In the last year I have become a certified Diamond Rose Shears Supreior Sharpening system sharpener. I found it interesting that everything I said in the initial reviews is true.
In my territory I have, what I guess you might call competitors, who use everything from grinders to flat hone machines all the way to a belt sander with a leather belt on it. I can actually tell who sharpened the shears last when I look at them.
I won’t mention names but here is what I see.
- Flat hone sharpeners do remove the radius. I check each shear before I start to see how much radius is left on the blades and show the stylists how flat the blades are.
- The grinder guys take off so much metal that they literally remove years from the life of the blade. Not to mention they straighten the radius and put a bevel edge on the blade.
- The gentleman using the leather belt simply can’t maintain the correct angle on the blade.
Last month I sharpened a pair that a stylist had had sharpened two hours before I came into the salon. They wouldn’t cut hair even though the sharpener showed her that they passed the sanek strip test. I tested them the right way, with a slow even pressure and they failed the sanek strip test. This guy charged her $25 and left her with a pair of shears she couldn’t use.
I felt sorry for her so I gave a discount but she still had to pay me again to fix them.
There are several sharpeners using flat hone machines who actually change the shape of the blade. Near the hilt the blade is narrower then in the center it is slightly thicker and the tip it curves up. This lack of precision is caused by different amounts of pressure being applied when the shear is being sharpened. The result is the shear pushes hair away from the hilt until it clumps up at the center then the shear folds the hair. The only fix is to fully resharpen the shear and smooth out the radius from hilt to tip. I fix this kind of issue all the time.
I’ve sharpened a coated shear that had literally half the color polished off the blade. I showed the stylist this before I started and showed her one of the coated shears I sell so she could see just how little metal I take off the blade. I was able to sharpen it but I couldn’t put the coating back on. She is thrilled at the way her shears cut now.
I have entire salons who call me for appointments now and won’t let anyone else touch their shears. THis is a great business if you are using the right equipment with the right techniques.
So to continue the review aspects of this blog here are a couple of real life examples.
- A stylist had her shears sharpened by someone using a grinder. He changed the angle on the blade and put a bevel edge on it as well. I corrected both issues for the stylist showing her what had been done and what I did. Another happy customer.
- One of my loyal customers will only let me touch his Nic Kings. These $1000 shears are his favorites. Last time I sharpened his shears (and most of the rest of the stylists shears in that salon) I had him test drive what I call the best shear in the world. The Damascus by Mushashi Shears. I told him he’d love them, and I warned him that his client would actually be able to tell the difference. He kept glaring at me while he was cutting his client’s hair. He called over and asked me how long I’d had these shears, I answered about 6 months he asked how many people used them, I told him over 100. He kept glaring at me. When I went over after he finished he told me that these were the best shears he’d ever used, and that his client had told him she could feel the difference. I just smiled and said “I told you so!”
- I got a call to sharpen shears for the entire salon (A Great Clips) a week ago. Every shear in the salon was in bad shape. The last time they were sharpened they were done on a grinder.It took most of the afternoon but I was able to fix all the shears and bring them back to factory new condition.
One final note for this posting-
I’ve had to re-sharpen at no charge only 2 shears in the year I’ve been doing this. I have had two shears I couldn’t fix that were simply too old or too short to sharpen. This is out of the thousands of shears I’ve sharpened. The Diamond Rose Superior Sharpening System is truly head and shoulders better than any other system out there.
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