- Mar 10, 2019
Stan Wilson non-flipper flipper.
This is the kind of dirty trick that Optics Planet is famous for. They advertised a ZT 0452Blu on their website at a dynamite price, with delivery alleged to be in a couple weeks, so I ordered one. They then pushed the estimated delivery time back--first to a few weeks, then to a couple months and then further and further and further--until it was unknown, and then they finally removed the item from their dishonest website. They cancelled out the “on hold” PayPal payment they had in place from me without ever notifying me they’d done so. When I sent them messages via their website, they never responded to me. When I sent them direct email questions, they never responded to me. When I called their 800-504-5897 tel# and asked for an explanation of why they’d treated me the way they had, they jerked me around and never game me a straight answer. When I asked them (by website message, direct email and telephone conversations) for the name and direct mail address of the President or CEO of their company so I could send him/her a letter asking for an explanation, they jerked me around even more and refused to provide the name/address I requested. In my personal experience, Optics Planet is the scum of the earth. They treated me in a fashion that could only be described as dishonest, dishonorable and utterly devoid of any form of integrity or credibility...
Be careful the ones I have come across have all been quite poorly made. Beautiful awesome design but very much like owning an extremely cool but extremely finnicky foreign gun.
That’s why he never answers anyones emails because the guy probably gets nothing but a mountain of repair requests.
Usually there is one way the knife goes together that it functions well. Things like the rotation of the pivot barrel and standoffs affect the fit because the knife is built by hand and fit by hand. Actually alot of custom knives are like this.
Gareth has improved a lot in the last 2 years, having his brother helping out has made a huge difference.
He doesn't do repairs, at least nobody I know that owns one has bothered to send in, unless it was for a major change. Basically, sending anything to SA is an iffy proposition, I've been told by one maker not to. If you put something in a box, it's a target and will be stolen. So, we always wait until they come out to Blade or the Gathering to get any tweaks or repairs. If they can't do it - then they'll take back and DHL it. That's the other thing, you're looking at $60 easy shipping - more going that way. My dealings with Gareth have always been ok, but TBH, he's rather scattered and doesn't run his shop like a business. I've heard all kinds of stories, hard to separate fact from fiction - but some come from good sources. I think he only makes as many as he feels like to pay be bills TBH. Unless he's selling more directly than I'm aware of, which is possible.
Anyway, the quality of the knives I've gotten are absolutely first rate. I've had "name your price" and am currently considering a trade for some very tempting offers.
I sold one of my Shams to 7redi on YT, it was basically new in box, and I sold it to him for what I paid (he got to eat shipping to Austria or Switzerland or wherever it was). All I can say is if you have a chance to get a 2017 or later model, you won't be sorry. And, you can always turn it for what you paid. In the end, they're still only $600-800 knives though. Anything above that consider how much you want it. He uses CNC so they're not that handmade, but the blades are most definitely pure skill.
BTW, Blade Gallery is an excellent source for SA maker repairs, they're basically the USA source for Thorburn, Van Heerden, JDVD etc repairs. They've got parts directly from the makers.
I want a GEC #46 Ironwood Whaler, but I don't want to pay the markup for GEC flipping craziness. It's more of a white whale than a unicorn, but it will have to do.