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Bushcraft Is Back: Tormek T-4 Bushcraft Allows You to Spend Less Time Indoors Prepping Tools and More Time Outdoors Using Them

outdoor knife sharpener

Troy, MI – November 5, 2018 – Tormek of Sweden, the company setting the standard in innovative sharpening systems since 1973, has made its T-4 Bushcraft a permanent part of its product line. The T-4 Bushcraft is a specially designed sharpening machine to help hunters, fishers, and outdoorsmen better prepare for nature.

 

With the Tormek T-4 Bushcraft, you can sharpen a wide variety of hunting and fishing knives, outdoor knives, and axes.

 

The Bushcraft’s design gives the user complete control over the angle and shape of the blade edge. Like all Tormek products, the Bushcraft removes only the minimum amount of material when sharpening, prolonging the life of your tools. Additionally, it prevents the loss of temper in steel and leaves a longer-lasting edge so you don’t have to sharpen as often.

 

After using the Bushcraft to sharpen your tools, you’ll be more prepared for any outdoor activity.

 

“Sharpening your knives and axes is an important part of the preparations for hunting, fishing, and hiking,” states Tormek CEO Hakan Persson. “Using the Tormek T-4 Bushcraft is the best way to prepare for nature.”

 

The Tormek T-4 Bushcraft retails for $439.00. To locate a dealer or retailer for this or other brands distributed by Affinity Tool Works, visit www.affinitytool.com.

 

About Tormek

Since 1973, problem-solving through innovation has been the driving force for Tormek. Tormek is recognized for its unique sharpening system, holding over 13 patents and offering the widest product range on the market, including sharpening jigs and accessories specifically designed to achieve the optimal sharpness on all kinds of edge tools. Based in Sweden, Tormek exports to over 30 countries worldwide. The Tormek sharpening system is used widely by cabinet makers, carpenters, woodcarvers, and woodturners, as well as in restaurants, industrial kitchens, professional sharpening businesses, and households.

 

About Affinity Tool Works, LLC

Affinity Tool Works, LLC is a provider of professional tools serving a variety of markets, including building and remodeling, do-it-yourself, industrial, and woodworking. Designed to increase productivity, simplify complex tasks, and help produce consistent results, the product brands under the Affinity umbrella include BORA Portamate and HTC Products. Exclusive brands distributed include: FISCH, Tormek, and Sjobergs. For more information, visit www.affinitytool.com.

Tormek® Introduces Diamond Sharpening Wheels for Their Revolutionary T-8 Sharpening System

Diamond sharpening technology

Professional tool sharpening leader delights woodworkers and other tool enthusiasts by offering Diamond sharpening technology.

 

TROY, Mich. June 26, 2018 – Tormek®, long a leader in professional tool sharpening, is again at the forefront of the industry by introducing three new diamond sharpening wheels for their renowned T-8 sharpening system.

 

Designed specifically for the T-8, these new diamond sharpening wheels take advantage of the world’s hardest substance, and offer woodworkers and other tool users all of the benefits of diamond sharpening technology, with none of the drawbacks.

 

“While a diamond is indeed the world’s hardest substance, it wasn’t widely used in sharpening due to the simple physics of heat” stated Keith Fyhr, Product Manager of Tormek’s exclusive U.S. distributor, Affinity Tool Works. “In plain terms, a diamond can be damaged once temperatures exceed 700 degrees Celsius, which is common on bench grinders running at 1700 rpm’s and higher. But the Tormek T-8 is a low speed sharpening system, running at a cool 90 rpm. So Tormek felt a diamond wheel made exceptional sense, and went ahead and developed one.”

 

“We’re excited, because our customers have really been waiting for this.” he added.

Fyhr went on to speak of the advantages of a diamond sharpening wheel, which are numerous. For example, at the Tormek’s 90rpm speed, the Diamond wheel will last twice as long as a CBN (Cubic Boron Nitride) wheel. The wheel also remains at a constant diameter, which reduces setup time and the need to true your grinding wheel. Fyhr was also excited about the increased sharpening capability. “Because the diamond material extends down the sides, it allows for flat grind sharpening. Further, creating a new edge profile is much easier. Tormek users will really like what they can do with these new diamond wheels.”  

