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How do you set your pricing? 11 months 3 weeks ago #14227

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cbwx34 wrote:
An idea to consider (on the dust)...


... and a thread on it...

Anyone else where a respirator while sharpening?
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thanks for that curtis

i must have missed the sponge and soap one - i will have a set up like that for my next fare and probably a respirator too, but not yet. want to see how the sponge deal goes.
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How do you set your pricing? 11 months 3 weeks ago #14230

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Curtis, thanks for posting Clay's video as a reminder of what a great process this is with the foamy soap method................I have been using this ever since Clay suggested it, and it works great. One thing I do after using this though is to make sure I air dry ( using my compressor ) the diamond stones to make sure they don't rust on me.

I also have 2 large sponges in separate containers, one for the diamonds, and one for the ceramics.
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How do you set your pricing? 11 months 2 weeks ago #14269

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I'm about to revamp my page as well as prices.
IMHO, quality knife sharpeners are underpaid.
That said, you have to look at your target audience.

My new prices are gonna look like this, all going up to polish.
On Belts:
Kitchen Knives
1-5": $5 minimum
6" and up, $1 per inch
Cleavers $2 per inch
Scissors $8 and up
Folders $8 and up

WEPS, whole nother world of time and precision.
Folders $12 and up with agreement based on quote once I know what the knife is and condition

And, am thinking about adding a handling charge in addition to shipping.
Too much time spent packaging and if I have to go to USPS, Fedex, UPS etc.
Also a pickup charge ... time is $.

Overall, IMHO, Quality sharpening should generate $50 with no interruptions.
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How do you set your pricing? 4 months 4 weeks ago #17143

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Why do you charge more for folding knives?
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How do you set your pricing? 4 months 3 weeks ago #17160

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for the 2014 fair season i have pretty much set all my prices here:

straight bladed knives - $1.00 per inch.

serrated knives: $3.00 per inch

high grade japanese knives: $2.00 per inch
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How do you set your pricing? 4 months 3 weeks ago #17166

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RexDart wrote:
Why do you charge more for folding knives?

Simply put, they take longer.
Steels are generally harder, studs need to come out, different problems with different knives, a whole range of things.

Still redoing my site as switching over to add scissors and just concentrate on Kitchen Knife sets, Scissors and Salon Shears, so have held off.

Actually thinking about dropping folders altogether.
Maybe even fixed blades.

Already took them off of the current site, though I still do them for past clients.

New pricing now going to $1.25 an inch for kitchen.
$8 for household scissors.
$12 for beveled grooming/barber/fabric shears.
$25 for convex salon shears.

The rest, if I take it, will be rated appropriately targeting $65 per hour shop time.
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How do you set your pricing? 4 months 3 weeks ago #17195

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Zig, I'm off topic here, and if you don't mind? How are you doing the convex salon shears? I have been holding off on these as the equipment I have looked at is $$$$$. I use Twice As Sharp for all other shears.
The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result?
An old Irish toast, May the wind always be at your back, may you always have work and may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows your dead. Cheers!
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How do you set your pricing? 4 months 3 weeks ago #17200

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EamonMcGowan wrote:
Zig, I'm off topic here, and if you don't mind? How are you doing the convex salon shears? I have been holding off on these as the equipment I have looked at is $$$$$. I use Twice As Sharp for all other shears.

NP.
I took the plunge and went for a flat hone.
Yeah, the $$ is an issue, but there is a market.
And, its a whole nother world of sharpening.
Info on how to is hard to get and variables are intimidating to say the least.

Big learning curve and am taking it slow.
Odd market to boot.
Unlike knives which to me are straight forward, each shear has its own set of variables, they are like puzzles, down to how the stylist cuts.

The TAS is my go to for utility, household, fabric, even barber or groomer shears. Though barber and grooming overlap and flat hone can be way to go.
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How do you set your pricing? 4 months 3 weeks ago #17214

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tuffybraithwaite wrote:
for the 2014 fair season i have pretty much set all my prices here:

straight bladed knives - $1.00 per inch.

serrated knives: $3.00 per inch

high grade japanese knives: $2.00 per inch

Over the last few weeks that this thread re-appeared at the top I've been doing some local current pricing.

This is about the local average -- perhaps a touch low.

A few places are doing something like multiple levels of sharp: Standard, Extreme & Scary is how one company puts it. Prices are from $1.50 to $3 per inch.

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It's a timely conversation. This weekend I got seven kitchen knives to sharpen -- my first paying customer!!

Now I also get to figure out bookkeeping, time & record keeping in earnest.
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For Now,

Gib

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How do you set your pricing? 4 months 3 weeks ago #17220

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I have two basic prices for kitchen knives -restaurants I charge 5€ a knife regardless of size restaurants normally have them done once a month . Yachts or private 8€ again any size the yachts like private owners tend to do them once or twice a year so normally there is more work to do. If a knife needs repair on the belt sander or reprofiling then I charge more.
Single edge knives such as Yanagi actually require more work so there are 3 areas to sharpen - the uri the back- the blade road and the edge so these can be up to 3 times the work so they may be as much as 24€ if all need working; normally the bulk is the blade road and the edge plus a couple of passes on the uri so these are 16€-24€.
Ceramic knives currently I charge 16€ since they take at least 3-4 times the time of a normal knife to do depending on condition.
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