China & Tariffs

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Sal Glesser, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    I would have to vote to stop having models made in China. Move production to the US.
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  2. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    I don’t get this why are people obsessed with disassembly for “cleaning”. It’s weird. I’ve used the same knives for years and have never needed to take them apart, I completely understand why spyderco voids warranties for that.
    Like said just rinse and lube is all that’s needed
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  3. John_0917

    John_0917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    Yea I never disassemble unless I absolutely have to, recentering and the fear of having extra pieces left over!
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  4. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    Passing on any additional costs puts pricing almost in line with US so why not ditch China and massively expand American production?
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  5. scottyj


    Jan 29, 2009
    I don't buy your Chinese made knives.
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  6. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    I would gladly pay more for us made way before I would Chinese made!
  7. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    Same here.
  8. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Maybe the profit margins are different between China made spydercos and USA made spydercos? idk.
  9. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2013
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  10. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Hi Sal,
    As far as I can tell this won't effect my knife buying. I haven't bought any of the Byrd knives.
    As far as the Seki City or Taiwan knives I will pay what I have to pay to get those. They are so good, in my expeience, I simply must have them.
    Not saying the Golden knives aren't lovely as well; I was showing off my Para2 in M4 to a budding young knife nut to be. HAHAHAHA corrupted another one.
    He thought the photo of Josh's hair whittling was photo shopped until I let him try my knife on his finger nail . . .
    first he was horrified and then later he said he could see how he could really get hooked on this whole knife thing.

    Keep the sculpted handles coming / CNC etc.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018
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  11. DanH45


    Feb 12, 2015
    I strongly try to avoid purchasing anything made in China. I also give preference to companies who do not manufacture in China.
  12. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    None of this matters much to me as I also do not buy knives made in China.
  13. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2000
    If you are here posting as a member of BF, you are much more discerning about your knives than the average Joe who is looking at a knife in the display case at a local sporting goods store who does not want to spend much, he just wants something that will cut.
    Spyderco, Benchmade, Gerber, Kershaw all have low price knives made overseas for the customers who are looking for that price level knife.
  14. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    Which benchmade are made in China now? Everything is US. Kershaw is even shifting to US production. Sorry but that matters to a large chunk of customers.

    Heck Buck has about 10 offerings US made in better steel than the China spydies and at a lower cost.

    Look I'm a Spyderco fan and always will be and I'm sincere that I wish Sal and co nothing but success. However the China spydies have serious competition out there and have for a while.

    A 25 percent tariff was intended to pressure companies to invest domestically so now the metric is in the favor of those that lead.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
  15. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2000
    Sorry, you are correct on knives labeled Benchmade. I was looking at my HK knives made for HK by Benchmade. The one that shipped with my HKP30 was made in China.
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  16. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    Somewhat true but I am old enough to remember the days when you had the Case men,Buck men,Old Timer men,and the Imperial-Parker-Frost men. Even with guys without much cash mostly went with Case. You did have the BF type ones even then that I remember talking about John Premble,Puma,Hen and Rooster and the like that you didn't see that much of.
    Most of us 10 year olds had a nice collection of Parker Frost that I would pick up new at flea markets for 5.00 each. Got to admit that I would love to have that collection back. At the time you hardly ever saw an adult buying using these.
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  17. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    I don't mind knives made in China, just don't open a factory in Canada!
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  18. Easyrider


    Jan 31, 2000
    I do not buy your made in China knives right now so it doesn’t really affect my buying habits. I prefer to buy American made products to include knives but I have several of the Seki City made Spydercos because the design and quality is superb on those products. My current EDC I’d a G10 Dragonfly that I am very happy with. It is so good I may pass on a Lil’ Native.
  19. Yonose


    Jul 10, 2017
    I wish I had some sagely advice re: your relationship with Chinese manufacturers. I can say that “investing more[in china]” sounds like the act of becoming another Chinese vassal corporation.
    I also don’t know whether American steel foundries are capable of fulfilling the supply needs of strategic us interests while having enough left over for knife junkies. Taiwan is for the moment an independent country(though not formally recognized as such by the Americans in the UN. Once China takes Taiwan there will follow another Cold War between US and allies such as Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, and Russia. Doing business with Japan, Germany, Italy, even UK as knife manufacturers would not lower the price but may find some interesting products and some rather sharp debate.
  20. arty


    Oct 18, 2003
    Tariffs are taxes that are levied on manufacturers. They are inflationary and eventually force higher prices for the goods, so they wind up being a tax on consumers - us.
    The steel tariffs on imports have driven up prices on domestic steel production, and any further tariffs will drive up prices much more.
    They certainly have an effect on me. I have put off purchases and think carefully about how I spend my money. If I had unlimited dough, I might not do this.
    Tariffs are a real problem and are having a very negative effect on the stock markets. They are forcing the Fed to raise interest rates, and this is further depressing disposable income for many. The issue isn’t make it here or China, it is how Spyderco and other manufacturers deal with the problem created by the tariffs.

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