Shear Sharpening in Mobile AL
Another pair of Joewell Shears arrived in the shop today – brought in by a hairdresser in Semmes AL. This is the second set of shears brought in by this hairdresser and I was certainly happy to hear her say she was very happy with my previous work.
I normally write blog post as a way of passing on information to my customers about the work I performed on their cutting instruments and this post will serve the same purpose but if you are interested in Joewell Shears or the sharpening requirements for them, you may want to read this post.
Joewell makes fine shears. They have shears from around $100 up to hundreds of dollars. One feature I appreciate about Joewell Shears is probably unseen by the majority of people but is an indication of the craftsmanship built in to Joewell Shears. That feature is a fluted screw that pairs the blades at the pivot. Although I have never found much information on the production of these shears, I feel quite sure the fluted screw is intended to expand the screw end thereby preventing the screw from backing out and causing the shears to become misaligned. This is the normal use of a fluted screw and Joewell probably is not going to go around telling everyone how to make a quality shear. That’s probably why there is little information available on their production techniques.
As with all things mechanical, wear and tear take their toll. The primary reason this particular set of shears was not cutting well was that the screw had indeed backed out just a bit and the shear blades were out of alignment. They were not as close as they should be.
Belinda, I cleaned adjusted your shears and spread the flute a bit to fix the blade alignment. After alignment, the shears needed only a clean up on the edges with a stone. After completing the sharpening I used the same method most factories use for testing sharpness of shears – cutting hanging plastic wrap and wet tissue. Your shears cut perfectly. Unfortunately the plastic wrap does not photograph well so I included only the wet tissue test photo. Would you please leave a review of my work HERE so others may gain confidence in my work. A review at Google+ would help me out too. That link is HERE. And, as usual, if you are not happy for any reason I will be glad to make it right.