Um I don't see where in your first post you asked for knife suggestions. Just:
Will this be allowed in the US?
Seems like folks are responding to that.
But, Ye Ole spyderco ladybug among others are handy and affordable in case they do get swiped
Been collecting mostly Harsey custom and production work for years now. Managed to pick up Harsey made Applegate-Fairbairn Smatchet 001 a couple of years ago. The rest of the collection is fairly random and many get used, but smatchet no 1 and the Harsey made prototype for the CRK Neil Roberts...
It's never been stated outright that I've seen. I do know that the PVD coating Spartan uses isn't cheap and they're a much newer and smaller shop. Might be a bit of economy of scale or some differences in production processes that add to spartan's cost. Could also just be price structure.
Lots of fake Reeves out there. They have a counterfeit page on their website. I think fakes can also be reported to AKTI. Probably too many Chinese knockoff shops to fight them all and I'm sure they can shutdown and rename to get back in business.
They may be a bit lax on their fixed blades cosmetics, I've seen that one some I own. The folders I find have a bit better fit and finish. The grind lines and such aren't something I would be concerned about for function, but I understand wanting better for the prices. They're still a pretty...
Based on my experience Darrel hasn't made the knives even "customs" for a while. Ordered 1 in 07 that came out wrong but good quality. Tried to replace it a few years back and I believe it was made and shipped without so much as an inspection by him to notice the blade was extended beyond the...
Second this, Mark and Curtis will get you squared away, call the shop. They like to know of issues so they can try to prevent them in the future. Sending it back to dealer may or may not get the info to them. Same applies to Reeve.
Tim has already stated they'll switch to s45vn once they finish their current blade stock. And any steel they use will be US produced. They were advised against CPM 20CV/M390 for the properties they value in a folder blade.