 

The new 10” diamond sharpening wheels will be offered in three grits - 360, 600, and 1200 - which will allow them to handle any sharpening job. They are being released at the same time as the MB-100 Multi Base Jig for the T-8, which will allow for flat grind sharpening when used in conjunction with the diamond wheels. Tormek CEO Håkan Persson commented on the product’s release, “We are proud to now offer our users the opportunity to sharpen with diamond, the world’s hardest material. Tormek’s low speed sharpening makes it ideal to use diamond for edge tool sharpening since no heat occurs. We believe that the diamond wheels together with the new MB-100 Multi Base will make sharpening even easier for many of our dedicated Tormek users.”

 

For more information on the diamond wheels, the Tormek T-8, as well as dealer inquiries, visit https://affinitytool.com or e-mail info@affinitytool.com      

 

About Tormek

Since 1973, Tormek has been meeting tool-sharpening challenges through quality and innovation. Based in Sweden, Tormek holds 13 patents and offers world class sharpening systems, jigs, and accessories to customers in more than 30 countries. Its sharpening systems are depended on by professional cabinet makers, carpenters, woodcarvers and woodturners, as well as in restaurants, industrial kitchens, professional sharpening businesses, and households.

 

About Affinity Tool Works, LLC:

Affinity Tool Works, LLC is a provider of professional tools serving a variety of markets including building and remodeling, do-it-yourself, industrial and woodworking, and even kitchen/food service. Designed to increase productivity, simplify complex tasks, and help produce consistent results, the products distributed under the Affinity umbrella include FISCH, Tormek and Sjobergs. For more information, visit www.affinitytool.com.

Sjobergs Elite 2500C Combines Workbench & Clamping Platform to Create an Unbeatable Workspace

workbench clamping platform

New Elite Workbench Combo offers larger, more flexible work surface for professional projects.

TROY, MI. – June 14, 2018 – Sjöbergs, the leader in workbenches and woodworking accessories, introduces the Elite 2500C Workbench Combo, designed by professionals for professionals to be the ultimate combination of workbench and clamping platform for optimal workspace.

 

Whether the project is large or small, the Sjöbergs 2500C Workbench Combo provides up to 98-inches of workspace, ensuring there will always be room for a professional end result. The Sjöbergs Elite 2500C is both heavier and smarter than most other workbenches on the market, constructed entirely in European beech and thoroughly treated with top quality oil. The versatility of the Elite workbench together with the clamping platform combines unbeatable strength, quality and versatility.  

 

The clamping platform can be detached from the workbench and placed on a wall to act as a separate workspace. In addition, a large variety of accessories can be added on to the platform both on top and around the skirt, including jaw cushions, a steel anvil, the Sjöbergs ST-11 Holdfast and more.

 

Sjöbergs Elite 2500C features:

  • Maximum length of 98-inches of workspace
  • ¾ inch convenient dog hole placements across top and skirt
  • Sjöbergs ST-11 Holdfast can be easily incorporated
  • 4 bench dogs included

 

“For our customers we realize that space can be at a premium and this is a convenient way to give them both more room to work and a wealth of features,” said Keith Fyhr, Marketing Brand Manager at Affinity Tool Works, the exclusive North America importer for Sjöbergs. “We’re proud to provide a product that is made with the finest materials and to the highest standards of all Sjöbergs products to create the ultimate workstation.”

 

The Sjöbergs Elite 2500C Workbench Combo retails for $2,760. To locate a dealer or retailer for this or other brands distributed by Affinity Tool Works, visit www.affinitytool.com.

 

About Sjöbergs

With more than 90 years of experience in producing workbenches and accessories, Sjobergs has a reputation for quality among both professionals and hobbyists. This wide range of workshop products reflects quality in the choice of materials, construction, finish and long-term function. In 2014, Affinity Tool Works, based in Troy, Mich., became the exclusive North American distributor for all Sjöbergs products.

