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overpriced blades

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by ThirdTooth, May 15, 2012.

  1. Snody

    Snody Colorado Knifemaker Moderator

    Sep 10, 2004
    You get Extra Gucci in your next package.
    Three Sprays instead of Just Two.
    Much Respect from Texas.
  2. burleyman


    Mar 9, 2006
    sebenza.Held one at a recent knife show and for 400. it didnt do much for me.But my zt at 200. i love
  3. jkwithawave

    jkwithawave ..... Platinum Member

    Sep 8, 2011
    I think some are misconstruing "over-priced" and "out of YOUR price range". If I could afford to spend $500-$1000+ per knife I probably would if I liked the design and feel. But no I cannot, so budget I must.

    The only knife I've bought that was "over-priced" was my Manix 2. Bought for $89 at a gun show. I brought $100 in my wallet with the intention of buying a knife.

    $8 at the door
    $3 for a Pepsi(way overpriced while we're on the subject:D)
    $89 Manix 2

    Over-priced? Maybe. Or maybe priced just right at the time. Who knows.
  4. Apec


    Oct 30, 2007
    In the interim, it would seem that they're trying to capitalize on what's left of that demand by putting out the 62.

    Personally I would like a (blargh) Microtech Tachyon (Going for as high as 600$ these days). Or even better, a Tachyon built by someone reputable like Kershaw. After all, it's Mike Turber's design.
  5. RemyKaze


    Mar 23, 2012
    Two different mindsets. I too look at it from a reliability/performance perspective. I could never justify buying a ridiculously expensive folder for the sake of art, or having someone's name/style on it, etc. Same with a fixed blade. I'm trying to get back to that frontiersman mentality. Ironically, I appreciate really well done paintings. And I'm not going to lie, I do find many of these custom knives gorgeous. In the end though, my mind sees a knife as a tool, and thinks it should perform and look like a tool.

    To each their own, same as with cars, guns etc. There are cars like 300ZXs and Supras that would put Ferraris and Lambos to shame, at a fraction of the cost, based on customization and a fine base product to work from. As for guns...is a insanely expensive custom going to kill any better using the same ammunition, or is it apples to oranges?
  6. Gunslinger686


    Nov 19, 2003

    yep opinions,ummm is it overpriced??? or am i a broke bastid??? that is the question.
  7. Buffalohump


    Sep 7, 2006
    Its all relative duuuuuudes... what might seem expensive to you will seem cheap as chips to Sheik Yerbootie. The only thing that is priceless is TIME.
  8. Stainz


    Jun 24, 2007
    Boker's made in Solingen big buck folders and fb's alike seem over-priced for what you get - especially considering some of the QC issues. Their Solingen-made classic 'Tree Brand' slipjoints, by comparison, are true bargains - and set the bar so high that my first similar Case knives were a big let down. Go figure.

  9. dennis357


    Jan 13, 2010
    I have a limit placed on myself that a knife has to be below $100. So any knife $100 or higher is overpriced for me. People that spend $200 to $500 is fine, that is just my personal limit.
  10. Tony8179


    Feb 20, 2008
    Are you planning on trying out a new flame retardant suit or something?
  11. Longtrang

    Longtrang Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2010
    When I think overpriced, I think about the cost it took to produce (time included) and how much comparable knives of similar steel go for. It's hard to put custom knives in the overpriced category since craftsmanship and yes to some extent art play a role in determining the price. Some people like writing with Bic and some prefer Mont Blank. A better example would be something like SOG knives. You pay $120-$210 for a folder in AUS8 steel that has blade play. An example of "bang for your buck" would be Houge's knives or Zero Tolerance, same price as the SOG but much higher fit and finish and better steel to boot.
    I mentioned Hinderer only because he sells his knives for $450-$550 (not overpriced at all) on average but in some cases you see a 100% mark up with private sellers.
  12. Wunderbar


    May 2, 2003
    AlMar. Crazy pricing. I paid $112 for my SERE 2000 back in 2002. A few years later the Mini SERE 2000 came out with a price at 40% more than the full size.

    Emerson. Again you find smaller knives pricier than their larger versions. For a company of about 25 people that doesn't pay for advertising, they charge a lot. Their "fit and finish" on some knives also doesn't justify the hefty price. Emerson even say's the fit and finish is not the focus of his knives. $19 to send back a knife for warranty repair? So I have to pay for a problem created at the factory? I don't think so.

    Microtech. Way overpriced and a non-existant customer service to boot. This is why the MSAR is failing. Hopefully the knife end will fail soon too. It'll just increase the value of the ones I still have.
  13. Digital69


    Aug 28, 2010
    I have sat and seen custom knives go for 5k to 15k and wanted them myself. I bet Snody has 125+ hours in some of those high end knives he sells.. So who cares if they sell for 2k or 4k? Do the math.. even if he has 50 hours in a knife and sells it for 2k that's only 40 bucks a hour and that's not counting the cost of all the machines, taxes, supplies, power, Obama's cut.. etc..

