Sunday, November 6, 2016

I HAVE LEFT WOLFF INDUSTRIES, INC

(If you are reading this in your email inbox, click on the Title above to see the complete post.)

It is with a great sense of both joy and sadness that I announce that I have resigned my position at Wolff Industries this past month. The sadness comes from walking away from the daily activities and family like relationships I've build there over the past 20 years, but the joy comes from new opportunities and the excitement of starting something new. So with that said, I'd like to focus on the positive and not the negative side of this decision in this post, but first let me tell you the main reason why I made this choice.

The Why
While Wolff has been incredibly good to me over the years, it was never my intention to stay there forever. I was already a sharpener when I came to them, and I always intended to return to that in the future. When I started sharpening back in 1991 another friend and fellow sharpener started at the same time. Over the years he developed into an excellent sharpener with a stellar reputation. About 10 years into working for Wolff I started talking to him about buying him out when he retired. By the time he retired my kids would be out of high school and at least my two oldest would have been done with college, but as with most great plans, this wasn't how things work out. My friend got sick and had to retire earlier than expected. This meant I needed to make a choice, do I take a risk or not? I chose to take a risk. So, what does this look like?

The Sharpening Side of Things
Simply put, I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I've bought my friend out and I'm on the road sharpening daily again and enjoying every minute of it. Believe me, it's had it moments; like when I snapped my first shear blade by week three and dealing with a pair of convex shears that were beveled at 30 degrees, but I'll talk about some of that later. For the most part though, it's been exhilarating being back in the field and I'm glad to be back to learning new tricks of the trade every day while exercising old ones I've been teaching for years.

I'm Not Just Sharpening Though
While my daily activities are centered around sharpening, that's not all I'm doing. I'm still selling Wolff's sharpening equipment. I'm a distributor for them now and offer all their units at a discount. So when you're ready to buy your next piece of sharpening equipment, be sure to give me a call at 864-381-8697 or email me at otenews@gmail.com and I'll go over those discounts and some of the personalized assistance I offer when you buy direct from me. I'm also selling the CS-101 Clipper Blade Sharpener and I may add a few other complementary machines to the list in the future. I'm still offering technical support to the industry, I'll just be doing it through On The Edge instead of Wolff Industries. So if you need me, please feel free to call or email me. I'm also still doing sharpening training, and I'm really excited about this, because I can already tell that being back in the field will help make me a more effective trainer. So please, use me! I'm still here to help you just like I've been doing for the past two decades now. That part of what I do will never change.

What else am I Doing That will Benefit You?
First, I will be chronicling what I'm doing. I've run into all kinds of crazy things just in this first month and I will be sharing those things with you both here and in my newsletter On The Edge (www.otenewsletter.com). I will also be doing some repair videos showing how I fix some of the "trouble" shears I've been running into in the field and writing articles about them. There are a few other things I'm working on that will benefit the industry as well, but I will discuss more of that in time. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew.

So finally, I want to thank Wolff Industries for an incredible 20 years. I'd also like to thank my colleagues at Wolff, leaving them was my toughest choice because they are like family to me. I know I'll still seem them often, but it won't be the same. So like I said when I started this post, while I'm sad to leave I'm also excited to see what the future holds. Please, please, please! If you have any questions or if I can help you in any way call me, again the number is 864-381-8697. It's been my pleasure to serve this industry over the years and I fully intend to continue to do so. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Scissors Sharpening Class - Push Back on Price

(If you are reading this in your email inbox, click on the Title above to see the complete post.)

I was out doing a little mobile scissor sharpening today and heard something I don't hear very often, "Your price is a little steep." Now I understand that $25.00 may seem like a lot to some people, but that's the price I charge in Spartanburg, SC and I stick to it.

