Niche products

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Over the years, I have seen a lot of great ideas for products that can be made from wood. Jewelry, cutting boards, games, bottle stoppers, the list is endless. But every now and then I see one that makes me stop short.

The other day, I was perusing the internet when I came across these:

Maple kitchen knives? OK, there are a lot of things that I could think about making from wood. But kitchen knives? On my second glance, I noticed was the gleaming, polished steel cutting edge. Then I started thinking that this might not be a ridiculous as it first sounded. Since our "other" business is a cafe, we use good quality chef's knives all the time. The most important thing I learned about a chef's knife is that it needs to "feel good" in your hand. And what better than a nice smooth wood handle? These knives would certainly offer that. And since most of the work is done with the edge, these knives might just be a decent choice. I'm going to be watching for the time when these prototype knives actually become available because I'm at least going to want to try one.

I think these are a great illustration of someone using their imagination to come up with a unique idea that might well become a good selling product.

D.D.

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