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Small Business Spotlight: Chris’ Ideal Sharpening hones cutting-edge craft

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That was the case for Chris Wohlers. In 2008, when the Great Recession was in full swing, he pulled up stakes, left his career as a contractor after 20 years when the pickings got thin, and took a chance on a little sharpening operation up by Breezy Point. The business, founded in 1990, passed into the hands of a Pequot Lakes man who died in a plane crash in 2008, leaving his business — and an opportunity for Wohlers — up for the highest bidder.

Today, the business is Chris’ Ideal Sharpening, an outlet for something of a dying artform, said Wohlers, who serves customers in a 200-mile radius and regularly makes his rounds on Tuesday, where he stops at 35-40 places every week in places like Hackensack, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Brainerd, Pillager, Deerwood, Crosby, Aitkin, Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes and Crosslake.

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