Training-New Customer- new friend- Jeremy Ricksonn

14/15/16 January 2019

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Jeremy who was born and spent most of his life in  Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) decided to start a new business – Servicing Professional Scissors, Clippers for Dogs and Horses/sheep etc  and Chefs Knives. He looked around on the web here in Europe to find the best person to train him.  He contacted David Magee, I learnt later, a man (ex Policeman) who Arthur had trained. David strongly suggested to Jeremy that he should come to me. So Jeremy and I spent 2-1/2 days learning the theory of sharpening and ASSEMBLING clippers , Knives and scissors. Then into the “ Operating Theatre” to actually do the sharpening.  The Master first (!) then the student, Jeremy is a dextrous man & I noticed a confident man and very soon got “the hang of it”. I have a feeling Jeremy will be back to buy a selection of Cobalt and Titanium Professional Scissors to resell in his area. Jeremy now lives in Wistanstow, Craven Arms, Shropshire. So craftsmen and women in Shropshire give Jeremy a call ; he is  kind, friendly and a good listener. And he is now well on his way to learning  this profession.  All in all quite a Sharp guy.


Yet another Training visit from Pets At Home 8 Jan.2019

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A pleasurable day when Ann and Sophie arrived for training to complement the team at Pets at Home, Stoke-On-Trent. The girls arrive at 1000 and left at 1500. They both had different levels of experience with Groomers Scissors and Clippers. Most clippers that their company use are : Andis, Öster and Wahl . They were both familiar with assembly of Clipper blades so we concentrated our efforts on their Sharpening/Honing. Ann had some experience of this, but these were the first “combs and cutters” for Sophie to sharpen.  After her initial (natural) nerves Sophie rapidly learnt the skill,the speed of sharpening and the pressure need of the fingers on the blades (approx 1200 Grammes)  . Pets at Home purchased another AF/CAN CLipper Honer and left Frankland Grinding Products with the machine.

Then we spent time Sharpening Professional Grooming Scissors, correct sharpening angles, different types of scissors- in Titanium ,Cobalt and  Stainless Steel. How to correctly replace a bumper ( between the handles, correct balance and making sure the tips meet.( no cross over, no gaps at the tips). How to de-burr after sharpening etc.

A rewarding day for all concerned.


Letter Received from New Sharpener in the Wirral – ACE OF BLADES – Colin Birch

Isn’t it wonderful to be appreciated ?  This was received today – I have permission to post this to my web site and send to Facebook:

ACE OF BLADES, Colin Birch, 92 Big Meadow Road , Birkenhead,Wirral,

Hi Arthur.

Thank you for everything, you are a gentleman. I had so much fun Monday  26/11/2018 .I can’t believe how much I learnt, you really have a way with teaching,

Speak to you soon, Have a great time in France, Kind regards

Alex Birch

THE LAUNCHING OF “Ace of Blades” (Alex Birch)

Alex came to Frankland Grinding Products school of sharpening this week. He has a very technical background and has no great problem in stripping and rebuilding a motorcycle engine.  So learning how to strip, sharpen, clean,oil , re-assemble and test Dog Clipper blades- combs and cutters  presented Alex with zero problems ! Equally Servicing hairdressers and groomers cutting , thinning left and right handed scissors were done perfectly after 2 or 3 demonstrations. The day after his training he was out Servicing Clippers and Scissors. So people in Wirral C’MON AND SUPPORT ALEX OF ACE OF BLADES !!

Visit by Mr Ali.Clements from Bury St.Edmunds 22 Nov.2018

Ali Clements and I are old friends going back 35 years + ! Not much could I teach this man about sharpening as he has been saw doctoring most of his life. However Ali wanted me to teach him the finer aspects of sharpening Animal and Barbers etc Clippers and Professional Scissors. Bearing in mind his background we completed the job in one slightly longer day.  We will probably be meeting up in the next few days on my way down to catch my ferry to France or on the return journey to hand over the necessary machinery.

So good luck Ali in Suffolk when visiting dog groomers, horse stables and vets and Hairdressers/ Barbers, Full permission was granted by Ali to post this to my website. You are a natural at this !!