 

About Affinity Tool Works, LLC:

Affinity Tool Works, LLC is a provider of professional tools serving a variety of markets including building and remodeling, do-it-yourself, industrial and woodworking. Designed to increase productivity, simplify complex tasks and help produce consistent results, the product brands under the Affinity umbrella include BORA, Portamate, HTC Products, and exclusive brands distributed include: FISCH, Tormek and Sjobergs. For more information, visit www.affinitytool.com.

 

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Sjobergs Introduces Elite Clamping Platform

New Sjoberg Elite Clamping Platform

Versatile complement to workbenches offers added work surface and flexibility. Limited time offer, save $140 on Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform and ST-11 Holdfast Combo through Dec. 31st.

 

TROY, MI. – November 27, 2017 – Sjöbergs, the leader in workbenches and woodworking accessories, introduces the Elite Clamping Platform (SJO-33467), a convenient complement to Elite workbenches that provides nearly 19 additional inches of length to the work surface for virtually any project.

 

The Sjöbergs Elite Clamping Platform is the perfect complement to the Elite workbench. It can be attached directly to a Sjobergs Elite workbench via screws, adding additional work surface to an Elite workbench. With its multiple 19mm dog hole, this platform makes the workbench the most flexible clamping system available on the market today.

 

As another example of its versatility, the Elite Clamping Platform can also be used as a separate work surface by attaching it to a wall. Made of solid European beech wood treated with natural oil, many accessories can be added on to the platform, which includes jaw cushions, a steel anvil and the ST-11 Holdfast, which clamps easily into place.

 

Sjöbergs Elite Clamping Platform Features:

  • Extends workbenches by nearly 19 inches in length
  • ¾ inch dog holes make the bench more flexible
  • ST-11 Holdfast then fits into the ¾ inch dog holes.  Includes four 19mm bench dogs
  • Convenient tongue and groove laminations

 

The Elite Clamping Platform is a versatile and flexible product that makes any job a bit easier, according to Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager Affinity Tool Works, exclusive North America distributor for Sjöbergs.

 

“For our customers we realize that space can be at a premium and this is a convenient way to give them both more room to work and a wealth of features,” said Gluski. “We’re proud to provide a product that is made with the finest materials available. As we like to say, the Elite Clamping Platform is truly rock solid.”

 

The Sjöbergs Elite Clamping Platform retails for $468. For a limited time through Dec. 31, 2017, it is available $399 and includes a bonus ¾ inch Holdfast, the combo’s total value is $539. To locate a dealer or retailer for all Affinity Tool Works brands, visit www.affinitytool.com.

 

About Sjöbergs

With more than 90 years of experience in producing workbenches and accessories, Sjobergs has a reputation for quality among both professionals and hobbyists. This wide range of workshop products reflects quality in the choice of materials, construction, finish and long-term function. In 2014, Affinity Tool Works, based in Troy, Mich., became the exclusive North American distributor for all Sjöbergs products.

 

About Affinity Tool Works, LLC:

Affinity Tool Works, LLC is a provider of professional tools serving a variety of markets including building and remodeling, do-it-yourself, industrial and woodworking. Designed to increase productivity, simplify complex tasks and help produce consistent results, the product brands under the Affinity umbrella include BORA, Portamate, HTC Products, and exclusive brands distributed include: FISCH, Tormek and Sjobergs. For more information, visit www.affinitytool.com.

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Affinity Tool Works Rebrands Core Product Line as Bora Portamate & Expands with Acquisition of Centipede Tool, LLC

Bora Portamate Rebrand

Global tool manufacturer defines brands combining PortaMate into BORA Tool and increases product offerings with addition of Centipede Support System

 

TROY, Mich. Dec. 19, 2017- Affinity Tool Works, LLC, a, privately-owned global tool company based in Troy, Mich., announces it is streamlining and rebranding its established product lines as BORA PortaMate to reflect one, cohesive category brand.  The rebranding announcement coincides with the company’s acquisition of Williamsburg, N.M.-based Centipede Tool, LLC, manufacturer of the Centipede Support System.

