Getting Started -Video

Moderator: Peter Nowlan

Post Reply
Peter Nowlan
Posts: 1149
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:05 pm

Getting Started -Video

Post by Peter Nowlan » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:07 pm




Over the last few weeks I've had some emails from people all over the place, latest one from a Chef in Ecuador. The questions have a pattern, what stones to buy, what grits?

In my previous videos, and you know how much I love listening to myself, I think I just assumed that people knew a lot of things. In fact, that is wrong of me, I was a complete newbie when I started, had no idea other than just to try and copy what I saw my dad do. This was before the age of computers, I don't think the Burr had even been invented yet.

Anyway, the video is on my Blog and it's for newcomers to the world of knife sharpening, I am sure that every day there are people just getting started.

Peter

User avatar
Jeff B
Posts: 10494
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:59 pm
Location: Kentucky

Re: Getting Started -Video

Post by Jeff B » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:05 pm

You are so good at laying down a good foundation Peter so that the average Joe has a chance at success. It's really good of you to help guide that person wanting to give sharpening a shot. I remember when I first decided to learn to sharpen and didn't have a clue where to start. Some of the seasoned members of this forum were a big help with an inexpensive but quality way to get started and with direction to videos to give me an idea and confidence of were to start. Videos like yours are invaluable to a newbe!
If God wanted me to be a vegetarian he wouldn't have made animals taste so good.

Peter Nowlan
Posts: 1149
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:05 pm

Re: Getting Started -Video

Post by Peter Nowlan » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:57 am

Thanks Jeff. I find it easy to talk about it to be honest, I picture myself as I was those many years ago with a thirst for knowledge. I know there are some really great sharpeners out there making excellent videos but it's something I enjoy and again, it is often emails that generate the thought process behind what I do.
Peter

Gregory27
Posts: 475
Joined: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:31 pm
Location: Sheboygan, WI

Re: Getting Started -Video

Post by Gregory27 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:18 am

Thanks for the videos Peter. I'm a sharpening rookie, and I've enjoyed a couple of your starter vids tonight with a glass of wine. Our two. And a beer.

Peter Nowlan
Posts: 1149
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:05 pm

Re: Getting Started -Video

Post by Peter Nowlan » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:58 am

Gregory I'd be disappointed if you didn't watch the videos without at least one glass of wine. There isn't anything much better. Sometimes if I've had a difficult sharpening session I'll have a scotch.
Knifeplanet has asked me to start a new series of videos on sharpening with accompanying articles. They'll go from starting fresh up to sharpening using 4 levels of pressure, thinning etc. Thanks for watching. Cheers

Gregory27
Posts: 475
Joined: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:31 pm
Location: Sheboygan, WI

Re: Getting Started -Video

Post by Gregory27 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:02 pm

Peter Nowlan wrote:
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:58 am
Sometimes if I've had a difficult sharpening session I'll have a scotch.
I'm trying to decide if it's comforting or terrifying that a seasoned sharpener such as yourself will have difficult sessions.

Peter Nowlan
Posts: 1149
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:05 pm

Re: Getting Started -Video

Post by Peter Nowlan » Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:21 am

Oh. Now when I say difficult sharpening session it could be that I ran out of water too fast and had to refill the bottle or I had to wash my microfibre towels :)

Remember Gregory that I sharpen other people's knives and they often generate certain challenges. It's not the actual sharpening but chip repair, broken tips, handles separating, scratches, thinning. Not difficult really just more to think about. When you sharpen your own knives only you develop a connection with them and surprises are very infrequent, you know what to expect.

I think it's fantastic that people sharpen their own knives. I only know a couple of people who do it.

CharlesTeemy
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:14 pm
Location: USA
Contact:

Getting Started Video

Post by CharlesTeemy » Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:40 pm

My name is Jeff Southern and Im currently gathering as much input as possible to get my business off the ground before next spring. Im a virgin to the business other than what i do as side jobs with my Troy Built 3000 PW.

Im looking for any and all advise in getting started on the right foot in this industry.

thanks in advance.

Jeff Southern

Peter Nowlan
Posts: 1149
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:05 pm

Re: Getting Started -Video

Post by Peter Nowlan » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:35 am

Hi there.
Before I opened my sharpening business I made sure I could sharpen. This seems obvious but I mean really be confident in my skills. This is a business that grows by word of mouth only so it can either grow at a nice pace or die very quickly.
1. Gather the skills
2. Have a business card
3. Register the business ( credibility)
4. Go to store that sells kitchen wares including knives and talk to the manager, offer him/her a demonstration of your work and see if the stvan become a drop off spot for knives. (Unless you’re opening a sharpening store)
5. Sharpen as many knives as you can and just be patient

Dropping off a business card at a restaurant never worked for me, I did it for the first year but I never got one bite. All my business came via word of mouth. Everything is built upon a strong foundation: I can sharpen knives decently.

Peter

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest