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.

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.

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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.

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Friday, October 3, 2014


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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:

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:

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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.

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

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.  

In the video I mention On The Edge. To find out more about this newsletter for professional scissors sharpeners visit the website here: http://otenewsletter.com/

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... http://www.covergirl.com/catching-fire. 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... https://www.kenchii.com/Grooming/kefla.html. 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.