bobert said:Nope, not me. I'm still waiting for the two that I paid him for in September of 2004!
Keith Montgomery said:Why do knives sometimes get delivered to some customers before other customers that ordered and paid for their knives long before?
Keith Montgomery said:I would demand a refund and to heck with how much I wanted the knife. That knife would always leave a bad taste in my mouth, so I wouldn't want it anyway.
Cougar Allen said:Most knifemakers make knives in batches. That's the only practical way to do it. If you made knives one at a time from raw materials to finished knife before starting on the next knife, that would be so inefficient production would be a great deal slower -- and you would spend a lot of time twiddling your thumbs waiting for the current knife to get back from heat treatment. Each batch has to be the same design, or at least similar, so orders have to wait until there are enough orders for a particular design to make a reasonable size batch.
Whether a knifemaker should accept payment for a knife before it's finished is another question.
SIFU1A said:"never pay up front for a custom knife, other than a small portion (maybe 10% or so) if special materials are needed, or its some kind of weird 1 off custom design that he'd never be able to sell except to you." never pay 100%, never.
most, if not all legit smiths do not require a deposit anyway.
dale does have a good rep AFAIK, hope it works out ok for ya.
bobert said:You know, I hear people say that all the time, and I suppose they're right, but I just don't live my life like that. I ordered the knives, he wanted to be paid in full, and I trusted him enough to pay him. I know a few people that know him and speak highly off him, so paying upfront is no biggie to me. I still have never once had any worries about him ripping me off or anything like that. Life happens, and for whatever reason, I got stuck in the back corner with a few others.
I got an email from Dale today. He says he will have my knives finished and in my hands within a week.