Edgevertizing – the Story of the Itinerant Japanese Knife-Sharpener
Knife shaperner photo by Cecilia
This itinerant knife sharpener does the rounds every few months in my neighbourhood in Tokyo.
Knife sharpener photo by Cecilia
No office, no rent, no clocking in necessary — just a bike, a whetstone, and some slips of paper in mailboxes to tell everyone he’s in town.
Because he does his work where we can see him, we feel we already know him. We see other people’s knives being sharpened, and wonder why we should miss out, so just put in our orders too.
Spend one month learning something people need done, spend the rest of your life doing it. — Bill Mollison
Since I started living with a constant flow of Japanese friends and WWOOFers, the quality of my kitchen life has risen. My knife collection glistens. Many Aussies don’t sharpen their knives. Even permies. We just use more brute power, put up with things being slower, difficult, just because it doesn’t occur to us. And, also because we don’t have a neighbourhood knife sharpener.
Cecilia at a Japanese demonstration garden edge
Become an Edgetrepreneur
If you were in my neighbourhood, and had a good reputation, I would pay you to do these things on my doorstep:
- green clean my car
- wash my dog (if I had one)
- train me to train my dog (if I had one)
- put a dripper water system in my front garden
- put in a better letterbox (mine is squeezy for my mail)
- put in urban swales to catch my down pipe water
- graft me some replicas of my favorite fruit trees (you would bring the rootstock)
- tell me a very funny story
That’s just the doorstep. There are 100 things I need help with inside, but that’s for another day.
There are many Permaculture design principles in action in this fellow’s livelihood. I will let you look and find them yourself.
Got any good edge stories?