Author: dkoeneman

The Priceless Importance Of Honing: Shear Sharpening

Honing is the process of smoothing metal after getting rid of the blemishes along the edge.

It is not a practice that is unique or specific to shear sharpening. Honing is a process that is as old as the hills (as they say) and is used in any type of finishing work. Honing is commonly used by machinists to shave off small amounts of metal to bring engine parts into the proper specifications. That way all the parts fit together when it’s time for assembly.

Honing, when sharpening shears, does the exact same thing. The difference is when honing a pair of shears the amount of metal being removed is so very, very small that it’s often an overlooked process; but it is so very, very important. The actual sharpening of the shears is all about the skill of the sharpener in the honing of the shear blade.

So what do you say we do some honing?

The sharpening process is really a constant process of reducing the blemishes along the shear blade until there are none left. When it comes to getting the old edge off of a pair of shears it is necessary to use an abrasion that is going to get the damage off the shear without producing any significant heat. Once that is done, the next step is to get rid of the scratches caused by disk or wheel that was used to cut the damage off with.

The disk or wheel that I use for honing will have a very small abrasion on it and I will gauge what kind of work that it does by the kind of pressure that I put on the shear blade and how fast I pull it across the surface.I always do this honing process in a very light repetitive manner because there is very little heat produced.

Along with smoothing the metal, honing also produces a small burr along the leading edge of the shear blade.

This burr is one that we can control now. It is burr is even all along the blade and we know that there is no damage below it to produce any dead spots.

This is the time to polish the ride-line and stand the burr up and then hone the top part of the blade to bend the burr down. This is done repeatedly to get this “control burr” to break off and leave us will and clean sharp edge.

Sometimes it can take some time to accomplish because of the differences in the type of steal being used in the shears. However, by repeating over and over and checking the progress the “control burr” is taken off and a nice clean, sharp edge is produced.

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Shears Care and Maintenance

Shear maintenance and care are the least time consuming parts of any stylists’ week and yet they are a very important part, a part that many neglect. Shears and clippers are a stylists’ most important tools and taking those few extra steps and a few moments of your time can save you much time, money, and agrevation. As we have seen in the field the stylist who takes the time to care for his/her shear properly can expect it to stay performing 2 to 3 times longer than the one who does not. Listed below are some general guidelines and suggestions which can do just that, save you time, money and agrevation!!

Oil your shears weekly.

It only takes a few drops applied at the pivot points of your shear weekly to help keep unwanted hair and debris from sticking under junction point. This leads to smoother operation, prevents scratches in ride line and leads to less variance in shear tension.

Knowing how to adjust shear tension and checking the tension regularly.

  A shear that is loose–no matter how sharp–can lead to hair bending. A shear that is set tight leads to premature dulling and scratching. Without good tension, you end up with a rough operation and a shear that is in constant need of sharpening.

To set tension, hold the right handle in your right hand and gently open shear with left hand most of the way. Let go of the left handle and let shear close where it will. If properly tensioned, your shear should not close all the way. It should stay open approx. 1/3 to 1/2 of being fully opened. Having clean and oiled shears is essental to properly adjust tension. Set tension with tension knob or screw tensioner. Remember it only takes a couple of clicks of your knob or a slight turn of your screw.

Wipe shears down.

Gently wiping shear blades off in-between cuts remove excess hair and debris such as hair sprays and gels. This helps you keep the pivot point of shear clean and also keep you from re-cutting the same hair over and over. Plus, you want your customers to see your clean shears.

Always keep shears stored in a case or seperate area of drawer with towel or something soft.

Nicks in the underneath side of blade are a shear’s performance worst enemy. When setting shears on counter or cart after cutting, make sure blades are closed and not open to prevent the underside of shear from rattling around and causing nicks. Shears stored in a drawer rattling around with everything else tend to always be having problems due to the nicks this causes in underneath side of blades.

Other important tips:

Avoid draoppage by setting shears in a secure spot where the likely hood of accidently hitting and knocking off station is reduced. Clean shears lead to less dropage.

Do not spray chemicals on shears which may lead to pitting or corrosion,etc. Simply wipe off with clean water and soft towel and re-oil.

If shears are nicked try to avoid useage as the longer you use a nicked shear the deeper the nick gets thus the more material you must remove during sharpening to restore shears edge. Less material removed leads to longer shear life.

Clippers

The two single most important factors in reliable clipper/trimmer operation is to avoid dropping and to keep blades well oiled with a good clipper oil. We suggest real clipper oil not combination cleaners/lubricants that comes in a spray can.

If you’re working in a regular salon enviroment and using clippers and trimmers daily, we suggest oiling the blades daily. Apply oil to the parts of blade where there is metal to metal contact. It only takes a moment.

If you’re working in chain shop or barber enviroment we suggest 2 to 3 times a day oiling. Keep blades brushed off of excess hair with blade brush provided at purchase. Regularily make sure to unravel all cords, to help avoid cord problems and be more user friendly. Know how to keep blades adjusted and aligned.

If you ever have any questions, just let us know. We can show you how to adjust your particular clipper/ trimmer.

2013 Best of Elizabethtown Awards for Health and Medical

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dk Industries Receives 2013 Best of Elizabethtown Award

Elizabethtown Award Program Honors the Achievement

ELIZABETHTOWN October 21, 2013 — Dk Industries has been selected for the 2013 Best of Elizabethtown Award in the Health and Medical category by the Elizabethtown Award Program.

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“Innovative By Tradition”

Tradition is good.

Innovation is better.

And the right combination of the two. . . the best

“Innovative by tradition” has been TONDEO’s recipe for success for more than 80 years. Today TONDEO is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hairdressing shears. Their shears and razors are convincing in terms of technology and design. They are specifically tailored to your requirements. Even in the manufacture of these little “masterpieces,” TONDEO relies on the right combination: state-of-the-art machines and precise hand work, technologies and years of know-how allow high-quality unique items to be created.

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