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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12104

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I sharpen standing as it is easier on my body and I'm eye to eye with whoever I am demonstrating the sharpeners for. I have a little fold up wooden podium I built modeling the one Clay uses. Holds 8 to 10 handle sets on top (though I usually only have 7 and my accessories on top) and room for storage underneath. Though I spend all day sharpening normally - my purpose isn't expressly sharpening it is demoing the sharpeners so standing works great for that purpose.

We picked up one of those cushioned kitchen mats for under the feet which helps quite a bit on the hard concrete floors at most of the shows.

Here are a couple the better shots I have showing the podium - nothing really of just the podium set up. It folds down to about 12 x 12 x 5

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Some of the edges I've sharpened on the WE
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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12106

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RichardHarn wrote:
Thanks Max for info. You've given me some good ideas. Where do you get your knife sleeves?
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i got like a started order - 50 each size
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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12108

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Show off your setups so we can see what everyone else has going on.
Thanks for looking.
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i call it paddlezilla -they are growing fast in number from last week :)
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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12111

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Thanks for that it is beginning to look as if I shall need to fabricate something ; whether it be from scratch or adapting something I would prefer to not to make it of wood in the interest of saving weight .
So I think I shall have to look at stock materials - tubular steel or aluminium possible HDPE cutting board or parts of them.
I have time since my WE has only been on order since the 12th of June.
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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12114

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BobNash wrote:
Great sets of photos... thanks. If anyone wants to see how to clamp a variety of shapes/sizes of knives... this is the place to look. (And a tip repair too!)

Glad you take the time to do this... what a resource. Thanks.
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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12120

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I travel with my WEPS, some bundled up demonstration knives (mostly folders), a small spritz bottle of rubbing alcohol and some honing oil packed neatly into a re-purposed Bushnell spotting scope case much like this (not my picture):



I also use folding tables and tend to sit down to sharpen, but the podium or similar idea is a good one!

I recently had to order some budget-minded pocket knives as both merchandise and demonstration pieces, because people keep buying my demo knives! I also make sure to keep either some junk catalogs or scrap paper strips handy to show off sharpness. I think it's important to have a couple things handy to work on and show off between customers; it seems to draw a lot of attention just sitting there sharpening something :)
Your friendly neighborhood gunsmith!
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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12121

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ApexGS wrote:
I think it's important to have a couple things handy to work on and show off between customers; it seems to draw a lot of attention just sitting there sharpening something :)

I have the same experience at all the shows I've worked. When I'm busy sharpening, even if it's just stropping an already sharp knife, people get curious and wander over. Generally I'm the only person 'doing' something at the show so it's a big draw. If I take a break and stop sharpening, people keep walking and don't stop to look as much.
--Clay Allison
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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12122

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What kind of demo knives did you order for sale so they do not buy your demo stock? I was thinking that is a great idea to have some folders to sell and I was curious to the brand you were using to keep the prices down some. I have been doing very well with my reworked thrift store kitchen knives and this would also add revenue at the new places I plan on sharpening at. Such as for the police, sheriff, state police, fire and EMT stations. These are usually knife guys who are not loaded but something that is a good price with good quality should peak their interests.
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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12130

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Great sets of photos... thanks. If anyone wants to see how to clamp a variety of shapes/sizes of knives... this is the place to look. (And a tip repair too!)

Glad you take the time to do this... what a resource. Thanks.[/quote]
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these pics he has posted have helped me more than he will ever know. i just wish i had a smart phone or wifi for my ipad, so i could look while at fare.....been kinda lucky, only two big folders - 1 about 3 weeks back and yesterday that benchmade job. it is hard to remember so many postsitions.

THANK YOU BOB
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Re: How I set up for the farmers market. 1 year 1 month ago #12132

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Hey Tuffy, (by the way, what makes you so tough!?:) )

Can you print out the knife data base or save it to your ipad?

I would think you could run into a lot of Bench made knives. A popular brand. Some swear by them, some at them.
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