Got a nice knife? Let's see it.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Sniper X, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    The videos of John's work are about as good as the work itself. Nothing terribly special about the damascus, it's well-executed and clean, but damn that video makes it look sexy. Pulls out all the romantic stops to the craft. :lol3

    To my knowledge, they've never been a high-volume shop, though, so why all the advertising effort if they're not putting out any quantity has confused me. He's never answered that question on the Bladesmith Forum either.
  2. Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown Sweeter than YooHoo

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    More demand for higher prices and to create a buzz about his brand? Sames as all advertisement I'd guess.
  3. AngryScot

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    perhaps just another creative outlet, taking pride in the work? :dunno
    guess it should always be about money though to be worthy :lol2
  4. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    Not what I meant, but I've suffered under excessive demand to the time I have to make stuff. Unless he can keep up, it's more of a bother than a blessing to have people always knocking on your door... at least that's the way I feel about it.

    If that's his full-time job, maybe it's a different story. Regardless, he does good work, I'd love to own just about anything he makes.
  5. Gas Hog

    Gas Hog Two Wheel Fanatic

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    Bingo! When I first started I dealt with customers one on one (all phone). I would average 7-8 hours on the phone :huh
    Over and over I would hear "must be nice"..no not really. Steady..now that would be nice!
    Its what separates people that can be successfully self employed...and those that want to be self employed.
    I went to his site, all of his stuff is under priced IMO. I would have ordered a knife but he has suspended ordering at this time :augie
    I imagine that he is first inline wondering why he did that video :wink:
    Gary
  6. worgoose

    worgoose Been here awhile

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    I'm not usually a big fan of knives with liner locks but that is so pretty I might have to get one
  7. LoFlow

    LoFlow Long timer

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    I like this old Browning folder I bought in the mid 70's. It could use a good polishing, but the tarnished look is kind of nostalgic.


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  8. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    So he will get hundreds of more orders even though it takes six months or so to fill the order.
  9. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    When a knife maker says he is not taking orders it is because he has 3-5 years of backlog. Getting a custom-made knife in 6 months is pretty quick.
  10. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    Same volume with increased demand equals higher retail price.
  11. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    A business position I would like to be in!
  12. Gas Hog

    Gas Hog Two Wheel Fanatic

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    mmm..yea until said customer is on his 10th call "just to see how its goin" :huh.
    Used to be a gunsmith I new that had a loooong rifle rack. When he booked a job he would place the rifle in the right hand side of the rack. When he finished a job they would all move one slot to the left.
    When you called "just to see how its goin"..he would take your job and move it all the way down to the right. :rofl
    Gary
  13. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    My perspective is skewed, because I have a day job.

    My fear is that once I take it on as a full-time vocation, I'll hate it for the pressure it brings. I work well, when I'm being creative and find a customer for what I've made, but hate taking a commission, a deposit, and them owning a piece of your life you have to pay back by a proposed date.
  14. 99sleepyhollow

    99sleepyhollow JOEY DUNLOP 26 TT WINS

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    SNAP ... I have the exact same Browning knife and leather pouch , I never thought I'd ever see another one ..... I was born in October 1968 , my uncle ( my mums older brother ) left Northern Ireland in the summer of 1968 to live in Toronto and one of the first things he bought in Canada was the Browning knife and pouch which he give to me on one of my many visits to stay with him , think it was in August 1997 . Unfortunately he past away on 10/10/2010 . He and I were big mates over years so the knife is very special to me .
  15. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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  16. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    Love you man, just won't ever take cash up front again. Not while I have a day job and family demands. Hope there's no hard feelings.
  17. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    I was thinking the same thing.

    :lol3
  18. Juanjo_NY

    Juanjo_NY Made in Argentina

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    funny Product Description from Amazon:
    "A great choice for mild weather camping, the Arctic Leaf sleeping bag from Wenzel is a full-size, lightweight, affordable rectangular sleeping bag that's temperature rated to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It's filled with four pounds of Wenzel's hypoallergenic Insul-Therm polyester fiber fill, and it also features a durable polyester outer shell and polyester liner. The quilt-through construction helps reduce the bunching of fill to eliminate cold spots. Other features include self-repairing zippers and two integrated elastic straps."
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013AY4GM/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i01

    ordered today.. let see if the knife comes with an sleeping bag!:evil
  19. LoFlow

    LoFlow Long timer

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    Nice story. :thumb
  20. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    I was going to buy another Benchmade knive but changed my mind and bought these:

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    The black Johnny Cash one is going to be a present to my son when He turns 18 in ten years. He's as big a Cash fan as I am and I figured I would get it now while they are still made in the USA.

    The blue one is to replace the one I lost years back. I have a couple other trappers that my grandfather gave me including a well used one that dates back to the late 40's.

    Anyone else collect Case knives?