Are spyderco knives overpriced?

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Penetration, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. Penetration


    Feb 12, 2014
    That discussion has long been forgotten I understand why it's expensive. I'm not sure if you got offended by that since you decided to bring it up after clearly I've gotten plenty of answers I need from multiple people but I see where your going with this
    PS. It was just an example
  2. BenchCo Spydermade

    BenchCo Spydermade

    Feb 10, 2014
    Lol. No offense taken. Sorry if it sounded that way. Yeah, I saw after I posted the horse was already beaten to death. My bad on not reading all posts b4 commenting. It definitely is also hard to question anything spyderco as their followers can be cult like in their allegiance including me. At the end o the day, Sal good.
  3. cchu518

    cchu518 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    I make full exceptions with Spydercos, if I happen to want one I will do my best to get it no matter the price. I personally believe they are that good. Solid steel and the best designed ergos of any knife manufacturer on the market.
  4. ericvar101


    Feb 24, 2012
    when you ask what something is worth, the question is...what's it worth to you? Value is in the eye of the beholder.

    When enough people feel something is worth them spending their money on it, it allows a retailer to be successful selling them for that price and therefore determines its market value.

    The market says they are worth what the cost.
  5. 78LilRed


    Dec 6, 2005
    I agree 100%
  6. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Doesn't really matter how much they cost.
    If they cost less I'd just have more of them and vice versa.
  7. cchu518

    cchu518 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    I almost pulled the trigger on one from the bay last weekend. It went for under $115 for a user. The only thing that stopped me was that I like the leaf blade and regular sabre grinds much better than their modified drop points. The handle on it is ukpk/caly shaped which I love.
  8. Kryptoglow


    Jan 8, 2011
    Ignorantly, I just lost my week old dragonfly 2 (it was orange if anyone's seen it:)) $55 down the drain. Will I get another? Yep

    I must admit it feels a little high for plastic and a little VG-10 blade but dang it it was so edc'able and was razor sharp and such a user friendly design and :sorrow:
  9. FTR-14c


    Jul 24, 2011
    There are a few that strike me with odd prices such as the Starmate.
    VG10 steel with a G-10 handle for around $170
    It just doesn't add up when you can get a Gayle Bradly for a lot less... say around $140
  10. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Yup, the Starmate is priced high but at least Bob Terzuola is still on board collaborating on some nice knives. :thumbup:
  11. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    I think all manufacturers have some overpriced knives, but the question is do you want it bad enough to pay said price then it might not be overpriced because of the personal worth it has to you. Is a spyderco military worth around $150 when a manix 2 xl is roughly around $30 cheaper but with very similar size and materials? No, I dont think so but the millie is well worth that $150 to me so I dont mind and most spydies offer alot of value anyways. Thats the way I see it:D
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2014
  12. uofaengr


    Jan 9, 2014
    Good post.
  13. softrockrenegade


    May 27, 2009

    It makes lots of sense. The starmate is made in Japan and the GB is made in Taiwan. Even though the Taichung knives are made well it's a no brainier to me why the starmate costs more (cough... fair labor rate cough...)
  14. FTR-14c


    Jul 24, 2011
    I hear ya... but even the Military, made in the US, with better steel is priced lower.
  15. Screwdriver


    Feb 27, 2010
    I personally do not feel they are overpriced. I think Sal and Eric give you great value and the ability to argue endlessly about how much cardboard or rope you can cut with your super steel.
  16. BITEME

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    Yes ,I would say a few of them have been lately.
  17. JulianHayes


    Mar 17, 2012
    I could go into the materials, area of manufacture quality etc.. but that has been discussed. I can say I have never bought a spyderco and felt that I overpaid. I have often felt like I have gotten good value. As a disclaimer, I don't own any sprint runs and my most expensive is probably the sage 2 that I carry and love every day. That said, I would love a sprint run and doubt that I would have a problem paying 200 for a dodo with orange g10 or 250 plus for a damascus and bone delica or endura. I guess I can only say I have never sold any of my spyderco's and when a good friend asks what they should get for an edc I often recommend a delica.. great knives worth every penny to me.
  18. PayneTrain


    Oct 24, 2013
    Let me begin by saying that I am an extreme value shopper. I spend as little as possible for the best and longest lasting products that I can find, and I do pretty exhaustive research before buying just about anything. That being said, I think most, if not all, models are very reasonably priced. Great materials and designs aside, the added piece of mind of the company's reputation for workmanship (from any factory) and customer service is definitely worth an extra buck or two if you even perceive that to be the case.

    Though I will add that I haven't quite figured out the reasoning behind the MSRP. It reminds me of things like skis and other seasonal gear, where the MSRP is totally inflated and except for a small period of prime time during the year, you'll never have to pay that much. I can understand the mechanics behind that, but knives aren't seasonal and their prices hardly fluctuate at all. I've never noticed a peak season where knife prices are jacked up to MSRP. I remember learning a term for this kind of marketing in one of my psychology classes in college, but I can't remember it. Why knife companies do it is beyond me, and especially Spyderco. They seem to have one of the largest discrepancies between MSRP and average actual price, though that may be the key right there. It may be a hint to their popularity. If they didn't sell so well, retailers would have to charge much closer to MSRP to make up for lack of volume. But anyway...

    But then there's resale value. Ok, I've ranted long enough already, but when people are asking more for a standard PM2 second hand (NIB or not, it's second hand) than most retailers are asking, shipping included...come on. And then there are the sprints and exclusives. No thanks, I'll wait till the next round. No offense to collectors, of course. I'm just a user.
  19. rycen

    rycen Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

    Aug 22, 2002
    Collaboration models are always going to be priced higher than an equivalent
  20. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    Agree with some of the above posts. While some of the models seem high priced by Spyderco s high value standards, many outstanding values are found in their lineup. Overall, I consider Spyderco the best value for money production knife company, bar none. Some of their high level knives I consider comparable to knives much more expensive, regardless of tolerances. If they hold the line with their pricing, I predict their market share will increase.

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