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.

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

Hedge Trimmer Sharpening

Electric Hedge Trimmer Sharpening Service

Hedge Trimmer Sharpening

 

Hedge trimmer sharpening ensures the removal of any residue that accumulates on the blades over time.  Keeping their blades sharp helps them to maintain optimal performance.

One of the important benefits surrounding hedge clipper sharpening procedures is the extension of blade life. Extending blade life allows for an extended life for the overall product because sharp blades reduce the work load of the electric motor or gas engine. Sharpening of edge clippers is relatively easy but time consuming. Most hedge trimmers have four cutting edges per blade inch. The industry standard is 1.16 edges per inch. As an example, the common 22″ hedge trimmer has a minimum of 102 cutting edges to sharpen.

 

Care Of Hedge Trimmer

Cleaning

Never use water to clean an electric or cordless hedge trimmer because it could damage the internal mechanics and accelerate rusting of the blades and guides. You should clean and lubricate your hedge trimmer blades after every use to ensure that the blades will slide easily and keep them from rusting. Hedge trimmers gather plant juices (sap) and most are sticky. Dirty blades put additional strain on the motor and promotes rust. Once you clean and lubricate your hedge trimmer, run your hedge trimmer to make sure that the lubricant coats the blade completely.

Hedge Trimmer Blade Care

wd-40 is a moisture displacement substance and not a particularly good lubricant.

How To Lubricate Hedge Trimmer Blades

I keep my blades lubed with motor oil and multi-purpose household oils, not wd-40. wd-40 is a moisture displacement substance and not a particularly good lubricant.

wd40 On Hedge Trimmer Blades

Hedge Trimmer Resin Solvent

Resin remover for hedge trimmers is a must. Here is a short list of resin removal tactics that work:

  • Spray down the blades with simple green let it soak in for 5 mins then brush it off with a stiff plastic brush and rinse.
  • I also find when you are pruning spray a mixture of atf and a bit of paint thinner it lubes the blades and keeps some of the sap from gumming them up wile you are using them.
  • I have used a mixture of aerosol brake cleaner plus non flammable safety solvent in my parts washer.
    Once cleaned, the blades are blown dry and heavily coated with oil to resist rust.
  • I use B’laster – 8-PB – Penetrating Catalyst – 7-Ounces. It’s great and sticks to the blades a little longer than most other lubricants I have tried. You can find it at various stores around town or order it from Amazon by clicking on the link above.
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Published: March 4, 2018