TESTIMONIALS FROM READERS
Thank you for putting on the first trade show for professional sharpeners in MN! I enjoyed meeting new people and talking to the vendors. I did learn a few things that will enable for me to get the job done quicker and more accurate, had I not gone, I would still be behind! Thanks again,
Bob’s Sharpening Service, NB
To The Editor of Sharpeners Report:
I always look forward to receiving the Sharpeners Report. And it keeps getting better. I like the work you are doing, and the distinctive guiding principles of giving back to the Sharpening Industry.
Fleitas Sharpening. MI
Dear Judy, Sharpeners Report Editor,
You have really proven to me to be a wonderful resource to the sharpening world and I am very happy to have been receiving The Sharpeners Report. It has far exceeded my limited knowledge of the type of sharpening I endeavored to excel in. Keep up the good work and I look forward to renewing my subscription whenever!
To the Editor:
Thank you for writing more articles on industrial type tooling. (Great job!) I have to say you have changed the format where it appeals more to my type of business. We deal primarily with manufacturers of paper, wood, plastics and metal. When I began in 1986 I used Foley equipment to regrind lawn and garden tools and saws for local contractors. I order to make a real living I had to purchase automated equipment (as you know we get paid by the part and not by the hour) and ten years ago our first CNC grinder. Now we have several CNC’s for carbide saws, cold saws and knife grinding. The initial purchase of a CNC is quite frightening, but allows you to grind more volume and also make you more competitive with larger companies.
Larry J. Mathieu
Mathieu Saw & Tool, Inc., ME
To the Editor:
My item sold! For sharpening and grinding equipment, The Sharpener’s Report is much more market-specific than EBay. The Akemat F3 machine had been listed on Ebay for eight months without selling. We listed it in the Sharpener’s Report and it would have sold the next day. Next time we will know better. And, the Sharpener’s Report customers have always been easy to deal with. We once purchased a knife grinder off of Ebay, and called to arrange for payment and pickup a few days later, only to be told the machine was sold to someone else for more money after we had bought it, and threatened us if we complained about it. From now on the rule of thumb will be: Sharpener’s Report first when buying or selling equipment.
Gill Carbide & Saw LLC, IN
Thank you for renewing the Sharpeners Report membership with the International Saw & Knife Association. We are pleased to have you as a member and hope to continue to be an asset to your (trade publication) company in many ways.
ISKA Board Members
2013 President, Tim Rief
John Rykken, Rykken Shears. OR
When I bought my then 2-yr old business, in 1996, it came with a subscription to Sharpeners Report, which I look forward to receiving every month. I loved the changes everybody has made to the newsletter. And you have moved it many notches forward in your articles and just by providing good information. In 2013, as I get ready to retire, I will pass it on to the next owner as I sell my business through the Sharpeners Report classifieds.
Stanley Bass, Prosharp & Co., FL
DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE SHARPENERS REPORT READERSHIP
The types of blades sharpened among S.R. readership is about equally split among the sectors, (shears / clippers / saws / woodworking tools / knives / lawn & garden tools), but most specialize in a particular sector. About 35% say they sharpen everything. 66% work full-time sharpening businesses, and 34% are part-time sharpeners. These comments are what readers say about the newsletter, its trade shows, and classified ad success. And we haven’t had any negative comments, yet! We have subscribers up to age 84 and as young as 29 until way past retirement. Some start at age 65; many others at age 45; you know when you can fill a void and your area needs your sharpening services!