In his most excellent blog Gerard Oosterman recently bemoaned the loss of knife sharpeners. Probably not a career likely to attract redundant investment bankers but undoubtedly one that creates greater economic value. I noted that the whetstone still features in Hong Kong. I took this shot on May 10th this year.
This man sits near Causeway Bay wet market. Note the umbrella protecting him from rain and shine. Cleverly attached to the handlebars of his bicycle. His T shirt is arguably misleading as it states he is “Young, Black and Be-you-ti-full” – he clearly fails on more than one count. Be that as it may I suspect you could shave yourself with his blades. And he has a smile on his face, a rare sight in Hong Kong.
Long may he prosper. And come to think of it, he could start a Boy Band and call it Whet, Whet, Whet. I think it might catch on.