Just wanted to say what a nice job you did handling the certification at the N.S.S.G. in New Jersey. Not only was I thrilled with certifying at the Master level, but I felt confident that everything was handled correctly with the certification, including having everyone in the same room, all scissors being damaged the same way, and the overall judging. An excellent process.
You are well respected in the industry and I hope you continue to be involved with the N.S.S.G. in the future.
Hope to see you at the N.S.S.G. in Las Vegas. Keep up the good work.
Diamond Edge Sharpening
Hi Linda, Larry, and Dennis
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
It was very thoughtful of you to send out the Celebrate Your Success card. It was a great class Larry put on. I feel that it helped me to get the Master Sharpener status, very much. Speaking for some of the UBORES and NEBORES that also took the class feel the same way I do. We are all pleased with our recent visit with your family, you are good people. I know there is quite a few of us planning on purchasing Larry's new machine. Can you please put me on the list also if I am not already on. The two scissors that Larry serrated for me at the show came out wonderful. (Thank him for me again.) My client wishes he gave me two more of his scissors to do. The first thing he said to me when I went in for a follow-up was, "Are you going to be buying the serration wheel?" Looking forward to seeing you all in Vegas. Feel free to put my comment in your guestbook.
Best Regards to you and your family and I wish you all good health and happiness.
Frank J. Hall Jr.
Hall Rapid Edge
DEAR LARRY & LINDA,
I would like to Thank You for sharing in our wonderful experience at the National Shear Sharpeners Guild Convention & Trade show held here in Las Vegas Nevada, November of 2004.
It was truly an experience only God could have orchestrated.
My name is Charlie Compton and I recently found myself exploring the idea of changing careers (which became necessary) and since my wife and I owned a Dog Grooming shop already, sharpening just seemed to make sense, and there was a need. So I started to inquire about the equipment I needed to sharpen clipper blades and scissors for my wife, coworkers & others. I really seemed to take to it (and I had A pretty tough critic, my wife). The next steps just seemed to fall into place, buying the equipment and learning to do beauty shears. I looked into all the machines and schools that were available. I spent a lot of time on researching the pros and cons on all aspects and I seemed to keep coming back to the Advanced Hamaguri Machine by Larry Brooks.
Larry and Linda's web pages were a world of information for me. I really liked and agreed with what I read. (They were how I found out about the N.S.S.G convention & what luck it was going to be held here in Las Vegas!). I had called and talked to several members and sellers that were going to be here and though I could get a closer look at and possibly purchase the machine I seemed to keep coming back to the Advanced Hamaguri Machine. I called Sharp Edges to find out if they would be attending, that was when I talked to Linda, I really appreciated her patience and kindness with me on the phone. Finally the weekend arrived, I was really looking forward to meeting Larry & Linda Brooks.
My wife and I showed up not knowing what to expect, we came to buy a machine then hope I took as well to this as I had with the other. I was hoping to learn something more on convexing shears because at this point I only had what I had been able to read about convexing. When we arrived I signed up for the works. the workshops, trade show & certification competition. Then we began mingling with other sharpeners who were attending and started thinking that maybe I shouldn't have entered the competition (how could I do this? I didn't know about the convex).
I asked if the Brooks had arrived yet? then someone pointed Larry & Linda out to me. I was nervous about meeting the, but excited. I introduced myself, they invited me to sit with them, the next thing I know I'm confessing to them my lack of hands on knowledge and how I had entered the competition for certification and was now wondering if I should ask for my money back etc...
I had already decided I was going to buy Larry's Advanced Hamaguri Machine before we got there and that is what I had originally sat down to do was to let Larry know I wanted to purchase the machine he had with him.
I must confess all the events that came next were straight out of a Fairy Tale.
Larry, being the kind of man that he is, must have seen the desperate need in me for knowledge and through the kindness of a true teachers heart, he shared his knowledge with me, a man he just met.
It was already getting late in Friday night when Larry took me under his wing and gave me my first pair of convex shears and a 3 1/2 hour crash course on convexing shears, instead of enjoying the sights of Las Vegas Larry took his time to give me a chance in the competition. In the back of your mind you think "it would be great to get certified" but on the outside you accept that the experience alone would be exciting and the critique helpful to improve my skills. With Larry's instruction that night I gained enough confidence not to back out of the competition.
SATURDAY DAY 2: I went to the workshops and took notes like crazy, it was a very intense day. then it was time for the competition, I took my bag of shears and my notes (Thank You Larry) and followed Larry's instructions and did my best, when I was satisfied that my scissors cut and time was running out I turned in my bag and went home.
DAY THREE: Trade Show & competition results. I had no idea how I had done, this was my first time. Bambi my wife and I browsed the tables and waited for results, finally the time had arrived, first they called the numbers of bags who did not get there certification and mine was not there (could it be I got Certified?) they started calling the rest of the numbers but not mine, finally my number was called and I realized I was in the top three, I asked the judge if I had Came in third & he said no you came in second.