How to deal with price resistance

1. Do not cut your price
One of the worst things you can do in your business is not charge what you're worth. One of the reasons I'm running into some price resistance is there is a fellow in the area sharpening high end styling shears for $10 each. While it may seem wise to some to undercut the going price for sharpening in a particular area, in the long run it hurts everyone; especially the person that is doing the price cutting. While this sharpener that is charging this price is doing reasonably good work, eventually time and volume will catch up with him. In the long run it is impossible to sharpen enough shears in a day at $10 apiece to really make a good living in this business. You can get by doing that for a period of time, but eventually you will hit a wall. We can only be so many places at once, and we can only sharpen so many shears per hour well.

2. Do not be rude or haughty 
It may be tempting to throw an attitude in the face of your prospect that reflects the one in this meme below:

Don't do it though. Remember, price resistance and the word no are not personal attacks, they are simply future opportunities. Once the person charging $10 apiece to sharpen shears sees their income hit a wall one of two things will happen. Either they will try to do more work in less time, most likely sacrificing any quality they may be doing, or they will be force to raise their prices. So when you hear resistance to price be polite, thank the prospect for their time, and move along to the next prospect.

3. Remember it is a numbers game
This business really is a numbers game. Do not get discouraged when you hear the words, "No, your price is too high." There is always someone else down the road that will be perfectly fine with your pricing and happy to see you. My uncle (and namesake) was in real estate sales all of his life. When I was a young boy he used to tell me, "There is a fanny for every seat. It's your job to get in front of enough of those fannies until one decides to sit down."

Starting a sharpening route is hard. It is hard-core sales, time-consuming, and can be discouraging from time to time. If you put your head down though, and stick to it, eventually the rewards will be great. Don't worry about what others are doing. Only concern yourself with doing the very best work and service that you can at a price that is reasonable and the rest will take care of itself.

If you have any questions, or if I can help you in anyway, please email me or give me a call. Both my email and my phone number are in the sidebar to the right.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Scissor Sharpening Class: Adding Set Behind the Screw Hole

The other day a scissor sharpener sent me a pair of shears that were bent all out of whack. Unfortunately the bend was in the ride area of the blade. The ride area is the area of the blade just behind the early entry of the cutting-edge. This meant that to fix these shears I had to bend the blade over the screw hole, not an easy task and not something I recommend doing unless you absolutely have to. In this case though we had no choice. The sharpener's customer wanted the shear fixed if possible because both she and the sharpener couldn't find an exact replacement and she really liked this shear. That's where I came in and I'll show you what I had to do to fix this shear in the video below:



For anyone new to scissor sharpening, here is a picture below of what I was talking about in the video when I mentioned that the sharpener had forgotten to flip the Ookami® clamp over causing the cutting edge of the blade to bite into the wheel.


This next picture below shows the proper orientation of the blade to the wheel. Always make sure your clamp is in the honing position one polishing to share on the Ookami Gold® System.


As always, if you have any questions about sharpening or the sharpening business in general I can be reached at 864-381-8697 or otenews@gmail.com. Also, if you're thinking about buying sharpening equipment, give me a call. I know where all the best deals are.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

THE FIRST WOLFF/ EDGE PRO SHOW OF 2016

Wolff Industries, Inc. and The Edge Pro have scheduled their first combo show for the 2016 season. It will be held on Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Indiana. 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 29th, and then $109 thereafter. Seating will be limited to 50. The price includes access to all seminars and tours.

There will be a number of seminars. 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 his staff will be training on clipper blade sharpening and 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.

If you’d like to come, keep two things in mind:
1. Since seating is limited to just 50 the show will fill up fast. As of the printing of this issue there are already 15 signed up for the show. So please DO NOT WAIT if you want to attend. Call 800-888-3832 to reserve your seat and get the discounted price now!
2. The Clarion Hotel has blocked a number of rooms for the show at a special price. The price will be:
Room Rate - $79.00 + Tax.
This room rate includes parking and breakfast. The number for the hotel is 812-372-1541. Be sure to ask for the Wolff rate when you call.

Part of the show will also include a tour of Wolff’s Scissors Manufacturing Plant. Come and see Wolff Indiana and meet the crew. You’ll see how Wolff industrial shears are face ground and edged, how the shears are assembled and set, the injection molding process of the handle, and more. You’ll also see how our fly tying vises are made, some new projects Wolff is working on, and other exciting things.

