By - Deluste
Wow - as the new guy who’s been putting in a little time sharpening Im starting to generate some repeat business. These knives aren’t worth much but it’s a huge ego stroke to have John Q. Public asking me to work on this stuff and pay for it!
Edit: biggest tip I can give anyone would be to be honest with your clients about your experience and have some work available to show them what you can do. It totally speaks for itself
How do you sharpen a serated knife such as the bread knife pictured
It was in decent shape when I got it so I used my paper honing wheels to follow the contour of the blade. I’ve got pretty good control with them and once honed were shaving sharp.
If anyone has pointers for this type of blade I’m all ears!
Edit if you mean the long, narrowed profile bread knife - it’s a laser. All I could do was hone the opposite side of the serrations to straighten the blade. Can’t do much else
How did you get the business? As in how or where are you advertising for customers?
I always struggle with returning the knife that’s dangerously sharp when it’s not given to me in a sheath or a personal box for the knife. I hate having loose knives.
Just put some blue or green painters tape I’ve the edge and you’re good to go. As a chef I’ve stored knives this way for years
I’ll start doing this then! I’d hate for them to rustle and dull on each other or someone get sliced. I would wrap them in a brown paper bag whenever i don’t have a dedicated carrier for the knives.
Yeah give it a shot.
I do have felt edge guards for some of my personal knives but I ordered some sheets of blue corrugated cardboard on Amazon, I wrap it tightly around the knifes blade more than once, So it ends up being fairly thick with a couple of layers..... and I use packing tape to pull it just a bit tighter around the blade..... So the blade will snugly fit inside what is I guess a cardboard saya cover. It works pretty well on most types of knives. They are some blade shapes that may not do as well but overall it makes for a convenient way to handle and store knives. Or protect a knife I have sharpened for someone else, mostly so they have a safe way to transport it back to their location...... Painters tape is a good idea though, I've definitely used that to protect handles when I'm working on other aspects of a knife.
People always say this but painters tape literally always unsticks itself from my knives when i use them. Painters tape is meant for sticking to wood, glass, and other materials but for me it does not stick to polished metal i don’t know why. I use the white masking tape and that does the job.
I’ve been doing it for no less than 10 years and never once had it come off. Just make sure the blade is clean.
Save up your cereal boxes, free and easy fix
I use paper grocery bags -- either whole or cut up.
Priority mail boxes from the post office cut to size plus tape is what I use.
I like the sensibly smart use of cereal or usps boxes for the sustainability aspect.
The last thing this planet needs is more plastic floating around. Plus, natural-on-natural elements is 👍🏻
I use some small rubber u-profile from Amazon. Fits decently right on the edge, then I tape it in place with electrical tape. It's a business expense for sure, but I price my service after it.
I use plastic wrap aka cling wrap. I give a slight layer of mineral oil on the blades when i’m not sharpening, then wrap the blade from the tip to the heel in cling wrap, enough so that the edge wont cut through. Then it goes into a brown paper bag with my logo on it. Since i put the oil on it, the customer is able to just hold the cling at the tip and pull the wrap right off of the blade.
I feel like bubble wrap would be good too.
Reminds me of my workbench, just without beer cans and a lot less blood.
There’s plenty of blood on the floor lol
thoughts on the tormek honing paste just as a strop compound?
Seems to work OK
How do you price a knife? What's the cost?
Because I’m new I charge very little and manage expectations by stating that. My rate is 30/hr
For reference both boxes took me an hour so I’m asking 15$/ each until I get better. I’ll come up to 55/hr next year and keep it there
Thats great, keep up the good work!!
Do you tell people with cheap knives that the edge will not last?
Absolutely! That said sometimes it’s the best they can afford so we just deal with it.
One of the best parts of learning this is that I had a LOT of learning knives I bought so if someone brings me a box like this I usually toss in a few better knives as freebies that I learned on :)
Cool never give up :)
My goal is to hit up farmers markets 😉 no idea how well I’ll do but here’s hoping.