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Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by 954Ink, Jun 6, 2020.
Does anyone know if or when the custom shop will open back up?
Bossman said 5-7 years from October 2015 so we could have a couple more years to wait.
Kinda hope it stays closed until after I can snag Thanksgiving shop credits this year.
It sounds as if the Custom Shop is closed forever to customer requests - see the thread below:
I was looking for the dislike button. That sucks.
So are some people waiting 5 years to get their knife? Or is the custom shop just closed to individuals?
Basically, the current model - Custom Shop releases through Ganzaas and Grab bags - seems to be working well and eliminates the headaches that come with trying to create something that's in someone else's head.
I love the idea of the custom shop but from a business standpoint, it doesn't make sense if you can sell the knives anyway without the back and forth.
I think what a lot of people miss is being able to do handle swaps, add handle liners, a complete reconditioning including recoating/refinishing a knife, and so on.
It won't be anytime soon, I guarantee it! (Jerry, prove me wrong)
(See what I did there.... swine tactics)
This is exactly what I'm looking for, some liners and a recoat. Hopefully it does open again, I wasn't around when it was .
Here's a true Hog for sure!
If nothing else, it would be great if the Custom Shop opened for handles and spa treatments.
I would think that should be do-able...
I don’t know the ins and outs of logistics and fiscal feasibility in the custom/semi-custom knife “industry,” but this suggestion seems doable. One could even have a dedicated craftsman on that. Or two depending on volume. We would have to promise to support this to make it viable, though!
SO, let’s do a proposal thread and each and every one of us can place a theoretical, but pledged, order!
A case of Johnnie Walker Blue and a $1000 dollar order gets Anything Opened Up.
Jerry probably put a pencil to it already and realized the return on investment for material inventory and labor for simple jobs didn't add up. When you're building "Customs" at $100+ per inch you can make a little profit, but just small handle and liner work is Labor intensive for what you need to charge to recoup labor+materials. When the Custom Shop was open it impacted Regular Schedule orders, and Military Contract orders. 2 Weeks is nothing compared to the waiting list of a year.
I assumed the Custom shop did different work separate from regular orders and production knives. Some makers offer limited customisation on preorders etc and they would be considered smaller companies with a couple of months wait time but still make money out of it.
If you were to get down to the dollars and cents of it, production mass volume anything is probably more profitable, but sometimes less profitable services add an unseen value and experience to owning anything. Still love my Busse's but would like this option at some stage.
Preach that. If that works. I'll throw down.
What I think would be cool is if when they're doing the annual shop credits for Black Friday if they had an auction/ganza for say 1 of 10 spots for legit custom shop orders. Buy or bid on a spot and then place an order at the $100 per inch model (or whatever the price today would be). Wouldn't be for everyone since you'd be paying a premium to get a spot + cost of the knife but I'd outbid all you fools for a couple spots to order a couple legit Busse Custom ideas I have floating around in my head. Shoot, I might buy all 10 spots and better luck to you next year!
I agree with most of what you said. Outbid us all- you a rocket doctor? Lol dang ole space lawyer.
Haha, not a rocket doctor but if Busse did something like this I'd spend all the bank's credit like I was!