- Jun 9, 2011
hoping they don't decide to start shipping more production overseas.
Bringing in an outsider with a fresh new perspective on business is a great idea as well as creating/maintaining a succession plan for an aging workforce with a strong knowledge base that when they leave the knowledge leaves with it.His resume is badass. It might just be the influence Buck is looking for.
I sure hope they don't move more manufacturing overseas under the new management. I thought they were making great strides in bringing it back to the US and then I see a bunch of brand new China made knives in the 2021 catalog.I guess I'll be the negative Nancy. Please keep in mind I am a huge fan of Buck and want nothing more than for them to suceed.
I gotta be honest, I don't know how to feel about this but I am pretty uneasy. I kind of figured something was up when the BCCI had the huge leadership shuffle (for a while it looked like the future of the club was in jeopardy). John Foresman and Larry Oden stepping down from BCCI was huge. As was the departure of Mr. Cooper from Buck.
I can't say that I was a fan of Mr. Tobiassen's previous company Crimson Trace. I personally think they make gimmicky garbage. I also can't say that I'm a fan of Smith & Wesson Knives considering they're all made in China and that didn't change when Smith & Wesson bought the division from Taylor. He was also one of the head honchos for Danner boots after Lacrosse purchased the company... Right about the time Danner boots had a huge dip in quality. I imagine this has been in the works for quite some time since Mr. Tobiassen dumped all his Smith & Wesson stock back in June of 2020. I certainly hope Mr. Tobiassen hasn't had anything to do with the recent changes, because frankly I don't agree with them.
No longer producing exclusive knives, leaving companies like Copper & Clad and SKBlades in the cold. I understand Covid had played a role in this.
Selling limited production, exclusive BotM knives... And then selling that same knife in the custom shop... For a cheaper price.
Selling excess SKBlades 104 blanks as BotM knives.
The cleavers, which look exactly like any number of cleavers from several companies.
Moving from TDLC on thhttps://i.imgur.com/fOMUh0F.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/fOMUh0F.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/fOMUh0F.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/fOMUh0F.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/fOMUh0F.jpg?1e AG knives to Cerakote.
I did like that Buck has been a family owned/run business for generations. Sad to see that end.
Looks to have a great background and I expect this is a good move for Buck or CJ would not have done it.
The only concern for us will be his attitude towards the collecting community, limited editions, and SFO's.
I suspect supporting BCCI is more gratis than profit.
My question to the rest of you...
How much impact do you think the presence of a small group of aficionados thru collecting
and forum activity actually have on brand recognition in a real economic sense?