Comb Maker

Comb Artisan

The tasks a Horn Comb Maker (Hand) is expected to perform include:

Making horn combs from buffalo horns by using hand tools

Selecting horns to suit requirements

Marking and sawing them to required sizes

Scraping out outer rough layer

Heating pieces in oven to make them soft

Applying oil on heated pieces and placing them in wooden mould

Rolling cylindrical wooden rod by hand to straighten them

Shaping pieces to desired size and thickness by planning and cutting using hand tools

Marking edges to cut teeth, and sawing teeth at equal distances to required depth

Ability to design complicated and intricately designed combs

Knowledge of materials and ancillary items used in manufacture

Well-versed with the actual manufacturing process

Proficient in making fine teeth horn combs

Ability to clean and give an outer shape to the comb

Knowledge of sharpening teeth edges with file

Proficiency in smoothening surface with sand paper and applying wax to shine and finish

Well-versed with sharpening tools

Ability to make other fancy horn products as needed

Will be updated

Creative mind


Eye for detail

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Good aesthetic sense


It requires one to sit and work

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Factories usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours every day. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Legs (BL), and Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is listed as mildly hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards may include pokes from horns, pain in fingers, skin problems, etc.

Health risks include exposure to horn dust from polishing and scrubbing vigorously, finger pain from repetitive use of tools with sharp points or edges, etc.

For freshers - INR 6,000 to INR 7,000 per month

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 8,500 to INR 10,500 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Employment Prospects and Significant Growth of Indian Handicrafts Industry

Indian Handicrafts represent beauty, dignity, form and style. In the 1970s, the government began initiatives for the preservation of crafts and skill upgrade to focus on meeting the challenges that the sector was facing. However the focus shifted to export in the later decades. It plays a significant role in the country?s economy and provides employment to more than 7.3 million people; mostly from rural and semi-urban areas.

Today, handicrafts and handcrafted gift items manufactured and exported from India are much sought-after and have established an unsurpassable reputation in the international market. According to provisional data, the exports of Indian handicrafts in the period of April-August 2014-15 has shown an increase of US$ 256.32 million, which is about 18.06% over the same period in 2013-14. Based on historical trends, the Handicrafts sector is expected to grow by 16% during 2013?17 and by another 16% during 2017?22. These factors indicate good job prospects for Horn Comb Maker (Hand) in India.

Craft and design companies across India


Towns and cities across India