Best Online Spyderco Dealer?

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Best Online Spyderco Dealer?

Postby littlenomad » Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:30 pm

Hi, I'm new to Spyderco. I just ordered a Para-Military 2 from thespydercostore.com and have been pretty pleased with the purchase, although the knife wasn't as sharp as I thought it would/should be.

After ordering from thespydercostore.com, I stumbled upon an older thread here that was critical of that site (ca. 2006). Have things changed for the better since then? It's not that I want to deny the official Spyderco site my business, but if I can find official Spyderco knives cheaper from larger retailers, I'm going to go that route.

What are your suggestions?

Also, if Spyderco knives are purchased from retailers besides Spyderco, are their warranties still valid?

Thanks!

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Postby log man » Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:46 pm

Thespydercostore.com is an independent Spyderco dealer. So no foul. Poorfish, Howes, spydercovt, The Cutlery Shoppe, etc are all good sources.

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Postby jossta » Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:10 pm

Welcome.

Reputable shops are Cutlery Shoppe, Knifeworks, Knife Center, Howe's and a few others. Just have to check around for the best deal.
littlenomad wrote:\Also, if Spyderco knives are purchased from retailers besides Spyderco, are their warranties still valid?

Thanks!
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Postby WalzAaronFFG » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:15 pm

My two favorites: Cutlery Shoppe, Howesknifeshop

Backups (more expensive and larger, overall): Knifecenter, GPknives, spydercovt.com

The Spyderco store's prices are pretty high compared to what i'm used to. Whatever you do just try and avoid places like "Tactical Outpost". Chances are if their site looks cheap and they are not mentioned here then they are a scam site. Keep in mind that some of the cheapest retailers we have listed have sites that could use some work, but they are tried and true dealers that all of us use so you can feel safe using them.

Honestly, if you don't intend on buying sprint runs I would just use Cutleryshoppe.com and howesknifeshop. You will always get the best prices and service cause they are small retailers with little overhead.
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Postby dbcad » Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:00 am

I've used CS and KC occasionally. Good retailers, CS usually is better on price, but both have good customer service. The warranty is not affected by the knives being sold by a retailer.
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Postby Tdog » Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:38 am

Let's not forget New Graham, they like Howes are good people making an honest living by selling us products at fair prices. GP is also good to deal with and have a good site and selection though sometimes their prices are slightly higher. I have purchased from others to get a knife that may not be available elsewhere. Preorder is often required for sprint runs. Jim at Howes has always done well for me. There is sometimes a wait at CS but they have great prices and have always done me right.

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Postby The Deacon » Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:00 am

New Graham is my favorite and, AFAIK, still the only dealer to make BladeForum's Hall of Fame. Can't really go wrong with any of the others named here, although I personally avoid those who have written off the entire state of New York over something which involves only New York City.

As others have noted, Spyderco's warranty covers knives purchased from any Spyderco dealer, not just at the Spyderco Factory Outlet. In fact, Spyderco keeps prices at SFO at full MSRP to avoid competing with their dealers.
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Postby O,just,O » Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:50 am

Can't believe that no one has mentioned Tom Berry, Catamount on this forum. Now the really good thing about Toms service is that he opens the box & inspects the knife for any defects or flaws before sending it to you. For us who don't live in U.S.A. this is a good, good thing because warranty returns are a bit more than a complete PITA
I see so many threads lately complaining of QC issues. Save yourself the hassle, buy from Tom. :)
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Postby captnvegtble » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:04 am

O,just,O wrote:Can't believe that no one has mentioned Tom Berry, Catamount on this forum. Now the really good thing about Toms service is that he opens the box & inspects the knife for any defects or flaws before sending it to you. For us who don't live in U.S.A. this is a good, good thing because warranty returns are a bit more than a complete PITA
I see so many threads lately complaining of QC issues. Save yourself the hassle, buy from Tom. :)
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Someone did, it's the spydercovt.com that was mentioned above.

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Postby O,just,O » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:11 am

Thanks, I see it now.
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Postby Blerv » Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:35 pm

Spydercovt, Cutleryshoppe, Poor_Fish on eBay, etc.

I wouldnt think twice shopping from NGK or Howes (I just haven't yet).
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Postby Pneumothorax » Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:55 pm

I do Cutlery Shoppe since Jeff has earned my loyalty like Spyderco has. Great prices and he will fix any issue he can! For stuff that he doesnt have, I sometimes go thu ebay.
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Postby Cheygriz » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:22 pm

Knifeworks is my No.1 "go to" by far. Roger is a great guy to do business with.
But New Graham, Bento Box Shop, Knife tree, and a few others already mentioned are great also.

However, because of cost and convenience, I personally try to avoid the "brick and mortar" stores if possible.

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Postby Slash » Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:57 pm

They are all good...if the price is right. :)

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Postby jason yao » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:37 am

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Postby jabba359 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:45 am

As mentioned, prices may range a little bit, but all the dealers above are good people to deal with and have good reputations. I might be missing a couple that I can't think of right now (it's getting late... ;) ), but here's a recap of some I've used so far and that others have listed (with common forum shorthand/owners in parenthesis). I've included links to the websites for your convenience.

Cutlery Shoppe (CS/Jeff)*
New Graham (NGK)
Spydercovt (Tom/Catamount)
Howe's Knife Shop
Knife Center (KC)*
Knifeworks (KW/Roger)
Grand Prairie Knives (GPK)*
Poor Fish (also on eBay)*
Bento Box Shop (BBS)**
Spydietalk (Mike)*
Sierra Trading Post (STP)* (I don't think they're a dealer, but when Spyderco discontinues knives, they have some great deals here + sign up for the newsletter and they almost always have an additional 25-35% off coupon code)
Warriors and Wonders (Canada)

*stores I've personally bought from before
**I haven't bought here yet, but have a preorder in that's due next year
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Postby BAL » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:48 am

Nice job jabba359.

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Postby iwolf81 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:43 am

O,just,O wrote:Can't believe that no one has mentioned Tom Berry, Catamount on this forum. Now the really good thing about Toms service is that he opens the box & inspects the knife for any defects or flaws before sending it to you. For us who don't live in U.S.A. this is a good, good thing because warranty returns are a bit more than a complete PITA
I see so many threads lately complaining of QC issues. Save yourself the hassle, buy from Tom. :)
O.
I got my Chaparral (and a few other Spydies) from Tom (SpydercoVT.com) for exactly this reason. He inspected the Chaparral before shipping at my request, and I received a perfect one! That level of service is definitely worth a few extra bucks, especially for the more expensive knives.

As for prices, I found that no one dealer consistently has the lowest prices for all models. Part of the fun of this hobby/addiction is shopping around among the reputable dealers looking for a special deal!

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Postby wrdwrght » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:20 am

bal wrote:nice job jabba359.
+1

Can we create a sticky on this topic?
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Postby 2cha » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:04 am

Tdog wrote:Let's not forget New Graham,
Feels like buying from a neighborhood store. Knifeworks is one of my favorites too.


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