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Old 12-26-2018, 10:10 AM   #1
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Cost per knives shipped corrected.

I wanted to keep the cost somewhere in the twenties. I found out that I cannot.

I must charge each knife for 32 dollars, and an adjustment if I put them in the same padded envelope.

Turns out that while the knife might be cheaper, all the polishing materials, envelopes and shipping costs are the same.

My apologies.
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:01 PM   #2
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I'm missing something. Can someone point me to the corresponding thread so I can understand the context here.
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:33 PM   #3
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I'll just tell you. Blue Ridge dropped the price of the Kershaw Barge to 8.00 dollars from 15.75, and I notified the collectors here.

I had to re-calibrate my charges, and my wife and I decided that the "materials cost" of stones and pastes was still going to be what they were, but we should adjust our knife cost to the clients to be fair.

We came up with 32 dollars per knife. If I save eight dollars, so should the guys on the forum.
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Just out of curiosity- and forgive me if I've asked this before, but- how much time would you say it takes you to polish a barge on average?
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:57 PM   #5
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If the bevel is straight, two to three hours. But each knife is different, with its own set of problems. When a client gets two knives back, they should look the same--despite one might have been a tear-down and re-build.

But "normal" rarely happens. On the last "Barge Charge" I found two perfect bevels out of all the knives I've handled. One knife took two days.

I hate to sound like a wuss, but it became almost an obsession to get all the knives to all the clients (some were to be gifts) in perfect condition. Sadly, the job took more out of me than the stones did to the knives.

This time I'm going to work at a more relaxed rate, and take the weekends off.

Now, if your cousin is about to be deployed, he goes to the front of the line! I'll risk an upset stomach to get that knife polished. I once gave a knife to female soldier, finding that upon return it was the only knife her rifle company of six had with them!

But the holidays are over, a bit of the pressure is off, and I'm on better drugs. I'm going to have more fun this time around.

Oddly, it was Chuck's personal knife that took the longest. Four days!
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Old 12-26-2018, 06:28 PM   #6
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I Will Pass On Another Barge

It was super sharp as promised. Lots of time I carry two knives I swapped one out to carry the Barge, after doing that for a little over a month I found the Barge to be to heavy in my pocket but the main problem was the razor edge blade was too "short." I like at least a four inch blade, works better for me.

Thanks for the offer.
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I’m still in with my order if it happens. The Barge works great for me especially at work. The long handled and short blade are a great combination for the tasks I use it for on the job. It’s obviously not for everyone but that’s why companies make different knives for different tasks.
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Originally Posted by The Tourist View Post
If the bevel is straight, two to three hours. But each knife is different, with its own set of problems.
I'm all for loving what you do, but I've been wondering how you can afford to do this from the beginning and the fog is only getting thicker...
$5/hr is ok for a kid washing dishes, but I think I may have figured out where some of your stress has been coming from.
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Actually, polishing focuses me, and I calm down. It's "Zen."

Besides, I've found that KT is more like a family than a forum. If you got a flat on your work vehicle, eight guys from here would have the exact tire you need.

Beside, a Barge is a working knife. I'm just getting them better tools for their job.
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I like at least a four inch blade, works better for me. Thanks for the offer.
Do you have a name or manufacturer for this 4" knife?

If it's in my catalog, I get them for half price.
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