I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

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I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby carl3989 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:31 am

Is it just me or do you also pass on a purchase of a Spyderco knife made in Taiwan? Am I wrong to think that the quality of the knife is inferior to one made in the USA or Japan. Please explain to me why I may be wrong.

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Larry_Mott » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:36 am

You're wrong because it is not inferior, quite the contrary in this case. I see where you're coming from so to speak, i had a hard time accepting that the best bass guitar i have ever played was a MIJ Fender and for decades Harleys were inferior to Japanese motorcycles. I used to laugh at Korean cars, but today i drive a KIA C'eed SW.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Ippon » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:42 am

The fit and finish on my Taiwanese knives is very good. I like my Golden models the best still, but there is no reason to not buy a Taiwanese Spyderco, the quality in my experience is very good.

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Postby Evil D » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:50 am

As long as it also says Taichung on the tang I'm OK with it.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Spydergirl88 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:58 am

Not buying a Taichung spyderco would be the biggest mistake of your spyderco buying life.

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Afterman » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:58 am

Taiwan is a 1st world nation, a Democracy, and a powerhouse in the tech industry. China thinks they own them, but don't let that blur the vision of a fine country. Add in the fact Spyderco tracks down only the best factories and hounds them until they meet their standards, and there should be no reservations about a Taichung knife.

USA and Japan can be preferred, sure, but if you love a Taiwan-made design, don't let it stop you.

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby nick800 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:00 am

You be wrong

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby MattM68 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:01 am

The fit and finish on the Taichung models in my experience is usually on par or better than the Golden models. Would I prefer my knives be made in US? Sure! But most of my favorite knives come from Taiwan. You'll be missing out on some amazing knives if you skip the Taiwan produced ones.

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Larry_Mott » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:06 am

Afterman wrote:Taiwan is a 1st world nation, a Democracy, and a powerhouse in the tech industry. China thinks they own them, but don't let that blur the vision of a fine country. Add in the fact Spyderco tracks down only the best factories and hounds them until they meet their standards, and there should be no reservations about a Taichung knife.

USA and Japan can be preferred, sure, but if you love a Taiwan-made design, don't let it stop you.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Zatx » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:10 am

To do so would be to rule out owning the Chaparral, which is one of the finest Spyderco 's ever produced.

The Spyderco's made in Taiwan are on par with Golden and I believe they are a step above any I've owned out of Japan.

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby The Deacon » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:17 am

Your money, your choice. However, as others have said, you're missing out on some excellent Spydercos with first class fit and finish if you ignore the models from Taichung. Personally, if I like a knife, country of manufacture is pretty much irrelevant. I wish Spyderco made a model in the USA that I really liked, but they've yet to do that. The Native comes close, but the Chaparral feels so much better in my hand.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby jmh58 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:18 am

You are missing out!! Need to rethink that thought!! John
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby demoncase » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:29 am

I drive a Swedish car to work for my American employer making parts for French aeroplanes in England. I'll drive home, burning Saudi Arabian diesel, to play my Chinese made games console (A Dutch produced game, I might add) on my Korean TV while I sit on my Vietnamese made sofa and maybe order an Indian curry on my Taiwanese mobile phone while I pop the cap on an Irish stout.....At some point I might have a play with a fine Spyderco product made in Japan, USA or indeed Taiwan.

At no point will I be looking at the label. I will be looking at the relative quality

In short: Buy the Taichung Spyderco product- it supports Spyderco (and thereby US employees) and those models in the range are unbelievable.

Addendum: I frequently have cause to comment on Facebook (when this topic all too frequent comes up)- "Hmm. So how's that American made iPhone working out for you?...That you just posted from about you won't buy a Taichung made knife."....And then I wait for the Irony-O-Meter to overload :D
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby hoimin » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:37 am

Also: most of the cool custom collaborations come out of Taichung.

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby fanglekai » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:44 am

Taichung makes the best models. The fit and finish on the ones I've bought are fantastic. Don't let the tang stamp deter you.

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby remnar » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:51 am

"Am I wrong to think that the quality of the knife is inferior to one made in the USA or Japan?"

Yes, you are wrong. I don't know how to explain it any other way. I think you need to find some Taichung knives and take a look for yourself. :) :spyder:

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby murphjd25 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:02 am

My Taichungs are my nicest knives! Your defintly missing out!!
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Cheddarnut » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:21 am

Everybody Taichung tonight.

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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Spydergirl88 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:24 am

Cheddarnut wrote:Everybody Taichung tonight.
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