Why knife manufactures don't give us what we want?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by luh1202, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. dsalazar


    Jun 22, 2017
    The skinny actually has a thinner blade and frame. I had an xm18 with a rek regrind dam what a slicer. I threw pb washers on it and tuned the detent. Man that thing was nice.
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  2. luh1202


    Jun 25, 2017
    Nice to know! REK is doing me right too. I had some knives moded by Josh and he's doing some serious work out there.
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  3. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Do you really think knife manufacturers are going to change their business models just to suit YOUR individual wants? Really?
  4. luh1202


    Jun 25, 2017
    sorry it's dlttrading not gp
  5. luh1202


    Jun 25, 2017
    No I don't. I'm just a nobody without a well-known youtube channel.
  6. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    ??? My response was to TomChi.
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  7. luh1202


    Jun 25, 2017
    lol my bad
  8. Cursum Perficio

    Cursum Perficio Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 27, 2012
    Spyderco/Sal/Eric are blind morons and dumb as rocks because they didn't jump to do with their business what some random dude says they should? Surely you're not serious?

    OP, I will offer the one gripe I have, that I feel is reasonable, in line with your question.

    Benchmade make the 943, but offer no variants to the ali handle.
    They also make the 940, with ali, CF and G10 handles.
    Surely it would be easy for them to put 943 blades (which they already make) into some 940 G10 handles, and give us a 943-2. The handles for 940 and 943 are the same.
    I have previously asked this, of the Benchmade rep here.

    But no, it's not a happening thing.
    The stated 'we don't sell enough 943s' doesn't seem right to me.
    Put a bunch of 943-2 together, see how it goes. The parts are already there.
    I mean, if the 943 is still in production, it has some sales doesn't it?

    That Benchmade doesn't seem interested enough to do this annoys me.
    But whilst what I suggest may seem obvious and simple to me, perhaps there are other factors I am unaware of, so I stop well short of calling them 'morons' so bluntly.
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  9. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    I understand this frustration
    I think most of may have experienced it one time or another :)

    But actually I am quite fine with that
    I préfère manufacturers to stay true to their vision rather than following global trends.
    Maybe I will be frustrated on the short term but I can deal with it and it may bring me more satisfaction on the long term

    I fully backup the concep of custom shops or ordering process however as it is more a technical possibility that modern technology makes realistic
    Almost the “dark side” of the “give them what they want”: it is quick, easy even though it is not more powerfull ;)

    Everything considered stores are allready full of <<full ti framelock flippers on bearing with 3.5” blade M390 and 4” handle at 4.5oz>>.... sometime I would like more diversity and not just “what people wants”.

    In this perspective I like spyderco, they also gives what people wants but they focus on the function rather than on the shape/materials. As an user of my knives I really like that.

    Over time some great brands have disappointed me on the long term by not offering a vision or not defending a statement... only satisfying a kind of “marketing survey” agenda.
    They still do great knives by the way but I am not anymore into it

    As a conclusion I understand the frustration when we think a manufacturer is so close to make our grail knife that we cannot understand why they don’t make our dream real
    However I appreciate to trust the expertise of a company in providing what is actually the right tool even if at one time I didn’t realised it was the right way to build this knife

    And who knows maybe my tastes will change, or the perspective of the manufacturer will evolve ;)
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  10. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014

    As "knife knuts" we are not most knife company's main customer base.
    We make up a very, very small percentage of their annual sales.

    What we want is not necessarily what the vast majority of their customers want, and/or more importantly, are willing to pay for.

    Therefore, they make what the masses want and with features the masses are willing to pay for.
    To do otherwise would put them out of business rather quickly.
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  11. luh1202


    Jun 25, 2017
    Thanks for sharing! And I totally agree your opinion. I love spyderco as well, they are my favorite company together with CRK. I think the main source of our disappointment is the lack of that final touch that makes the knife perfect in our own opinion. And what I would consider the most disappointing fact is that hinderer is pushing their knives to be modularize, there are tons of stand offs, clips stabilizers and scales in all kinds of flavors. Yet they refuse to bring Ti scales to the market. I’m not asking something out of the blue, I’m asking what they should have provided long time ago based on their market strategy, and it’s missing for years.
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  12. luh1202


    Jun 25, 2017
    I understand, but hinderer as a company is not like many other companies. They are selling a clip and a filler at nearly 100 bucks. They are aiming for higher end market based on price point. Just my opinion... :)
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  13. plue


    Oct 3, 2012
    Artificially limit supply. Increase the perceived demand per unit. Increase prices.
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  14. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Could well be true. :)
    I'm not one of those Hinderer is aiming for.
    I normaly have difficulty justifying more than $30 or so for a knife.
    My most expensive knives are this year's Buck 301 Blade Forums knife, and an SK Blades Lil'Jack Buck 112. Both were in the $70 range.
    All my ancestors are probably rolling in their graves that I spent that much for a single knife -- and did so twice no less!
    I may never hear the end of it when I get to where they are ... :(
  15. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    It's called creating exclusivity. When you have to wait and you worry if you will ever get one the more likely you are going to cough the cash for one. Whether in this case it's intentional or non-intentional I don't know.

    If you are patient you will get one!
  16. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    Well I guess you better get to Youtubin'! o_O
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  17. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    I got three words for you, fren: Custom knives

    You're welcome. :D
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  18. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    It wasn't so long ago that you had trouble even finding a Hinderer XM-18 knife in stock anywhere .. and the secondary market was like selling gold bars for what they brought ...

    Just go to some sites and sign up for notifications on the Ti smooth scales of the color you want and sit back and wait for an email that they are back in stock ...

    it's the same with the colored hardware ... it's tough to find the full sets in most color options but two have come back in stock in the last couple months and sold out again ...

    Hinderer sells ... I'm just glad prices have self corrected and supply is better even if you may have to wait a little while to get exactly what you want.

    Whitty at USA Made Blade does custom anodizing ... but I know he wasn't doing any until at least after the holidays ... you could contact him and ask.
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  19. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar

    Sep 1, 2016
    This post makes me wonder just who exactly is the dumb-as-rocks moron in that dialog.
  20. Armadew

    Armadew Reisloafer

    Nov 22, 2006
    Who's "we?"

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