Hira-To® Sharpening System
When you want to provide the absolute best edge possible on high end convex shears, look no further than the Wolff Industries Hira-To® Scissors Sharpening System. The Hira-To® is designed to sharpen and convex beauty, barber, and grooming scissors. It is easier, faster, and more precise when sharpening convex scissors than traditional systems.
The Hira-To® is a single head flat hone designed to recreate the factory look and edge on high end convex or semi-convex beauty, barber, and grooming scissors. It was developed with a focus on the fixture and arm assembly. The Hira-To® fixture is ergonomically contoured to fit the natural curvature of the sharpener's hand, offering sharpeners of many skill levels the opportunity to match the free-hand style used by Japanese bladesmiths. Both right and left hand shears can be sharpened at any angle ranging from 25° to 65°.
This sharpener is the most advanced single head flat hone on the market with multi-direction switching, 0-2500 RPM variable speed, and electronic shaft break. It is compatible with pressure sensitive adhesive discs as well as hook and loop discs.
The Hira-To® Professional Sharpening System comes with either hook and loop discs or pressure sensitive adhesive pads.
Ergonomically Correct & Accurate
The Hira-To® Fixture is designed and contoured to fit the hand! It also positions the hand to perfectly mimic the same free-hand style used by Japanese bladesmiths in the factories. Simply set your desired angle and go! This Fixture replaces years of practice with the science of a simple machine! No more guess work when convexing on a flat hone! This Fixture will hold your angle perfectly every time!
Left & Right Hand Shears
The first flat hone clamping system to do both right and left hand shears! Simply rotate your stop 365 degrees, and your ready to do a true left hand shear! Once you’re done, rotate back and you’re ready to do right hand shears again! The sliding arm makes it easy to adjust your position as you transition from right to left. It also allows you to sharpen the entire face of the convexed edge!
Accurate Angle Every Time
The Fixture can be set for angles ranging from 25 degrees to 65 degrees. Once you set your angle, simply rotate from that stop to create a perfect convexed surface AND a perfect edge!
5 Watt Halogen Light
The Hira-To® High Intensity 5 Watt Quarts Halogen Light casts a brilliant shine so you can watch your burr form as you create your new edge! No matter where you sharpen, whether in your shop, a mobile vehicle or right in the salon, you’ll be able to track that burr! No more guessing and feeling! No other flat hone has a lighting system as cool or as keen as the Hira-To®!
The Hira-To® comes fully equipped with everything you’ll need to go out and start sharpening! It also comes with a set of practice shears for you to hone your skills on! The DVD and manual will get you started and Wolff Industries provides support and training if desired!
The Hira-To® comes fully equipped with everything you’ll need to go out and start sharpening! It also comes with a set of practice shears for you to hone your skills on! The DVD and manual will get you started and Wolff provides support and training if desired!
This video shows an overview of how to sharpen stylist shears for the beauty industry on the Hira-To® Sharpening System. This system is designed to recreate the convex edge and restore a shear back to factory specs.
Applying Diamond Paste
Questions come up from time-to-time about the proper way to apply diamond paste to the felt disc on the Hira-To®. This short video will walk you through the steps.
Restoring a thinning shear
Restoring a thinning shear is simple with Wolff equipment. This video will show you the steps involved in repairing a thinner with a bent tooth.
Restoring A Beauty Shear
Occasionally you will run across a shear that has been badly damaged by a previous sharpener. This video will walk you through a number of steps involved in bring a badly damaged shear back to life.
Q. What is a Flat Hone?
A: A flat hone is a machine fitted with a horizontal plate. An abrasive is applied to the plate either directly or with a plate system like the Hira-To®.
Q. What’s so special about this Flat Hone?
A: The Hira-To® is not just a flat hone, it’s a sharpening system! It’s equipped with the same state of art, patented fixture as the Rapid Edge® Sharpening System. This fixture has been proven time and time again in sharpening competitions across the country! It mimics free-hand factory sharpening perfectly and guarantees a consistent, quality edge every time!
Q. What are the differences between the Rapid Edge® and the Hira-To®?
A: Both are excellent machines! The main “functional” difference is the number of heads. The Hira-To® is a single head system and the Rapid Edge® is a five head system. On the Hira-To®, you have to change abrasive plates as you sharpen. The Rapid Edge® is designed so you can go from plate to plate. The other difference is the price.
Q. What kind of shears will the Hira-To® sharpen?
A: The Hira-To® sharpening system is designed to sharpen hollow-ground/ high-end beauty and grooming shears. It will sharpen both convex and bevel edge shears equally well!
Q. What is the difference between a convex and bevel edged shear?
A: A convex shear has a clam shell face that flows from the spine (or top) of the blade to the edge. A bevel edged shear is normally face-ground and beveled at the edge similar to a knife.
Q. What do you mean by hollow-ground?
A: High-end beauty and grooming shears are hollowed out along the inside of the blade. This allows for less resistance while cutting and a smoother cut as well. The edge of the hollow is flattened from the back of the ride area behind the screw to the tip along the cutting edge. This is called the ride line and lends strength to the edge. This ride line mush be re-established each time you sharpen!
Q. How do you re-establish the ride line?
A: The Hira-ToÂ® sharpening system comes equipped with a 6000 grit ceramic water stone. You use this stone to work the inside of a hollow-ground shear to re-establish the ride line.
Q. Is it easy to sharpen a beauty shear
A: This system makes it simple, but it’s not easy. You still must understand the complexities of the shear you are working. That is why the Hira-To® comes with a DVD explaining the ins-and-outs of sharpening.
Q. What if I run into problems when I’m in the field sharpening?
A: Call Wolff’s 800 number! We have a staff that is fully prepared to help you overcome any obstacles!
Q. What if the DVD isn’t enough?
A: Wolff has an extensive one-on-one training program available! It is tailored to each individual to help you overcome in doubts you may have in this business.
Q. Do I have to come to Wolff in South Carolina to train?
A: Wolff has other training options available. Approved trainers are Bobby Huffman in Knox City Missouri, Jason Pintel in Southern California, Debbie Finck in Portland Oregon, Andrew Beard of Kenchii in Atlanta Georgia and George Harris in Richmond Virginia. Each of these trainers are independent! They set their own training rates! Each is also an approved distributor of the machine and have proven to be conscientious in their training and supportive after the fact.
Q. What happens if I buy a Hira-To® and then decide I don’t like it?
A: Wolff has a 30 day money back policy on all its products!
Q. What happens if I buy a Hira-To® through one of your distributors and decide I don’t like it?
A: Each distributor is independent and sets their own policies. Give them a call and they’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.
Q. How profitable is sharpening beauty shears?
A: Sharpening can be very profitable! The average charge to sharpen a beauty shear is $25.00 dollars per shear. It is like anything else in life! You’ll get out of it what is put into it!
Q. How else can I make money in this business?
A: Selling beauty shears! Wolff has a full line of WolffÂ® brand shears for you to sell! We also carry the KenchiiÂ®, ProLineÂ® and 44/20Â® lines of shears.
Q. How do I make money with these shears?
Wolff’s shears, and other lines Wolff sells, are available to our sharpeners at a discount.