That sounds like the perfect situation, I love dealing with people, even when buying on the Internet its much nicer to talk to the person over the phone it gives you a sense of who you are dealing with. You are lucky to have someone with a passion for the business in your area and your right paying a little extra to get the service is well worth it. My case is a little different the store in our area sells a military for $260 bucks and I probably know more about the knife than they do, which isn't saying a lot, believe me :-).OldSarSwmr wrote:I'm lucky I guess, I have a brick and mortar store about twenty minutes from my house. His prices are as close to online prices as I have seen in a brick and mortar store in my area. He knows that most of his customers are well aware of online prices and that helps him set his pricing. I don't mind paying a little extra for the piece of mind in knowing that the knife I handled is the knife i'm taking home. The owner is a "knife guy" and it is a pleasure dealing with him. I have also ordered plenty of knives online but it's nice to have a place to go and meet others that enjoy this hobby. To me, that's worth a couple extra dollars.
Funny that you mentioned "Bob's Knife Store", because that is the owner's name. The store is called "The Classic Edge", it is listed on Spyderco's dealer list in Midlothian, VA. Bob has an excellent selection of Spyderco, Benchmade, ESEE, Kershaw/ZT and many other brands. He also has a great selection of traditionals and antique and custom knives. His store is open during the week and he does gun and knife shows throughout Virginia on the weekends.
Agree. I can only wish ti life within driving distance from NGK, KW or GP knives. Unfortunately the only knife store used to be about 40 miles away and was selling knives at MSRP until few month ago it went out of business.DRKBC wrote:Apart from the obvious i.e. being able to actually see and handle something for yourself before you purchase it. More importantly, I think, is that if there were more regular old Bob's Knife Store's in town (except with decent pricing ... or at least close to decent) a guy could walk in and buy a knife for cash and when that guy's wife said; hey is that a new knife? He could just reply "no, you've seen it before its the black one with the silver blade" and then she would say "oh right that one". And life would be far simpler.
Come on! You can get wizard swords locally. I have to wait to order those till I run out of pointed hats and festive capes so I can save on the shipping.gbelleh wrote:I don't know of any knife store anywhere near me. The knife booths at the local gun shows have lots of Cold Steel, Gerber, CRKT, etc. (and the dragon and wizard swords). But if I want to handle a Techno, Southard or Chaparral, Gayle Bradley, etc., I have to order it online first.
I think the problem in our current economy is to do with the business owners philosophy on cash flow. Sometimes a business just needs to sell product to get cash coming in the doors, even if sometimes they may not make as much as they would like or even occasionally lose money on some items. That encourages loyalty and expands the customer base. Its often hard to get a persons brain around that concept but if theyy don't (at least when you are talking about products that aren't unique to one supplier) in most cases the customer will just go to the next guy and not think twice about it, particularly if the service is also just OK which is sadly the case more oftem than not.INFRNL wrote:I don't see why local b&m's have to be so expensive. Look at Howes and cutlery shoppe; I think they have actual shops and do just fine. They also have some of the lowest prices.
I think a lot of it is greed. We have 1 local cutlery shop that I know of and they sell at full retail. They may give 10% but that's not enough for me to justify over Howes, etc.. For retail, I'd rather drive an hour or so and go to Golden, but yet again I'd rather save as much as I can. As mentioned there are ways b&m's can have lower costs and easily survive.
for now ill just stick with the ones we all know.