snapshot2017 wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:13 pm
I just can't help thinking just what David "Davy" Crockett would have thought, if when he stopped at James Blacks shop in Washington Arkansas to by a knife, on his way to fight and die March 6, 1836 at the Alamo.
If Mr. Black had told Davy i don't have a Coffin handle Bowie Davy today i have to order it from China.
Not trying to be a smart alec, but... Mr. Crockett would find a great many things upsetting in our world.
Perhaps the shift in manufacturing would offend him. But, remember that goods manufactured at scale in America were still quite a recent development in his time. (The Bessemer process for mass production of steel hadn't even been developed!)
At that time, as now, quality blades made to suit "unique" needs were available from local artisans.
The height of blade manufacturing volume in the US has probably passed us by, but there are still plenty of talented makers forging and grinding excellent blades, made to suit nearly every taste and budget you can imagine.
Spyderco (among others) is playing with a delicate balance of investment in production capacity, innovation in materials and design, and maintaining quality control.
The system isn't perfect, but the Glessers have created a company with value that can't be measured in terms you could put on a bumper sticker.