Friday, February 13, 2015

The Wolff/ Edge Pro Show is Almost Full

UPDATE: The show is now officially full! Thanks to all that signed up. We are still working on our waiting list though, so if you're interested in coming call 800-888-3832. You never know, a seat may come open.

In On The Edge and Wolff Prints you've seen that Wolff and The Edge Pro have scheduled their first combo show for the 2015 season. It will be held on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th at the Best Western Hotel in Ankeny, Iowa. 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 20th, and then $109 thereafter. Seating will be limited to 50 and as of this writing there are only 2 seats left. After those fill we start a waiting list. The price includes access to all seminars and tours. Call 800-888-3832 to save your seat. 

At many of these shows Wolff offers a door prize. This time we have a special one, a black Twice as Sharp®. Why is it black? Wolff announce last month that they are having to re-cut their molds for the Twice as Sharp® housing. Every time we do this we change the color. (Last time was 1998) Black was one of the colors we tried along with red and yellow. Red was the winner. Who is eligible to win this prize? Anyone who signs up before the February 20th price increase deadline and in attendance at the show, so if you’ve signed up already you’re name is in the hat. If you haven’t, you now have another reason to sign up ASAP. 

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 and Bob Schiessl will be teaming up to do clipper blade training, and Jason and his staff will be training on 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. (Schedule will be out soon)

If you’re coming the Best Western has blocked a number of rooms for us at a special price. The room discounts are as follows: Single Queen - $70.54 + Tax, Double Queen or King - $79.04 + Tax, Double Queen Pool Side - $87.54 + Tax (Pool side rooms have been newly remodeled.) This room rate includes parking and a full hot breakfast at the hotel restaurant. The number for the hotel is 515-964-1717. Be sure to ask for the Wolff/ Edge Pro rate when you call. Also, the Fairfield Inn that is just across the street where Jason has his students stay is also discounting rooms for this event. Their room rate is $70.00 + tax and comes with free parking and a hot continental breakfast. This is a newer hotel. The hotel number is 515-965-8400, ask for the Edge Pro Rate. Both hotels are nice, you’ll just have to decide whether you want to stay at the event hotel or across the street.

Part of the show will also include a tour of The Edge Pro. Come and see Jason’s shop and meet his crew. Come see how they operate their business and perhaps take home some new ideas you can incorporate into your own business. 

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. Give me a call at 800-888-3832 if you have any questions.

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.

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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 or visit their Facebook Page at

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?