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Postby JohnDoe99 » Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:53 am

Messer Meister wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:23 am
I'd hate to see something like the endura line stop production over this even if its years from now. Most importantly with all this cash burning a hole in my pocket I would like to give more of it to Spyderco.
Watch Ebay closely. I recently got a new s35vn native for $75. I've seen g10 s110v natives go for 125 or 130, and g10 s110v manixs go for $110. Some models like the paramilitary and military never go down, but you can find most others at the pre-MAP price point, but you have to look hard and regularly.

As for the price itself, it is probably never going back down, only up. We live in a bifurcated economy.

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Postby Trinity300 » Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:46 pm

Messer Meister wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:23 am

I think its important to understand collectors are their own bubble, while that bubble may be growing your average Joe still sees a $50 knife as a relatively expensive one. The higher end knives won't suffer as much from this, because $150 isn't really that much more comparatively expensive when its up from $130 or so (plus people willing to buy higher end knives tend to have more niche taste). The largest problem I see is for the low to mid range models in my (and I would imagine the average consumer's) bracket.
A friend saw my custom Mini Crooked River and the conversation went something like this:

"I like your knife. I really need to get a good knife."

"How much are you looking to spend?"

"About $50."

I gave some suggestions like the Tenacious, Raven 2, or a CIVIVI. He really liked the black Tenacious. I showed him the American Lawman, which is a little more expensive, but it has DLC coating, which he liked. His wife asked me what she should get him for Father's Day. She wanted to keep it under $100. She is getting him an American Lawman :D

The point is, I agree, most people view a $50 knife as expensive.

Personally, I think a knife over $150 is getting expensive. That's generally a price level where function is as solid as it can get for production knives, and you start to get into fancy materials or features you want to splurge on. I have a TRM Neutron coming in a couple days which was $200, but I splurged for the carbon fiber scales. On a side note, I am looking forward to TRM's Shadow lock (looks like an Axis) since I don't really like liner locks because my thumb is in the blade path.

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