Quality issue? Or am I just picky?

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Coconut Andy, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. Coconut Andy

    Coconut Andy

    Apr 26, 2020
    Before I blast the manufacturer, I’d like some input from the knife wielding community.

    I ordered a fixed blade from a very respectable manufacturer with apparently a stellar warranty and great customer service. The knife came in yesterday. I unboxed it and saw immediate quality issues.

    If you had purchased a knife for between 150 and 200 bucks would you see these issues as a problem or am I just being picky?

    I can clearly see that one side of the grind is a different angle than the other. If I were to correct this on the belt sander I would have to completely reproduce the blade and remove more material than I’m comfortable with.



  2. Silent H

    Silent H

    Feb 1, 2018
    That's unacceptable for even a $20 knife. Send it back, have it fixed under warranty. Don't try to fix it yourself.
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  3. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Send it back. You are not satisfied with the product. There are plenty of other knives that don’t have these issues.
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  4. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    I would send it back. There is no excuse for this on a knife in that price range. It looks like it was made by a ten year old on his father's belt sander in the garage.

    I have only made one convex grind fixed blade in my life, and it turned out a lot better than that. Someone who does that for a living should consistently do much better. This was just laziness on the grinder's part and a complete lack of quality control on the company's part.

    BTW, I'm pretty sure I know who made it, and this is not a big surprise.
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  5. IUKE12


    Nov 25, 2005
    Send it back. It's time to test that reputation.
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  6. Coconut Andy

    Coconut Andy

    Apr 26, 2020
    If you guess it I’ll confirm
  7. Coconut Andy

    Coconut Andy

    Apr 26, 2020
    After doing my homework (that I should've done beforehand) I'm guessing you know exactly who the manufacturer is.
  8. MVF

    MVF Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2005
    How about letting the rest of us in on it? It's not like you're badmouthing the manufacturer - they made the knife and sent it out that way. The pictures tell the story, you didn't have to.
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  9. Coconut Andy

    Coconut Andy

    Apr 26, 2020
    I wanted to give the manufacturer the opportunity to make it right before I said anything because that’s fair. Instead the update is that the seller has responded offering a full replacement and they’ll inspect it before shipping it out. I’m sure they’ll deal with the manufacturer directly. It’s Bark River Knives, by the way.
  10. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Yep, I put my guess on your profile page a few days ago. There is a lot of information on the forums regarding BR quality as well as the antics of the owner, which you can find if you search for them.
  11. Snacktime

    Snacktime Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 18, 2019
    Send it back and buy something else. I went Lt Wright over Bark River, should be here in a couple of days. Bark river is roll of the dice, I don’t see the value in questionable steel or defect.
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  12. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Sent it back,save the trouble and get another by another maker.I have never owned a Bark River knife even though I've been tempted by their steel varieties and I don't ever intend to.
  13. vjb.knife

    vjb.knife Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2002
    I would send it back for a refund or a replacement knife, not a repair.

    I have owned several Bark River knives since they started business and have never had an issue. I sent one back to have the back edge sharpened and they did it for free. I am pretty sure that I only have one right now and it is still unused. It seems like a nice knife and has a very keen edge.

  14. brute steel

    brute steel

    Jan 27, 2018
    Definitely a Bark river. DON NOT let them fix it.

    I had a Bravo 1 with the same issue. The Bravo 1 has 1.25" blade height. I sent it back and received it with 1" blade height. They took out .25" inch just to fix it.
  15. Policeman22


    May 23, 2020
    For me, the quality of the knife is very important, even I cook only for my family!
  16. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker

    Feb 28, 2011
    if it is, as myself and many others suspect, a Bark River, return it, get your money back and buy a different knife from a different company.
  17. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    I have several knives from Mike Stewart's shops, three Marble's and a Barkie. Two of the Marbles had very minor irregularities which I smoothed out with a Dremel -- obviously they were ground by hand, not CNC, which in no way diminished their value IMHO. They would have cut exactly the same without any mods. If the grind is off, send it back and ask Bark River to fix it.

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