Dan's Sharpening Supplies Profile
Sharpening Specialist Since 2015
Located in Middleton, WI
A Bit About Me:
I never set out to be a sharpening expert. I set out to be an artist making paintings, but I drifted into sculpting wood which turned into woodworking and eventually led to guitar building. Along the way, I realized that sharp tools work better than dull ones, so I spent many hours trying to get usable edges. Failure is a great teacher, and I've had plenty of failures. But I've learned from them and eventually became a pretty good sharpener.
Favorite Parts of My Job:
I love any opportunity to get hands-on time in the shop experimenting with the many sharpening stones and machines we have. It's relaxing to geek out on the technical stuff.
I also really enjoy it when a customer I am working with has a light bulb moment. When someone I've been helping experiences success in creating an edge sharper than they've experienced before.
Approach sharpening with optimistic patience and a willingness to experiment. Sharpening is a skill that must be learned, but it is within your reach. With a positive attitude and practice, anyone can get sharp edges.
There isn't one answer for every sharpener. Everyone's situation is unique. My approach is to take each customer's requirements into account, balancing their needs and wants, and then help them find the best sharpening tool kit for them.
Tough question. I'm really pleased with our Sharpening Supplies Water Stones. Being involved in their development was very satisfying and I'm really proud of these stones.
I'm also a big fan of Tormek, especially for complex sharpening jobs like turning or carving gouges. Tormek really has unbeatable quality and precision.
Woodworking, fixing up my old house, sourdough bread baking, and building guitars (which I do much better than playing them.)
Tormek US-430 Extended Universal Support for Long Blades
April 28, 2020
Sometimes You Need To Sharpen a Long Blade
With 18" of sharpened blade length, this machete is a long blade. The US-430 Extended Universal Support makes it possible to sharpen a long blade like this without reposit...
What I'm Sharpening Today - Wood Chisel
April 15, 2020
Today I discovered that one of my wood chisels had developed a bit of rust. I'm not proud of that, I like to take care of my tools, but it happens sometimes. Rust is not good for edges so it is best t...
What I'm Sharpening Today - Wusthof Knife
April 8, 2020
Time to Sharpen my Chef's Knife
Today I'm taking advantage of working from home to give some attention to my own kitchen knives. I started with my well used Wusthof Chef's Knife. Using the Edge-On-Up PT50A Tester, I me...
Tormek Tip - Turning Tool Setter
December 19, 2019
Tormek's TTS-100 Turning Tool Setter is an invaluable aid when sharpening turning tools with the SVD-186 Gouge Jig or the SVS-50 Multi Jig. Here's a tip to ensure the most consistent results when using the Turning Tool ...
Tormek Tip - AngleMaster
December 11, 2019
Tormek is constantly improving their products, so new editions of their jigs and accessories are issued from time to time. That recently happened with the WM-200 AngleMaster and there is an important change to note. Here's a tip ...
What I'm Sharpening Today -Tim's Chinese Chef's Knife
April 28, 2021
A Good Friend, A Favorite Knife
My good friend, Tim, is a great cook. Visits to Tim's are always crowned with fantastic meals ranging from prime rib to homemade dumplings. Like many good cooks, Tim has a g...