My only reply was Larry Brooks & the Advanced Hamaguri Machine. A few hours with Larry & his Machine and I placed Second in the National Shear Sharpeners Guild certification competition. Which I am now a Proud member of.
Thank You Larry & Linda I couldn't have done it without you.
Sincerely Charlie & Bambi Compton
Hi, my name is Karen Gibson
I'm 39 years old and thanks to Larry Brooks, owner of Sharp Edges, I'm also self employed.
I used to work for a groom shop giving dogs a bath & drying them. After 5 1/2 years I decided it was a dead end job for me & so physical, it wasn't a job I could retire from so I left & went to Louisville Physical Therapy. I took a big pay cut & the hours were not accommodating my family needs.
Sharpening shears was a good idea, so I started asking around about training. I discovered there was going to be a Sharp Fest in Jeffersonville, Indiana 20 minutes from me & decided to go to meet other sharpeners & find out about equipment & training, well - I did!
I was actually looking at a machine that weekend that I was considering but after sitting through a couple seminars, I changed my mind & I made my way over to Larry's equipment & talked to Linda, Larry's wife & knew at that very moment - This was the company for me to train with. I'm so grateful for them, and the training that I received. I had one on one training for 2 very intense days. I knew nothing about shears when I went.
Larry was very patient & informative. I purchased his Hamaguri Advanced System & the TAS. The Hamaguri is an awesome machine & I can't imagine being on the road Sharpening without training with Larry & having the equipment that I purchased from him. I took my first training Dec. 2003 & went back in July 2004 to learn Clipper Blade Sharpening with my husband, so he could help me sharpen. I hope I get the opportunity to continue to train with Larry because he's the best & I want to be the best in my area. So in this closing I want to say Thank You to Larry & Linda for their continuing support & for the confidence they gave to me to make my business a success. The hours & money are wonderful.
Just a note to say how much I learned in two days of time with Larry. Not only superb hands on sharpening of convex, German bevel and clipper blades. But what others forget is "HOW TO SERVICE and ADJUST" all the different equipment used in the sharpening business. When its out of adjustment trouble begins.
Sharp Edges by Reppert Carbide
Fred Reppert Jr.
West Point, NE
Dear Larry and Linda,
Selecting Sharp Edges as a primary source for sharpening training and equipment was an absolutely perfect choice for me. The success of my business has been directly related to the high level technical knowledge and support that I've received from your organization. There are very few sharpening/repair challenges that I've encountered in the field that you had not already addressed during my training sessions with you; however, when a challenge does arise, I know that I can depend on Sharp Edges to assist me in resolving the issue. Also, I couldn't be more pleased with my Japanese Hamaguri Sharpening system. With it, I'm able to achieve edges that only a select few can produce. That competence translates into a confidence that allows me to enter any shop and know that I can do the job correctly.
Thanks a million,
Mark J. Holt
New Edge Sharpening Service
To whom it may concern;
My name is Jim Christensen, I live in Orem, Utah and have wanted to get into the sharpening business for quite some time. In January of 2002 I lost my full time job in a steel plant in Utah because of foreign steel imports being illegally dumped into the U.S.A. from other countries. Because of this I was eligible for retraining from the government through T.A.A.. I Knew of several people and companies that taught sharpening, I knew Larry Brooks was a master sharpener still practicing sharpening and felt Larry was one of the best sharpeners in our country if not the best so I called Larry Brooks and asked Larry if he would train me in the field of sharpening. Larry agreed to train me. At this point I applied for my retraining to go into the sharpening field. I tried to convince my counselors that sharpening was a legitimate trade. My counselors for T.A.A. felt I should go into more conventional fields at local colleges. I keep presenting my business plan to them and explaining to them that this was the field I wanted to go into and felt I could make a living sharpening. Finally, after four or five months they finally gave in and OK'd my training with Larry Brooks of Sharp Edges in the field of sharpening.
I would strongly recommend Larry Brooks of Sharp Edges to anyone interested in getting into the sharpening business. I learned more than I could ever explain in this letter. Larry is a wonderful teacher and teaches one on one with his students, his wife Linda helped me greatly with how the business should be run.
Since completing my training with Larry Brooks I have gone on to open my own successful sharpening business in Utah (Cutting Edge Sharpening). I could not have made it in the sharpening business if I would not have trained with Larry Brooks.
Cutting Edge Sharpening
Thank you so much
for your time and patience. I look forward to a continued business
relationship forever! Its nice to know such a wonderful person!
Larry and Linda,
Hope this finds you folks well. My hat is off to the Ultra Diamond Spray and Ultra Pads. What a combination! A shine like I've never been able to achieve before and a sharp edge second to none. Wow! Keep up the great work! As I call the Professor- Larry "What if" Brooks. Always thinking and I am appreciative of all your efforts. Thank you for your time and attention.
Dear Linda and Larry,
Thank you both for
your time and patience training me on scissor and clipper sharpening.
Your program went above and beyond my expectations of the skills I need
and how to begin setting up a business. I know I made the right choice
in selecting Sharp Edges for my training. I feel fortunate that I am now
a part of the Sharp Edges family.
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