Every house in America has different kinds of knives and scissors. One may require to sharpen their knives and scissors at least every three months. This is where this business idea comes into play. This dying art can be converted into a lucrative, low investment idea.
The first thing you must know before starting a knife and scissor sharpening business is how to sharpen knives and scissors. You must have proper knowledge, as you can damage the tools by over sharpening or wrong methods. It may also cause grievous injuries to you.
Methods for Sharpening Knives
There are two types of whetstones available; oil and water-based. Oil whetstone needs a few drops of oil to form a light film across the stone, and water stone needs to be immersed in water for 15 minutes, before starting off with the sharpening process.
The knife blade is placed at an angle of 20 degree to the heel of the stone. Draw the blade towards you steadily, sweeping in an arc. Draw the blade in one direction. Never draw the knife back and forth. Repeat the step on both sides, at least 10 to 20 times.
You should read the instruction manual or booklet before operating the machine. It is better to have a live demo from the dealer before purchasing an electronic machine.
Methods for Scissors
Rub the stones from the screw end of the beveled side of the blade to the end. Repeat the same process on the other blade too. Wipe the blade clean and test on paper or fabric to check sharpness.
A round sharpening stone that can be housed in the spinning machine made especially for scissors, is used in these equipment. To sharpen the blades, they are held against this sharpening stone.
After practicing these skills, you can move on to start your venture. Do some research on the various other similar ventures near you. Get adequate knowledge of their market position, and design your business accordingly.
Keep visiting your regular clients at regular intervals. Offer clients with discounts on every 10th knife that you sharpen. Come up with unique marketing strategies to build a larger customer base. If you have a mobile business, then put large banners on trucks for advertising.
Set your prices at an affordable range. You can earn anywhere between $10 and $50 an hour working alone. It is a great business to sharpen knives, scissors, home and garden tools.
You can sell new and vintage knives, and even second-hand good quality knives that will add up to your profits. You can demonstrate your skills in sharpening creatively, that will help build a crowd around you and bring you more business.
The key to a successful business is proper growth strategy and marketing. Follow good etiquette for building a good market image. Build a successful business working on a sharp edge!