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.

If you'd like another source for learning tips and tricks in the sharpening trade, take a look at as well. This is the number one selling newsletter for the scissors and clipper blade sharpening professional.

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Wolff Show is Getting Close

Wolff is now officially in countdown mode with just a few weeks to go before show time is here. So far they have had an incredible response! Over 100 people have signed up and more are calling every day. If you’d like to come, don’t wait too long to call. While Wolff doesn’t limit the number of attendees at their large shows, the Fire Marshal does. Once they hit a certain number they will need to start making a waiting list. So call today if you want to come!

Here’s a rundown of the schedule:
Friday, August 16th: Wolff will be hosting plant tours and a yard sale from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Saturday, August 17th: The showtimes will be from 8:45 AM until 5 PM. There will be seminars throughout the day and the vendor room will be open all day. In the morning there will be seminars on sharpening on the Hira-To® flat hone and clipper blade sharpening. In the afternoon there will be seminars on clipper repair and the manufacturing of scissors.

Sunday, August 18th: The show hours will be from 8:45 AM until 3 PM with an 8 AM worship service. The vendor room will be open all day. In the morning there will be seminars on marketing/sales and how to properly work the hone line on hollow ground shears. In the afternoon there will be a seminar on the Ookami Gold® and Twice as Sharp®.

They have a great line up of vendors!
Wolff Industries
Nebraska Blades
The Edge Pro
Kenchii Shears
ProLine Shears
Bonika Shears
Sharp Edges
Huff's Wholesale
44/20 Shears
On The Edge Newsletter
Fort Worth Shaver
Nina Inc
Florida Shears
Scissor Mall
Clipper Shack
Sharpeners Report
Sharpening Made Easy

As stated above, the vendor room will be open during the entire show, so if you have questions or if there is a seminar you’re not interested in, there will still be plenty to do. Also, if you have specific sharpening questions, Wolff will be setting up at a sharpening demonstration table for the entire show as well. They will have all their machines out and will be ready to answer any questions you may have. 

To register for the sharpening convention, call Wolff Industries at 800-888-3832. The price to attend is $45 for the first person and $25 for each additional person from your shop. If you didn’t sign up by June 15th you missed the chance to win our E-Kit, a set of the Wolff® economy shears with a retail value of over $1320.00, but anyone that signs up before July 31st will be entered to win a Twice as Sharp®. So you still have a chance to win a great thank you prize!

The Greenville Airport Marriott has blocked off a set of rooms for $89.00 dollars + tax per night. Contact the Marriott at 864-297-0300 to make your room reservations as soon as possible. If you will be flying in, the Greenville/Spartanburg airport code is GSP. The Marriott will provide a shuttle.

Those that have already signed up will get a packet in the mail with a schedule and other needed information.

If you have any other questions, please give Wolff a call!