I started buying stuff from Cutlery Shoppe in the early 1980's, back when I was on active duty. I continued buying when I left the military and worked for some government agencies out of embassies and consulates in Asia. In 1994, I attended the Soldier of Fortune convention in Las Vegas as part of my job interview with Paladin Press. One of my duties there was helping the late Col. Rex Applegate with his booth. While doing some stuff for the Colonel, he said he had a friend he wanted me to meet--Jeff Loffer from Cutlery Shoppe.
When I shook hands with Jeff and told him my name, he thought for a brief moment and thanked me for being a loyal customer through my moves from California, to Hawaii, to Hong Kong, to Bangkok. I was blown away by his memory and attention to detail. He's a great guy and Cutlery Shoppe is still my go-to source for knife buying.