Posted on November 22, 2016
Elegant in its simplicity, the Sharpenair airbrush needle sharpening device is a nonelectric, hand-held sharpener capable of restoring bent airbrush needles to near new quality. The sharpener’s precise design guarantees that you can repair damaged needles without compromising their factory angle. The entire process takes a mere 1 to 5 minutes. The company also provides online instructional videos to guide you through the process.
This very practical tool was designed by airbrush artist Chad Elliott who intimately understood the frustrations and needs of the airbrushing community. Smaller than most Smartphones, it measures just 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches. It has a sturdy molded plastic exterior. Portable and tough, it can be included in any airbrush artist’s kit without fear of damage.
The patented interior sharpening mechanism is comprised of four diamond grit plated sanding stones with stainless steel plates. Four separate, precisely angled, runners guide the needles to the sharpening stones. This design takes the guess work out of the sharpening and straightening process. The user simply rotates the needle gently in the runners to completely and correctly repair a bent needle.
Versatility is the key to Sharpenair’s success as an airbrush needle sharpening device. It is compatible with multiple different sizes and brands of airbrush needles.
There are 2 models available at this time, one will work with Iwata, Harder and Steenbeck, Badger, Sparmax and other similar type needles, another one designed to accommodate the
thicker shafts of the DeVilbiss Dagr and some Paasche models.
The cost savings inherent in repairing rather than replacing bent needles is
obvious. The larger cost savings could very well be in time saved. Projects can
be delayed hours, even days, waiting for hard to find replacement needles. Time
is literally money for an artist and the more time spent on a project, the less
money earned, not to mention staying on schedule and meeting deadlines.
As a tool that repairs tools, the Sharpenair is invaluable. Its durable structure and effective design guarantee a long life-span. The sharpening stones can be replaced when necessary. The ability to repair a bent needle rather than replace it increases profit and productivity. This tool is a essential component of any airbrush artist’s kit.