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Picked up the 3 x 15" blades and talked about their knife grinder

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 04-18-2015 09:22 PM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picked up my newly sharpened 15” x 3 knives at the local saw shop ” Apex Saw ” here in Reno/Sparks, NV. They had bouts of rust on them when they were dropped off, now.. magically gone! Some clean up still required (looks like molasses).

They have done my Rockwell jointer 6” x 3 knives prior. This time, I asked them how they sharpen knives and blades. And he showed me something I did not suspect. I was thinking, some old guy in the back room with some candles here and there besides a stone foot pedal grinding wheel. I was wrong.

They use 2 machines. A MVM for smaller delicate knives and a Reform for larger (think Zamoboni knives).
The Reform:


The MVM:


The MVN is a $70,000 machine. I feel guilty when they sharpen my knives for $7 each :)
While there, I took a look at their floor model of the Jet-15DX. I noticed, I have my serrated infeed roller on backwards, so good thing I looked :) (would of found out eventually, but still)

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"



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gfadvm

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#1 posted 04-18-2015 11:36 PM

Those look like the machines where I get my stuff sharpened. Amazing that they sharpen everything from huge hydraulic shears to planer blades.

You sharpening shop has a Jet planer?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Holbs

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#2 posted 04-19-2015 02:56 AM

G… they sell all kinds of wood working machines (sawstop, jet band saws, bosch contractor saws) to hand tools (veritas stuff, lie-nelson planes) to drill bits, router bits, etc. It’s a nice wood working place to go. They are factory authorized dealers and service center for the major brands. Yep, comes in handy. Northern Nevada is HEAVY into ranches/farms and mining industry.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 04-19-2015 01:51 PM

That place sounds like a great resource.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Bluepine38

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#4 posted 04-19-2015 07:10 PM

That would be a great store, if you had any problems with a tool purchase, you would not have to
worry about long distance calls, the should be able to answer any questions right away with the
repair shop background. We have a local repair shop in Missoula called “Hellgate Tools” that repairs
most tools and sells a lot of second hand tools of all descriptions. The fact that the two sons in
the family operation are tactical shooting competitors only adds to the attraction. My favorite tool
store just a block from them changed ownership, and I miss the former owner.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Roger

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#5 posted 04-19-2015 11:55 PM

Wow! You definitely have a gr8 source there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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