Knife Repair

I do a bit more than just sharpening – de-rusting, cleaning, adjusting and oiling as necessary are included with every sharpening service. I also repair loose slabs and pins. Drop off your damaged knife or email pictures with explanation of problem.

Metal Polishing

I combine old-fashioned service, techniques and workmanship with state-of-the-art technology to provide some pretty nice metal polishing. I polish aluminum, brass, stainless steel and other metals.
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Repair & Recondition

I repair & recondition all types of tools and cutting instruments.

Restoration

One of my passions is restoration of old tools, giving them many more years of use. I always work to maintain the integrity of original material and design.

Cast Iron Cookware

I de-rust and condition cast iron cookware starting with an electrolysis bath. There is seldom any need for any further surface conditioning with the exception of possibly some light sanding. Then, the conditioning makes them look and cook great.

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Mail-in Service

Send your items by Priority Mail and they will be returned within 48 to 72 hours. Include return postage with sharpening fees.

Walking Canes

On occassion I will take time to make one of a kind walking canes and staffs. I even take orders for canes and staffs with custom themes. I have done canes for teachers, nurses, soldiers and more. I need months of lead time for custom work.

Reel Mower Sharpening

The Finished Product: Reel Mower Sharpening Services Completed

Reel mowers are built to be self-sharpening and their simple but ingenious design almost insures a sharp mower–but, only if you do you part.

Reel mowers operate on the scissor principle–two sharp edges passing by each other. However, in this case the sharp edges are not sharpened like a knife blade. Instead they have very distinct edges passing each other at ninety degrees.

This week I received five reel mowers to sharpen. One customer brought a set of three that are towed behind a tractor to cut a ball field. The set had been used only one season and were in really nice shape with the exception of the cutting services. The only reason these needed sharpening is because the blade cutting services had pitting due to rust. If the cutting service of a reel mower is allowed to rust and form pits, then when the blade passes by the base bar the rust is easily knocked off the blade but due to the pit, the cutting edgle no longer meets the bar.

Since there were eight blades per cylinder, and three cylinders, I had 24 blades to work on. Luckily, a course diamond stone allowed me to remove the pitting and gain a nice shiny flat blade on each.

Now it was time to adjust the base blade so the cutting blades would just meet it as the blades rotated. A very fine adjustment of about 1/32 turn was all it took. The mowers were easily cutting paper strips as a test and all was good.

Do not let your reel mower blades rust. Apply some type of rust preventative or make a quick pass over the edges with spray paint.

The Finished Product: Reel Mower Sharpening Services Completed

The Finished Product:
Reel Mower Sharpening Services Completed

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Published: August 3, 2018

Axe Handle Replacement Services

Axe Sharpening Service in Mobile Alabama Area

Handle Replacement Services

 

I offer handle replacement services for all types of yard tools and shop tools. If you are in the Semmes, Alabama area, Ace Hardware at 7380 Moffett Road has handles, wedges and epoxy. If you pick up the handle and supplies, I can replace the handle for you. Depending on the tool, the charge is usually between $6.00 and $10.00.

If you need a specialty handle, I can make one for you or order from a supplier. Listed here are some tools that often need handle replacement.

ADZE EYE-CAPENTER-NAIL-CLAW HAMMER HANDLES | ADZE HANDLES | ALFALFA FORK

ASPHALT RAKE HANDLES | AXE EYE MAUL HANDLES

Barley Fork | Barn Scraper | Bent Shovel Chucked | Bent Shovel Razorback

BLACKSMITH-SHOP HAMMER HANDLES

Bow Rake | BOY’S AXE HANDLES

BRICK-TILE HAMMER HANDLES | BROAD AXE HANDLES | BROAD HATCHET HANDLES

California Framing | CANT HOOK HANDLES | Carpenter Hammer | Carpenter Octagon | COKE-SEED-ENSILAGE HANDLES

CORN DRAG | Corona Style Sheers | COTTON HOE HANDLES | Cotton Seed/Alfalfa Fork Dee Handle | Cruiser Axe

DEE SCOOP HOLLOWBACK WTIH SHOULDER | DEE SCOOP RAZORBACK W/O SHOULDER

DITCH OR KIZER BLADE HANDLES

DOUBLE BIT AXE HANDLES | Double Bit Axe Eye Maul | DOWELS | Drift Pick | Drill Hammer

