I am curious about you guys opinions on this. As a custom knife maker I am conflicted because I do realize that the quality that I can get by hand will never be quite as consistent as what you can get from mass produced items. So while I don’t feel bad charging a huge amount of cash for a knife that might take me 140 hours or so to make, I also see the value in production style knives. I mean I have two production releases and one on the way
I have one custom knife I had made. The maker was a local guy who is in the knife makers guild. He made it the way I wanted it. It is a great knife and it gets used often. To me that one was worth the cost but I traded some of my labor gun wise for the knife
If i have the $$, I’d much prefer the quality, character & craftsmanship of a custom hand made knife over a mass produced commercial piece. I imagine a custom knife maker would have a great love for the process & take great pride in their work. I doubt you ever really get paid for ALL the hard hours involved in making a masterpiece. 30,40 even $50 an hour for a skilled knife maker doesn’t sound unreasonable for such a Craftsman, and like you said 140+ hours to create one. Getting $5k to $7k each doesn’t sound possible though. I love & appreciate the beauty & craftsmanship of a knife.
I can appreciate a custom knife but i can’t justify the cost. That’s why i bought a piece a piece of 1080 recently. I plan on making one myself material reduction method cause i priced anvils and they’re is not getting around those prices. A forge would be cheap for me to build i work at a plant that produces refractory materials and all the free brick i could want and cheap refractory cement.
There’s an ass for every seat
Personally I’d hunt down some meteorite to work with
Exotic materials pose a long list of issues… I don’t make “Damascus” knives … everyone thinks that is the hallmark of a great knife. It’s an inferior material because it is forge welded over and over. There are so many failure points in that material. I don’t even use a forge, my knives are made from billet steel and heat treatment is done in a computer controlled oven. The less variables in your process the less chance of a issue.
My customs go for between $600-$800… I can’t imagine selling a knife for $2000 or more
I have a couple that a guy I used to know made for me, I like them but don’t use them much and they are not the level of stuff you make. If I had the money, I might have one made, the cost of some of the high-end production stuff seems to be close to some of the custom stuff nowadays. On my last search to replace a lost knife, I almost bought one of your artisan blades (I think those are yours anyway) and now wish I had, the only reason I got the one I did is I am a sucker for D2, overall I like that knife but the frame lock sucks.
Don’t get me wrong though… I would love to have that gun
Its worth it depending on the price and the Smith doing the work. There are some mass market knives that are pretty sweet though. Before thier bullshit political moves I use to buy Benchmade. Also really like Falkniven (sp).
Did someone actually buy that antique?
Of course, YOU would not appreciate a\taht fine work of art, it has not got a USB plug
It looks like comic book artwork.
Well, that right there you should put you on the list for one.
I hate all this comic book superhero stuff.
(Says this while sitting there in his Spiderman Underoos)
I kinda always figured him for more of a Thundercat or Anime type
most likely. Picture a 30 year old Carrot Top dressed in Thundercat Underoos with a bottle of whiskey in each hand - thats @JF89 !!
I almost fell out of my chair because I think your right and the visual while amusing as hell scared me.