Hairstyling scissor sharpening requires:
• Excellent eye hand coordination.
• Depth of knowledge from experience and training.
• Precision equipment.
I have been certified Master sharpener 2008 by the National Shear Sharpeners Guild. There are only 25 NSSG Master Sharpeners in 26 years. Even after all these years, I learn something new at every NSSG seminar. In 2009 and again in 2010, 2011 & 2012, I was the instructor for back to basics class.
In 2013, I instructed at IBSA, International Beauty Sharpening Association.
As early as I can remember, I was always working with my hands. I loved shop classes in school. I could do anything. After school I became a hairstylist. I worked in Brooklyn for a while, then Manhattan on the East Side. When my parents retired to Florida, my wife Jackie and I followed them. We had two salons in Boca Raton, one at a time.
In Florida I sent my two favorite scissors to be sharpened. What a disaster, they were ruined. They wouldn’t cut hair: they wouldn’t even bend hair, it just slid between the blades. I decided then to learn how to sharpen scissors. Sharpening began as a hobby in 1975. By 1981 I was good enough to do sharpening for Atlantic Beauty Supply.
August 1997 we sold our salon and moved to Los Angeles. I purchased my Rapid Edge Sharpener, and have been full time sharpening since then. I love it. I work with my hands, and can take all the time to make my sharpening great. I have one speed, its called DO IT RIGHT. This goes for righty or lefty shears. I put a factory quality edge on the scissors whether it is beveled or convex edge.
I can make different edges depending on the use of the scissors; General cutting, Slide cutting, Point cutting and Regular cutting. The right edge makes your cutting easier. I love to work with tools. I have over twenty five thousand dollars worth of sharpening tools in my van. I have seen and tested almost every scissor sharpening machine.
I don’t tell engaging stories; and don’t start me on politics. I am just the best scissor sharpener you might ever meet.
Life is great now. The kids area gone, the mortgage is small, and I can work at my own pace. My hobby is now my vocation.