One stop shop for tool repair & sharpening

18 Shelton Close, Toormina

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Phone: 02 6658 7298
Mobile: 0427 587 298



Welcome to our new website

Its very easy to navigate, simply scroll down the page for sharpening details on the tools we service at our workshop in Toormina.
You'll also find customer reviews and other relative information, all designed to help you get the most out of your tools.


Listed in order: Knives - of all types, Scissors - dressmaking, Scissors- medical, Scissors - general, Garden tools, Metal & Tin snips.


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While You Wait or Shop

7 Day Service

The tools listed below can be professionally sharpened at our workshop in Toormina while you wait or shop.

7 Days A Week

Simply call Merv to arrange a time for service on a weekday, Saturday or Sunday.

Alternatively

If you have knives with a range of other tools to be sharpened and don't have time to wait,


we can loan you (at no extra charge) a very sharp knife you can use while we service your order.

Our loan knives are Scanpan Spectrum Cooks knives with an 18 cm hollow ground blade with sheath

 

We guantee we'll have one available for you if you wish to take this option

Knives

All types including Serrated & Sushi
Bad Chips,
Damaged Edges
& Broken Tips
on Knives & Cleavers can usually be repaired, after sharpening we give all knives the ultimate test - slicing a ripe tomato

Our Knife Sharpening Procedure

To avoid over heating the blade and reducing the temper in the steel, we COLD hone all edges we sharpen.

We also use a superior method seldom used by sharpeners now days called double bevelling. First we cold hone the edge at 15 degrees, then using a fine grit commercial oil stone we add a 20 degree bevel to the tip.

The 15 degree bevel gives the blade good penetration and the 20 degree bevel does the hard work, giving the edge durability.

The 20 degree primary bevel is very small (hardly visible) but its effective.

Google Reviews

"I would not let anyone else touch them."


Merv's been sharpening my knives, including Japanese and German Chefs knives, which I would not let anyone else touch, for about 5 years. He also sharpens all the clippers and secateurs I use in the nursery.


I am extremely happy with his work. Merv is the best.

Hans Schaible

Ph 6653 5725

"Merv at Coffs Sharpening Service is a absolute Pro at sharpening our kitchen knives."


Best on the coast by far. Hard to find someone who know what they are doing these days when it comes to sharpening knives and tools, but Merv knows his craft.


Very impressed, great service, great price, fast turn around, and a top bloke.

Tony Ellem

"Merv did a fabulous job sharpening my kitchen knives. Very efficient service."


Lynn Conder

Scissors - Dressmaking

All types
Honed to effectively shear the wide range of fabrics handled by fabric stores ie. Spotlight.
Each scissor serviced is tested on two tough to cut fabrics to ensure our customer's satisfaction

Our Scissors Sharpening Procedure

Both blades are cold honed at the optimum angle for the particular type of scissor being sharpened.


Then the blade tension is checked & adjusted if required. 


This is very important, if the tension is too loose, the edge life is dramatically reduced. Too tight and the tool is hard to use and painful on the hand.


Then the hinge pivot is lubricated with long lasting light oil, we service both right handed & left handed scissors.

Google Reviews

"My scissors are better than they have ever been!"


Came across Merv's flyer at Spotlight in Coffs Harbour the other week. Took my dressmaking scissors and thread snips into him today. He did a great job, my scissors are better than they have ever been! I dropped them off on my way out and picked them up on my way home. I'll be taking my kitchen knives to him next. Service with a smile :) ... thanks!

Nicole Ruigrok

"I used to buy new scissors every 6 months till I discovered Coffs Sharpening."


I work as a sewing aide in a school so our scissors get totally trashed with the students.


I used to buy new scissors every 6 months, then I happened to discover Coffs Sharpening.


And what a cost saving find was Merv, he has literally saved us a fortune and our scissors are beautifully sharp.


Penny Geaney

Scissors - Medical

Dressing & Surgical, straight & offset
Profiled to the particular clinics instructions, precision honed and tested

Our Scissors Sharpening Procedure

To avoid over heating the blades and reducing the temper in the steel we COLD hone all the tool edges we sharpen.


Both scissor blades are cold honed at the optimum angle for the type of scissor being sharpened, Dressing or Surgical.


We check the blade tension and correct it if required.


The tip of the blades are rounded off unless a different profile is asked for by the Practice.

Google Reviews

"Merv is always reliable, professional and provides exceptional service"


We had eighty three (83) surgical & Dressing scissors sharpened in August 2017, Southern Cross Skin Cancer Clinic has no hesitation in recommending Coffs Sharpening Service.

The Practice Manager, Southern Cross Skin Cancer Clinic, Coffs Harbour

"Merv did a fantastic job"


Surgical scissors sharpened to precision In September 2015.


We needed 30 plus of our surgical scissors sharpened and Merv did a fantastic job. He is reasonably priced and has extended the life of our
re-sterilisable equipment by at least 5 years.


He was very friendly, very professional and quick with a overnight turn around and our Doctors are very happy


Berverly T. RN, Jacaranda Health, King Street, Grafton

Scissors - General

All types
Embroidery Scissors
Thread Snips
Upholstery Shears
Carpet Shears

Our Scissors Sharpening Procedure

Both blades are cold honed at the optimum angle for the particular type of scissor being sharpened.


Then the blade tension is checked & adjusted if required. 


This is Very important, if the tension is too loose, the edge life is dramatically reduced. Too tight and the tool is hard to use and painful on the hand.


Then the hinge pivot is lubricated with long lasting light oil, we service both right handed & left handed scissors

Google Review

"Merv does an excellent job for a very reasonable price"


Merv is an absolute gem, I can highly recommend his Sharpening Service, I have had all my scissors sharpened and my garden shears and am planning to take my kitchen knives next. His workshop is immaculate and he does an excellent job for a very reasonable price.

Diana Deeley

Garden Tools

All types
Garden Shears - sharpening & blade alignment
Secateurs
Loppers

Hedge Clippers
Machetes
Mattocks, Axes & Spades

Our Sharpening Procedure - Scissor Action Tools

Like garden shears & pruners, are sharpened similarly to the scissors method outlined above.

Our Sharpening Procedure - Secateurs & loppers

The tool is disassembled & cleaned. The top cutting blade is cold honed at the optimum angle of 20°.


The bottom anchor blade is honed to remove any chips or burrs. We lubricate the pivot or pivots with a long lasting oil & reassemble the tool.


We service both right handed & left handed secateurs.

Our Sharpening Procedure - Hedge Clippers

We disassemble the tool, clean & cold hone the cutting edges. Then most Importantly the blade alignment is checked & corrected if malaligned.

Hedge Clippers are prone to blade malalignment due to the long blades & type of work they are doing (often they are used as secateurs).

Google Review

"I have no hesitation in highly recommending his services"


I needed to get blades for a DeWalt thicknesser sharpened so I found Merv from Coffs Sharpening Service via the internet. A friend of mine decided to get 10 of his [extensive range of] kitchen knives and a pair of scissors sharpened. I had four of my knives sharpened too.

Merv also showed me how to use a steel correctly. We are both VERY impressed with the job so well done. Slicing a tomato is a mark of sharpness and I have never seen anything as good as this! We both have a new regime of careful use of the steel, then back to Merv for a proper job down the track. And he is a lovely man as well!!!

Graeme Schmidt

Metal & Tin Snips

All types
Standard
Commercial

Our Scissor Action Tools Sharpening Procedure

Like metal & tin snips, are sharpened similarly to the scissors method outlined above.

Google Review

"Merv sharpened all my items to an amazing level"


I dropped off a selection of knives and tools to Merv, he was a delight to deal with, and sharpened all my items to an amazing level.
He provides a great service! I'll be back for sure!

Gavin Buttle



Our Customer Guarantee


We guarantee all our work, however if we consider a tool will not come up to good working order,
we will decline the job and recommend a new replacement.



OUR PRICING


With a professionally equipped workshop and very low overheadsprices are very reasonable.


We start from as low as $5.00


CONTACT DETAILS


Merv Dower

Phone: 02 6658 7298

Mobile: 0427 587 298


Workshop at 18 Shelton Close, Toormina


Business Established in 2008


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Subleted tools

The tools listed below are subleted to Prosharp in Taree who pickup from us on a Tuesday and deliver back the following Tuesday


Scissors
Hairdressing Scissors
Thinning Scissors

Dressmaking
Overlocker blades

Saws
Hand Saws
Circular Saws
Hole saws
Pruning saws
Lucas saws
Dove tail saws

Wood Working Tools
Hand Plane Blades
Powered Planer Blades
Drill & Router Bits
And More..
If your using a blunt wood working tool we can have it sharpened

Garden Tools
Chipper Blades
Mulcher Blades
Elec. Hedge trimmers

Agricultural Tools
Footrot Shears
Fencing Auger Bits

One stop shop for tool repair & sharpening