WILL B SHARP: Will Hasted has recently taken a redundancy package from QAL and is now using the skills he learnt as a boy on the farm in Longreach to sharpen knives and tools.
WILL B SHARP: Will Hasted has recently taken a redundancy package from QAL and is now using the skills he learnt as a boy on the farm in Longreach to sharpen knives and tools. Mike Richards GLA010916KNIF

QAL redundancy puts man on path to new life and job

AFTER working at Queensland Alumina Limited for 22 years, William Hasted took a redundancy package just two months ago and off he went to start up his own business.

The 56-year-old now dabbles in knife-sharpening and his business, Will-B Sharp, operates out of the back of his ute.

You can find him most days on the side of the road near the Bunnings complex opposite the AFL fields.

Mr Hasted said he wasn't too fussed taking a package, and said it was time for the "younger blokes" to get in and have a go.

But his choice of going into the blade-sharpening business was far from random.

"I grew up on a property in Longreach and I was often sharpening my dads knives," he said.

"I still used the old-school method with wet, dry and oil stones.

"I prefer it over the modern machines, it gets much sharper and you can feel how sharp it is getting while you're doing it."

Mr Hasted plans to travel soon, with his wife who is still working, and said the business would bring in the little extra needed.

"Plus it's portable, I can take it with me in my travels and sharpen knives while stopping through towns," he said.

Mr Hasted said he served up to five customers a day, and charged $5 a knife, which is subject to change.

"It's a good spot, there's lots of traffic and people," he said.

"You definitely meet a lot of interesting people and have some genuine conversations."

Phone Mr Hasted on 0488698140 for sharper knives.


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