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Anyone had a knife handpicked by the retailer before ordering?

Discussion in 'FEEDBACK: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!' started by the925life, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Yup KSF.
  2. sutherland


    Jun 10, 2015
  3. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig

    Feb 29, 2008
    I would prefer not to have that last knife. That doesn't sound like a winner to me.
    I don't ask for knife to be checked for special qualities , however I would appreciate a quick look over so there are no major flaws that would require a return or repair right out of the box. Hopefully if they found such flaws they would return it to the manufacturer rather then pass it on to the next guy/or gal.
  4. the925life


    Mar 2, 2012
    I'm not surprised this sounds picky to some. I normally don't ask and rarely have any QC issues, but Benchmade has been hit and miss for me. Never had an issue with Spyderco for example, and have probably owned twice as many. My Manix is rock solid and swings like a pendulum.
  5. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Sutherland has a remarkable sense of humor...and Stabman has a interesting, but rather negative, perspective on the issue.
    Stabman's answer was much shorter...I didn't have to skip any of his post. Enjoyed both, however.
  6. okbohn


    May 26, 2006
    We don't mind hand checking a knife for issues that you ask us to check for. We don't "go through and pick the nicest one for me" because that would be terribly unfair to other people. When we check and find something unacceptable, we send it back to the manufacturer.
  7. Tdhurl1103


    Dec 6, 2012
    I'll second this. When I ordered there was a comment box where I requested a check before shipping.

    Also, when I called to check on the order (pre order) I re-iterated. They were cool about it.

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  8. Murindo

    Murindo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Cutlery Shoppe inspected my Cold Steel 4-Max before shipping it.
  9. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    I asked this question one time of Knifeworks. My sons notified me they ordered me a 710-1401. Read some reviews about the tip of the blade being exposed.
    I called and asked them to send one that wasn't. They were only too happy to do it and I got a perfect one. I was told the ones that were exposed were sent back.
    Otherwise I don't ask.
  10. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    When Mary Beth worked for NewGraham, I would always ask her to pick out a good one for me....
  11. VCM3

    VCM3 Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 26, 2005
    I bought a Case - Bose lock back :thumbup: and had a guy who worked in sales at the store where I bought it via email do this. He really hooked me up,the knife is so good fit & finish wise,mechanics,grinds,etc :thumbup:. It's like a custom hand made knife :thumbup:. If I get any other Case factory knives I'll be doing this again,it was worth the trouble. I do not think he minded doing it for me one bit :thumbup:
  12. dericdesmond


    Sep 10, 2007
    Never have and never will. If it passes the manufactures QC thats good enough for me. If it has obvious flaws that effect its proper function I will contact the dealer or manufacture.
  13. phil40000


    Oct 29, 2011
    I'm a retailer. If I was selling knives and got an email with the OP's wishes I would not really want to sell them a knife. No offence but it bears all the hallmarks of a nightmare customer that is potentially never satisfied.

    These are tool/production knives that are mass produced.

    If it were a $10k R.J. Martin then crack on, for a cheap production knife I'd be embarrassed to ask.

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  14. KELAMA

    KELAMA Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 28, 2013
    KSF, GPK, and Knifeworks customer service, have all been very helpful in selecting superb F&F model's in which I've ordered from them.

    In every occasion, the knife I purchased arrived in the condition I requested. :thumbup: I guess I could've not asked, received a knife with an un-centered blade, etc. etc...

    To me it just seemed prudent to make such a simple request. Why wouldn't I?
  15. KELAMA

    KELAMA Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 28, 2013

    ^ You're a knife retailer, yet you can't spend a measly $10 to help support the number one knife forum, or have a Dealer Membership? :rolleyes:

    No offence...but if I lived in the UK, you'd be thee last retailer whom I'd consider doing business with.

    Furthermore, as a consumer, I could care less if a knife is mass produced, or a custom.
  16. phil40000


    Oct 29, 2011
    Hahaha I think someone got a bit triggered!

    I genuinely would be the last person to retail you a knife as I do not sell them and at no point said I did. I merely stated I am a retailer.

    No offence, but in your angry, self righteous rush to reply you just made yourself look rather silly old chap.

    Bashing your keyboard furiously regarding not paying $10 Hahahahaha.

    Thanks for the chuckle, no offence.

    Calm down dear

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  17. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013


    More yup.
  18. RevDevil


    Nov 9, 2009
    I've asked dealers to check for blade centering, lock rock/lock slip, and such. I don't think I could seriously ask a dealer to take a micrometer to the blade and measure everything from stem to stern, especially on a mass produced inexpensive production knife. If we are talking $1K or more, yes, I'm probably going to call and ask some questions, not email. But for a production knife, no.
  19. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    I have had a few check for early lock up on knives?
  20. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    The girl at New Graham did it for me w/o asking. There were two and she checked the first, found a flaw, checked a the other one and found a different flaw. She explained and I picked the one to ship.

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