It is hard to imagine our life without knives and scissors, usually we do not even think about the important role they play in our everyday life, and only when the blades of our favorite tool cease to be sharp, there is a feeling of helplessness and the thought appears: we need to sharpen. And where? A whetstone, which you can buy in some hardware or utensil stores, is not able to return the knife to its former sharpness, and it is not very convenient to use it. Of course, you need to take the tool to the workshop, where in a few minutes on special equipment it will be restored to its former properties, and the knife will become even sharper than before.
The customers of knife sharpening workshops are not only housewives who prefer to repair good tools instead of endlessly acquiring new ones, they are sewing studios, cafes, restaurants, canteens, food shops, as well as hairdressers, nail salons and various types of industries for which cutting tools required. All of these organizations tend to buy expensive tools and will be happy to extend their lifespan.
Experts note that private workshops can successfully exist by sharpening the following types of tools: kitchen knives, hunting knives, drills, hacksaws, household and metal scissors, chisels, chisels, chains from chainsaws and electric saws, axes, knives from a planer and jointer, lawn mower knives, circular saws, secateurs, milling cutters, meat grinder pairs, tile cutter rollers, spherical knives, hole saws, medical tools, ice ax knives, hairdressing and manicure tools, tweezers, overlock knives.
There is relatively little competition in this type of service. In many cities there are no knife sharpening workshops at all, or there are workshops in which there is old equipment made in the Soviet Union. Cutting tools are constantly being improved, and old grinders often simply ruin expensive tools. Meanwhile, the modern market of grinding machines can offer equipment that can quickly and efficiently perform work of any degree of complexity.
How profitable a business will be depends on the number of residents in your city and the number of businesses that want to use your services.
A workshop for sharpening knives and scissors will require a small room located in a place with high traffic. This will maximize the expansion of the client base and accept orders from both individuals and organizations. In a provincial city with a million population, renting a 6-square-meter space for a workshop on one of the central streets will cost 15,000-25,000 rubles a month. The workshop must have enough space to accommodate the machines. Of the furniture, you will need tables on which machines, chairs and shelves for tools will be installed. Of course, good lighting is important. It is best to use the natural as much as possible, and install fluorescent lamps for the artificial. The hood will not interfere, since a large amount of dust harmful to health is released during sharpening. If you plan to deal mainly with a household tool – and this is the best option for a startup both in terms of financial investment and in terms of complexity – then it is enough to purchase a simple desktop machine. Industrial equipment and hairdressing tools require special machines.
A desktop machine for sharpening tools costs from 17 thousand rubles. With such equipment, it is possible to sharpen knives, scissors, chisels, axes, planer knives, flat knives. The machine can work no more than 30 minutes for an hour, then you need to take a break.
Consumables for tool sharpening are grinding wheels. They are cloth polishing, felt polishing, abrasive, diamond. The wheel type depends on the type of machine. The cost of the circle is from 2.5 to 10 thousand rubles.
The best machines for sharpening hairdressing tools are brought to Russia from the USA. They are quite expensive, about 140 thousand rubles. Such machines have a manipulator that allows you to sharpen scissors at different angles. It is convenient to sharpen any hairdressing scissors on them (standard, semi-convex, convex), nail scissors, pushers, spatulas, nippers, clipper knives, straight razors. The cheapest machine for sharpening hairdressing and manicure scissors can be purchased for 40 thousand rubles.
There is practically no competition in the field of sharpening industrial tools: industrial knives for printing houses and metalworking, saws, cutters, drills for woodworking, etc. This work requires a certain skill and expensive equipment. The cost of the machine is from 100 thousand rubles.
Many sharpeners learn the profession on their own, finding useful information in professional forums, in specialized literature and training videos available on the Internet. The main thing is an interest in the craft, a desire to learn and do a good job.
The cost of sharpening a kitchen knife is from 50 to 150 rubles. It only takes a few minutes to work. The daily revenue of the workshop in the presence of an extensive client base can reach up to 10 thousand rubles.
The grinding workshop needs advertising. Service announcements can be placed on professional forums where your potential clients communicate, in professional magazines. It makes sense to send emails to organizations, as well as call all hairdressers and beauty salons. A bright, visible sign from afar will also help attract customers.