Training Susan Horridge of Bury Lancashire 24November 2018

Susan Horridge has created her own completely new Business. Her target market  is any individual or company, large or small who uses Animal/Human Clippers and Scissors e.g. Dog and Horse Groomers, Veterinary Practises, Hairdressers and Barbers.  At the moment she has bought the AF/CAN Clipper Honer but when Arthur returns from business in France (approx 10 December)  she will be attending another day of training on the Ookami OGS-CAN so that she can service/sharpen all kinds of ProfessionalScissors including thinners / texturisers and left handed scissors.  So businesses in the Bury/ Manchester area look out for Susan. She is a lovely lady, not pushy but VERY capable. Support her !!

Visit by Audrius and Viktorija

20 &  21 November 2018 Audrius and Viktorija now live in England and have been here for some six years. They drove up from Swanscombe, near Dartmouth,  Viktorija is a qualified dog groomer and runs a very busy business. I have full permission from them to post this summary. The problem they had as I witnessed was the lack of an efficient sharpening service in their area, in fact, Viktorija brought quite a lot of black in colour Wahl clippers that she had paid to be sharpened. The thin ledge on the inside of all her comb blades and been almost ground away. So we spent one full day learning how to correctly sharpen, clean, lubricate , assemble and test clippers. Both of them rapidly got on with this. Day two we concentrated on Servicing/sharpening scissors for groomers and hairdresser/ Barbers.  Audrius who is at present a personal trainer will soon be fully occupied Servicing Dog/Horse/Vetinary Clippers and all types of Professional Clippers using the AF/CAN Clippers Honer and Wolff Industries Ookami OGS-TAS Scissor Sharpener. Arthur Frankland is the Exclusive  European Distributor for these products.

My pleasurable visit to Anna Cotterill- Pets at Home

Thursday 18 October 2018

Anna gave me written permission…….. to print this posting. This was simply a courtesy visit to make sure all was working well. PETS AT HOME use every day my Clipper Honer, Scissor Sharpener and Scissor Serrator. I was informed by Anna  that they have now successfully sharpened 3761 Clipper Blade Sets since end June when I installed this machine and 3023 Groomers Scissors. Everything still working perfectly ! Naturally we were both delighted. They order more Corrugating wheels , honing powder etc etc


I had trained Jodie, Clare,Tracey and Jackie but with the volume of work need me to train to more ladies: Ann and Sophie in early Januaryas I am booked up solid till  I look forward to being of continued support to Pets at Home

Visit by Gary Hammond from Tillicoultry, Scotland.

What a pleasure ! This man due to retire in January 2019 spent two days at Frankland School of Sharpening. First thing I noticed he is a hands on ,practical man …… which always makes my job easier. He will be setting up his own new Sharpening business very early in 2019, so looking ahead he wanted to have all the training with the best Teacher who has the maximum experience in Europe: namely myself, having taught the skills around the world since 1978. Gary’s daughter is due to be married in two weeks time (Congratulations!)  but nevertheless he squeezed an extra one or two hours of tuition out of me. Gary is set up now with three new machines to sharpen/service all types of Knives for Restaurants/Hôtels/Colleges etc and any/all types of Scissors/Clippers for Hairdressers/Barbers/Vets/Horses/Dog Groomers/Equestrian.

I wish you nothing but Good Luck , but you are the sort of man who makes his own luck. Now Gary it is down to good MARKETING but please give me a call- I might be able to help. Also say hello to Tricia , your wife.  I might see you one day up in BONNY SCOTLAND.



Guernsey Picture Framers and Art Gallery. 2 October 2018

Glen Irvin was with me this week from Vale Guernsey- here at Frankland Grinding Products and School to learn the skills of Sharpening/Servicing Hairdressers/Barbers/Animal Groomers Professional Scissors and Clippers.  He has already purchased our Wolff Industries (USA) Ookami Scissor Machine and many accessories relevant to this new trade. He is somewhat of a perfectionist and proved this in his attitude to this new work. It was my pleasure to spend two days with Glen.

So Hairdressers and groomers and vets and Equine lovers please contact Glen I believe he will do a Professional job for you.

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