POST TIME: 10 August, 2019 11:07:42 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 August, 2019 11:10:51 AM
Brisk business for Rajshahi blacksmiths ahead of Eid
Our Correspondent, Rajshahi

Brisk business for Rajshahi blacksmiths ahead of Eid

 With Eid-ul-Azha only days away, blacksmiths and knife-sharpeners in Rajshahi are now extremely busy. Although most of them remain almost jobless at other times of the year, they are now passing a very busy time making knives, machetes and other tools. Knife-sharpeners are moving from door to door to sharpen knives and other tools needed to slaughter sacrificial animals. They will be busy with their job till the night before Eid-ul-Azha.

Blacksmiths at Court Bazaar say they have become jobless because of the availability of light, low-cost, readymade knives and other cutting tools in the market. They also blamed the rise in the price of raw materials. “People are now reluctant to purchase knives, choppers and axes made by local blacksmiths,” says one of them.

However, some people still visit the shops of blacksmiths to repair or re-sharpen their knives and tools ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. Hamidul Islam, a blacksmith from New Market in the city, said: “Almost all readymade tools are now available in the market. That’s why the number of professional blacksmiths is decreasing.”

“Many of the blacksmiths have also abandoned their ancestral profession and switched to other jobs. However, many blacksmiths return to their old profession to make a brisk business ahead of Eid-ul-Azha,” he also

said. "They remain extremely busy, especially one week before the Eid. During this time, they earn more than half of their total annual income,” he added.

Naresh Karmaker from New Market said he was helping his father at his workshop because of the rush of customers. “All my family members remain happy during this time of the year. But we also feel dejected thinking about the days following the Eid,” he added.

Blacksmith Nuru Mia, a resdient of Bagmara upazilla of the district, was sharpening knives and boti at a house in the Shantibag area of the city. “I earn around Tk. 1,500–2,000 daily by sharpening knives and other cutting tools during this time. For the last couple of days, my earning has been satisfactory and I hope to be busy till the night before Eid-ul-Azha,” he said.

It is learnt that more than 200 blacksmiths are now engaged in their ancestral profession in different areas of the district.