Shear Sharpening Mobile AL
Shears used for trimming shrubbery are pretty tough instruments. They’re hefty and fully take advantage of the minimum force applied by users. They can make one feel pretty powerful – snipping away at all those branches and tough weed problems. Maybe the heft and capabilities of shears instills in us a sense of invincibility and permanence. Whatever the cause, we all treat shears badly. I have never received shears that looked as if they received any the slightest care and I have sharpened hundreds of them. But… as I said, they’re tough and usually snap back with a bit of TLC.
Two shears were dropped off for sharpening the other day. Here are photos of them when they arrived:
Some of the stuff we get from China is pretty good. Some not so good. These were pretty good shears. I was impressed with their construction. My dislike for goods from China is primarily a sadness for the loss of U.S. production of goods. It is not an overall condemnation of quality or for any other reason.
I have written many times that when I am not backed-up with work in the shop I always try to do much more for any tools left in my care. I though I might share with you the process I used to put these shears back in shape.
The shears were disassembled and cleaned of all residue. Then they received considerable cleaning and buffing with a brass wire wheel. I used brass because I wanted to remove only rust – not steel beneath the rust.
Please understand that I cannot always give this much attention to items left with me. I I I clean and adjust tools on almost all sharpening jobs I do but I do not do a complete restoration like this unless the customer requests it. This was just one of those days when I really got into good old-fashioned American craftsmanship.
I failed to take pictures of the other shears but they looked just as nice. I buffed away all the rust and then coated both shears with a clear coat rust preventative.
Okay. That’s it for this post. As always, I try to give you quality work performed with good ‘ole American know-how and pride. Thank you very much for your business.
PS: I sharpened the shears too.
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