Monday, January 30, 2012

Garden tools need maintenance before spring!

We have started to see (and hear) gardens getting turned over. (I know, it's only January, but it's going to be in the 70's this week!) Make sure your gardening tools are sharp before the spring. Shovels, Hoes, spades, All work better and easier when they are straight and sharp. 
 Also, pruning shears should be sharpened in order to protect the plant you are cutting. Dull shears crush the stem instead of cleanly cutting it. This leads to extra stress on the wound, and can cause problems later on.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Spring is coming!

Hey, Ya'll!  Been awhile since my last blog.  Make sure your mower is ready for spring by calling and setting up an appointment for your mower and edger blades. We can pickup, clean and sharpen and deliver your mower in Wichita for $25.00.
The spring rush is probably going to be full, so don't put it it off. :)              316-293-8293        
Never A Dull Moment!!

Keeping It Sharp


Welcome to our first Blogger entry.  I wanted to introduce ourselves to you, and let you know a little about us.  We are a professional knife and tool sharpening business here in Wichita, KS, but we serve the outlying counties as well.  We can professionally sharpen knives, scissors, mower/edger blades, Chainsaws, and most farm/lawn/and garden tools. (including Eco-friendly reel mowers)  We also sharpen woodworking hand tools such as planes, chisels, and hand saws.  We can handle commercial accounts (restaraunts, prof. tree and lawn services, farmers) with multiple items, and our turnaround time is 24-48 hours.  Our quality is second to none, and our quality statement for our knives is simple, "If it doesn't shave, it doesn't leave!"  Meaning, if the knife isn't sharp enough to shave the hair on your arm, it doesn't leave the shop!"
We can also sharpen other things, like fishing hooks and gaffs, metal tipped darts, and industrial and household paper cutters.
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Never A Dull Moment!
Mark Madden
Owner, Sharpening Technician
M&M Sharpening Services

Going Green


As we get closer to mower season. some folks are looking to replace their mowers and other tools.  If you are looking to "go green", look at the newer mowers that have lower emissions.  The newer 4-stroke trimmers, saws, etc. are exponentially cleaner than the older 2-stroke ones.  Of course, keeping your mower blades (standard and rotary) sharp keeps your cutting time down, does a better job, and makes your tool work the way it was designed to.
Keeping it sharp!
Mark Madden
M& M Sharpening Services.

Sticky Snow Shovel Solution

Here's a trick if we ever get any snow this year. Before you go out to shovel snow, spray your snow shovel with silicone cooking spray, or even vegetable non-stick spray, and the snow won't stick to your shovel. It just slides right off!! Works on plastic and  metal shovels alike.  Try it, you and your back will thank me!

We Are Currently Seeeking Restaurant Accounts

M&M Sharpening Services is currently seeking restaurant and food service accounts.  We come to your place of business, pick up your knives and tools, put a razor edge on them, them return them to you.  We offer incredible quality, fast turnaround times, and very competitive pricing.  If you are in the food industry, or know someone who is, please contact us so we take care of all of your sharpening needs.
Mark Madden
Owner, Sharpening Technician
M & M Sharpening Services

Mower Blades While You Wait.

Call us at             316-293-8293       to set up an appointment, and we will sharpen your mower/edger blades while you wait.  We can also do other things while you wait, like knives and small garden tools. Give us a call, send us an e-mail, and we will be happy to serve you.
Never A Dull Moment!

Lawn And Tree Service Customers Welcome

We are happy to announce that we are ready to help lawn and tree service contractors and providers with all of their sharpening needs.  We can sharpen almost anything in your inventory, from mower and edger blades, chainsaw chains (including the small ones for power pole saws), to gas powered hedge trimmers and pole saws.
  As you are gearing up for the season, think about adding M&M for all of your equipment sharpening needs. We offer excellent quality, fast turnaround times,  and very competitive prices. Make an appointment, drop off your tools after your day ends, and pick it up the next morning before you hit your first customer location.
Give us a call, and give us a try.
Mark Madden
Owner, Sharpening Technician

Mower Blade Balancing

Keep an ear  on your mower's sound. If there is a "clacking or clanking" sound under the deck, your blade may be unbalanced. An unbalanced blade doesn't cut properly, and can cause damage to your mower! Bring it in to be balanced and resharpened right away.


