Originally Posted by M14sRock
I've known Lynn Thompson for 20 years. He is a very strongly opinionated guy, but has never been out of line with me or anyone else that I have seen.
He did not seem to appreciate that I replace the rubber handles on his knives with Micarta, wood, or other materials, but he was not offended.
What is the CS company policy that is bad? I have sent a few knives that might have slipped through QC, and they have been replaced right away. And the CS parking lot sales are awesome.
I don't know him personally, and I've heard that he's a nice guy. I've got no beef with him as a person. I'm just not too fond of his advertising and over the top claims. I think some of the tests he runs are a bit goofy.
It's just a subejective matter, and I don't let it cloud my judgement about CS knives. I've got around a dozen or so and have no complaints about any of them. Mr. Thompson has his knives made by good, reputable companies (the Carbon V line made by Camillus was awesome, I miss it!).
My customers seem to enjoy CS knives as well, and quite a few of them love the "Proof" DVDs and can't get enough of them. So I'll even admit that they actually help sales. However, I don't like his style.
I do agree on the rubber handles! My old faithful Master Hunter (Carbon V blade) is going to get some nice wood handles soon, I'm just waiting for my favourite maker's waiting list to thin down a bit.