I'm reading the writing on the wall, China

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by MyLegsAreOk, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    I said earlier that I wouldn't buy Chinese, but I did buy a Spyderco Tenacious at WalMart for one of my sons a few months ago. I examined it first, and it seemed like a decent knife. He loves it.
    I've never had a "modern" knife, but I did notice that my boss (a retired Army Colonel who was a paratrooper and did tours in Afghanistan and Iraq) has a very nice Spyderco Military. I have no idea where it is made.
    For some reason, of all the modern knives around, Spyderco seems to fascinate me. Not sure why, but if I ever buy a modern knife for myself, it will most likely be a Spyderco. (Probably made anywhere BUT China!)
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  2. ReignChaser


    May 26, 2019
    The Military is made in Colorado, US.
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  3. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    so prc produces for the world's export market
    because the world in general wants low priced goods.
    the big picture is that the China market itself has
    tremendous growth potential for luxury products.
    "new money" will want to buy "foreign-made" capitalist goods.
    the strategy into china is to only export the costliest and best to the prc.
    sure that would eventually result in reversed engineered copies
    where even the locals in prc will surely forego cheapos, if given the choice...
    it would be a mistake to outsource completely in view of this perception
    where imports remain a preferred exotic choice in foreign eyes.
    "proudly made in the usa" is still a powerful catch phrase to be reckon with.
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  4. MyLegsAreOk


    Aug 31, 2017
    Well the Tenacious is Chinese lol, and as someone else said the Military is made in Colorado. I don't think Spyderco is very modern anymore, now that all the new kids want flippers with ball bearings.
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  5. Alsharif

    Alsharif Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2018
    I thought the trend is now back to PBW. I just pick up what I like.
  6. The Deacon

    The Deacon

    Apr 27, 2003
    Agree, totally. People either don't know, or forget, that from 1981 to 1990 every Spyderco knife was made in Japan and that the earliest Spyderco models made in the USA (C15 Terzuola and C19 Terzuola Jr.) were made by another knife company for them and only accounted for a tiny percentage of Spyderco's sales. The fact is that the Golden factory did not exist until the mid 90's and only came to exist because of the profit from the models made in Japan and the expansion of the Golden plant you noted could not have happened without the sale of knives made elsewhere. If Spyderco can continue to increase their US production, and American jobs, by selling knives made in other countries, including China, I fail to see the downside.
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  7. Striven82

    Striven82 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2019
    Golden Coloroado USA Earth...gives me the warm and fuzzies. Though I do like a nice Taiwanese titanium frame lock.

    I can't see a future where spyderco would abandon its US, Japan, and Taiwan operations. Thanks spyderco!
  8. MyLegsAreOk


    Aug 31, 2017
    What is PBW?
  9. MyLegsAreOk


    Aug 31, 2017
    Well Japan is Japan and China is China. It's not about foreign knives, it's about a wicked place that's hurting this nation and it's own.

    sorry don't know why it wouldn't all me to edit my post with another quote so I made two posts.
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  10. insta9ves


    Apr 3, 2007
    Phosphor bronze washers.
  11. Striven82

    Striven82 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2019
    I think PBW means phosphor bronze washers...but I could be wrong.

    Edit: I swear the above post wasn't there when I started the reply. Narrr.
  12. Alsharif

    Alsharif Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2018
    Phosphor bronze washers. I also notice plenty of people asking for thumbstuds :)
  13. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Yeah hard pass on the thumbstuds.
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  14. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I doubt if many here despise Communism more than I but that said , the only knives made in China by Spyderco are the " value line " . All the examples of the value line I've examined came razor sharp , not something I can say about some American brands costing 4 times as much I've experienced. Last time I checked , not a whole lot of people are immigrating to Communist China so we can assume these unfortunate souls were born there thru no fault of their own. If given the chance they'd likely trade places with any one of us. ;)
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2020
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  15. maugust09


    Mar 14, 2018
    Generalizing an entire country and its people its truly an absurd practice. Its not like the USA is perfect by any means. We are all humans evolving on this earth together trying to do the best we have with what we got.
  16. Sal Glesser

    Sal Glesser Moderator Moderator

    Dec 27, 1998
    Hi Skyhorse and Maugust,

    Wise words. It is important that we make a distinction between the Governments of some countries and the population, which doesn't always agree with its Government.

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  17. noseoil


    Apr 24, 2013
    I'm wondering what the current situation in China will evolve into, as the leadership is dealing with its people & it's being compounded by the new virus situation. Their production is being affected now on many levels & in many industries. It will make things different, but what will be the changes which come about? Steel, labor, markets, cash-flow, policies?
  18. DJC72

    DJC72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 1, 2014
    I too wonder how the virus with effect production. I read that the areas currently under lockdown in China are responsible for 80% of their GDP and 90% of their exports.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2020
  19. Sal Glesser

    Sal Glesser Moderator Moderator

    Dec 27, 1998
    From what I've heard, it's a bigger problem for China than we're hearing, but anyway one looks at it, it's still a hide-n-watch.

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  20. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    I once watched a "how stuff is made" video where they took you to the Buck factory. I was surprised at how much of the process was automated and how few workers there actually were. Makes you realize that you could put that tooling/machining anywhere and get good results.

    But for me, and it might sound weird. But I find Chinese knives soulless. When I buy a US made knife I feel like I actually own something special that's worth holding onto.

    The other thing I noticed about Chinese products in general is they don't stay cheap. They undercut and rip everyone off. And once they have a foothold and even put other companies out of business, they jack the prices up to what other western companies charge. Meanwhile it's a inferior product made in appalling sweatshop conditions.
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