Ownership of Custom Moulder Knives
From contributor M:
You are charging the customer the "service" of matching or producing a new moulding, not charging them for a "knife". It is how you sell it. When a customer asks if he/she keep the knife a quick "no" and I usually follow it up with "besides they are specific to our machine". That usually ends it there.
From contributor H:
The knives are yours. What’s the client going to do with them - run them in his moulder or take them to another shop? I always include the cost of the knives in the first order. I tell my clients that future orders of the same profile will be at a lower cost because of repeat business.
From contributor D:
I have run into this and this is how I handle it. If the knives are paid for with my checkbook then they are mine. I explain to the customer that if they want the knives they should find a place to buy them from and also be responsible for sharpening them if they should ever want more stock made. I like to think that my contacts are my intellectual property and are worth something.
From contributor R:
Although everything is negotiable, it is customary and common practice to charge a knife grinding fee for a custom profile with the knives remaining the property of the manufacturer.
From contributor C:
Depending on the size of profile knife just do as I do. Tell the customer yes I can match the profile but I do have a set-up fee that we charge. That way all he/she knows is your going to do the job for set-up plus material and labor. Figure the knives in on set-up and that takes care of them wanting knives because you never told them you did not have the knives in the first place. If they need additional footage, as a repeat customer I will only charge half price of set-up. All others wanting the same profile get charged the original set-up then half price if additional footage is needed.
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