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Join Thorvie International at Sharp Fest April 19-21, 2017

Thorvie International invites to you to join them at the professional sharpening service trade show hosted by Sharpeners’ Report.  This year’s Sharp Fest will take place April 19-21, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.  Thorvie’s display booth will consist of their AV-40 saw blade sharpening machine with all additional tool fixtures. They will also display the AV-54 automatic jointer, planer and chipper knife grinder.

If you currently own or wish to join the sharpening industry, you will see the latest sharpening equipment for saw blades, wood working tools, mower blades, cutlery knives, clipper blades, hair and grooming shears, chain saws and much more. For more information or registration for Sharp Fest visit

Thorvie Saw Blade Sharpening Machines Out Perform Competition

Saw blade sharpening machines by Thorvie International have the winning combinations you will not find anywhere else.  With the combination of superior design and Thorvie’s dedication to helping you succeed, there is really no contest.  Offering over 20 tool fixtures for the AV-40 and AV-42 sharpening systems, Thorvie grinders provide a more complete sharpening service.  Many competitors offer a maximum of  four tool sharpening fixtures, not allowing you to offer a complete service.

The AV-40 saddle assembly is solid with four sealed bearings and no play whatsoever.  Other saw sharpening systems have three bearings in their saddle assembly.  The AV-40 will face, top and side grind saw blades while most other grinders will only face grind.  To properly sharpen and balance saw blades, you must face and top grind the tooth to restore the cutting edge.  Compare Thorvie to the competition.

For more information on the AV-40 saw blade sharpening machine or other Thorvie products, contact us at 866-497-0572, e-mail [email protected] or visit

Rick’s Tip

The topic of sharpening forstner bits has come to my attention more frequently the past couple months.  To sharpen forstner bits, I use the router bit fixture on the AV-40 saw and tool sharpening machine. The proper grinding wheel to use is either a 4″ to 6″ CBN face grinding wheel or a resin bond wheel.  You sharpen these bits similar to face grinding a saw blade. Sharpen the face of these cutter instead of the smaller top section. The top section is harder to align to the grinding wheel with the center point tip getting in the way. Align the face of the cutter to the grinding wheel and sharpen it until a slight burr appears.

If the forstner bit has a 2 cutter system, use the same number of grinding passes on each cutter so you sharpen each cutter to the same height.  On the outer rim of the forstner bits, there are usually small cutter teeth. To sharpen these I use either use a dremel with the thin flat resin bond wheel or a belt sander to just touch up the face on the outer teeth. For set up pictures on sharpening the main cutter, view this link