Care And Feeding Of Hand Saws

Hey. It's been awhile since our last blog. Let's have a visit about hand saws.If you use hand saws, (cross cut, rip, tree) keeping them sharp will make your life easier.  They cut easier, safer and leave a better cut edge.  Use a good oil on the blade after you are done with the saw. Spray it with WD-40 and wipe off all wood gum/ dust, etc., then leave a light oil sheen on it when you put it away. This will keep rust from building up on it.
Keep the tool sharpened regularly.  We sharpen most hand saws, and are one of only a couple of providers in the area who keep this lost art alive!  Look up our facebook page at for pictures of our work.
Always hang the saw so that the teeth are not banging against the shelves and other tools.

Treat your tools well. Remember, tools are an investment, not a commodity!

Never A Dull Moment,

Reel Mowers

Going green with a people propelled reel mower?  Here are a few tips.

1. Buy quality first. Remembers, tools like reel mowers are an investment. I recently worked on one that was over 40 years old!  ( Look for good reel mowers at yard and estate sales!) Look at the quality of the parts, the fit and finish of the welds and connectors.  Check the warranty information, and the availablity of replacement parts.

2.  Learn how to properly adjust your mower.  The blades should just touch the bed. You should hear a little "click, click, click" as they turn.  If they clank together, you can ruin the blades.  If you don't know how to adjust your blades, consult your owners manual. If you don't have a manual, your local reel mower sharpening shop can teach you.

3.  Remember, some grasses are harder to work with than others. Bermuda, Zoysia, etc. are a LOT harder to cut than Fescue.  If you have lots of weeds, consider using a regular rotary mower. Reel mowers aren't made for cutting tall weeds.  Make sure you clear the lawn of any rocks and sticks, as these can damage your mower.

Going green can be good for the environment, but also reel mowers have several side benefits. You get more exercise, your lawn has that nice, lined look,  and for smaller yards, you don't have to store a large mower.
You just hang the reel mower on the wall of the garage!

Drop us a line at or call us for more information!

High End And Tactical Knives

  Just a short blog today.  We are happy to sharpen higher end knives (SOG, Benchmade, etc) and Tactical/hunting  knives (KaBar, Buckmaster,etc).  Don't forget, these knives have a different edge than an average kitchen knife. Tactical knives have a blunter grind (almost 30 degrees versus the average 22.5) to keep the edge true during heavy use.  High end knives can be scratched by amateurs, and that can affect the resale value.
Here at M&M;, we use a combination of hand and machine work to get your knives to that razor edge.  Don't forget our shop motto, "It shaves or it doesn't leave!". Meaning, if the knife isn't sharp enough to shave the hair on your arm, it doesn't leave the shop!


Mobile Lawn Mower Sharpening Service!

Don't forget!We do mobile sharpening for lawn mower blades. For $25.00, we will come to your home or business, (In the Wichita metro area), remove, sharpen, balance, and reset your mower blade. Call us today at            316-293-8293      , or see us on FaceBook at

Caring For Knives

It's time we talked about knife care. With proper care, your knives can last for years. (The knife you see in my videos is one my grandmother used for over 60 years, and is almost 70 years old.)
  Never put your knives in the dishwasher.  The heat and hot water can destroy the handle, take the temper out of the edge, (dulling the knife more quickly) and if the knife has a burr on the edge, can actually put small pieces of steel on your dishes and cups!  Nobody likes to eat steel!
  Carefully hand wash your knives as soon as possible after use, dry them well, them place them back in the block.   Wipe down wooden knife handles with olive oil every two weeks.  This will keep them from splitting and cracking by replacing the natural oil in the wood.
  If you have a knife block with vertical slots, place the knives in upside down.  This keep the knives sharper longer, because your'e not dragging the edge over the wood every time you withdraw the knife for use.
  I will revisit this topic from time to time.

Never A Dull Moment!

"Burning A Chainsaw Chain

If you are cutting hedge, or other harder wood, if your chainsaw chain starts to smoke, or turn blue, STOP! Try a different chain, or bring it in to us for sharpening. "Burning" a chain is usually a result of not having the teeth sharpened right. We place both a top and center bevel on the teeth. This gives you two cutting surfaces on the same tooth, "cutting" your saw time significantly. Never A Dull Moment!

Hunting/Skinning Knives

Deer Season is here. Make sure your hunting/Skinning knife is up to the job.  These knives have a different grind than a kitchen knife, and can be ruined by using a "pull through" sharpener on them! We have over 35 years of experience sharpening these knives.  Call us today.