We hope you enjoy this first part of a 3-part series examining broach tool performance.

Part 1

They may look the same at first glance, but all broach tools are not created equal. Measuring performance over time is the proof in the pudding. I hope you will invest a few minutes into reading this blog series. Our goal is to help you and your company save time and money by understanding how tool manufacturing methods effect optimized, stable, process outcomes.

When I go into a factory that is having problems with their broaching process, one stop I like to make is the tool crib, to talk to the person responsible for sending the broach tools out for sharpening. The people working in the tool crib generally know what’s going on, how often there are issues, what tools work best, which ones have issues, and why. They interact daily with machine operators, setup people, engineering, and vendors. If there are recurring problems and patterns of tool performance and inconsistency, they will know.

When you are thinking about broach tools, these are the factors to consider in the manufacturing process that effect optimized, stable performance, and outcomes:

      • Tool Design
      • Material Selection
      • Coatings
      • CNC Manufacture
      • Straightening
      • Edge Preparation
      • Inspection
      • Broaching
      • Re-Sharpening

I want to touch on each step briefly, but with enough detail to paint the complete picture. Now you think, why should I have to know how the tools are made, I just want to buy tools that work as expected and promised, every time. My answer to that is, if you don’t ask how they were made, and how they will be sharpened, you won’t know, and after all, they all look pretty much alike!

Every person or company selling you a broach tool wants you to believe they make the best tool and offer the best price or value. You need to ask and discern if what they say is on the level! Price, while important, is not as important as optimized, consistent performance! If this statement were not 100% correct, your company parking lot would be full of Yugo’s! For your process to be reliable and predictable, the tools need to provide optimized, stable performance; if your tools don’t, you will need to find out why. Chances are it’s the manufacturing process!

To understand the different approaches manufacturers use to make broach tools that may affect optimized, stable performance of the tools, we need to turn to history… which we will do in Part 2.  Stay tuned!!


Ever Sharp Tools is pleased to announce the installation of new 3-meter Klink CNC broach grinders from Germany. Ever Sharp Tools attended the Exposition Mondiale de la Machine-Outil (EMO – Machine Tool World Exposition) in Hannover, Germany in September 2017 and selected Klink as their preferred supplier for these 2 new CNC broach grinders.

Sharpening services are available with the new machines, manned by our highly experienced and expertly trained team. Contact us today to learn more about how CNC sharpening can benefit your organization and to receive a no obligation quote!

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Ever Sharp Tools, Smith’s Creek, Michigan is excited to announce we are the newest member of the AMT! The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) is a trade association based in McLean, Virginia, in the United States. It was founded as the National Machine Tool Builders’ Association (NMTBA) in 1902. It represents and promotes the interests of American providers of manufacturing, machinery, and equipment.


Manufacturing technology orders posted an unexpected surge in August, climbing 28 percent over August 2017 and bringing the year-to-date growth rate to 23 percent for 2018. The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from AMT (Association For Manufacturing Technology) showed that orders totaled $501 million for the month, up 26 percent from July and the largest August order level in the USMTO program’s history.

Ever Sharp Tools U.S. Service Center will be observing reduced working hours during the 2018-19 holiday season, from Wednesday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. We will ensure that jobs completed within these dates are shipped/delivered as expected. Responses to RFQ’s and some administrative requests may be delayed until we resume normal business hours on Wednesday, January 2nd. EST wishes a safe and happy holiday season to all!

Holiday Hours at Ever Sharp Tools U.S. Service Center

Ever Sharp Tools welcomes Jason Hoppe to our sales team at High Tech Representation! High Tech supports EST’s customers throughout the Northcentral U.S. Region. Jason joined High Tech in November 2018, bringing with him 4+ years of experience working in Industrial Distribution with BlackHawk and 10+ years of machine shop experience. Welcome, Jason!

North Central U.S. Sales Team Welcomes New Team Member