The tours we did last year at The Edge Pro were a big hit, so I hope you can come because this show will be more of the same! Let me know if you have any questions. Every time Jason and I put one of these shows together we’re told they are some of the best and most informative in the industry. We appreciate your vote of confidence and promise to strive to continue to make coming to one of the Wolff/ Edge Pro Shows a highlight of your year.

Editors Note: Considering a new scissor sharpening machine?  Be sure to call me first! I can tell you where all the best deals are. The best number to reach me at is 864-381-8697 or you can email me at otenews@gmail.com.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Have You Seen the New Wolff Scissors Sharpener?

(If you are reading this in your email inbox, click on the Title above to see the complete post.)

So...have you seen the new Wolff Twice as Sharp® scissors sharpener? There are a few new features. Take a look below:


Wolff as raised the height of the motor base a bit to incorporate a new riser block. This new feature helps with positioning the sharpening arm in the correct position, and it allows you to tighten and loosen the arm from the top of the machine. No more flipping the machine over to tighten your arm back up!


Here's the arm moved over for easy transport in a case.


Wolff also added one other great feature to this new unit, vacuum ports.


Simply add collars (sold separately) to the ports to attach a vacuum unit and the suction that will come trough your end-bells will help take some of the dust out of your work area.*

If you have questions about this new motor or it's pricing give me a call at 864-381-8697 or email me at otenews@gmail.com and I'll be happy to answer any questions you have. As always, thanks for reading and thanks for being my customer. 

*This does not remove all dust! You should still wear a dust mask when sharpening.     

Friday, September 18, 2015

Last Call for Early Bird Special for Wolff/Edge Pro Show

(If you are reading this in your email inbox, click on the Title above to see the complete post.)

This is the final call to sign up for the Wolff/ Edge Pro Show before the price goes up! We are extending the early bird discount until the end of day on Tuesday, September 22nd since the actually deadline falls on a Sunday. There are still a few seats left, so if you'd like to come be sure to take advantage of the discount. To find out more about the show, click on the link below.

http://jimsharp.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-2015-wolff-edge-pro-sharpening.html 

PS - We will be posting the finalized schedule next week.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The 2015 Wolff - Edge Pro Sharpening Convention

(If you are reading this in your email inbox, click on the Title above to see the complete post.)

Wolff and The Edge Pro have scheduled their second combo show for the 2015 season. It will be held on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th at the Nugget Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. 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 September 20th, and then $109 thereafter. Seating will be limited to 50. The price includes access to all seminars. 

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 will be training on clipper blade sharpening and 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.

If you’d like to come, keep two things in mind:
1. Since seating is limited to just 50 the show will fill up fast. As of the printing of this issue there are already 25 signed up for the show. So please DO NOT WAIT if you want to attend. Call 800-888-3832 to reserve your seat and get the discounted price now!
2. The Nugget Hotel and Casino has blocked a number of rooms for us at a special price. The room discounts are as follows:
Single or Double Room (Sun-Thur) - $49.00 + Tax
Single or Double Room (Fri-Sat) - $69.00 + Tax

The only other charge is a $10.00 per night resort fee. This includes:

Wireless Internet
Shuttle Service
Pool
Fitness Center
Concierge Service
Parking
The number for the hotel is 800-648-1177. Be sure to ask for the Wolff Industries rate when you call.  

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.

Also, if you’re looking for a great way to write off a vacation, this area of the country is beautiful. Lake Tahoe is just a short trip from Reno as well as many other fun and exciting destinations. The food is great and the entertainment in Reno is top notch. If you’ve never been, it’s kind of like a little Las Vegas, just without all the...well...other stuff that comes with Vegas.

Give me a call at 864-381-8697 or email me at otenews@gmail.com if you have any questions about the show or anything else. As always, thanks for supporting both me and Wolff.

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.