buy. I know all the best places to buy at the best price! Call 864-381-8697 or email me at otenews@gmail.com.

Other helpful links:
http://otenewsletter.com/



Friday, October 17, 2014

New Grooming Shears from Wolff Industries


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Here is a list of the shears mentioned in the video above and their retail prices:

121 - $60.00 - 7" convex/ hollow ground ball point
121C - $65.00 - 7" convex/ hollow ground ball point curved
122 - $55.00 - 7 1/2" face ground/ hollow ground
122C - $60.00 - 7 1/2" face ground/ hollow ground curved
123 - $70.00 - 8" convex/ hollow ground
123C - $75.00 - 8" convex/ hollow ground curved
124 - $75.00 - 9" convex/ hollow ground
124C - $80.00 - 9" convex/ hollow ground curved

If you have any questions concerning these new shears please give me a call at Wolff at 800-888-3832.

If you're in the market for any of the Wolff  sharpening machines, be sure to give me a call before you buy. I know all the best places to buy at the best price! Call 864-381-8697 or email me at otenews@gmail.com.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

SOME 2014 NBTSG PICTURES


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Here are the pictures of the NBTSG scissors and clipper blade sharpening convention I promised in my last post. If you have any questions just give me a call or email me. My number and email are in the sidebar to the right. If you'd like to see a full write up of the show, the best place to see that would be On The Edge. Here's a link to the On The Edge website:
http://otenewsletter.com/


The Vendor Room
Below is a picture of Dennis Brooks with Sharp Edges. One of the best parts of the NBTSG is the vendor room. There is always a wealth of knowledge there that can be drawn from over and over again throughout the show. 


The vendors that came this year included:

On The Edge Newsletter
Wolff Industries
The Edge Pro
Sharp Edges
Bonika Shears
Nebraska Blades
Nina Inc.
Jaguar Shears

Michael Torgau
Michael Torgau is centered in the picture below between Bonnie and Denise. Denise is the US rep for Jaguar Shears. Michael was this year's Keynote Speaker.



Guild Center Training
Below is a sampling of some of the training that went on during the Guild Center Sessions.














Trainers were:
Myself with Wolff and On The Edge
Jason Sturm with The Edge Pro
Bob Schiessl with Nebraska Blades
Bonnie and Gene Megowan with Bonika Shears
Dennis Brooks with Sharp Edges
Ian Parsons
Craig Cazier
Lou Gean


Silent Auction
Each year the NBTSG has a silent auction table. This year it was chock full of goodies. Multiple machines, stock, and other sundries.





Our Master Sharpeners
This year took men scored high enough to reach the status of Master Sharpener in the NBTSG. On the left is Tim Lau and on the right we have Chris Moorman. Chris not only scored Master in shears, but in clipper blades also. This ranks him as a Grand Master Sharpener in the guild. He came all the way from Australia to take the test this year. Well done to both men.







Judges
Oh, and of course, I couldn't let this post go by without introducing you to one of the NBTSG's judges. Yeah, I know Andy, but I just had to.





If you'd like to see more please visit the NBTSG's website at http://www.sharpenersguild.org/2014-convention.html or visit their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/NBTSG