No, retailers often sell under MSRP.
I see them for 179, so that's not bad. But, I went with the Szabo I already have an original Starmate.
I can understand the OPs question. I do agree that the OPs tone made it sound more like a criticism than a question. There have been times where i have also asked why is a price XYZ for a knife. For me i usually ask it more along the lines of if there is a feature about it that i am missing. It is a very difficult question to ask and word properly to not offend.
Lets all not forget that there was plenty of clamoring from us for Spyderco over the years to rerelease the Starmate, so much so that Sal felt compelled to do so and even produce what was an American knife overseas,with all new tooling etc. just to make us happy. That shows me the extra effort theyve made just to make the new Stamate a reality as we all know that Golden is swamped. Yeah theres vg10/g10 knives out there for less, but its just not that simple.
Thanks Spyderco for bringing back the Starmate. I hope it is successful enough for sprint runs in the future.
As for not making enough money, I'm a logical person. I own a lot of folders already, I need to be able to rationalize, and justify the expense. It would be different if I didn't own so many knives....Even if I had a million dollars, I would still be acting the same way.
HAH. I can tell you one thing; I will be buying the Brad Southard Spyderco, without hesitation.
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"I doubt seriously, very seriously you'd have it if you'd had to pay for it!"
I collect a lot of different knives, but especially two makers, one Terzuola and the other Boye. I have cutom and production knives from both makers. The most recent spyderco I bought (6 months ago) was the BobT SlipIt. With spyderco I usually wait until (a) I can handle the knife to see how it "fits me" and (b) the price bottoms out. I waited so long to buy the BobT because I really wanted to see how good the lock was before I bought it. It took awhile before I got to see one in person. With Bob's designs, I know the ergonomics will be good. If I had seen one earlier, I would have bought it earlier.
Jill, so, no doubt, I would have purchased one.
Last edited by brownshoe; 11-02-2012 at 12:29 PM.
thanx for your input. Our prices are based on our costs and are pretty consistent. The Yen is stronger than the dollar and this maker is expensive.
I only ask because I am legitimately curious as to how manufacturers balance production quality and output speed with price point and the feel good factor "made in the USA" generates?
Sal also had some specific details on why the Starmate is being made in Japan rather than the US in one of these Starmate threads. I can't remember precisely what was said, but I'm sure you could find it searching.
I believe he said was production capabilites + cost + quality + timing. Seki knives are very nice.
I want a Starmate but at the price for me I'm going to get a sore backside sitting on the fence between the Starmate and a Gayle Bradley while the weight of a second hand Vallotton is pushing me down
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