I am able to sharpen almost all knives, and even do an occasional machete, brush hook or hatchet.
I am able to sharpen scissors, as well.
$3 minimum, may not include major regrinds or re-profiling
- Standard edge – $0.75 a linear inch
- Serrated edge – $1 a linear inch
- Hatchets, axes – usually ~$10 a blade
- Machetes, etc – $1 a linear inch
- Scissors (basic household fabric or paper type)- ~$8 each
The center of my sharpening equipment is a completely manually operated EdgePro Sharpener, which uses water stones. I prefer, when possible, to take the time to sharpen by hand to decrease the amount of steel I remove from the edge and help the knife last a little longer. It takes a little longer to do it this way, but I think it produces a better edge and serves to ensure that the tool lasts longer.
I do occasionally use a belt grinder if I need to regrind a chipped edge, a broken tip or a severely dull edge. I do use the belt grinder for larger work tools like machetes. My grinders have a full range of speed adjustment which allows me to grind the steel of a hardened blade with much control of the temperature. This is very important so that the blade is not overheated and ruined during sharpening.
I have been sharpening knives, and other tools, since I was very young on our family farm, where I used bench stones.
A note on chisels
I am often asked if I sharpen, or repair, woodworking chisels.
I have recently begun to offer this service more regularly.
These are definitely a case by case thing, as unfortunately it can often get more expensive to sharpen or repair a chisel than it would cost to simply purchase a new one.
Sharpening a chisel usually requires that the bevel be reground and the back be lapped, which takes time and patience to do. Bevels can be ground on a power sander or grinder, but great care has to be taken to not overheat the tool and ruin its heat treatment, which is why I prefer to use a very slow disk sander specifically designed for the purpose.
Please contact me about your chisel sharpening or repair needs, and we can see what can be done.