Edge preparation is essential maintenance for any cutting tool made from any material (scientists haven’t yet found a material that will stay sharp indefinitely, but they’re probably still looking). Since the first stone knife was fashioned, all those millennia ago, there has been a need for edge prep. Fortunately for those of us living in the 21st Century, edge preparation has become a lot easier. So, if you’re working with drill bits, endmills, reamers, taps, hob cutters, shaper cutters, stick blades, saw blades, or rock drills, you know by now that each of those tools will someday become dull enough that it will begin to negatively impact the time you put into your work and the quality of the product. But you’d never consider tossing a $69 carbide spur tip just because it was dull. That’s the kind of wasteful thinking that eats away at your bottom line and gets you into serious trouble with your foreman.
So, this is where edge preparation comes in handy by stepping in to save the day when your expensive cutting tools need a little sharpening. Which means that you can go back to work without losing valuable time and money. Edge prep has come a long way from the days when tool or drill bit sharpening was all “hand work” at the shop. From a labor perspective, it takes a long time to hand sharpen a set of specialty cutting tools. You need a series of sharpening tools to do the job (that costs money) and a worker to perform all the edge preparation (also costs money). Additional to those expenses, many manufacturing companies don’t have a readily available worker to perform edge preparation when the need arises; they often must take a person from the line to do the job (that costs labor and slows down production). That’s where professional edge preparation becomes an asset to the company.
At Mutschler Edge Technologies (MET), we know that edge preparation extends the life of your tools and saves you money. That’s why we’ve developed several edge honing systems that make use of abrasive brush media (nylon, silicon carbide, ceramic, or diamond) to perform edge prep on a number of different kinds and types of cutting tools The end result is a perfectly honed cutting edge. Consistently.