Sharpening School

 A new dedicated Sharpening Training site has been created

If you would like to view the available dates, or book your place, please visit:


Thinking of starting your own sharpening business? Email for the full course details and the price and visit our new dedicated website If you don't get a response within 24hrs please phone as some emails do not get through.

We run two day training courses that will teach you everything you need to know, and how to succeed. On the course you given details on how to receive ongoing support for as long as it's required, so no need to panic as will never feel on your own.

  • We will tell you what you don't need to waste your money on, and you will be in a position to start earning much sooner!
  • We will teach you how to sharpen correctly! This is vital to ensure repeat custom, and of course it gives you job satisfaction knowing that you are doing it correctly.
  • You will be taught how to sharpen many items including hairdressing and dog grooming scissors, dog and horse clipper blades, kitchen and chefs knives, garden shears, hunting knives and axes. You can even tell us what you would like to sharpen, and we will show you how.
  • You will be taught how to sharpen dog clipper blades correctly, as many are actually serviced not just sharpened and oiled!
    • We use the popular dog grooming A5 blade for training
    • We are the only approved Clipper Blade Sharpening trainers for Nebraska Blades in the UK & Europe.
  • You will be taught how to sharpen, serrate and service true convex, semi convex and bevel edge hairdressing and dog grooming scissors correctly!
  • No previous experience is required, as we will teach you everything you need to know.
  • We will give you a suggested supplier list for all your equipment, or to make things a lot easier and cheaper you can buy all the sharpening machines and spares direct from us so that it ready for when you arrive, however the choice is yours.
  • No equipment required for the training as you will use our machines.

Testimonials from some of the people who have been on the course:

Trevor Teague from South Devon wrote: A BIG THANK YOU to Robin. Having been a butcher for some 40 years I was never been happy with how sharp I could get my knives. I knew they could be better but did not know how to make them better. So I decided to go on Robins two day sharpening course. Wow I have to say having set up a small sharpening station at home my knives are all now cutting like demons thanks to Robins training. The course covered loads Knives, serrated knives, Shears, Clipper blades & all kinds of hair dressing and grooming scissors. The information I have gained  on this course has really opened my eyes and I am looking forward to starting my own sharpening business soon. All thanks to Robin's training course. If you are thinking of starting a sharpening business I would recommend you do this course first. Thanks again Robin.

Debbie Harris from Llanymynech  wrote: I recently completed a course with Robin, I found the course very informative, and enjoyable. Robin explained techniques and didn't mind if we asked for him to go over something again. I would recommend this course for anyone looking to start a business. 

Paul Richards from Kent wrote: After 17 years as a director of an IT company in London, I realised that 1, I hated London and 2, I hated IT, so when I got made redundant late last year I decided to make a Life changing decision.
One of my passions is Bushcraft, which ironically since becoming a sharpener I have little time to practice it these days, but I always had a great sense of pleasure sharpening my bushcraft knives to razors edge. I've always told my children from early age that if you can make a career out of something you enjoy doing, you’ll never work a day in your life. So I decided to stop preaching and start practising. After a month or two of strategizing and due diligence within the sharpening sector around my area I decided to make an investment into setting up my sharpening business.

After scouring the Internet for courses on sharpening it was clear from my research and the reviews that there was only one place I should go; and that was the sharpening service's sharpening school, led by Robin Bailey.
The two day course was a holistic approach to sharpening offering wide access to the various areas of the craft while focusing on the core tools including scissors knives clipper blades and garden tools. The course was a superb balance of theory and practical exposure. Robin has a natural talent of teaching in a manner that everyone can understand. Not only do you walk away from the course with a superb knowledge of sharpening across the various areas, but you also have very informative and detailed curriculum that you can reference any time you feel you have forgotten something. Robin is also more than happy to take calls and answer questions even after the course has been completed. You will be part of a small community that practice the craft within the UK, everyone helps everyone and you will never be alone should any questions queries or concerns arise.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty I completed Robins course in mid-February and four months later with hard work I am earning a respectable wage. Remember this is just four months after the course.
If you are asking me if you feel the course is worth the money, my answer in hindsight would be it's worth double, and then some.
The skills and knowledge you walk away with are yours for life and will build the foundation for a very successful business. The only barrier you will face will be your own attitude to success.

