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    Sharpening service queries

    So I am toying with the idea of starting a sharpening service for knives, scissors and general tools (chisels), and am trying to figure what to charge, or what you would be prepared to pay to get your knife properly sharpened.
    By properly I mean done slowly on diamond stones or standard stones, not on a bench grinder or anything hot to ruin the temper, with the angle locked in (you choose what angle) and you choose whether you want a toothy edge, a polished edge or something in between.
    In addition I can fix a snapped off point or make a new sheath, or rehandle a knife.
    Sometimes make a new knife too...

    I was thinking of sharing $5 for a small knife under 4 inches or 100 mm, $7.50 for a big knife over 4inches, $2.50 for regrinding a snapped off tip.
    Other prices would be poa.

    In addition you would need to pony up for postage, or drop and pick up the knife from Auckland, I think postage would end up costing you about $8 there and back...

    Would those sort of prices be way too high or would that suit people.

    I know not everyone can sharpen to the standards they would like but I can and have invested quite a bit of time and money into it and thought I might try and make a few bucks out of my hobby...

    Any thoughts or ideas would be welcome, cheers.
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    Sounds very reasonable.

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    That seems very cheap for your time to me.

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    Prices sound very reasonable, but I wouldn't send my knives away to be sharpened (guess I'll have to get good at sharpening).
    That's just me though, possibly I would send it to have a snapped tip reshaped if that ever happened.
    Good luck always good to make a few bucks back on your investment in a hobby doing something you enjoy.

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    Yes would happily pay those prices, good luck with the venture.

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    House of knives had and still may do a sharpening service mostly cooks knives but an enquiry might get a price for comparison.

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    Mate, if you decide to charge those prices, or thereabouts, I would be sending you every knife I own
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    Too cheap mate. Unless you're super fast you should charge on a decent hourly rate and only discount maybe for multiple things requiring sharpening.
    Being in Auckland I reckon you will do well once the word is out.
    Maybe just me but if I was wanting a knife sharpened by you I would likely send a bunch to make it worthwhile.

    I can however vouche for Shellys skills as he did a couple knives for me last year and they require bugger all maintenance to this day.

    Great idea. Good luck
    I just think you're underselling your skills a bit.



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    Yeh Id agree, seems cheap to me.


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    There's a guy at clevedon markets who has a tiny little stall, he charges more than that and does very all right, https://m.facebook.com/ClevedonFarme...094901/?type=3

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    Also I just paid 17.50 for my 32mm chisel to be hollow ground at saw doctors

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    Double it and you're closer I reckon
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    From memory I paid $10 per knife at House of knives when I got 5 chefs knives sharpened. TBH that was 15ish years ago, before I learn't to sharpen them myself.
    Pretty sure their prices will have gone up a fair bit since then. Your prices while they sound awesome, are probably a bit low. You need to factor in the cost of your time to unpack and re-pack knives, do the invoices etc.
    If you do a fantastic job, people generally don't mind paying more. Those that don't can always go elsewhere, as you don't need that kind of negativity in your life
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    From memory it is $10 in Invercargill to get a knife done and I suspect it is done on the grinder (or similar)

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    I'd jump at that! I was a joiner and could shave with my chisels but really struggle to get knives to the same standard. Possibly my multi purpose Gerber is the easies to get and maintain. My other knives seem to near impossible to get ultra sharp or retain an edge.

 

 

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