ENGINEER HAMMER HANDLES | EPOXY KITS | Eureka Post Hole Digger | EYE HOE

Fallers Axe | FIBERGLASS HANDLES | File Handles | Fire Rake | Fletcher Mattock | Floral Shovel

FRAMING HAMMER HANDLES | Fro Handle

Garden Mattock | Garden Plow | Garden Wheelbarrow | German Eye Hoe | GI Pick | Grub Hoe Handles

HAY FORK HANDLES W/8″ FERRULE | Hoe and Level Head Rake

HOE HANDLES CHUCK AND BORED | HOE HANDLES CHUCKED ONLY

Hoe Not Bored | Hoe with Ferrule | HOUSE AXE HANDLES

Ladies Carpenter | Large Eye Maul Handle | LATHING HATCHET HANDLES | LEAF RAKE HANDLES | Lopper

MACHINIST BALL PEIN HAMMER HANDLES | Mallett Eyes | MANURE FORK HANDLES W/8″ FERRULE

McLeod Fire Tool Handle | MORTAR HOE HANDLES

Pickaroon | PLOW HANDLES | POST HOLE DIGGER HANDLES

POST MAUL HANDLES | Pruner Pole | Pulaski Axe | PUSH BROOM HANDLES

Railroad Pick | RAKE HANDLES CHUCKED AND BORED WITH FERRULES

RIGGER HATCHET HANDLES | RIVETING-TINNERS-PANEING HAMMER HANDLES | RIVETS

SCOUT-CAMPERS-HUNTERS AXE HANDLES | SHINGLING-HALF HATCHET HANDLES | SHOVEL HANDLES

Shovel Universal | SINGLE BIT AXE HANDLES | Single Bit Axe Eye Maul

Single Jack Handle | SLEDGE HAMMER HANDLES

Sledge Large Eye | Sledge Ex-Large Eye | SORTING STICKS

STOCKMEN’S WALKING CANES | STRAIGHT SHOVEL HANDLES

Straight Shovel Chucked | Straight SB Axe | STRIKING HAMMER HANDLES

TACK-BRAD HAMMER HANDLES | Tamper | TILE SPADE OR SHARP SHOOTER

Tinner | Tire Knocker | TOMAHAWK HANDLES

Universal Razorback | Universal Scoop

Walking Plow | WEDGES BY THE POUND | WEDGE PACKS | Weed Cutter Handle | WHEELBARROW HANDLES

 

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Published: June 6, 2018

Garden Tool Sharpening

Garden Tool Sharpening

Garden Tool Sharpening Service

 

All metal garden tools, including shovels, hoes, spades, forks and hand trowels need sharpening.  Today’s brand new tools are more often in need of sharpening than garden tools you may have been using for a while. Garden tools are not sharpened before they leave the factory – 99% of the time at least. It’s a matter of production costs. Precision in-factory sharpening equipment and human labor costs are expensive. So, in order to keep the selling price down and increase production efficiency, garden tool manufacturers just do not sharpen garden tools.

I realize that many of you will never have thought of sharpening garden tools such as shovels and hoes. Sure, you notice right away when your hedge clippers need sharpening but you notice when they are dull much quicker than when your shovel or hoe needs sharpening. Why is that? First, you probably use these garden tools much more often than a shovel or hoe so the fact that they are dull comes to your attention more often. Second, when you use a shovel or hoe, you are using a different set of muscles which are larger and more powerful. Unless you have quick access to a sharp shovel and a dull shovel at the same time it is unlikely you will notice the difference in effort required to use a sharp shovel compared to a dull one.

I could go on and on and there is not much need for that. You will either sharpen all your garden tools or you will not. I will say one thing that may influence you though: I live in a small city that at one time was the “plant nursery capital of the world.” There are dozens of plant nurseries with hundreds of workers taking care of thousands of acres of plants. Many of these nurseries have me sharpen their garden tools on an ongoing basis. This week alone I am sharpening dozens of shovels, hoes, pruning shears, hedge clippers, hand trowels, pitch forks and so forth. These nursery owners need efficient and speedy results from their employees. Sharp tools help with that.

 

 

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Published: May 14, 2018