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Bruno

Administrator
Staff member
Today, someone told me that my razors were too expensive. While I can see the argument from the 'too rich for my taste' perspective, I didn't appreciate being labeled 'too expensive'. Rather than get snarky, I decide to write a lengthy post about where my prices come from.

I didn't know if I could plug my website here, but I talked to the admin and he said it's ok :p
https://snailforge.be/2020/06/24/blade-pricing/
 

geezer

Member
That is a very good summary of the unseen costs that must be built into the price of a product. I had a part time machine shop and was able to survive for 15 years till I was no longer able to do the work. Had I not been retired I would not have survived.
 

verndahl

AKA tintin
yeah but i can buy one on ebay for $70 ! :) . I Really began to appreciate the work that goes into a razor when i finished my Bruno blade (and that was just the hand sanding). Craftsmanship isn't appreciated by everyone (maybe most) just because they don't understand the skill and time that goes into it.
 

32t

Member
When I worked in a candy factory and the average wage there was around $7.00 at the time. I made some fun and interesting silver jewelry.

I never sold any but got offered $40.00 for a ring for example. That was 6 hours pay or more for the person making the offer! I was not offended because of the percentage of their income that they were willing to pay but they were when I said no thank you. Those numbers did not come close to my cost.

As a custom maker you have to market to a different clientele.
 

RezDog

Member
Hand made items are often undervalued. People look at things and think well I can get a similar item from an underdeveloped country for much less. My sister in law weaves hats. Traditional weaving using bark from the area. She has won many awards at art shows. Her hats sell for $1K each. It sounds like a lot of money for a hat. However the number of hours that go into gathering and refining materials and hat forms and the time weaving, it’s not that bad. Yes you can get a woven grass hat from an underdeveloped region for $10. If you want a product made from unique materials, skillfully crafted, outside of a sweat shop, you will have to pay. If you want a gold dollar for $25 or less, then go buy one. If you want a Wootz or damascus, or san Mai blade, carefully crafted, you will have to pay for that. There is nothing inexpensive about the process or the cost of learning, and the time put in on each blade.
 

32t

Member
Yet people will pay $40 or so for a hat that is advertising for a company! Nike for example.

I won't wear a hat advertising anything unless they give it to me for free.

The most expensive hat I ever bought was over $900. I bought a PSE bow and they gave me a free hat.

I spent $29,000 on my last truck and didn't get a hat....... One of the first things I did was remove all the chrome emblems and dealer stickers. That might actually advertise more though because without the emblems I have been asked what kind of truck is that! LOL
 

cangooner

Cheese enthusiast
Yet people will pay $40 or so for a hat that is advertising for a company! Nike for example.

I won't wear a hat advertising anything unless they give it to me for free.
I'll actually pay more to get clothing that is logo-free. I figure if a company wants me to act as a billboard for them, they can pay me for it. Still waiting for that first offer though... :D
 

verndahl

AKA tintin
i'd be interested in seeing some images of your sister in laws hats Shaun. Hand crafted items fascinate me. Maybe that's why i love learning to make new things, especially those kind of things that aren't so common (traditional crafts for example). That and the fact that i can't afford to buy them so i have to make my own :).
 

Bruno

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Staff member
Just enrolled for the 2nd year of Japanese evening school. My plan is to have the 2nd year completed before it starts, so that I can leisurely study 3d year before it starts.
 

verndahl

AKA tintin
I have been looking at the strap on the top left and I don't have any proof but it looks a holder for a grain bag at the bottom of a chute to fill it.

Somewhere in the recesses of my brain that thought lies.
Hmmm, could be. One of my other friends thought it was for discharging static. either one makes sense though.
 
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