Amolador is the portuguese word for grinder, or knife sharpener. These skilled knife sharpeners push their bikes through the streets, playing a distinctive tune on pan flutes to signal their presence.
Their bikes serve as a mobile workshop, with a sharpening stone mounted on the top tube, a tool box strapped to the back, and umbrellas draped over the handlebars.
Apparently there used to be many amoladors, but with the advent of cheap knives and scissors it's a dying profession which is too bad because it's pretty cool.
I found a popular portuguese saying, "quando há amolador, há chuva": when the knife sharpener is around, it's going to rain.
Knife Man (Amolador)
Bairro Alto Morning
from TIME LAPSE BRASIL
25 de Abril
Bairro Alto Phoenix
from Helena Fagundes
Passeio no Bairro (Lisboa)
from Comalipa Prod
Uncleciclopédia Photoshoot @ Bairro Alto
from André Sousa
Mostra de Arte Urbana dá colorido à Calçada da Glória
from Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
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