Saturday, September 27, 2014

2014 NBTSG

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This year's first day of classes at the NBTSG in Kansas City were fantastic. Here's a list of the sharpening, sales and other classes for the day.

Morning Classes:
Setting up Routes - Gene Megowan
Basic Scissors Sharpening - Bonnie Megowan
Corrugating, Adjusting Setting, Handle Bending - Dennis Brooks
Beginners Clipper Repair - Jason Sturm
Clipper Blade Sharpening - Ian Parsons

Afternoon Classes:
Sharpening Straight Razors - Dayna Schleufer
Edgework on Shears - Bonnie Megowan
Clipper Blade Sharpening - Bob Schiessl
Advanced Clipper Repair - Jason Sturm
Selling Shears - Gene Megowan

The video above shows a few clips of what went on. For more details click here to see On The Edge Newsletter. There will be a full write up.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Replacing a Switch in the Twice as Sharp®

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One of the questions I get from time-to-time is how to replace the switch on the Wolff Twice as Sharp® Scissors Sharpener. Here's a video showing how...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

When to Walk Away

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Sometimes it's hard to know when to walk away. I love a challenge, but some shears (like the one in the video below) may end up costing you more to do in time than they are worth in income. If you want to tackle something like this for a good customer or just to do as a learning experience, buy all means, go for it. Just make sure, like a mention in the video, to communicate well with your customer before you attempt a repair so they understand the risks. If the sharpener that sent these to me talks to his customer and I end up getting this shear back, I'll do a write up on the repair.  

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Food for Thought

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To all my friends in the USA I'd like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Regardless of where you live though, here's a little food for thought. How are you using pop culture and other cultural fads and faves to market your business?

Covergirl just came out with a line of makeup that wraps itself around the movie Catching Fire.  

Here is a link to their site... Click on any of the pictures of the ladies reflecting the 12 districts and it will take you to a page that has a makeup application video, the inspiration for the color choices, before and after pictures, and more. A brilliant concept.

While we as sharpeners may not be able to license the rights to build whole marketing schemes around pop culture movies like this, there are things we can do to build awareness of products we carry. The first thing that popped into my head was the Kenchii Flame... This shear would be a perfect fit for this movie. Maybe you could put together a flier themed after the movie that highlights the shear, or maybe you could do a movie ticket promotion wrapped around the Kenchii Flame.

This is just one example to get the juices flowing. I'm sure there are other items you could carry, or do carry, that would fit something like this. Give it some thought over the holiday. How can you use culture to build your business or promote your products this next year?     

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Hira-To Discs

Wolff decided to go with an additional sharpening disc supplier after going months without 9 micron sharpening discs. Wolff now stocks a Korean sharpening disc along with 3M’s. They are available in both Hook and Loop and  PSA and come in the following grit sizes - 500 (30 micron), 1200 (15 micron), and 2000 (9 micron). They are just as good if not better than the 3M discs, and they cost less. Give them a try. Pricing is below:

PSA Pricing:

Part Number                Price
FH-PSA-500    $.95 each
FH-PSA-1200    $.95 each
FH-PSA-2000    $.95 each
FH-PSA-500    $.70 each for 12+ mixed
FH-PSA-1200    $.70 each for 12+ mixed
FH-PSA-2000    $.70 each for 12+ mixed
FH-PSA-500-PK    $14.97 for pack of 25
FH-PSA-1200-PK    $14.97 for pack of 25
FH-PSA-2000-PK    $14.97 for pack of 25

Hook and Loop Pricing:

Part Number                Price
FH-HL-500    $.95 each
FH-HL-1200    $.95 each
FH-HL-2000    $.95 each
FH-HL-500    $.70 each for 12+ mixed
FH-HL-1200    $.70 each for 12+ mixed
FH-HL-2000    $.70 each for 12+ mixed
FH-HL-500-PK    $14.97 for pack of 25
FH-HL-1200-PK    $14.97 for pack of 25
FH-HL-2000-PK    $14.97 for pack of 25

If you have any questions about these new discs, please give Wolff a call at 800-888-3832.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Wolff Show Videos are Finally Here!

It took a while because Wolff had a few issues with capturing the videos from the Wolff Sharpening Show in August, but the videos are finally done. It is a 7 disc set and includes seminars on scissors sharpening, clipper blade sharpening, clipper repair, marketing, scissors manufacturing, and more.

The part number for the set is G-2013 and it sells for just $29.95. If you'd like to order the set give Wolff a call at 800-888-3832.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Burrs on Blades

In the July Issue of On The Edge I did a write up on the importance of demagnetizing clipper blades. In the article I share some pictures showing what the blades looked like under magnification. I wanted to share them here as well.

Blade after sharpening, before demagnetization, and before being blown off with compressed air. Note all the burrs.

Blade after being blown off, but without being demagnetized first. Note the burrs that are still attached to the blade.

Blade after being blown off and demagnetized.

If you're interested in more about this (or more about sharpening in general) here is a link to On The Edge. Take a look at the preview issue or email me if you have any questions.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Replacing the Magnet on the Head of the Hira-To

From time-to-time I get a question on how to replace the magnet on the head of the Wolff Hira-To. Here is a quick video I did to show you how.
If you have any questions, please call Wolff at 800-888-3832.

If you'd like to view other videos I've shot on this machine, here are a few links:

Sharpen Left Hand Shears on the Hira-To® Flat Hone

Sizing Tips on the Hira-To® Flat Hone

Repairing a Hollow Ground Thinning Shear