thats exactly the point! If both companies are this badass on their own already, can you imagine what they could be capable of if they were to work together on a few models?!
Any more info on this "talking with Mick" that you mentioned to us Sal?
I don't want to be negative... but it seems to me that opinions regarding the "badass"ness of one of these two companies are pretty divergent. Even to the extent that there is a portion of the target market (well, there's me... anyway, I'm a portion
) that will not, upon threat of incarceration or painful death, give away any money if even the tiniest amount of it will line Burger/Striders' pockets. Since the complaint that I/we have is based on principle... it wouldn't matter if the knife was better than the sum of its parts, I/we still wouldn't buy it. The less extreme portion of my end of the market just thinks Strider knives aren't real special... so if the Striderco resembled a Strider too much... they probably won't buy it either.
All joking aside, I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. Perception matters, is what I'm saying. People perceive that Spyderco is a good company run by good people (because it is). Whether my opinions and those who share them with me about Strider Knives are off base (which they aren't) or out of line (too philosophical a question for me to answer for everyone
), we perceive that the company is run by a dishonest man. A partnership between the two companies can only do bad things for Spyderco IMHO, and good things for Strider. It could be that I am projecting my opinions onto the rest of the world, but I firmly believe that were such a knife to be produced... it would not sell well. I see a lot of these gathering dust on shelves and in sale bins.
That said, it's Sal's company... not mine. I didn't put in the years of building a successful cutlery business that he did to earn the right to run said business any way he **** well sees fit (regardless of what anonymous, small minded, loud mouths on the internet like myself seem to think about it
). If he thinks Mick is a nice guy with something to offer Spyderco, I defer to his judgement.
PS... I am gonna try really, really hard to keep all future opinions like this to myself... I promise. I don't promise it'll work, since this subject has magical powers that make it impossible for me to keep my yap shut... but I'm really gonna give it the ole' college try this time
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