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Offline hayshaker

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priceing knife extras
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:34:54 AM »
last night i was asked to build a knife for someone.
I had suggested a coyote skull as a resting place for the knife.
but since it is separate from the knife,
should i have charged extra for that. he said my knives were to nice to use.
he wants it for a desk ornament/letter opener, not kidding.
but since i had already given him a price I feel bound to that price, 150'00.
so in the future should such a extra be priced seperate?
there is a lot of work that goes into a skull be it bear or coyote.

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Re: priceing knife extras
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 09:25:53 AM »
It would be entirely up to you. 
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Re: priceing knife extras
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 02:06:26 PM »
last night i was asked to build a knife for someone.
I had suggested a coyote skull as a resting place for the knife.
but since it is separate from the knife,
should i have charged extra for that. he said my knives were to nice to use.
he wants it for a desk ornament/letter opener, not kidding.
but since i had already given him a price I feel bound to that price, 150'00.
so in the future should such a extra be priced seperate?
there is a lot of work that goes into a skull be it bear or coyote.

If the guy can afford a $150 letter opener, he can afford a display base for it.
I've done coyote, beaver and European deer mounts.  There are material costs for all of them, from hydrogen peroxide, to carnivorous beetles. The last time I checked locally, the guy was getting $80 for a deer head, considering the care and keeping of his beetles. And that's not mounting...that's just cleaning.

I've also seen knife makers with two prices: $100 w/o sheath, $125 with sheath.

But it's up to you.
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Re: priceing knife extras
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 02:53:41 PM »
thanks a lot OP, i don't use beetles, i boil the skulls remove bt hand the flesh
and soak in peroxide then sun dry. still its a lot of work,
the skulls are leftovers from when i used to do native american type art.
so have a whole bin of them. this is my 1st knife sale' so in the future
it will be ala'carte.

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Re: priceing knife extras
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 07:06:28 PM »
Sounds like you got it figured out. If it were me.... I'd send the skull for  free this time. but be sure to mention it next time as an option, for a small fee...
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Re: priceing knife extras
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 05:00:13 AM »
well anyhow the guy called me yesterday and said he did'nt want the coyoty mount afterall.
so it's just a wood and antler mount i guess. it's about 6am so i'm lettin the shop warm up a bit.
back to work.