Knife Sharpening Services - VFS Sharpening & Leather

Knife Sharpening Services - VFS Sharpening & Leather

 

VFS Sharpening & Leather

Stephen Sinclair

Mob: 0410 817 359

Land Line: (02) 9774 3083

 

Specialities:

  • Hunting knives
  • Skinning knives
  • Boning knives
  • Chefs’ knives
  • Japanese edged weapons
  • Japanese hair dressing scissors
  • Japanese chefs’ knives
  • Japanese knives in general
  • Damascus blades
  • Wood working chisels
  • Wood working plainer blades
  • Hand saws

 

My back ground:

 My name is Stephen Sinclair. I’m a mechanical/structural engineer by trade and began sharpening knives, axes, cut throats, skinning and butchering knives from a very early age.

My grandfather was a lumberjack and had a bullock team that I spent all my school holidays on and around. As well as being a lumberjack my grandfather went into all the wood chopping events like the Royal Easter Show, his axes had to be perfect.

He was also the saw doctor at the Dorrigo saw mill for many years after he retired from chopping trees. When we were in the bush together for weeks on end his hunting knives, axes and cut throats had to be perfect as well and when he realised that I had a flair and keen interest in blades and sharpening he decided to take me under his arm and teach me the trade properly.

More than anything I love putting a very keen edge on anything that needed to have one. I quickly learnt the types of steel and how well they needed to be heat treated for the blade to accept a keen edge. And, he taught me all about the quality of sharpening stones and equipment.

He taught me to use all sharpening tools that were available at the time and as the years progressed he taught me to use anything new that came out onto the market no matter how good or bad it was to use and how they damaged blades.

I still buy anything new that comes onto the market so that I can either demonstrate it or explain the good and bad points about it to my customers.

My preferred tools to sharpen blades are naturally quarried stones from Japan, Japanese man-made water stones and diamond tools.

 

Tools and how/why they are used:

 I use a combination of sharpening tools and what determines what I use is dependent on what type of material the blade is made from, how it has been heat treated, if it has been cryogenically treated or not, the hardness of the blade, the shape of the blade, serrations or not, mirror polished blade or not, what the blade is going to be used for and is the user left or right handed?

 

Sharpening tools:

  • Natural quarried Japanese stones – many various grits
  • Japanese man-made water stones – many various grits
  • Diamond tools including paddles, bench stones, specifically shaped hand files, diamond bits to fit hand machines like a Dremmel – many various grits
  • Oil stones – many various grits
  • Waterwheels utilising Japanese Waterstones – many various grits
  • Handmade water cooled linisher and hand sharpening guides – many various belt grits
  • Metal lathe
  • Milling machine
  • Paper sharpening wheels
  • Leather wheels
  • Electric diamond honing tools
  • Hand polishing tools, creams and rouge

 

What I sharpen:

I sharpen anything that has or needs an edge:

  • Any type of sword or knife
  • Any type of scissor
  • All wood tools
  • All metal tools
  • Chainsaw blades
  • Gardening tools
  • Handsaws
  • Guillotine blades
  • Obo reed manufacturing tools
  • Dentists tools
  • Scalpels
  • Electrician’s tools like side cutters, pliers
  • Sheet metal tools
  • Leather cutting/shaping tools
  • All paper cutting tools
  • Kitchen tools
  • Medical instruments

 

Repairs:

 I repair anything that is economical to repair

 

VFS Sharpening & Leather

Stephen Sinclair

Mob: 0410 817 359

Land Line: (02) 9774 3083

 

 

VFS Sharpening & Leather

Stephen Sinclair

Mob: 0410 817 359

Land Line: (02) 9774 3083