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

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

Postby bh49 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:19 pm

I used to own 6 Taichung made knives at various time. The quality is top notch. Just recently I bought Hungarian. F&F are outstanding. At least on the same level with current Golden and Italy production as well as old time Moki.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby zacmangray » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:28 pm

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I assume you were referring to the "Everybody Taichung Tonight" joke on the first page, and not to my comment. ;)
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby SF Native » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:08 pm

The us has some of the best manufacturing in the world. Much has been moved to aerospace and other such fields. The skills in the us are not the question, it's the cost of those skills. The golden models are nice but a little more bare bones. Those Taiwan knives are really something. You should give them a try.

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

Postby bh49 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:09 am

SF Native wrote: The skills in the us are not the question, it's the cost of those skills.
I just want to make it clear. Taichung made knives are not inexpensive.
SF Native wrote: The golden models are nice but a little more bare bones.
I love this definition.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby bpahk » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:03 am

Regardless of where it's produced, the final QC happens in Golden so they're all held to the same standard. If it's not up to snuff, even successful models like the caly will be disco'd. Buy Taichung with confidence as it's backed by Golden W&R

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

Postby AMarkAbove » Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:34 am

Taichung knives are, as everyone else has said, some of the best Spyderco produces. Also, odds are high you aren't buying directly from Spyderco but using some retailer, in which case your dollars are going into the US economy anyways(assuming you're using a US based retailer).
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby animportant » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:08 am

There needs to be a sticky on this forum about Taichung Spydies.

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

Postby carl3989 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:19 am

Thanks all for showing me the error of my thoughts. I am going to seriously consider purchasing a Gayle Bradley in the future. What's the recommendation, the more costly Bradley or the Bradley2?

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

Postby Xplorer » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:31 am

carl3989 wrote:Thanks all for showing me the error of my thoughts. I am going to seriously consider purchasing a Gayle Bradley in the future. What's the recommendation, the more costly Bradley or the Bradley2?
You could not have chosen a better value from Taichung! The Bradley 2 is the the knife that I think is the best value in my entire Spyderco collection. When I look at what a great knife it is and what I paid for it, I feel like I stole it. That is also my go-to pocket knife for my wilderness adventures because I know it will handle anything I need it for.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Spydergirl88 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:19 pm

Bradley 2

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Postby mrtodd777 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:21 pm

I own both and while many will try and convince you to pick up the GB1, I personally think that the GB2 is superior. At that price, its one of the best values of any production knife made. I wold strongly recommend grabbing one.

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

Postby hoimin » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:52 pm

carl3989 wrote:Thanks all for showing me the error of my thoughts. I am going to seriously consider purchasing a Gayle Bradley in the future. What's the recommendation, the more costly Bradley or the Bradley2?
Depends on what you need to do with it (there is significant overlap in capabilities). The original GB is more 'hard-use' and heftier in weight and width. The GB2 is more everyday carry.

Something to consider is that the GB is discontinued and will be increasingly more difficult to find, while the GB2 is in production right now.

Personally, I would (and did) pick the GB2. I don't even like big knives and I still went with this one because the value is so high and the design is so very nice.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby Mako109 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:35 pm

+GB2. Also another very well executed line of Taiwanese made Spydercos is the Sage series, particularly the carbon fiber varieties and the titanium version. While I don't know if these are also made in the city of Taichung, they are every bit as good.

Then to complete your Taiwanese indoctrination, find the nearest "Din Tai Fung" restaurant in the US (or where ever you are). That's the internationally famous Chinese restaurant chain from Taiwan, and order their Pork and Black Truffle Soup Dumplings. They are to die for as attested to by Anthony Bourdain, Tom Cruise, etc. Listen to me now and thank me later.

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

Postby Sharp Guy » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:53 pm

Mako109 wrote:+GB2. Also another very well executed line of Taiwanese made Spydercos is the Sage series, particularly the carbon fiber varieties and the titanium version. While I don't know if these are also made in the city of Taichung, they are every bit as good.
Yes, the Sage series are all made in Taichung.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby sal » Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:36 pm

Hi Carl,

Welcome to our forum.

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

Postby 425KRS » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:15 pm

I just got the Spydiechef which is made in Taiwan (also have the Bradley and Bradley 2 which are both made in Taiwan). These 3 are very nice knives, great quality and materials used. I'm usually a little cautious about knives made in China (from brand to brand), but the Spyderco's made in Japan and Taiwan that I've seen/own are really nice. And to be honest, the Spyderco knives I've seen from China (like the Tenacious) are really nice, great value knives. Was surprised how much I like them.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby SF Native » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:24 pm

carl3989 wrote:Thanks all for showing me the error of my thoughts. I am going to seriously consider purchasing a Gayle Bradley in the future. What's the recommendation, the more costly Bradley or the Bradley2?
We are glad to set you straight as we all have been in the past. Welcome aboard. If you get one, please share with us when you do.

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

Postby DutchBlades » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:13 am

I could go on and on about this, but the answer is rather simple. Taichung Spydies have better materials, fit and finish and overal quality IMO.
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Re: I'm reticent to buy a knife made in Taiwan.

Postby nick800 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:23 am

GB1 is my favorite Spyderco.

Din Tai Fung is the Taiwan version of White Castle (and eat there every time I go to Asia, which is a lot.)

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

Postby dplafoll » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:58 am

bh49 wrote:
SF Native wrote: The skills in the us are not the question, it's the cost of those skills.
I just want to make it clear. Taichung made knives are not inexpensive.
SF Native wrote: The golden models are nice but a little more bare bones.
I love this definition.
I think that's a bit of a generality. You can get several Taichung models under $150 (BHQ prices): Squarehead, Dog Tag, Chaparral, Sage 1, Sage 3, Sage 5, GB2, Puukko. If you define "inexpensive" as <$100 you have a point. But it's also correct that the Golden, and Japanese LW, models are more basic than most Taichung knives. Spyderco definitely seems to use the Taichung OEM as their premium facility. But considering how good some of those models are I don't think <$150 is outrageous.
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