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The "Ask Nathan a question" thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by JustinFournier, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Thanks ... good to know.
     
  2. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    618
    Jan 17, 2014
    Another question related to this.

    For folks who actually like the added width/girth of the HDMC handle, would it be possible to order TeroTuf scales with a slightly thicker liner to replicate that thickness on the BC and MC?
     
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  3. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Another question about scales ... will the scales from the MC also fit the BC ?
     
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  4. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    The scales from the production MC will fit the production BC
     
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  5. bladeflana

    bladeflana Gold Member Gold Member

    452
    Jul 11, 2012
    Nathan, I read through the stickies and your website and could not find this question asked, nor an answer to it regardless. Would you mind sharing the reason you don't sell your knives via your website? Thanks for taking time to answer.
     
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  6. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    618
    Jan 17, 2014
    Not Nathan, but IIRC, he's mentioned that he would like to get to the point where he can have knives in stock for purchase.

    At this time however, the demand is still high enough that every single blade he makes is getting snapped up in short order.

    He doesn't even like preorders because he'd rather sell them as he makes them, rather than pre-sell knives that haven't yet been made. The preorders are him conceding to repeated requests from a lot of us CPK fans, who simply can't easily acquire his knives through the regular sales (where some in demand models have all sold out in under 60 seconds. That's a batch of 40 knives, all selling in under 60 seconds of the listing being opened).
     
  7. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    as a general rule we have struggled to achieve shelf stock. No point putting something on a website if you can't keep it in stock. That may be changing as our output increases and our business model evolves.
     
  8. ElCaptain

    ElCaptain Gold Member Gold Member

    161
    May 1, 2011
    Nathan, do have other steels that you are planning to use/optimize that we haven't seen from you yet?
     
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  9. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    Yes
     
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  10. ElCaptain

    ElCaptain Gold Member Gold Member

    161
    May 1, 2011
    Can you tell us about them?
     
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  11. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    A dollar says his response will be another 1-word reply.
     
  12. Hundred Acre Wood

    Hundred Acre Wood

    158
    Mar 19, 2017
    If it's CPM REX 121 or CTS Maxamet I'm going to lose my mind with excitement.
     
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  13. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    I believe he mentioned in the last sale thread that he, Jo and the kids were leaving today for their annual beach holiday, so I imagine he will wait until he's back, perhaps.
     
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  14. Odog27

    Odog27 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    I just drove back from visiting my father in South Carolina.
    @Nathan the Machinist
    The section of interstate 77 between Mooresville and Charlotte is still under construction. As far as I can tell they have been working on this for the past 15-20 years. Will it ever be completed?
     
  15. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    if Nate takes any time from his well earned vacation to post in this forum, I will travel to wherever he is and thrash him
     
  16. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
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  17. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Are the production KODPieces gonna have the large fuller or the smaller fuller?
     
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  18. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    One thrashing coming up!
     
  19. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    :mad:
     
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  20. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Not a question, but an observation:

    It's quite evident, more so in the recent Fridays sales, that sticking with BF as CPK's sole sales outlet has its saturation limitations. This was fine when it was only Nathan & Jo producing half a dozen to a dozen of knives to sell on every Friday or every other Friday, but by having decided to expand the operation, both in terms of added employees and machinery plus workshop square footage, a business model contraction is not in the cards specially in lieu of the fact that there are many other projects bubbling under the surface.

    Stocking up shelves and running added sales options through your website is definitely augmentative as are some other methods. There could very well come a point in the near future that you may end up hiring a person for your internet sales, be it by way of modernizing and completing your own website, other social media methods and also utilizing other online sites. Perhaps you will also have to get on the horn yourself and get yourself another distributor.

    You are nowhere near tapping your full potential but the question is how much more you are willing to take on, vis a vis risks and rewards.
     

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