    Now I seen some "high end" knives on here sell for 500 to 3k and it seems odd to me that people are spending tons of money on these knives and no one even knows how many of these are hitting the streets. If I see a knife I like and its 2k then I would like to know that its a one off or a limited run etc. I do not want to find out later that the maker really made 10000 a year of these knives and hope that the knife doesn't become worthless later when people realize how many are really out on the streets.

    I own a wide range of knives from cheap crkt folders to some higher end snodys etc. I don' mind spending money on a blade and my average is still around 150 range. If I spend more than 300 then I want something more hand made rather than something being pumped out on a water jet or cnc. At the end of the day I am still a sucker for a cool design just like most guys and if a brand name falls in my odd zone then I hunt ebay to snake one at the best price possible and hope..
  14. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    My CQC-7V @ $175 was okay for me. And Emerson has NOT advertised in ten yrs. Pretty good, huh?
  15. crom

    crom Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 29, 2007
    It's overpriced only if I can't afford it! haha!!
  16. sqchram


    Jun 22, 2012
    Mad Dog knives aftermarket?
  17. jimmo


    Jan 2, 2007
    "Overpriced" - I have several that other's might consider "alot to pay for just a knife." I've never been one to discusss what I paid for anything & will attempt to avoid the subject when confronted in front of others.
    To me, people" in the loop" know what the cost of quality is no matter what is inserted into the question when we remove the word knife.
    My spare hard earned $$$ to spend on my hobbies - Of course-that's, after taking care of the family!:D
  18. ThirdTooth


    Mar 21, 2012
    agreed. when I started this thread I didn't have custom knives in mind. its hard to put a price on custom knives and say whether or not they are "overpriced" because they really are more personal and works of art.
  19. arty


    Oct 18, 2003
    I think that factory knives are overpriced when the price level approaches that of a custom, individually made knife.
    I don't begrudge a fine craftsman the wages.
    Some knives made in Japan have increased by more than 50% since the changes in the valuation of the Yen. I consider them overpriced.
    For example, I picked up a Fallkniven TK4 a couple of years ago for about $98, but it is now closer to $150. That increase is just the result of the overvaluation of the Japanese currency. If I spend $155 for a knife that is made in Japan, I know that much of the sales price is bogus.
    I don't consider the lower priced Benchmade knives overpriced, because they have handles in FRN. I consider the FRN a positive factor, since it will take heavy use without showing any wear. I do consider many knives with handles of G10 overpriced... and this is just my personal view. I also don't care especially for metal handles, so I see many titanium handled knives as overpriced - all of this is subjective, of course.
  20. TriviaMonster


    Jan 2, 2012

    It's all about the who, as in the who you are selling to. I think a $12 poster of Justin Beiber is over priced, by uh, about $12. My little niece on the other hand would pay $50 if she had to. Why? Well, we are different markets. I doubt anyone would call an 8 year old girl mentally ill for liking Justin Beiber, even if it didn't match their own tastes.

    Now let's take it one step further. I think knife X is over priced. Let's say knife X is a paua handled damascus slipjoint knife made by a famous custom maker. Let's say knife X is for sell for $2,000. Now I don't like paua, nor do I like slipjoints a whole lot. But, I do like knives. Strange huh? But knife X is a knife so I must like it, right? Wrong. I have personal preferences that go even farther than just liking knives. Now if knife X were a Ti handled, DDR Gunhammer with a Damascus blade and carbon fiber inlays then I would be all over it. But, my late Grandfather would kick me in the testes for paying $2k for an "abomination like that." That doesn't make the custom Gunhammer worth any less. My Grandpa is not Darrel Ralph's market, nor am I the market of the custom slipjoint maker.

    This is just the long way of saying, to those who lack understanding, is that we each have our own opinions. Neither is wrong, but it doesn't make someone stupid or mentally ill for paying 20-30 Benjamins for a custom Snody. Mike Snody isn't a cheap Chinese factory pumping out gillions of pastic handled, "surgical grade stainless steel" knives. These are one-off custom knives. In fact, a ghost writer will write you a book for about $10k on the cheaper end. Now, I would rather have a knife than a 5x as expensive book. Both are custom. Doesn't make someone an idiot for wanting to have book about themself, merely vein.

    Like I said, it's all about the market. Who are you selling to? If one can figure this out, and Snody obviously has, then one can charge what they want to. Same reason you never see a guy outside of the Republican National Convention selling Norml t-shirts.

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