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Dan Koster Kickstarter Disaster

Discussion in 'FEEDBACK: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!' started by ncrockclimb, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    I think just ensuring the maker is listed & included is enough. (Include the year of mfg also).

    If you sell a benchmade, do you have to inform the buyer they may have funded anti-2a leaning politicians? Or anything else they may have done? That is a buyers responsibility to research if they so desire.
  2. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Ted if the character of the maker gives you pause I would get rid of the knife.

    I have a Strider AR and a ZT Strider that I got before I knew the backstory of that company. Now they just sit in a drawer and I don't want to use them and I"m honestly not even comfortable with selling them.
    @T. Erdelyi
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  3. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I don't think it matters much, Ted. It's not the knife's fault. That's like blaming a good kid for having a crummy dad.

    I would keep it, use it hard, and not get too bent out of shape if it got buggered up.
    LizaMari, OilMan, Motey and 1 other person like this.
  4. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    That’s the direction I’m leanin’. I’m gonna use the heck out of it like I’ve been doin. I’ll just have to shake my head while usin’ it and ponder on what great things he coulda gave to the knife community had he maintained a good reputation.

    What is it that makes a promising bladesmith choose to disregard commonsense, lie and steal from what was a loyal customer base?

    I guess we’ll never know, what a shame.
  5. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    I've got two Bark River knives that feel the same about.
  6. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Exactly. What do you do?

    If we ever get a bunch of bags of manure delivered here I guess I have a plan B.
    Rupestris likes this.
  7. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    What have they done?
  8. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
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  9. ncrockclimb


    Nov 20, 2014
    Dan claims that he received all the materials that he needed on 2/15/2018. He claims to have shipped one order in January 2019., and has not shipped another order since then...
    woodysone likes this.
  10. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Are you surprised? His use of past excuses shows exactly what type of a maker he is. In the end it seemed like every other tread on his forum was asking when a past due order would be complete and then he shut down his presence on BladeForums. Best of luck to all that have skin in the game, I’m just glad I don’t any longer.:eek::mad::)
  11. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
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  12. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Same old :poop:, just a different day, oops five years later.
  13. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    If you can't fit a lock, you shouldn't be making folders.
  14. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    I don't think the bushcraft model that I ordered March 2014 should have a lock?
  15. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    It's really too bad people get duped like this. I saw and really liked some of Koster's designs when I first joined here but thankfully I found some of the threads about his business practices.

    This kind of participation is really valuable. Thanks for chiming in! :thumbsup:
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  16. slyraven


    Feb 19, 2019
    Would he have a way to fit locks before he went to kick starter?
  17. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    To fit a lock, you simply grind the lock face to whatever angle you prefer (preference varies slightly by maker) so that it mates with the liner.

    Anyone with a grinder and an adjustable tool rest can do this with some practice.
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  18. ncrockclimb


    Nov 20, 2014
    ... and the debacle continues. He (supposedly) completed two knives in January. Since then, Dan provides a slightly different BS excuse / update about every 30 days. He has not shipped any more knives.

    I really hope that this will be Dan's final con with the knife community. Please, spread the word about Dan so others don't fall victim to his scam.
  19. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
  20. patrickguignot


    Sep 10, 2015
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