Sharpening


I sharpen many many cutting tools.  The list of what I DO sharpen is extensive.  Usually it is easier to mention what I do not sharpen.  At this time, I do not sharpen hand saws, band saw blades, or other small tooth cutters such as hole saws.  If you have a cutting tool that needs sharpened, give me a call.  Chances are I have sharpened it or am equipped to sharpen it.


Sharpening is the mainstay of my business but there is much more to achieving a razor sharp edge on a cutting tool than grinding the metal. Here are the steps I go through before I ever get to that point.



Cleaning


Whatever your cutting instrument is, chances are it has to be cleaned before sharpening can begin. Oils, adhesives, sap, hair, and other matter can accumulate in the grinding wheel, sanding belt, or diamond wheel from your cutting tool if not cleaned. 


Inspection


I inspect all cutting tools during and after cleaning. I scrutinize the cutting edge(s), look at uniformity & fit, and check for defects/damage. I do not proceed further than this step if I find potentially dangerous anomalies in the cutting tool. This is especially important for high speed cutters such as circular saw blades, chain saw chains, and lawn mower blades.



Set-up


Once the first two steps are complete, this step is usually next.  Set up is a most important step in the sharpening process.  It is vital to ensure the cutting tool has the correct angle/bevel to achieve optimum cutting performance for its intended purpose. If the set-up is not optimum, the sharpening will not be either.



Sharpening


This step should go quickly and smoothly if the preceding step was accurate. Occasionally a tweak here or a tweak there is necessary to achieve that perfect angle. 



Adjusting


In order to adequately sharpen some cutting tools, disassembly is necessary.  Reassembly, then, adjusting ensures your item cuts like new- sometimes even better.  A couple examples are below.



Wood Handle Treatment


Wood handles on kitchen knives dry out rapidly when heated in dishwashers. Wood handles of wood working tools, wood turning tools, and outdoor/garden tools will all dry out over time.   When applicable, dried out wood handles of your cutting tools are treated with an environmentally friendly homemade product of beeswax and mineral oil at no charge to you.