Self Sustaining?

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by Ben_M, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Ben_M


    Mar 6, 2017
    Not sure if this is the ideal place to post this, but I figure if it's not someone can easily redirect me. I've been making knives casually for the last eight or nine years just for the fun of it but I'd like to try to turn it into a self sustaining hobby by making an selling one or two a month. My biggest conundrum right now is how to sell them consistently without going to a whole lot of expense and time (websites, knife shows, etc) and that would let me sell them as I make them instead of having to make large quantities. I've tried several Facebook groups but I think there are more sellers than buyers in them and I haven't had any hits. Does anyone know of an easy way to sell knives as they're made that doesn't require more time and money than it's worth?
  2. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    Get a membership here. That allows you to list your knives to a broad audience. Promote yourself via instagram and Facebook. A website is nice, but becoming old school in terms of sales.
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  3. Knife freaky

    Knife freaky

    Dec 1, 2016
    This would be your best bet I think!


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  4. Ben_M


    Mar 6, 2017
    You have to have a Gold Membership to sell here, right?

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  5. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    Get the knifemaker membership to promote your work. Gold lets you sell knives that you didn't make.
  6. CapitalizedLiving


    Dec 1, 2007
    selling knives is hard work. From my past ten years of experience that has been the case for most makers. BUT there are some who have never had to fight for a sale and always get what they ask for. They generally sell via email groups and other captive audiences since they can just snap a cell pic and make money. If you are really good and make something in high demand, this may apply. But you need more demand than you can supply and the ability to say no to requests. And you need a wave to ride on.
  7. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    First, fill out your profile. People want to know where you are and a bit about you.
    Second, get a knifemaker membership. It says it right in the name ... KNIFEMAKER.
    Third, go to a few knife shows. See what sells and what doesn't. See what prices they sell for.
    Fourth, make a plan. Decide what type and price point you can make and sell repeatedly. Start with perfecting those. Two or three styles are plenty to start with.
    Fifth, put a few up in The Exchange. Take clear photos and post all the specs. That is how many sell the knives they make.

    The next steps are find a group to sell to. It may be a local knife club, or local craft, gun, or knife shows. A little travel is worth it if you have a product that sells.

    Last pieces of advise:
    Until you have a good product that you can make in a known time frame, DON'T take orders. Many a good new maker starts taking orders and then realizes he doesn't have the time or ability to deliver them.

    Don't expect to start out getting Nick Wheeler prices, but also don't under sell your knives. If the same knife sells at the shows and on The Exchange for $175, asking a little less because you are a new seller is OK, but don't sell them for $75, or you will never be able to get $175 later on.
  8. Ben_M


    Mar 6, 2017
    Thanks for the thoughts and advice. Looks like I need to do a little groundwork and research.

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