Suggestion for a 2013 Sprint Run

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Suggestion for a 2013 Sprint Run

Postby The Deacon » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:59 am

In their 1993 catalog, Spyderco offered the "All God's Critters Have Knives" t-shirts shown below. Catalog is all black & white, but I'm guessing the artwork was actually color...

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...and I'm thinking a 20th Anniversary reprise of it would be cool. :)
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Postby VashHash » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:27 am

I second this motion I would buy one probably two

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Postby bh49 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:27 am

I would love to have white T-shirt with B&W artwork
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Postby KardinalSyn » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:42 am

That's a well thought out wording. The more I think about it.
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Postby APS » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:50 am

Yes, yes, yes! I'd like to see them for sale on a regular basis actually.

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Postby D1omedes » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:57 am

Definitely would like to see forum-specific apparel. The "God's critters have knives" quote is classic.

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Postby Oofa » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:03 am

I would love that t-shirt if it simply said, "All Creatures Have Knives".

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Postby casey1 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:29 am

Oofa wrote:I would love that t-shirt if it simply said, "All Creatures Have Knives".
I was writing out a long post, but for the sake of everyone that would in turn read it, I chose not to :) I am a Christian. There. But let's talk about the T-shirt, not the religious or philosophical stuff. This is a knife forum. If Spyderco as a company takes a stand for Theism, good on them. It shouldn't stop anyone from supporting their awesome work.

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Postby xceptnl » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:46 am

I would pre-order a handful right now! Agree with bh49, b&w artwork would be prefered.
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Postby kbuzbee » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:59 am

I'm in! XXXL please ;)

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Postby Oofa » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:00 am

casey1 wrote:I was writing out a long post, but for the sake of everyone that would in turn read it, I chose not to :) I am a Christian. There. But let's talk about the T-shirt, not the religious or philosophical stuff. This is a knife forum. If Spyderco as a company takes a stand for Theism, good on them. It shouldn't stop anyone from supporting their awesome work.
Isn't the topic "suggestions for a 2013 sprint run"? That's my suggestion. Do not bring God into a slogan for a knife company. I don't know what you being a Christian has to do with anything. A companies stand on anything makes a difference to many people when deciding if they want to do business with that company. That is why I suggest a more neutral slogan on the t-shirt. Just a knife guys opinion.

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Postby kbuzbee » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:31 am

Oofa wrote:That's my suggestion. Do not bring God into a slogan for a knife company.
It's already there. And I for one strongly support it.

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Postby Studey » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:32 am

I think a run of the shirt would be cool.

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Postby DeathBySnooSnoo » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:41 am

Studey wrote:Apparantly they decided in 1993 that they wanted "God's critters" as opposed to not mentioning God. If you don't like that, and they make another, don't buy it. The owner of a company is free to put his beliefs and ideas out there all he or she wants...that could possibly affect business with some people, such as yourself Oofa, but there's no need to take offense at someone else's beliefs. I'm a Christian, not a Muslim, but if the owner of a knife company was a follower of Islam and wanted to put on a shirt, "All of Allah's creatures have knives," I wouldn't be offended and think that "Allah" needs removed from the shirt. If it's not what I believed, or I didn't like it, I wouldn't buy it.
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I am not a religious man, so I wouldn't buy this particular shirt. But I have no issues with it being made then or now. Everyone should have the freedom to express whatever they believe in (as long as it harms no one) just like everyone has the right to not buy or follow anything they don't believe in.

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Postby gbelleh » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:49 am

"God" is a pretty general term, but still, religion often divides and offends people. This thread is already going in a less than positive direction. It's a nice concept, but I find the shirt too busy for my tastes, regardless of any other issues. I prefer the simple Spyderco logo shirt in front.
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Postby DeathBySnooSnoo » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:56 am

gbelleh wrote: I find the shirt too busy for my tastes, regardless of any other issues. I prefer the simple Spyderco logo shirt in front.
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Postby superspyder » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:10 am

YES! And reprint the Posters too! I would buy one.

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Postby Oofa » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:38 am

Studey wrote:Apparantly they decided in 1993 that they wanted "God's critters" as opposed to not mentioning God. If you don't like that, and they make another, don't buy it. The owner of a company is free to put his beliefs and ideas out there all he or she wants...that could possibly affect business with some people, such as yourself Oofa, but there's no need to take offense at someone else's beliefs. I'm a Christian, not a Muslim, but if the owner of a knife company was a follower of Islam and wanted to put on a shirt, "All of Allah's creatures have knives," I wouldn't be offended and think that "Allah" needs removed from the shirt. If it's not what I believed, or I didn't like it, I wouldn't buy it.
I wouldn't make such assumptions. Please quote where I took offense at someone's religious beliefs. I'll eat those words. Having "God's Critters" on a t-shirt will not affect business with me. I didn't mean to even suggest that. I'm looking at it from a business point of view, not a personal point of view. Having a t-shirt that says, "All of Allah's Creatures Have Knives" would be IMHO, a bad business move also but it wouldn't keep me from buying the high quality knives. I have not stated any religious beliefs and I hope no one presumes anything about me because of my take on how to attract more customers to Spyderco. Although putting the word God on a t-shirt is not necessarily a religious belief, I think you assume that everyone that is into knives believes in God. Of course you can put whatever beliefs you have on your companies t-shirt. But why limit your customer base? It's ok to not agree with that.

Hey...... I came here for the Spyderco talk and info. No desire to offend or talk about controversial social topics. I'm sorry I expressed my opinion in the first place. :(

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Postby Blerv » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:53 am

They could always change it to: "All the Earth's Creatures Have Knives" The capitalization of "Earth" indicating the name of the planet.

I love the idea of more Spyderco shirts. I would like to see a few modern designs. Not to flashback too far ( :p ) but growing up with brands like Mossimo and Quiksilver showed clothing could have a message coded into a design.

Let's avoid the topics of politics and religion. No reason to get offended and definitely no reason to go there :) . It wastes typing that could be spent on knife stuff.
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Postby jabba359 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:58 am

Wow, this thread got derailed quickly!

My only problem with the shirt is the design is far too busy for my taste. For this reason only, I'd pass on getting one.

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