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Discussion in 'Osprey Knife & Tool' started by Osprey Knife & Tool, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. Osprey Knife & Tool

    Osprey Knife & Tool Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 4, 2014
    Important announcement!!!

    I have some very important news to share. I hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. My weekend was bittersweet and want everyone to know that I have had to make some big changes.

    I had to make a very difficult decision to close down my current shop. The monthly overhead just became too much of a burden. I have thought long an hard about this decision, as well as this announcement.

    It has been an emotional roller coaster for me and an internal struggle. After weeks of deliberation, I seriously considered stepping away from knife making for while. I decided that I could not and would not do that. I have decided to move my shop into my current residence. I will have to down size considerably. I plan on working through this hurdle and it will force me to get back in touch with my roots in the knife making world. This is going to slow me down and hope my supporters will be patient through this transition.

    I cannot convey or express my gratitude enough to each and every one of you that has supported me. I want to personally say Thank You!

    I will still continue my online presence and remain on social media with updates on my progress. I will still be making sales and conducting business with my remaining inventory, so nothing will change in that aspect for now. If you are interested in continuing your support, please feel free to check out my remaining inventory listed on my website.

    Thank you all for your support and I look forward to scrapping it out in the garage and getting back to my roots in this amazing trade.

    Chris Linton
    Osprey Knife & Tool
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
  2. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Sorry to hear, but best of luck!
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  3. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    Chris, you do what you need to do. I'm glad, though, that you're going to continue making knives. You are very good at it, and I am grateful and honored to own some of your work. Good luck getting settled again and catching a rhythm with your new set up.
  4. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    Chris. We stand behind you brother. Please keep us posted on how things are progressing. You got this man.
  5. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
  6. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    Hey Chris,

    I am sorry to hear the news that you are giving up your formal shop. You worked so hard to set it up in a 1st class way to suit your knife making process. I am sure that you will use the lessons learned to make your new home shop streamlined and efficient.

    Sole proprietorship has many inherent risks as a business model. Any hiccup with your health or other normal life circumstances and suddenly no money is coming in to pay the bills. That is a problem when significant overhead is involved.

    I hope you walk away from this experience with a renewed focus about what parts of this business that are most important to you. You have a lot of fans around here wishing you well through this transition.

    Last edited: Sep 4, 2019
  7. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Best of luck, it will work out in the end. Just be patient.
  8. Apocryphiliac

    Apocryphiliac Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2017
    Rooting for you all the way, Chris! You’re one of the very best. I certainly believe you will clear the present hurdles, even though you find it necessary to alter course. Keep grinding! :cool:
  9. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    While you overcome some hurdles, realize it may be an opportunity in other ways. Like what you said it will allow you to get back to basics, and in the long term, make an even better product and demonstrate your craftsmanship. Wishing all the best to move forward.
  10. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
    I hope you still have a BBQ joint across the street at the new spot
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  11. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Now that would be cool, go over and look at some cool knives if he has them up for show, then get lunch, and go back again. :p
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  12. FeralGentleman

    FeralGentleman RansomWildernessCo Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 13, 2013
    I could do a few evolutions of that
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