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Old 07-07-2011, 01:17 AM   #91
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Hello all. These knives my dad made or modified during WWll in the South Pacific when he was a Fightin Seabee.
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sorry, can't seem to post pictures from photobucket on this forum for some reason.

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How To Post Pics on FTF << Click Here

If you had posted in the Introduction Section you would have been given the info. (Oh yea, you glock guys don't need to read the manual.)
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Richard I love the EDCC. Wish I could justify the $350 price point.

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Richard I love the EDCC. Wish I could justify the $350 price point.
That $350 holds me way back.
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Thanks fellas. Well, look at it this way. Most good quality production knives made in the USA run anywhere between $100 - $300 retail. I'm talking Benchmade, Spyderco, Emerson, M.O.D., etc, etc, etc... Stuff with quality durable steels, proper heat treat, titanium or aircraft grade aluminum, G10, micarta, etc.

That's all made in bulk and purchased in bulk at special rates for those companies to manufacture.

Custom makers, do it by hand... or at least most of it by hand. So add may more hours of labor to the pot, smaller quantities of materials purchased because it's only one man with two hands to do all the work. All the costs go up considerably. So comparably, you get what you pay for. You get a knife with greater attention to detail. Even more so than the high end manufacturers. With the same or better materials.

That's nothing that cheap Chinese, Taiwanese or Indian made knives can come close to. Although they are finally catching up to a similar level of quality as some of the larger US companies but the price point does determine the quality over all, the fit, the finish and the longevity of the knife. So for $350. you're actually getting A LOT for your money comparably.

Take guns.... you like H&K MP series of guns? Ok you want an HK 93. Fine gun on it's own, does what it's supposed to but then Century puts out a clone for $500 and the HK original is over $1500... depending on when it was made, it could be as much as $3k....

Do you buy a rifle from a company with a reputation of excellence or one with a reputation of failure? You get what you pay for.

Lastly, custom knives often increase in value or at least maintain their value. Often knives will no longer be hand made by the maker and voila.... your knife has now tripled in value. Or say you bought a knife for $400... at the end of the year you have to pay extra to the IRS but are strapped for cash. If it's a custom knife from a desirable maker, that knife will be an easy sale to get your money back and pay that bill. A used factory knife? Not usually and only in special cases like limited edition knives for instance Benchmade balisongs.

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I agree with Richard. Over the years I aquired a boatload of good production knives and each one of them, while good quality, would always leave me thinking, if only I could change this or that the knife would be perfect. Then a few months down the line I would buy another "almost perfect" knife. I really just pissed away a lot of money on knives that are worth nowhere near what I paid for them now.

Well older and wiser, I'm in the process of dumping all my production knives and geting all customs. Now when I get a knife from my maker I look at it and just think, PERFECT!!!

I think once you get a custom knife in your hands it's difficult to go back and considering the price you do get a lot for your money.

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I don't think anyone here disputes the value of handmade custom knives. Many of us value good knives. Unfortunately, my budget precludes me from owning the blades I'd prefer to have, so I make do with lesser knives. If I chose to put my gun & ammo money into a knife or two, I could do it, but mostly my priority is firearms. So, budget and priorities fashion my knife acquisitions.

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Wambli, well said!

CA357 absolutely.... everything's too expensive in the economy when just a few years back it was much easier and guiltless to purchase quality US made products... such is the current state of affairs in this country unfortunately.

This is also why I make the transition to production knives from time to time. I have done some collaborations with factories in the past and have two coming out very soon. To satisfy people in the market for good quality knives at more affordable prices.

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