In your opinion, what's the biggest money rip-off in terms of knife ?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Chapp, May 1, 2019.

  1. GronK

    GronK Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 1, 2001
    What? The G goes to eleven? In that case it's well worth the money!
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  2. scott.livesey


    Nov 10, 2011
    The biggest rip-off is the 'collectible' knife I had to sell for a loss. The best value knife is the one I am saving for and will buy when I have enough money.
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  3. Jason Puckett

    Jason Puckett Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2019
    I personally don't see the value in Medford. That said I've never had the opportunity to handle one. I just don't get what is so much better or nicer about them to warrant the price.
  4. Daedric Panther

    Daedric Panther

    Apr 27, 2019
    There are many things that I see as rip offs, but I’d still like to own. I’d absolutely love to own a custom Medford Praetorian, I certainly wouldn’t mind owning the latest and greatest Hoyt compound bow and I’d love a 2019 Dodge Laramie Longhorn.

    Here’s the thing. My Spyderco does just as good of a job at cutting (if not better) than a Medford. That is the point of a knife right? To cut stuff.

    Another example, my tradesman can haul just as well as a Laramie. Same engine, same transmission. I don’t need heated leather seats or a sun roof in my pickup. Especially not for $20k more.
  5. Jason Puckett

    Jason Puckett Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2019
    Shew, now if you want to talk about rip offs, truck prices are one of the worst. Or the automotive industry as a whole. My Buick that has less than 50k miles on it is in the shop and it's looking like it'll need a full valve replacement. It'll be cheaper to put a new engine in it so I'm probably going to go that route.
  6. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    I mean if your going to put aftermarket work into your knife and sell it later. Don't expect to sell it and get the full cost of the knife and what you put into it for the mods you decided to do.

    Taking a dremel to it, stone washing, ano work, etc.

    I can see some higher end aftermarket scales by a known great maker costing a bit more, but not the full price of the knife and scales together at full price. Maybe on a rare model that is discontinued, then maybe, if the original scales were included.

    Generally regrinds are highly sought after by people who do them well and fairly expensive and often perform better than the OEM design. I can understand the value in this.
  7. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    I am tempted to say CRK because what they deliver isn't worth it to me personally, but I can see where the money goes so I suppose I can't really call their stuff a rip-off.

    To me, Emerson represents the pinnacle of rip-off in the knife world. Their knives shouldn't cost what they do, period. If any other company made an Emerson design, they'd make it better and more affordable than EKI manages to, like we saw with ZT. There are modern designs that beat Emerson at their own game while doing it more affordably, like an EX-01 from Hogue.

    Before you say that people buy them so the price must be there, I'd like to point out that people also buy Heeter knives (another serious contender for this question).
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  8. Silent H

    Silent H Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    I think the confusion is coming from the fact that they might have been talking about the factory customization options and wide range of quality aftermarket parts available for the Griptillian.

    But, yes you're absolutely right, I've seen a lot of cheaper Kershaws, CRKTs, and other brands that someone butchered with a dremel, belt sander, and/or angle grinder that people try to sell at twice retail because it's "customized." Sometimes they make the knives unsafe or just plain unusable and try to sell them. Aftermarket customization should only be done to a knife that you want to keep and use for a long time, not to try and add value to a knife you want to flip.
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  9. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
  10. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    When a knife says "made in China" but yet still costs as much or even more then a Knife made in the USA or somewhere like Japan. If they paid their workers a fair wage it wouldn't be an issue to me, but they don't. Not saying they aren't nice knives.
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  11. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    Ripoff might be a little strong of a word. It just seems a bit too pricey for what it is, the Para 3 LW is the same thing and is marginally heavier, slightly lesser steel for 30$ less, that's the cost of a RAT 1/2. But then again I freely admit I am moderately biased against FRN/LW style knives. ;)
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  12. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Man, I hate to see these posts because I'm torn on whether to buy my first RHK.
    But these posts make me leary. I might just get another 0562 lol.

    Yeah, I too am a huge fan of FRN knives from Spyderco and can't wait to get my Para 3 LW. But, it'll be tough taking that pocket space away from my Bugout.
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  13. While Noryl GTX has a high specific strength, it's still nylon, and has very low stiffness. The propensity to bend makes it feel less substantial than a stiffer material, and hence "cheap" feeling.
  14. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Its said that we knives employees are pretty happy with there positions and pay. I know that's not every company over there but... Yea. They do import materials from the USA and do spend hard work doing hand satin blades. They do make some intricate designs and have good engineers who know how to make a good cnc program for good flippers.

    Generally low batches are going to cost more than a batch of 10,000.

    So yea it's not bs that the prices are the way they are but...

    One things for certain alot of these knives now have map pricing because the vendors like bladehq, knife center etc want to make more on each knife. They've even had these map prices raised. So they are marked up from what they used to be.

    I don't think higher map prices are idea unless they are inspecting the knives before they leave... But they don't. But I can see if they use this extra money for paying for vendor sprint runs. Which do cost alot up front.

    In anycase I can find Kizers from some vendors or direct from China for alot cheaper under map. It's more in line what they are worth. But I'm not interested in there quality etc overall.
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  15. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Yeah. And people quite happily pay a premium for knives that have passed through the hands of Josh of Razor-Edge-Knives, and I would say it's more than worth it. Dude does some amazing work.
  16. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Yea if I'm gonna make it better, sure. For example I have a knife that's pretty beat up. I want to improve it so the next guy gets a good knife. I'll send it to a well know person known for quality like Josh. And get it so it doesn't have all the scratches and snail trails. Though I'm not gonna go crazy and add stupid compound grinds and add toxic earth ano crap all over it and sell it for what I put into it and or more. I'm gonna take a hit on it regardless. It's only fair.
  17. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    If I pay Josh for a regrind and then decide to sell the knife, I would absolutely expect to get more for it than a stock model. Just like I would expect to pay more for a knife that has been reground.
  18. TomKoerts


    Jul 12, 2008
    That is a 50$ raise in 8 years. There is also something called inflation, materials didn’t become cheaper in 8 years too.
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  19. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    I mean if your giving it more performance hell yea. I've seen some pretty bad regrinds from some random modders. If you looked at one of my prior post I said...

  20. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Made in China “high end knives” are way to overpriced.

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