We offer tool and knife sharpening in Stirling

Knife Sharpening

Knife Sharpening

We all know how frustrating blunt knives are to use! Cutting and chopping can become quite an effort and with increased pressure required, potentially more dangerous.

Bob’s Locks Stirling precision knife sharpening – tormek wet stone grinder will grind your old blunt knives back to their former glory and often to a far superior finish than your knives were new. After honing on the leather wheel, you will leave our Stirling shop with a mirror finish blade that will be razor-sharp.

Whether it be an expensive chef’s knife that needs sharpening or your domestic set from home, Bob’s locks have the sharpening answer in Stirling. Work smart, not hard, and get the best from your knives at all times, not just when they are new.

The knife-edge will be the same angle right across the blade. Depending on how sharp you require the knife we can adjust the angle to suit your needs. It has been found that an angle 25 degrees both sides will give you more longevity in the knives’ life. Whereas a finer angle of 13 degrees would give you a sharper edge however would not last as long. With all knife sharpening, the use of the knife will dictate what level of sharpening it will require.

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Chisel & Tool Sharpening

Have your chisels gone blunt? Have they got blemishes on the outer edge? Is it taking too long to work with the wood?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Bob’s Locks Stirling chisel and knife sharpening service can help.

We can revive your worn out chisels and bring them back to the razor sharp edge as if new. We can reshape the metal and square it off giving you the perfect edge capable of slicing through the most stubborn of wood and knots with relative ease.

As the old saying goes, ‘a bad workman always blames his tools’. With Bob’s Locks chisel sharpening service in Stirling, this should be a thing of the past and never a valid excuse. Many tradespeople try to sharpen their tools on a bench grinder. This can create a hollow grind with a poor quality finish. The heat transferred to the tip of the chisel can often leave the metal tempered and weak, causing shards to break off. Even if this is the case, Bob’s locks can revive your chisel, get them back to a razor sharp finish and restore them to their former glory.

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Knife Care - Knife Sharpening

STORAGE

Avoid the edge of the knife from coming in contact with things that can dull and chip the edge. There is a multitude of holders on the market. Buy one that keeps the knives in separate compartments with the cutting edges protected.

CLEANING

The knife may be able to stand the dishwater temperatures and detergents; however, it can’t stand up to being knocked around by the water jets. This will cause them to bump into other utensils and could dull or chip the edge. Kitchen knives should be hand washed and dried immediately to prevent rusting. Remember, stainless steel is only rust-resistant, not rust proof.

USE

Select the correct knife for the job. Most knives are manufactured and designed with a specific purpose in mind. Thin blades are generally for finer delicate cutting; meanwhile, heavy thick blades are more suited to less critical tougher cuts. Using a thin blade to make the tougher cuts will quickly dull the blade.

CUTTING SURFACE

A hard cutting surface will quickly dull the edge. Glass, porcelain, and metal are some of the worst surfaces to use. Stick with wood or plastic, these are surfaces that are more malleable and can be cut into meaning that aren’t as harsh on the blade edge.

USE OF A STEEL HONE

How long before your knife becomes dull depends on how you use and care for it. A good steel or ceramic hone will extend the life of the cutting edge. It does not sharpen the blade; it only re-aligns the edge. Honing should be done just before use or at least regularly to prevent the edge from getting too far out of alignment.

KNIFE SHARPENING

The type of sharpener and how it is used can make a big difference to the end results. An electric sharpener can do a lot of damage to a blade very quickly and doesn’t allow you to control the type of edge that is being ground. If you want to sharpen your own knives yourself, get a good set of sharpening stones, and work slowly. With a little practice, a simple V-edge should be obtainable.

FAQS

It can be very frustrating and often dangerous to use a blunt knife due to the extra force needed to produce results. We can sharpen your knife and regrind the angles on the knives to work like new.

Yes. Matching the existing angle will give you the best edge and achievable here at Bob's Locks Stirling. Sharpening at a higher angle tends to give you a less sharp edge while sharpening at a lower angle is more time consuming due to it requiring extra material to be removed. We can cater for Japanese blade, Swedish blade and many more with our Tormek Wet Stone grinder.

Unfortunately we don't offer this service at this time.

Yes we can. It often requires more time to recover the blade but most chisels can be saved. This will require more metal to be removed and will shorten the life of the tools.

Yes we have the ability to soften these burrs from the blade and hone the edge to work like new.

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