 

Under the new branding, PortaMate products and Centipede Tool’s work stations will be combined, along with the BORA Tool line, into BORA PortaMate as the main overarching brand for the company. Affinity Tool Works will become a separate division as the exclusive U.S. distributor for HTC, Tormek, Sjobergs and FISCH. The newly-formed brand will also include the launch of a new logo and a new website, www.boratool.com.

 

“BORA Tool carries significant recognition for consumers and in the marketplace as a trusted, reliable brand and the rebranding direction better defines our company to our customers in a crowded and competitive tool line space,” said Todd Gluski, Brand Manager for Affinity Tool Works and BORA PortaMate. “With the addition of Centipede Tool’s portable work stations to our product mix, BORA PortaMate expands our distribution channel both domestically, internationally and further establishes our position in the marketplace as a leading provider of innovative tools and accessories.”

 

“We’re excited to have found a partner that shares our vision for the potential of our portable workbench technology to support any task, anywhere,” said Keith Fyhr, co-founder of Centipede Tool, LLC.  “With new models and accessories on the horizon, the Centipede Support System will continue to become an even more essential portable work support companion on every job site and in busy woodshops around the world.”

 

Affinity Tool Works was established in 2006 as a manufacturer and distributor of tools and workshop accessories that serve a variety of markets including building and remodeling, do-it-yourselfers, industrial and woodworking. As the BORA PortaMate lines and popularity among both professional craftsman and hobbyists alike has grown over the years, so has its overall brand identity.

 

For more information, visit www.boratool.com, www.affinitytool.com or call 866-588-0395.

 

About BORA PortaMate & Affinity Tool Works, LLC:

BORA PortaMate is a provider of professional tools serving a variety of markets including building and remodeling, do-it-yourself, industrial and woodworking. Designed to increase productivity, simplify complex tasks and help produce consistent professional results, product brands include BORA Tool, PortaMate, Centipede Tool, HTC Products. The Affinity Tool Works division is the exclusive North American distributor for FISCH, Tormek and Sjobergs. For more information, visit www.boratool.com or www.affinitytool.com.  

 

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Tormek Launches T-2 Professional Kitchen Knife Sharpener

professional kitchen knife sharpener

Developed for the culinary industry, the T-2 sharpening system delivers sharp edges quickly and effortlessly.

 

TROY, Mich. August 30, 2017 - Tormek  of Sweden, the company setting the standard in innovative sharpening systems since 1973, announces the launch of the T-2 Professional Kitchen Knife Sharpener, developed to meet the culinary industry’s demands.  

 

The high accuracy of the T-2 means no unnecessary steel is removed which gives the knives a long lifetime. The slow running fine grit diamond wheel is gentle on the steel, so there is no risk that it gets heated and damaged. The user is in full control at all times during the sharpening. A diamond wheel and a patented guidance system offer chefs a solution to achieve sharp edges whenever needed.

 

“In developing the T-2, Tormek consulted with professional chefs to indentify the important functions and features they wanted and needed in their kitchen’s sharpening system,” said Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Tormek’s U.S. exclusive distributor, Affinity Tool Works, based in Troy, Mich. “The result is a highly efficient tool every professional kitchen should have to ensure and achieve a properly sharpened knife, quickly and easily, with almost no set up time.”

 

Tormek collaborated with the Swedish Culinary Team, led by Chef Fredrik Andersson, with the T-2 in preparation for the Culinary World Cup 2018.  "Having sharp knives is incredibly important for us to be able to perform,” said Andersson. “The Tormek T-2 is an important part of our equipment, as we can sharpen an edge and ultimately create the conditions to succeed in our goals".

 

The sharpening system accommodates 14–60 mm (9/16"–2 3/8") wide knives with a maximum thickness of 3.5 mm (1/8").  A resilient clamp steers the knife on both sides, which makes it easy to maintain a constant angle against the grinding wheel.  The sharpening job is completed in a few minutes including honing and polishing on the honing wheel.

