Hancock Tool Co.

Hancock Tool Co. is an industrial cutting tool sales and service company serving the wood, plastics and non-ferrous industries since 1985. We provide high quality sharpening and repair of saw blades, router bits, and cutters. We also sell many major brands of in the cutting tool industry. We provide custom tooling services including moulding knives, templates, custom cutters, router bits, profiled inserts and diamond tooling.

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what we do

Quality tool servicing & saw blade sharpening

Exceptional Sharpening Services

Our sharpening services include a wide range of cutting tools, including saw blades, CNC router bits, shaper cutters and more. We use state-of-the-art CNC equipment and techniques to ensure that your tools are sharpened to perfection. We also offer custom moulder knife  services, and semi-finished molder knives for high volume millwork companies that have their own tool room, but would like to save the labor cost of roughing out knives on a manual profile grinder.

Fast and Reliable Turnaround

We understand that your tools are an essential part of your work, and we know how frustrating it can be when they are not working at their best. That's why we offer fast and reliable turnaround times on all our sharpening services. We also offer pickup and delivery services within our area, for your convenience, so you don't have to worry about dropping off or picking up your tools.

Exceptional Customer Service

At our company, we believe in providing exceptional customer service. We are always available to answer any questions you may have about our services or your tools. Our knowledgeable staff will work with you to ensure that you get the best possible results from our sharpening and custom tool services.

Company History

Sharp Since '85

Hancock Sharpening was started in 1985, partly out of frustration, as I couldn’t find a sharpening service that did quality work.

I was building musical instruments, doing furniture restoration work, and some cabinet making. Being a do-it-yourself type of person, I began looking at what it would take to do my own sharpening, and possibly doing it as a part time business.

I saw an ad in Popular Mechanics Magazine for a sharpening machine, promising $18.00 per hour in my spare time with the one machine that does it all. I quickly learned the machine did everything, except it didn’t do anything right. I then found a complete shop of manual Machines for sale, and started in my basement.

The business out-grew my basement when I added my first Automatic saw grinder. I moved to a warehouse in Minneapolis MN, and hired my first employee (who is still with us today).

In 1990, I was introduced through a mutual supplier to John Ophoven, who was operating a saw service his father started in the 1950’s. He had just moved into a warehouse space in Burnsville MN, and had extra room, and offered the space to me.

We continued to grow, add services, and upgrade equipment. In 1993, I added a Profile Grinder to offer cutter re-tipping, custom cutters, router bits, molder knives, and profiled inserts. I changed the name to Hancock Tool Co. to reflect the expanded capabilities and services.

We recently added a 5 axis Anca CNC grinder for our growing need for quality solid carbide tooling. We also invested in an Omax abrasive waterjet machine to cut moulder knives, and will will continue to build our capacity to provide the very best servicing available for your industrial cutting tools.

We have enjoyed continued growth by doing the best quality work we can, not cutting corners, always striving to improve, and investing in the finest CNC grinding equipment available.

Chuck Hancock

founder, Hancock tool
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Major Achievements

Years in business
Saw Blades sharpened per year
Molder Knives Manufactured
Customers served
Hancock Tool Team

Meet the Team

The Backbone of Precision Tooling.

Chuck Hancock

Chuck Hancock is the president at Hancock Tool. I take care of customer service, route sales and tool de-liveries, but I am mostly at home rolling up my sleeves and getting my hands dirty. I provide top quality tooling and service to woodworking, plastics, and metalworking companies. I am looking forward to con-tinued growth and utilizing advancements in technology to improve the work we do. In my spare time I enjoy woodworking, the outdoors, playing guitar in a band, and spending time with the grandkids.

Steve Hancock

Steve is a vital member of the Hancock Tool team, serving as an adept Administrator. He efficiently manages administrative tasks, ensuring smooth operations and effective communication within the company. Steve plays a crucial role in organizing schedules, handling correspondence, and coordinating with suppliers and clients.

Russell Peterson

Russ is a valuable member of the Hancock Tool team, where he specializes in the sharpening and sale of cutting tools. His role involves the careful cleaning of incoming tools and saw blades, conducting precision checks on saw blades using an optical test stand, and expertly re-tipping broken carbide saw teeth. Russ' dedication and skill contribute to the quality and reliability of Hancock Tool's products and services.

Steve Aaen

Steve is our Senior Saw Sharpening Specialist at Hancock Tool. With over 35 years of experience, he expertly sharpens saw blades using precision CNC machines, ensuring top-notch performance. Trust Steve for a sharper edge every time.

Nathan Russell

Nathan is one of our Sharpening Specialist at Hancock Tool. With precision and expertise, he sharpens saw blades, drills, router bits, and carbide inserts using cutting-edge CNC machines. Nathan also ensures your orders are swiftly shipped and received, guaranteeing a seamless experience with Hancock Tool.

Matt Russell

Matt is a dedicated professional who has been a part of Hancock Tool since 2012, amassing over 10 years of valuable experience. His expertise lies in operating CNC machines to skillfully sharpen cutting tools and create custom tooling such as molder and shaper knives, carbide inserts, and customized router bits.

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