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Old 06-05-2018, 12:48 PM
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What kind of price point for the Shockwave with Damsacus blade?
Any of those knives with black ti and damascus will approach or exceed $1k. They have more than half that in material alone. black timascus has zirconium mixed in. Pretty cool stuff
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Not sure on your questions as far as his profits. Like I said, he said that he wouldn't survive if it wasn't for the dealers.

I do other things besides knives, but they could help support me with the right following. I just need to get my name out there where I have a following. There are makers with books closed for 2-4 years out.
I just got my Lochsa from Scott Cook that I ordered in 2010.

BTW, Scott had his books open for less than 24 hrs that day.


I like what Tom Mayo said when asked about advise for new makers. He said, go beg for your old job back.

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Not sure on your questions as far as his profits. Like I said, he said that he wouldn't survive if it wasn't for the dealers.

I do other things besides knives, but they could help support me with the right following. I just need to get my name out there where I have a following. There are makers with books closed for 2-4 years out.
Well let's walk through the numbers and pretend you were that guy. If you had a knife similar to his that you sold to dealers for $650, how much would you have in materials and how many hours would it typically take you to make it?
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Originally Posted by Z'ha'dum View Post
I just got my Lochsa from Scott Cook that I ordered in 2010.

BTW, Scott had his books open for less than 24 hrs that day.


I like what Tom Mayo said when asked about advise for new makers. He said, go beg for your old job back.
Iím still waiting for my Lochsa... I didnít realize he was actually still working on that list.

Tom has a great gig. He makes knives for who he wants, when he wants... He will tell one person heís not taking orders, and heíll tell another person his knife will be ready next week.
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I opened this thread for pics of wife. I'm disappointed.
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:36 PM
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The UK does not approve lol.

Some amazing photos, thanks for posting and glad you enjoyed the trip
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Great looking knives. I checked out your Face Book page and now my wife will be wondering why she is following a knife maker. Well done.
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JS - First off, you work looks really nice.

Couple of questions and a comment or two. I was fairly heavily into knives some time ago (before the whole social media crap), well before milling machines were the norm, and know a little about the industry.

You are doing only stock removal and using pre-made Damascus, yes?

You say your grinder crapped out. What are you using and whereabouts in AL are you?

I may have a sweet deal for you.

Donít take this the wrong way, but at the Blade show, you were an unknown maker asking a good deal of money for a folder built with other peopleís material. Your work, your design, your material costs, but still an unknown commodity. In a show with hundreds of top makers, thatís a pretty hard sell, IMHO. Like you said, in this era of computers, you need to get your name out there.
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Since I have super cool stuff, my next knife I am looking for is a Hobo Knife!

And I want to make a Pre-Revolutionary War Frontier knife with Curly maple handle!

My Dream blade would be a folder, the handle hand sized, the blade as close to the same length as the handle (the pivot limits that), and the blade edge serrated for cutting, as most all are typical edged, the end portion tanto, and a saw spline, and a cool Damascus pattern, and like carbon fiber hand with a tang that extends into brass knuckles!

Napkin drawing, not to scale and my design in my head way better than this drawing!




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Old 06-05-2018, 10:22 PM
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**** the knives - we need pics of all the booth bunnies.
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those are awesome. top quality work my friend...
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:30 AM
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What do the military assault knives cost?
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:34 AM
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What do the military assault knives cost?
The full auto ones will cost ya lot....
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Donít take this the wrong way, but at the Blade show, you were an unknown maker asking a good deal of money for a folder built with other peopleís material. Your work, your design, your material costs, but still an unknown commodity. In a show with hundreds of top makers, thatís a pretty hard sell, IMHO. Like you said, in this era of computers, you need to get your name out there.

Sadly, people don't want to pay for craftsmanship anymore.

Locally I see people that do handmade things, and everyone expects it to be materials and a couple bucks an hour for time.

That has to be a tough market to break into.
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Iím still waiting for my Lochsa... I didnít realize he was actually still working on that list.

Tom has a great gig. He makes knives for who he wants, when he wants... He will tell one person heís not taking orders, and heíll tell another person his knife will be ready next week.
Yeah. Surprised the hell out of me when I got the email. Not a word in 8 years then out of nowhere I hear from him.

I think the price went up about $500 in that time. I don't remember how much they were back then, around $800 from Scott IIRC. Still cheaper than the secondary market though.

I hear Tom usually sells a few knives in the pit at blade to whoever wants one. Must be nice.
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The full auto ones will cost ya lot....
i donít have the proper trust for a full auto knife
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:46 AM
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Found and joined your FB page, your work is great. My first business mentor (who also owed and advertising agency...) had a golden rule: 85% of your efforts should be in advertising/ marketing. What you "do" as a business should be on autopilot compared to the advertising, and social media is the new norm. His suggestion 25 years ago was do the work, and have a spouse/ child/ friend/ customer who gets a discount/ etc handle keeping marketing rolling full speed ahead. As he put it, that's why advertising agencies exist....when I applied his logic/ numbers to the business I had then the payoff with huge.

Keep grinding! (I just got my first shipment from a place called "Jantz" a few days ago....time to try and ride this horse too....)
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:17 PM
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Never bring a knife to a gunfight...
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With what you learned at that show, I bet you will do very well next year. Best of luck
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