 

The Tormek T-2 retails for $599. Visit www.affinitytool.com to find participating dealers and retailers. If you are a dealer interested in carrying this product please contact us at 866-588-0395 or emailing sales@affinitytool.com.  

 

About Tormek

Since 1973, problem solving through innovation has been the driving force for Tormek. Tormek is recognized for its unique sharpening system, holding over 13 patents and offering the widest product range on the market including sharpening jigs and accessories specifically designed to achieve the optimal sharpness on all kinds of edge tools. Based in Sweden, Tormek exports to over 30 countries worldwide. The Tormek sharpening system is used widely by cabinet makers, carpenters, woodcarvers and woodturners, as well as in restaurants, industrial kitchens, professional sharpening businesses and households.

 

About Affinity Tool Works, LLC:

Affinity Tool Works, LLC is a provider of professional tools serving a variety of markets including building and remodeling, do-it-yourself, industrial and woodworking. Designed to increase productivity, simplify complex tasks and help produce consistent results, the products distributed under the Affinity umbrella include FISCH, Tormek and Sjobergs. For more information, visit www.affinitytool.com.

 

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Tormek Releases T-4 Bushcraft Limited Edition Sharpening System

Tormek T-4 Bushcraft Limited Edition

August 15th launch to include special value package with a free Mora Kansbol© outdoor knife, a SVM-45 Knife Jig, and SVA-170 Axe Jig.

 

TROY, Mich. August 15, 2017 - Tormek  of Sweden, the company setting the standard in innovative sharpening systems since 1973, announces the launch of the T-4 Bushcraft sharpening system, a limited edition hunter green model with extra bonuses, targeted to outdoor enthusiasts as well as traditional woodworkers.  

 

Designed to give the user complete control over the angle and shape of the edge, the Tormek method removes the minimum amount of material, thereby prolonging the life of the tools and knives. Tormek’s signature innovative water cooling process prevents any loss of temper in the steel and leaves a longer lasting edge. 

 

“Tormek has set the standard in sharpening systems worldwide and the new Limited Edition T-4 Bushcraft sharpening system is another example of why they are the industry leader, ” said Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Tormek’s U.S. exclusive distributor, Affinity Tool Works, based in Troy, Mich. “Sportsmen, hunters, professional and home chefs will revel in the ultra-sharp edge on tools, axes and knives the system offers.”

 

The T-4 Bushcraft includes the following accessories:

  • Tormek Original Grindstone and leather honing wheel
  • Stone Grader SP-650
  • AngleMaster WM-200
  • Honing compound PA-70
  • Jigs for sharpening knives (including kitchen knives) and axes
  • Handbook on sharpening and an instructional DVD

 

In addition, the special value package includes a Mora Kansbol© outdoor knife from Morakniv®. The knife has the flexibility of a lightweight knife and the strength of a more robust model, making it a perfect accessory for outdoor use.

 

Tormek offers a range of jigs which can be purchased separately and used on the same system for a variety of purposes such as cabinetmaking, woodturning and woodcarving.

 

Priced at $425, the T-4 Bushcraft sharpening system will be available at select Tormek dealers beginning on August 15, 2017 while supplies last. Visit www.tormekus.com to find participating dealers and retailers.

About Tormek

Since 1973, problem solving through innovation has been the driving force for Tormek. Tormek is recognized for its unique sharpening system, holding over 13 patents and offering the widest product range on the market including sharpening jigs and accessories specifically designed to achieve the optimal sharpness on all kinds of edge tools. Based in Sweden, Tormek exports to over 30 countries worldwide. The Tormek sharpening system is used widely by cabinet makers, carpenters, woodcarvers and woodturners, as well as in restaurants, industrial kitchens, professional sharpening businesses and households.

 

About Affinity Tool Works, LLC:

Affinity Tool Works, LLC is a provider of professional tools serving a variety of markets including building and remodeling, do-it-yourself, industrial and woodworking. Designed to increase productivity, simplify complex tasks and help produce consistent results, the product brands under the Affinity umbrella include BORA, Portamate, HTC Products, and exclusive brands distributed include: FISCH, Tormek and Sjobergs. For more information, visit www.affinitytool.com.

