Got a nice knife? Let's see it.

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

  1. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    I don't have much use for autos either. The "gadget factor" is cool but, as you say, there is nothing particularly quick about them and not worth the hassle (prohibited).
  2. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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  3. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    PostIt Been here awhile

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    I want this knife! Too bad they have stopped taking orders at the moment! :cry
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    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Great vid....
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
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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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
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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
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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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  15. Sniper X

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    So he will get hundreds of more orders even though it takes six months or so to fill the order.
  16. 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.
  17. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    Same volume with increased demand equals higher retail price.
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    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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

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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
  20. 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.