One year later Paul Richards wrote againI can't believe it's been over a year since I left the London rat race and I.T. 

Sharpening has been weirdest and best decision of my life. I still scare myself how reckless the risk take was, which was totally unlike me. I thought about the idea with little research, bought the van, went on Robin's course, had the van wrapped, bought the full kit from Robin and got stuck in after some practice. Since then I have sharpened thousands of garden tools, knives, scissors, equine & grooming blades and industrial equipment and learn something new every single day without fail. I get to start when I want and finish when I want. I get to drive around in the beautiful Kent countryside and meet hundreds of wonderful people. I get to work within different sectors at different seasons which delivers an interesting diversity of work. The work is plentiful and rewarding, if you want to go and get it. I get out what I put in and that's a great feeling. Have a great day everyone and be thankful. I can't think of a better career in the world!


Peter Thorpe from Newcastle wrote: Thank you for the sharpening course. So having watched the You tube videos etc, what could be easier, simply buy a Tormek and that would be me set. How wrong I was! So what next? Get some proffesional help. Wow.... what a massive leap forward my skills and confidence took in such a short time. It would be fair to say that I have by-passed months of heartache trying to teach myself. Not only did I learn so much, I also now know what I don't know which will enable me to continue learning and improving my skills now that I am heading in the right direction. 

Harry Rabbie from London wrote: I have just completed the training course and was very impressed with not only the structure of the course, but also the knowledge that Robin has and the fact that he is so willing to pass on tips that he has that would take me years to acquire.  I only hope I can be half as good as he is !!

Thomas Nilsen from Norway wrote: I would just like to thank Robin for two valuable days at his training course for knives, scissors and clippers. We covered a lot of material both theoretical but for the most part hands-on. Robin is an excellent teacher with a passion for both his craft and his students. I highly recommend this course for both newbies and more skilled knife sharpeners. 

Michael O'Donovan wrote: The training course will save you so much time and money. Robin has been there and bought the teeshirt (and a helluva lot of equipment) and knows the business inside out. He's generous with his experience, and holds nothing back. Can't recommend it enough

Lianne Carling wroteWell Robin I would just like to say a big thank you for running your training course. I cannot believe the response I have had over the last couple of days delivering leaflets to the hairdressers and dog groomers, as you can imagine due to there being no one local sharpening I have been extremely busy and have now got into three major restaurants in my area I think my daughter will be attending your training.Thank you again. 

Stephen Doris wrote: Hi Robin , Just a quick note to say how much i enjoyed the two day training course last week.The course has helped me appreciate the demands of the job.Your advice and experience has been tremendously helpful....Was it worth the cost?....Well let's just say, If you think education is Expensive.. You should try ignorance! 

Ashley Maude wrote:Robin is a really nice chap and happy to answer any questions. The course feels very one to one as there is only 3 people per course. Small price to pay for a brilliant course and to add a real skill to my business. Brilliant guy, brilliant course. I would recommend this course to anybody who's looking to start or progress in a sharpening business

 Michael Brownlie wrote:  I was made redundant and didn't know what I was going to do, then I came across Robins sharpening course. I have always been wary of courses not coming up to my expectations in being all theory and lacking in the practical department, Robin has got the mix perfect, he explains everything in a way that's easy to understand and encourages you to get your hands on, which is the only way you can learn this skill. After the first couple of hours I knew this was what I wanted to do, he has taken his wealth of knowledge in the sharpening business and compressed it into a two day course that gives you all the tips and tricks you need to get started. Going on Robins course was one of the best decisions I've made. Thanks Robin. 

