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Breaking Brand Loyalty

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BlakeHirschmugl, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. ATJ999

    ATJ999 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Exactly! I am always looking at other companies. I do have companies/makers I like, and will buy from regularly, but they don't solely get my business, not by a long shot.
  2. BlakeHirschmugl

    BlakeHirschmugl One More Knife Dealer / Materials Provider

    Aug 15, 2017
    I should clarify. I was never a crazy brand loyal "fanboy" toward CRKT. I just always leaned toward buying their knives based on look. I was willing to buy from other brands, but just always kept coming back to CRKT.
    To answer your question, for other people, yes, I think sometimes it can border on being "unwilling" to try new things. Hopefully those people can break free of that insecurity.

    I didn't know that actually! That's cool. It seems that a lot of knife & tool manufacturers are out of Oregon.
  3. michaelm466


    Mar 5, 2009
    +1 I like to try at least one of as many companies as I can, that have good reviews and designs I like, if I end up not liking it I'll sell it and try another model sometimes, if I do I may end up with more from that company, if I really like it I'll collect multiple versions of the same knife (PM2, buck marksman, BM 710, ect)
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  4. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    I used to be a die hard Wenger guy. Then at last I tried a Victorinox. It really broadened my horizons.
  5. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    Blasphemy! :eek:
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  6. Beansandcarrots

    Beansandcarrots Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    I am certainly brand loyal in that if I am itching for a new, relatively expensive folder, I know that buying from ZT is a strong gamble, so they will get a good look. But I am first and foremost self loyal, if you will. So if the purchase has let me down, I have less chance of making another from said company
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  7. sabre cat

    sabre cat

    Jul 4, 2014
    I own both and have found that Victorinox seems to have a little better quality control. Of course, now that Vic owns Wenger...
  8. 22-rimfire


    Nov 20, 2005
    Have to say that's really funny and a huge step into the world of knives. ;)

    If you always buy one brand of knives, I wouldn't consider a person a knife knut (not you HB) and that includes buying Chinese made knives.
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  9. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    CRKT is a company that works with many designers to come up with all different types of awesomely designed knives. Unfortunately CRKT completely squanders this by taking those awesome designs and producing them poorly. Take a look at the CRKT Sebenza to see one of the worst examples of a wicked design ruined by CRKT. And yes, you read that right, CRKT Sebenza!

    Don't get me wrong you they have a few awesome models, but these are often WAY expensive for what you get.
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  10. BlakeHirschmugl

    BlakeHirschmugl One More Knife Dealer / Materials Provider

    Aug 15, 2017
    Unfortunately, it's true.
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  11. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    There's nothing wrong with brand loyalty. When customers feel confident in the support and quality of a product they'll continue their support and this will keep the brand in business and increase the depth of their catalog. Companies that go that extra mile for their customers deserve our support.

    Now when loyalty ceases to be mutual the problems start.
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  12. josh yu

    josh yu Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2017
    it probably doesn't help that you just got one of the best ZTs out there (my personal favorite). holding that knife makes you feel alive
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  13. josh yu

    josh yu Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2017
    ah, the legendary plastic frame lock
  14. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    As long as brand loyalty doesn't become rabid blind fanboyism there ain't nuthin' wrong with it. Many people develop loyalty to all types of brands in all different markets. A favourite car company, a favourite dish soap, Burger King but not Mc.Dicks, Cocacola but never Pepsi.

    Why is Coke better than Pepsi, and yet 7up better than Sprite. Pepsi owns 7up
  15. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    used to think mountain dew was better than mellow yellow. not so much anymore. like 'em the same now. less picky i guess...still only drink coke.
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  16. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    I used to be about Mello Yello and C'Plus+ hardcore when I was a kid. Jewish mother did not want me drinking caffeine.
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  17. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 17, 2014
    Fellow Oregonian here. Actually ZT is just down in Tualatin and everything they make is manufactured right there, in our state. So you're still all good on the regional loyalty. I'm kinda the same way. I enjoy my ZT's, Benchmades, and Leathermans just a bit more knowing that they are each made within about a 15 minute drive from my house.
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  18. Dair

    Dair Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 14, 2017
    So many nights i've spent starring at Spydercos and ZT's, but i just stick to my Rat Model 1.
    I've heard waaaaay too many horror stories to try something else haha

    Rat 1 has never failed me and at it's price point i wouldn't be bothered if it did.
    (all it's ever used for is opening mail and packages anyway)

    In regards to fixed blades though, there's broken loyalty to my beloved ESEE's,
    but when it comes to price point/practicality i find myself a lot more comfortable with them.
  19. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    Suspicious. -_-

    My Marksman and 710 are "keepers" and I have more than one PM2.
  20. GatorMedic

    GatorMedic Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    I will buy whatever I like regardless of brand.

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