Friday, March 12, 2010

Scissors Sharpening Class: Fixing a BAD Set Problem

I shot the video below over a week ago and I've been intending to write about this, but it's been so busy I've had a hard time getting away. Finally things have slowed down just a little, so here is a run down of what brought this video about.

A scissor sharpener called me and asked if I might be able to help him with a problem. He had made a mistake on one of his machines and damaged the blade of one of his customers shears. He said it was bent and didn't feel he could fix it. Seemed like a challenge, so I told him to send it on.

When I received it I saw what he meant! Boy was this shear bent in a bad spot!!! Right at the early entry! In fact, it was bend so badly it almost looked like the shear had a full bend of set in it, but in the wrong direction. I did my best to let you see this in the video below, so I'm going to send you there to view what the blade looked like and what I had to do to fix it. So watch the video now, then read the rest.

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As I said in the video, I had to do some more work to finish this shear; so I went into the sharpening training center and started to resharpen it. While doing so though, I noticed that there was a snake in the blade (this is a bend in the blade that looks like an S) about a 1/4" back from the tip. The blade also looked fatigued so I really didn't want to do a lot of bending on it because I knew it would break. I did a few test passes over my water stone after I bent as much of the snake out of the blade as I dared, but I still didn't have the shear set to the point where I could hone a consistent rideline without causing an unsightly wave. Fortunately, I had a trick up my sleeve, the Ookami Honing Blocks.

These blocks are much more forgiving than water stones and coming in handy when you have a shear with inconsistent set problems. I worked the inside of the blades on these blocks, reformed an acceptable rideline, and then polished and reassembled the shear. It cut well when I was done.

All in all I had about 50 minutes in this shear. A little too long for my taste. If I had run into a shear that was damaged this bad in the field I would have sold the customer a new one. Remember, I often say that there's a big difference between scissors repair and scissors maintenance. Repair takes a lot longer and is less profitable and often a heavily damaged shear just isn't worth saving, but working on shears like this is also part of the fun and learning experience in the business of scissors sharpening. While this may not have been a profitable 50 minutes, imagine if I had been a sharpener trying to get into a salon and someone handed me a challenge like this. When I fixed it, do you think that would carry some weight? You bet it would!

Having the right tools and knowledge is essential if your goal is to become a successful sharpener, and two tools in particular saved the day in this case; the scissors press and the Ookami Honing Block Kit. Concerning the knowledge side of this equation, dealing with a problem shear like this requires sharpening training and/or years of experience. This kind of training is something I can help you with. So if you'd like to find out more about the sharpening training I offer, give me a call at Wolff at 800-888-3832 or email me at Also know that I'm available for sharpening support as well. So please call or email me if you have questions concerning anything I did in this post, or with any other sharpening questions you may have.

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

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

See How to Sharpen Nippers

Since Wolff has started carrying the Nipper Sharpener I've had a number of questions about how the unit works. One the easiest ways I could think of to answer some of these questions was to put one of the manufacturer's YouTube videos on Jim Sharp. Take a look at how this unit works and let me know if you have any questions. My number is 800-888-3832 if you need me.

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The price for this unit is $1295.00 for the 110 volt unit, and $1495.00 for the 220 volt unit.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kenchii's new Hearts on Fire Shear

Kenchii has a new shear called the Hearts On Fire. It is a unique model and the industries very first red titanium coated shear. It's now available in Level 3 material on the beauty side and a Level 2 version of the Hearts On Fire model will be released at the Atlanta Pet Fair for Groomers.

Here are some of the specs:

Beauty Shear
Material: Level 3
MSRP: $279.00 all sizes
Edge: Semi Convex
Sizes available: 5, 5.5, 6 and 32 teeth thinner.
Offers: Deep Red coating with beautiful hearts vines pattern.
Extra comfortable Anatomical thumb.
Extra Slim tension dial assembly for easy adjustment.
Exceptional balance and feel.

Grooming Shear
Material LEVEL 2
MSRP: $189.00
Edge: Semi Convex
Sizes Available: 7, 8, 9 straight and curved and 44 teeth thinner
Also available in 3 pcs sets which includes 8" straight, 8" curved and 44 teeth thinners
Lefty Models available: 8" straight, 8" curved and 44 teeth thinners
Offers: Deep Red coating with beautiful heart & vines pattern.
Extra comfortable Anatomical thumb.
Durable matching tension dial assembly for easy adjustment.
Exceptional balance and feel.

This is an awesome looking shear! Email me at if you have any questions about it.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Scissors Sharpening: Proper Pass Across the Twice as Sharp®

This may seem elementary, but I wanted to make this video because it will give me a place to send sharpeners when they struggle with this issue. A couple of problems I see when sharpeners sharpen either low-end grooming or barber shears on the Twice as Sharp®, is they either gouge out the early entry of a shear or they round the tips. This is just a short video showing how to keep from doing this.

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