 

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Portamate Unveils PM-8000 Portacube STR, the Latest Portable Miter Saw Workstation

Portamation Portable Miter Saw

TROY, Mich., January 2017 – Leading workshop and power tool accessory manufacturer Portamate is proud to introduce the Portacube STR (PM-8000), a convenient and portable workstation that combines a miter saw stand, expandable work surface and storage center designed to make the most of even the most crowded work spaces. The unique tabletop rotates to store a miter saw or other tabletop tool underneath and the entire workstation can be rolled away for easy storage. Click the photo below to see it in action.

 

Product Details:

    • Universal/adjustable tool mounts adjust for most miter saws (up to 26 ½” wide) and other bench top tools such as a small planer

    • Rotating tabletop offers convenient storage for miter saw when not in use

    • Folding extension wings expands to create up to 7’ work surface

    • Compact footprint (31”x29”) fits through 32” wide doorways

    • Heavy duty 10” wheels for easy portability around shop floor

    • Support arms can be adjusted to meet top of miter saw surface

    • Leveling feet adjust to work on uneven surfaces.

    • Convenient workbench height of 35”

    • Retails for $349



“The design team at Portamate really had the end-user in mind when they developed the Portacube STR and took into consideration both function and practicality,” said Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Portamate’s parent company, Affinity Tool Works. “The capabilities make it an ideal complement for your miter saw or other tabletop tool and its compact design makes storage and use in any workshop more efficient.” For a complete list of dealers and retailers, please visit www.portamate.com or call 866-588-0395.

Bora Tool Introduces the Bora MiteriX Angle Duplicator

angle duplicator for precise angles

Cut it right the first time with exceptional miter angle duplicator tool.

TROY, Mich., September 2016 – Leading tool manufacturer BORA Tools introduces the MiteriX angle measuring and duplicator tool to create precisely measured angles. Carpenters and DIYers know one of the harder parts of the job is getting exact angles. With the Bora MiteriX Duplicator Tool, it becomes the easiest part of the job. This tool does exactly what is intended for – it precisely measures angles, and then locks the angle – even splits in half – to transfer that exact angle to a miter saw. This means miter cuts will match precisely without that unsightly gap that is all too common when measuring freehand.


Click To Watch The MiteriX In Action

Product Details:

    • PERFECT ANGLE – The Bora MiteriX Angle Duplicator tool is specifically designed to ensure that miter cuts are at the perfect angle.

    • MEASURE, LOCK, THEN TRANSFER – Use the tool to measure the exact miter angle needed right on the material, then lock it, and transfer that exact angle to the miter saw. Divides the angle in half for a perfect miter.

    • WORKS WITH ANY ANGLE – Measures internal or external angles from 0 - 180 degrees (miter angle from 0-90 degrees).

    • EASY STORAGE – Collapsible and foldable for easy storage in a tool box. Product measures 11” x 1.5” x 1.5”



“The great feature of the BORA MiteriX is you can measure an existing angle on a piece of furniture or the inside or outside corner of a wall, and then transfer that exact angle to your miter saw,” said Todd Gluski, Brand Manager of BORA’s parent company Affinity Tool Works . “For example, if you’re cutting crown molding, cornice molding, wood casing, base board, or trim for a wall, and the angle you need isn’t a perfect, preset angle, this tool will save you hours of frustration and will ensure you cut it right the first time.

Affinity Tool Works Exhibits At The 2016 IWF Show

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Affinity Tool Works along with Tormek, Sjobergs and Fisch showed off new products and old favorites at the 2016 IWF Show

During the 2016 IWF Show August 24-27, 2016, Affinity Tool Works brands Bora and Portamate along with distributed brands Tormek, Fisch and Sjobergs displayed some of their latest products to show attendees. One of those products the Bora MiteriX made it into Woodworker's Journal top products at the IWF Show. Click below to watch the video of Chris Marshall meeting the Bora MiteriX for the first time.

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