Consigliere posted:ggammell posted:
I've always been curious how the $400+ custom blade guys stay in business. I can't help but wonder if this is just the market catching up.
Just thinking out loud.
There is no shortage of customers. Many of the big time makers are solo acts and just as many have order books that are two years deep and closed. The more I learned about high end knives, the more I realized that compared to gun guys, they are maniacs about the slightest imperfection in a new blade or God forbid someone who actually used it. Most are true “collectors” in every sense of the word. $400 is not even a 50% deposit for most of them.
I love Crusader Forge blades. He is a one man operation. He doesn’t even take orders anymore. The only way to get one of his knives is second hand yet you pay nearly list price. About an average of $1k. There are guys who can go to $5k easily and they sell everyone they can make. Much cheaper than high end Guns for sure but still expensive.
That is NOT the case here.
Consigliere has nailed it WRT the high knife market. I've been collecting and using knives for a long time, long enough to see the market trend upward. It is saturated, but it has largely been in response to consumer demands. The choices now as opposed to 10 and 20 years ago are pretty amazing.
Regarding DJ's situation, this is the first I have heard of it. I don't doubt any of it based on seeing other makers in the past have financial pitfalls. Some recover and salvage their reputation, most do not.
I placed an order with DJ in early 2016 for one of his new mid-tech push style daggers. Comms were not instantaneous but he was responsive. I paid upfront and I told him I wasn't in a big hurry. When we got close to delivery date I would ping him for updates and he responded every time. In all, I think my order was delivered in 9 months. Later I contacted him about purchasing G-10 grips for the knife, which took an additional 4-6 months.
I was very happy with my purchase and he seemed like one of the "good" guys to me. I tend to put myself in the "maker's" shoes. A lot of these guys start out doing this out of passion for a hobby. Just because someone is good at making something people will pay top dollar for doesn't mean they are cut out to run a business. I hope the best for DJ because he makes a good product and has a very unique style. I also hope you get your folder one day, Consig. I've had my eye on those as well...