We were at Wiregrass Mall this past Saturday. Rosemary was shopping and I was people watching and vendor observing. Wiregrass had their Fresh Market event going on.
I walked up to M & M Sharpening's booth. Or rather I was attracted like a rat to cheese. I've owned knives since I was a pre-teen. I think I'm on my fourth or fifth sharpening stone and I flat out suck at putting a decent blade on a knife. I asked proprietor Mark Bertsche how long it would take to sharpen my pocket knife. He did it and would not accept payment. He said, "tell your friends about us." He didn't know about Rothacker Reviews and I didn't tell him. Btw, my knife's blade was gorgeous when Mark finished with it.
I asked Mark how he got into the business. He retired as a software engineer and needed something to occupy his time. He attends local Tampa craft shows in the winter time and heads up north in the summers. Mark will not be back in Tampa until the Fall. Ric, a protege, who is also an ex-software guy, was sharpening knives in the booth on Saturday. He is providing area sharpening services at this time. I'll give you the 411 on Ric once I use his services, but I was watching him work on one knife and it looked pretty sweet. Drop me an e-mail if you'd like to get in touch with Ric in the meantime.
Both Mark and Ric sharpen much more than knives. Check out M & M's site for more info. I love the fact of doing business with people who love what they do. Check them out!