Are you retired?
NO - this is my full time business to support myself, my wife and our dogs. Most of the other sharpeners are retired.
Can't I sharpen at home with my steel?
A steel only straightens the edge, it does not sharpen it.
I was told I can cut on my granite counter top?
Yes, you can, but I do not recommend it as it quickly dulls the knife. Better cutting boards will be made of wood or plastic.
Do you use electricity to sharpen?
No, I do not use electricity to sharpen. I use a foot powered treadle with wheels made of aluminum oxide.
Do you sharpen salon shears?
Yes, I do sharpen salon shears but not on this machine. Salon shears require a flat hone to sharpen correctly.
How long have you been sharpening?
I was taught to sharpen as a young child by my father. I have been sharpening all my life.
What are your wheels made of?
My wheels are made in the USA of aluminum oxide.
Is it true that all the items you use to sharpen at MADE IN AMERICA?
How often do I need to have my knives sharpened?
I recommend at least once a year. If you cook a lot (or are a professional chef) more often.
Do you do serrated knives?
Yes I do. They are more involved to sharpen than straight knives so the pricing is different. I charge $1.50 per inch to sharpen them.
Do you sharpen pinking shears?
Yes I do - under 6" are $15 and 6"-12" are $20
What do you sharpen?
I sharpen Kitchen Tools: Knives, Serrated knives, Ulu, Food Processor blades, Peelers
I sharpen Garden Tools: Lawn mower blades, shovels, pruners, hedge trimmers (non electric), grass shears, axes, hatchets
I sharpen Woodworking Tools: Plane irons, chisels, adze, scorps
I sharpen Sewing Tools: Scissors, Pinking Shears
I sharpen Salon/Spa Tools: Shears, Tweezers, Cuticle nippers
Most items if they were once sharp, I can resharpen them.