This is the third knife in a series that I made to sell in a truck stop. Blade is 3" forged 1084 wit a mild etch finish bolster is Pewter spacer is Sycamore with a very small Sambar Stag crown stick. Tell me what you think. Gib P.S. pic could be better
Gib, Just out of curiosity, do you type up some kind of certificate or whatever that's on display with the knife such that someone would feel the connection to the knifemaker and custom knives and hopefully get that warm and fuzzy identification that may tip a sale?
Fitzo, No I haven't done that, maybe that would help but usually the buyers won't by a knife that small for over $100. On these I am trying to see if that market will support these prices. I rely don't know if these Guys know what warm and fuzzy means. Also I have refused to try and build knives as cheep as possible it just don't work. Gib
That looks like a $200 knife to me. Keep this up Gib, and you're going to have to make a smaller touchmark! I think this my favorite so far, keep em coming. By the way, having "paper" with the knife does seem to make it more handmade somehow. I've had good luck with that, people do like it.
I like the idea of some kind of certificate also. I sell all my knives and letter openers with a certificate. I have my own printer and the certificates are just plain but the feed back I get from the gallery is good, most people like them.
It may not appeal to everybody. If you are selling in a truck stop you may like to consider makeing the blade either of Harley Davidson chain Damascus or spring steel from the Mac Truck. I know a lot of makers think that is a sin to use second hand steel and I agree unless you are using it as a selling point.
If I drove a mac or was a fan of them I personally would rather the spring.
That is where the Certificate comes into play. I even have people bring me old bolts they find in the gold fields to have made into souvenirs.