Patrick Gleeson wrote: Robin’s sharpening course is first class and great value for money.  He has a well-structured, hands-on approach, teaching skills, techniques and a wealth of tips drawn from years of experience.   Robin showed us the quickest, most efficient ways to approach a wide range of jobs and which equipment gives the best results.   He also told us where to get the best deals on supplies and equipment.  We had plenty of time to practice and ask questions, and the support I’ve received since completing the course has also been brilliant as Robin continues to be a friendly source of advice and information.  This was particularly useful during the start-up phase of my own operation, which is now a thriving little business.  There’s not much that Robin doesn’t know about sharpening and attending this course was one of the best ideas I’ve had for a long while.  Thanks Robin.

Lynn Doyle: Just want to add how much I enjoyed the course, which i found extremely informative and surprisingly relaxing, simply because I found you very approachable.  I can highly recommend you to anyone else thinking of taking this course as you are a brilliant tutor and obviously know your subject.  It was a pleasure to meet you this week. Kindest regards Lynn 

David T:  Over the years, I have attended many courses in many countries on many topics.  Robin is in the top league as an excellent tutor with an obvious and current hands-on experience.  A true professional who still 'walks the walk'.   His combination of business common-sense with deep understanding of why certain things are done (or not done) is of special value and could not be gleaned from books or videos alone.  Perhaps best of all, Robin is very patient with those of us who are clumsy - and goes at a pace that is individually tailored. Best money I have spent in a long time!

Dave Rose: Having booked the knife sharpening course in early March and paid my deposit, I was second guessing the expense right up till the day of the first class. Within the first two hours, I was completely convinced that I had made a sound investment.
Robin is extremely open and honest about the trade, and isn't afraid to share valuable knowledge and information. For the first time in years my entrepreneurial instinct has been super charged.
If you are hesitating at all, be assured that this course is worth every penny.

Joe Gomez: We had a great two days with Robin... a man who seriously knows his stuff. A great hands on course and with a very small class lots of time for practice and question.
A great teacher and I would seriously recommend this course.
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Martin Downes: Having been on the knife sharpening training at the end of January 2012 I thought I would leave my comments and thanks.
We are bombarded these days with get rich quick schemes, particularly on the internet, let me assure you this is not one. Robin gives you the confidence to sharpen knives scissors, etc and encourages you to practice, practice and practice some more.
He explains you have to go out and look for the business it won't just come to you, no different to any business really. However as I can testify the business is out there, I have just picked up an order for 70 knives!
Robin also is there after the training, I have rung him up on several occasions to ask his advice which he has been more than happy to give.
Whether a sharpening business is for you only you can decide but for me I am so pleased I took the plunge. Thank you Robin


The Two Day Training Consists of:

  • Training from 10:00 to 15:00 each day.
  • Lunch included both days.
  • A detailed list of all the equipment you will need.
  • We will tell you what you don't need to buy. This can save you £1000's!
  • Explanations of how and why we use the equipment.Plenty of practical hands on experience using the equipment.
    • We will give you a list of suggested suppliers and all the help you need.
    • We do not sell equipment, this way you can find the best price from the many suppliers out there, although some special supplier arrangements have been put in place for you, if you need or want them.
    • If you have any doubts or concerns, we are always available for advice and guidance after the course.
  • The secret of sharpening serrated knives easily.
  • Answers to the top 30 most often asked questions, as well as any others you may have.
  • A manual explaining the theory of knife sharpening and everything you need to know about hairdressing scissors and clipper blades.
  • How to market your business and what sectors to focus on.

By the end of the course you will have enough knowledge and confidence to start your own sharpening business. You will also have the added benefit of having us available to support you in the future if required.

Contact us for the full course details and the price, or to enquire about any other dates. A simple one line email is all that's required, and we will then send you the full course details, local accomodation suggestions, machine costs and the cost of the course.

If you would like more training time with us, or bespoke training, then that can be arranged.

Once we have agreed that a date is available, please book the course via the dedicated training school website