New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

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New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby NDWoods » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:21 pm

Hello all,

New convert to Spyderco after recently leaving another maker. I already picked up a few and have a couple on order for my kids.

My wife will be in Taiwan for a week. Is there anything she can get me in Taiwan directly that would be any different or special than what we can just order online here in the USA?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby zhyla » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:07 am

I've never heard of stuff sold only in Taiwan. I have heard about Japan-only models/variants.

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby Spydergirl88 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:11 am

Janisong?

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby ferider » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:18 am

Nothing you can't get here online, often cheaper.

Don't get your wife into trouble with local knife laws or airport security ...

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby koenigsegg » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:27 am

Do they sell seconds somewhere?
S30V, VG10, M4, XHP, BD1, Maxamet, 204P, H1, K390, A11, Rex45, LC200N, M390, 20CV, BD1N, S45VN

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby GiftedMisfit » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:12 am

ferider wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:18 am
Nothing you can't get here online, often cheaper.

Don't get your wife into trouble with local knife laws or airport security ...

That would be horrible. Dont know much about Taiwan "exclusives".. good luck.
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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby NDWoods » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:50 pm

zhyla wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:07 am
I've never heard of stuff sold only in Taiwan. I have heard about Japan-only models/variants.
I did not think about that. She is in Okinawa this week as well.

What could she get that is Japan only? Absolutely NOT looking to do anything against the law.

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby jacala » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:27 pm

Can your wife ship it back to the States ?
Is the postage viable ?

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby zhyla » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:24 pm

NDWoods wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:50 pm
What could she get that is Japan only? Absolutely NOT looking to do anything against the law.
I'm not really much of a collector so I don't stay up on Japan-only models. Google will probably turn up some info. I'm not aware of any knife import restrictions but I would avoid anything automatic or balisong, just to be sure.

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby ferider » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:59 am

NDWoods wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:50 pm
zhyla wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:07 am
I've never heard of stuff sold only in Taiwan. I have heard about Japan-only models/variants.
I did not think about that. She is in Okinawa this week as well.

What could she get that is Japan only? Absolutely NOT looking to do anything against the law.
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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby timlara » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:01 am

This would be an interesting topic for Sal to chime in on since I'm curious about whether Spyderco actually sells a lot of knives domestically in Japan or Taiwan, of if the majority of the knives manufactured in those markets are actually just exported and sold elsewhere.

Off topic, one thing I do know is that if you are into watches, there is a treasure trove of desirable models that are only available to the Japanese market...
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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby JacksonKnives » Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:33 am

If I recall correctly, Spyderco recently did a meetup with some Taiwanese retail sellers (a little bit like the Amsterdam meet), might be worth investigating where they are. Access to the factory is pretty restricted, from what I've heard.
Edit: here's a post where Sal mentions a local seller, Kathy at Ray Gua Hua.

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby carrot » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:17 pm

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:11 am
Janisong?
This may very well be the answer. In some interpretations it can be considered a federally restricted item (a butterfly knife) but depending on your locale it may also be perfectly legal to own and/or carry.

It is also not for sale whatsoever within the United States.

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby NDWoods » Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:29 pm

Thank you all. I sent her the info on Ray Gua Hua for when she gets there next week. Time is running out on a Japan model though. She only has one day remaining in Okinawa.

Unrelated, but since I started this thread both knives came in for my kids. I also have a couple more on the way for me including the recent Dragonfly sprint. Off to a great start!

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby TomH » Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:08 am

www.rghknives.com.tw. Ask about a discount if not given one...especially on knives made in Taiwan. Lots of knives, so fun to just look around.
Hope they have something you want. The Janisong is a great deal ... if it can get through Customs. They also usually have a few knives that have recently been discontinued.

I would call before going just to verify they are open. I've only seen them closed twice and unfortunately, both times I was taking guests with me. They'll be here again this year and are determined to get to rgh.

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby sal » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:09 pm

Hi NDWoods,

Welcome to our forum.

The Janisng is available in Taiwan, but illegal to import.

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Re: New to Spyderco - Wife will be in Taiwan

Postby James Y » Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:48 pm

timlara wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:01 am
This would be an interesting topic for Sal to chime in on since I'm curious about whether Spyderco actually sells a lot of knives domestically in Japan or Taiwan, of if the majority of the knives manufactured in those markets are actually just exported and sold elsewhere.
That would be interesting to find out. I lived in Taiwan for close to a decade, but that was a long time ago (I left there at the end of 1992). I don't know if there are many collectors in Taiwan, but TBH, I can't really imagine many people in Taiwan actually carrying Spydercos. At least when I was there, nobody I knew even carried a SAK besides me. I'm not saying nobody did, only as far as I knew, and from some of the exclamations of surprise when I would take out and use my SAK. There didn't seem to be much of an EDC knife culture there.

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