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Paulo Balzano

Discussion in 'FEEDBACK: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!' started by Heineken, May 16, 2017.

  1. Heineken


    Mar 23, 2012
  2. Jordan@DLT

    [email protected] Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Jul 22, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2017
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  3. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    i know nothing about maker or setup but yeah........high risk it seems.........
  4. Jordan@DLT

    [email protected] Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Jul 22, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2017
  5. looseyfur


    Aug 4, 2006
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  6. Jordan@DLT

    [email protected] Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Jul 22, 2014
  7. JohnWE


    Dec 7, 2013
    With a loaded semi-automatic pistol...
  8. brancron

    brancron Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Balzano's lack of communication is pretty astounding given (1) the huge delays in that Kickstarter project, (2) the (merited) reactions of the participants to those delays (just look at the "comments" section of the Kickstarter page), and (3) Balzano's past history in the knife community (which I won't get in to).

    Regarding the Mars knife project in particular, there have been accusations (both on the Kickstarter page and on Instagram) that the material for the knives hasn't even been purchased yet, and that the photos on the Kickstarter page are for the most part photoshopped (only one actual knife having been made, presumably the prototype). Balzano is also accused of having done absolutely nothing to refute these claims, either by sharing photos of the progress or sufficiently explaining the reasons for his delays.

    All in all, it looks very fishy to me.
  9. Heineken


    Mar 23, 2012
    Has anyone that ordered the MARS folder from kickstarter received a refund or folder?
  10. JohnWE


    Dec 7, 2013
    Reading his updates and his would-be customers comments on Kickstarter and its as if he's writing a textbook on how to run a scam...

    Mulder put it best "I want to believe..."
  11. braillediver

    braillediver Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Seems it's not the first scam he's ran either.

    There's no knives and there's no chance they'll ever be delivered.
  12. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Any time we see kick starter or whatever new funding campaigns come up the community should turn its back. There is no recourse for these things. You get no refund. Don't buy things that don't exist from people with a poor reputation through a quasi ponzie scheme. It is that simple.
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  13. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    Sounds like a fine way to throw perfectly good money away.
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  14. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    They've already given this fool almost 30K, amazing how many people just want nothing to do with their money.
  15. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    We hold these truths to be self evident. It's like "don't pee into the wind".

    But damned if folks don't line up to do it every time.
  16. Drew Riley

    Drew Riley AR Custom Knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2007
    Been following P.B. on Instagram for a while. Looks like he's in the middle of moving into a new shop.
  17. Popsickle


    Jul 25, 2010
    Dude is a scam artist..... stay far far away. Not his first....
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  18. JJHollowman

    JJHollowman Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 16, 2016
    Seems a lot of these "got your money, now you can wait" makers are always "moving in to a new shop". I'd say that's probably the #3 top excuse on why knives aren't being shipped to buyers. Also up there, probably at #2 is the death of a family member. (We could the subcategory "Grandma", because it's her a lot.) Topping the list at #1 is "Health problems". Life happens, I guess, and of the thousands of great makers out there, a certain percentage can be assumed to have these common problems at any given time, but when the saga is past the year mark or so, and happens repeatedly, it becomes obvious that one is getting the proverbial shaft.
    That's not good, but we as a community could make it better, and this is what I propose: When one of these guys pulls this kind of thing, we could form a pool of the classic excuses and a few not so common ones. Almost an excuse bingo, except for it to be fair, it would have to be a blind number drawing, with the trustee of the game making a random chart. "Grandma died, too anguished to make knives", for example, could be blindly picked at random to be "excuse 142". The bet could be a standard, set rate, of $5, or $10, or it could be specifically adjusted to reflect the loss. As to the winner: If it was a 50-50.. the winning number gets 50%, the poor schlub who lost the knife/money gets 50%. In the case of multiple people getting shafted, this could be adjusted as well. Just a thought. Almost like "anti-shafted" insurance, but a game. Naturally, this would be one per actual shaftee, to discourage people using this for free windfalls. Or, rather than money, the prize could be a knife. Maybe not the one that was promised from the now-unreachable maker, but something nice, with the winner of the excuse pool getting cash.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2017
  19. Ratman79


    Jan 5, 2016
    Give me a break. Why are people so eager to throw away their money on obvious nonsense?

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