Thanks for the info Knutty.
I definitely agree about BBS. I had a defective Manix M4 that I had to ship directly to Golden. Also BBS will not look at the knives at all. You get whatever they pick. I did a request on one and they said that wasn't fair to the other customers.
I have had good luck with KSF so I cannot comment on returns.
I haven't bought from CS yet, just pre-orderd the orange PM2 so far.
Howes has been great to me, but I always have issues on the almost extinct items,; so no chance of exchange. Jim also ships USP Priority flat rate. I do not know why anyone else would use standard mail. Priority is only a few cents more.
As far as shipping costs; I am not sure if you have shipped lately, but $8 is about standard from everyone. Granted you can insure a package for that cost and I do not think venders insure unless you request it. I always get insurance from BBS even though its probably not needed. $2 to me is more than worth it to cover a $200 knife. Look at all the other etailers; shipping standard is at least $6.95
I have a question that does not exactly fit but close: Has anyone had any experience with goingsharp dot com? They are out of Cali but not sure if they are legit. They have a knife or 2 I want at the best rate. I sent them a message with no response yet and tried to call but wasn't sure if it was the proper#. Thanks
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