Lead Time for Koster Orders - Your Experience?

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  1. superfluities

    superfluities Moderator Moderator

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    Jun 29, 2008
    unlike the E-link Earl GPS/Kindle-(I want one too) the Bushcraft -you will get- and it will still be totally up to date and functional.
     
  2. Agr3

    Agr3

    10
    Nov 30, 2015
    Koster is a great knif maker
     
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  3. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Yes. Whatever I send out is the latest and greatest version but kept at the original pricing when ordered. I wouldn't have it any other way.
     
  4. finnhunt

    finnhunt

    12
    Feb 3, 2010
    Dan,

    Like said in many threads, you are VERY GOOD knifemaker and the anticipation is so huge towards your knives. That is also the reason for critisism - it is so painful to wait for the knives which are nearly done. So close and so far away!

    I wish that your karma will have mercy and will not cause any unpredictable delays.

    All the best,
    Finnhunt
     
  5. Norse Steel

    Norse Steel

    47
    Oct 19, 2011
    Daniel,

    I just sent you an email about the EDC that I had on order. It was number 27 and paid in full and you said that you would sell my spot on the list and refund my payment. It looks like my spot on the list is sold.
     
  6. RicFlair

    RicFlair

    391
    Oct 1, 2014
    I ordered & deposited on a WSS back in November of 2014. I thought there was a "list" you could check your order on? I can't find that and I am not on Facebook. Heck, I don't even know what my order number is. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

    I have a week long back country camping trip coming up in a month. I know I am dreaming and it ain't happening, but I would sure love to have my first Koster for my annual adventure trip. But reading these posts makes me think, I might not have it until the 2018 trip! :eek:

    I am not the kinda person who is rude publically about custom builds being slow. In all fairness his website & threads pretty much so leads one to understand it is a slow, one man process. I just wish there was a easier way to check or maybe get some updates. Even if it is "I haven't even started on yours yet". lol
     
  7. Ranger78

    Ranger78

    24
    Nov 8, 2013
    Here is the list RicFlair, not that it will help speed things up. I'm at almost 3 years now when he said it would be ready a year ago.
    http://kosterknives.com/WSS2014.htm
     
  8. Coresong

    Coresong

    1
    Mar 29, 2016
    I am still trying to confirm my order of about 16 months ago ever even got on one of his lists. I know he got my deposit and exchanged email confirming it at the time, but my name never got onto the Bushmaster list ( I sense the published list is way older than my order). I left it for over a year and just a couple weeks ago sent an email to check if my name is even on a list, no demands, just wanted to confirm that my order just exists somewhere . . . no response . . .

    ... I realize the art of knifemaking does not necessarily translate into artful customer service, but i keep seeing what appears to be a steady stream of knives to the mass trade, so we know knives are being made . . . just not those that paid deposits a year and a half or more ago? Just knowledge that there is an accurate production list somewhere (one more updated that the years old ones that are available via published links), and not just a void would be appreciated . . .
     
  9. Fancier

    Fancier

    Jul 1, 2012
    In my experience you will eventually get the knife you ordered, but you'll get it when you get it and not when you think you ought to get it.
    The distributors seem to be dealing with the same situation, and as far as I can tell they wait years to receive their knives as well.
     
  10. cmroberts1

    cmroberts1

    640
    Mar 4, 2014
    Don't hold your breath. Knivesshipfree just recently dropped them off their site due to extremely slow or no delivery at all. It's sad to have a great product, but no business behind it.

    I am currently at two years waiting for a MUCK with a deposit made of $85.00. No updates or email responses. One of the worst dealings I have ever experienced it knife world.

    I would find another maker to have a knife made. Too many choices to be jerked around by this one.

    Martin.
     
  11. okbohn

    okbohn

    May 26, 2006
    We have a few Kosters in stock--a few Mucks. https://www.knivesshipfree.com/koster-knives/

    I am good with Dan. Dan has trouble keeping any sort of time commitment, but his knives are really great.

    We just couldn't work with his unpredictable delivery.
     
  12. augostos

    augostos

    363
    Sep 15, 2011
    How or where you put an order for Koster knife? Thanks!
     
  13. Fancier

    Fancier

    Jul 1, 2012
    I don't think that Dan is taking orders. You might find some of his knives for sale at dealers. (See above.)
     
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  14. redemption144

    redemption144

    25
    Nov 28, 2009
    I placed an order for a bushmaster in August 2012. I still haven't received it. 2 years ago, he said that my knife was about ready to be glued and he needed the full amount to be paid. It would just be a couple of days before my knife would ship.... I did pay the amount and I am still waiting.
    What really bothers me is the lack of response to any communication. I religiously send him an email every quarter for the last 3 years, asking for an update, and NEVER get an answer. It has become a running joke with my wife now.
    Shame because that bushmaster knife is really nice! I ended up buying one off Knifeshipfree....
     
  15. knife chop

    knife chop

    816
    Feb 11, 2014
    I'm not sure why Dan isn't banned yet.....this is so ridiculous.
     
  16. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    I've not been waiting as long as some, but it's been over two years since I made a deposit. Find the lack of communication a little frustrating.
     
  17. delphidoc

    delphidoc

    86
    Sep 2, 2013
    There's a bunch of Bushmasters for sale on DLT Trading as of today (Friday). Sure wish I had my Bushcraft- been on the waiting list since 9-1-2014.
     
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  18. ElCabre

    ElCabre

    125
    Dec 20, 2011
    I ordered the K-Tusk from Dan , I believe I might have had the last one , it was worth the wait , luck was on my side . Thanks Dan !
     
  19. delphidoc

    delphidoc

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    Sep 2, 2013
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  20. nwbackpacker

    nwbackpacker

    9
    Jan 22, 2014

    What!:mad: I've been waiting since Feb 2016 and now he's ignoring my emails. I sent 3 very polite, spaced out months apart with all my order info, and they were ignored. I just wanted to see if I'm in the books as I don't see my order on his 2012 bushcraft list(though the URL has 2012 in it so maybe it's old).

    It's straight up fraud. You can't just take orders and payments without delivering. It sounds like this has happened multiple times so I just wanted to chime in so others can avoid being bilked for hundreds of dollars. :mad:
     
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