Frequently Asked Questions
Can you actually sharpen clipper blades and grooming scissors so they will work like new?
With factory equipment, professional training, and years of experience (all of which we have), cutting instruments can be returned to like-new performance. The end result of the sharpening is also conditional upon the quality and condition of the tool being serviced. We have actually had some customers buy new blades and scissors from us, then have us sharpen them before they used them.
Can you sharpen any and all clipper blades, including ceramic, Lister, Premier, and sheep sets?
Any blade that can be taken apart is usually sharpenable. We have sharpened many different kinds of blade sets including the ones listed above, with extremely good success. Ceramic cutters can only be sharpened flat, so they will not sharpen up as well as an all-steel clipper blade. We sharpen sheep combs and cutters with a special lapping method which has out-performed the normal dry-grind method in local field trials. Lister and Premier blade sets need to be kept together as individual sets and our method of sharpening them has consistently worked extremely well.
What is your normal turn-around time for sharpening and repair?
It all depends on our schedule and workload at the time of receiving the order. We try our best to have most sharpening orders turned around and ready to return within one week and most clipper repair orders within two weeks. Sometimes when repairing a clipper, we have to wait for a special-ordered part and then it could take longer until it is completed. If for any reason there are time limitations where an individual needs their items returned within several days, we will try to work with the customer. Any
special scheduling requirements need to be pre-approved before shipping the order, or we cannot guarantee the return time frame.
How do I know when my tool is getting dull, or how long can I expect to wait until the next sharpening?
There is no specific guide to knowing exactly when to have a tool sharpened again. There are many variables that contribute to an item losing its sharpness, which includes frequency of use, friction, lubrication, proper use, and the material being cut. The best policy is to have a back-up for each tool so whenever one becomes dull, you can send it out for re-furbishing with no downtime.
What can I do to maintain the cutting edge of my tools and prolong their life?
Maintain the proper tension of the pivot area (scissors), regularly oil all moving parts, only cut material the tool was designed for, and always work over a soft surface in case the tool is dropped.
I can no longer slide-cut with my scissors, can you fix this?
The term slide-cut is used by beauticians with their convex-edge shears and by those using industrial scissors in certain applications. The principle of use is similar in both situations and the tool is not working properly because of incorrect sharpening, wrong pivot tension, or damage to the balance and set of the scissors. Any and all of these can be corrected unless the damage is too severe.
Can you sharpen left-handed scissors or will you ruin them like the last person?
Yes, the set-up to sharpen left-handed scissors is the same as right-handed except backward. We have been trained to do these and have done many with no problems.
Can you sharpen pinking scissors?
Yes, with a 95% – 98% success rate.