Su Tang pondered for a moment and then responded, “En, that’s the most we can do. However, it also probably won’t be able to be hidden for long. As long as someone dismantles one of the finished products, they will be able to understand it eventually.”
In reality, this Hand Operated Blender didn’t have much technical content, so it wasn’t too difficult to construct. Su Tang could only feel that the degree of innovation involved was too much for these ancient people to think of all at once. Of course, the spiral blade that was the core of the machine actually did involve a certain amount of technical knowledge.
With the current era’s ironworking and smelting technology, this kind of spiral blade was indeed difficult to create. The conditions here were nothing like in the modern world, where all you needed was a blueprint and a factory would be able to precisely create the needed product and then mass produce it on an assembly line.
“After studying it carefully, I feel that this spiral blade in the center of the machine is the most important part, and it isn’t very easy to make. At present, it’s difficult to find a craftsman skilled enough to make such a blade, and ordinary people won’t be able to copy it in a short period of time, which should be enough to bring us a certain amount of profit in the early stages. Of course, we’ll have to talk more about this topic in the future.”
Luo Xingchen hadn’t yet shown Su Tang’s blueprint to any craftsmen, but she had a certain degree of knowledge in this field and spent the afternoon studying it herself, so she had been able to draw some conclusions. She had found that this tool truly was able to be created piece by piece and then assembled at the end. Therefore, she quickly realized that if their people could assemble it, obviously it wouldn’t be too complicated for other people to disassemble it.
This flaw was what made Su Tang think that it didn’t have much technical content. However, Luo Xingchen had a different perspective. She knew that the spiral blade that made up the core of the machine wasn’t easy to construct, and it also wouldn’t be cheap to construct. Of course, having run businesses for the biggest merchant family in the north, she was well aware that those small merchants would often try to imitate popular products, but she also knew that these kinds of imitators generally didn’t dare to create too many imitations at once. Moreover, from the technological aspect, it was truly difficult to find craftsmen with the skills to craft this spiral blade.
Knowing all this, Luo Xingchen felt that they would be able to make money selling this machine for at least a few years. Then, when the machine had been thoroughly studied and imitators started popping out, they would have already earned all the early profits.
Su Tang was also aware that this type of spiral blade was somewhat difficult to create, but she knew that there had always been no shortage of skilled craftsmen among the common people. She felt that as long as some of them really put their heart into it, it wouldn’t be too complicated for some of them to reverse engineer.
“Anyway, I’ll leave these matters to you, you can arrange it as you like. Also, I’ve contacted the Su family and made an agreement to meet up with them again two days from now. At that time, you can come with me and then meet them, negotiate, and sign the contracts.”
No matter how familiar Su Tang and Luo Xingchen acted in private, how close of friends they were, or how many businesses they were planning to work on together, at least on the surface the matter of the sauce business was a cooperation between Su Tang and the entire Luo family and needed to be treated as such.
After all, Luo Xingchen now had some people from the Luo family with her. They were her own people, but she still didn’t dare to trust them 100%. In truth, she could only ever relax when she came to Su Tang’s place, and that was because she knew that Su Tang would never let any of the people from the Luo family except her come around.
Plus, Su Tang had strictly told all the servants in her household to always keep their mouths shut and never speak of whatever they might hear inside.
And her servants were definitely loyal enough to obey those orders. After Yu Caihe and the others had been bought, they had all seen Su Tang’s means of making money and how capable she was. Moreover, they knew what would happen to a servant who leaked their master’s secrets outside. These kinds of servants would absolutely not come to a good end. Thus, the combination of benefits and fear were enough to ensure that Su Tang’s servants never spoke anything they shouldn’t to the outside world.
When it came to these matters, they just pretended to be deaf and mute and regarded themselves as such. After all, Su Tang was a good master and there wasn’t any hard labor to do while following her, so all of her servants were bent on doing good and impressing her, they didn’t dare to have any other thoughts.
On top of that, the other party was that Second Young Master Luo. Don’t talk about how Luo Xingchen seemed so talkative and approachable in front of Su Tang, Zhang Cuilan and Baohe had personally seen how this Second Young Master Luo dealt with traitors.
That day, he had directly ordered for the traitor’s hand to be chopped off and then sent him to work in a mine with a single casual remark. From this, it could be seen what became of servants who betrayed their masters when they landed in his hands.
Of course, Su Tang seemed young and without much temper, but all of the servants were still extremely wary of her and were careful to abide by her rules.
Thanks to that, Luo Xingchen had the rare opportunity to relax whenever she came to Su Tang’s home. However, whenever she was anywhere else she always had to work to project the proper image. After all, she was still the Second Young Master of the Luo family, so she need to act accordingly for everyone to see.
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