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larry chew

Discussion in 'Hall of Shame' started by toby7026, May 14, 2010.

  1. toby7026

    toby7026

    55
    Nov 15, 2008
    like a lot of other makers here Larry chew has been putting me off for years, he took my money and promised me a knife, within a few months , I know he had some issues during this time, his wife left him, he had a motorcycle accident and a operation, that took him out of the game for a while, but that was MANY MANY MANY years ago, and I still have no knife this guy is a POS buyer beware. This guy owe's my 650.00 or a tricked out knife, I realize to some $650.00 doesnt sound like a lot of money, but this is in 1999 dollars.

    ohhh forgot to tell ya. when he does return my e-mails (maybe 1 out of 25) he always tells me he has mine almost done, and i'm next. but then another year passes and NO KNIFE. At this point i think IF I EVER SEE HIM AT A SHOW WITH KNIVES ON HIS TABLE I'M JUST GOING TO TAKE WHATEVER I WANT.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  2. toby7026

    toby7026

    55
    Nov 15, 2008
    Am i the only one who has had a problem with this POS
     
  3. Larry A

    Larry A

    67
    Jul 1, 1999
    No...he owes me too and I feel your pain. Amazing how he can still sell to dealers. Mine goes back ALOT longer than yours, i've pretty much given up. But your idea of taking what you want if he is ever at at a show....I kind of did that at a show in Dallas, actually another knifemaker friend of mine "helped" me with my "acquiring" a knife. He still owes me at least one more and I've been promised the same as you, "Im next".:jerkit:
     
  4. LorenzoL

    LorenzoL

    Mar 9, 2009
    It is indeed amazing that dealers still do business with him. I was tempted by one of his knives recently, but knowing his background I passed. BTW, that knife is still on the dealer's site, so I mustn't be the only one boycotting him...
     
  5. ohen cepel

    ohen cepel Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Stuff like this is what has sadly soured me to custom makers.

    One year a guy is all over the magazines and his stuff is selling crazy, then if he flakes out you're screwed if you had money down or bought his stuff.

    I know it's not common, but common enough for me to back away.
     
  6. LorenzoL

    LorenzoL

    Mar 9, 2009
    Luckily guys like him or Brad Duncan are the exception and not the rule. Unfortunately they give the rest of the industry a bad image.
    As a rule, I do not pay in advance for a custom knife, I did once and it took three times longer than I was initially promised.
     
  7. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    I stopped puttin' any stock in the magazines, they're nothin' more than paid advertisements anymore, probably the only paper I read at all is Knife World, at least it's worthy of bein' read. :)
     
  8. SteelSnob

    SteelSnob

    Sep 7, 2009
    I won't be buying any of his knives after hearing this.
     
  9. toby7026

    toby7026

    55
    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm truly sorry for you all, But at the same time i'm glad to see that i'm NOT the only one in this boat
     
  10. toby7026

    toby7026

    55
    Nov 15, 2008
    anyone else have anything to say about LARRY CHEW
     
  11. aj1985

    aj1985

    Nov 3, 2005
    I like the going to the show and picking up a folder idea. Just run before the Police/security get there. :p

    aj
     
  12. geegee

    geegee Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 26, 2002
    You may be the most patient one in the boat. Eleven years? Good grief. :grumpy:
     
  13. TerryL

    TerryL

    103
    Dec 28, 1999
    I bought one of his knives about 8 years ago. I had a real problem taking possession of it too. I remember it took like 5 months, I started really pressuring him to finish it up. He said he sent it to me and FedEx lost it. Then it took another 2 months to send another one. the BS meter was pegged out.
    The knife he made for me wasnt really all that great either. The liner lock was way sticky, the auto button was too high and it would go off in my pocket. I stabbed my self in the groin once.
    I just sold last weekend at the Blade Show. Good riddance.
     
  14. LorenzoL

    LorenzoL

    Mar 9, 2009
    Any updates on this? I see a lot of his knives hitting dealers' sites and was wondering if he still owes some of his customers money/knives...
     
  15. toby7026

    toby7026

    55
    Nov 15, 2008
    LARRY CHEW is a NO GOOD TWO-BIT THEIF

    still owe's me a knife or cash refund, and does not reply to any e-mails or phone call's,
    i see that Les at RCC, seems to have NEW chews coming in all the time.
    besides LCC who else is he selling to? what sites are you guy's seeing his work pop up at, i'm going to write them all ?l
    THIS GUY IS A REAL PEICE OF TRASH, STAY CLEAR OF HIM AT ALL COST, IF ANYONE HAS A GOOD PHONE NUMBER FOR HIM PLEASE POST IT, ALL I GET IS A MACHINE
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  16. This is a classic example of why I never pay in advance for a knife. Never ever.
     
  17. toby7026

    toby7026

    55
    Nov 15, 2008
    Although I don't have much of an Internet presence, I have been collecting Knives for over 30 yr's and have never had this problem with anyone before. I have in the PAST Prepaid for knives from some very big names in CUSTOM FOLDERS, without any issue,
    Don't allow this jerk off to ruin you from ordering knives
     
  18. toby7026

    toby7026

    55
    Nov 15, 2008
    I have looked around the best i can and i see alot of people with problems with Larry chew
     
  19. BustaCrook

    BustaCrook

    92
    Mar 10, 2009
    "Lifting" a knife from his table may pose some problems for ya. However, to accidentally drop one of them point down on his foot probably won't. If it was my 650 bucks, I wouldn't care where he lived or what it cost me to get there to collect. Principles are important.
     
  20. toby7026

    toby7026

    55
    Nov 15, 2008
    No word from this A-hole anyone know of any shows he goes to?
     

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