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This should be available to Canada, I've been buying custom knives for years. Never had ANY issues. I don't like this restrictive shipping. On top of that... Todd Begg needs to realize that Chinese made midtechs are not worth $450 regardless of whether or not it has his name on it. Stick with North American made knives for a similar price.
Reate is well known in the business, not exactly a sweat shop if that's what you are picturing........I realize the notion is there, but let's not assume true artists and craftsman don't exist in China.
The point is, why bother paying that much for a Chinese knife when so many beautiful, American-made knives are available right here in the US for that money?
ALOT of US made knives don't hold a candle to this one.
Todd wanted to bring a more affordable knife to people. This is the first in his Steel Craft series. This isn't a midtech, this is a production knife for Todd. His midtechs start at $1,400 and his customs start at $4,000. He's partnered with Reate because they can give him the production quantity he can't do himself while maintaining the quality he expects. This isn't some $20 rip off of one of his Bodegas, this is a good quality knife at a good price.
Have you ever handled a Reate knife? I have, and they are every bit as refined as ZT, Strider (ok more refined than Striders), and others like it. I was part of a passaround on bladeforum.com, so I didn't have to spend any money on one, and I was amazed at the quality. I did not expect such high quality to come out of China, but Reate does make an excellent knife. Their regular production knives are more in line with ZT, cost-wise. The extra price on this one is due to it being a Todd Begg collaboration.
I certainly have, when I was at Blade this year. Just wasn't impressed. Nice fit and finish, but derivative designs, and they just aren't anything that I can't get from companies making great knives right here in the US. I'd rather support the companies making products here, just my opinion. I won't ever pay that kind of money for a Chinese made knife.
But many do, so what's your point?
That's fallacious. You can find equal numbers of Chinese-made knives that can't hold a candle to any particular US-based maker's knife. Maybe he's someone who prizes American goods over foreign. Nothing wrong with that. Just like there's nothing wrong with not caring where they're made so long as they're good quality.
Name one.. you're living in the past if you think a Sebenza is anything more than soft steel on scales machined in the most simplistic way to maximize the profit margin. Having owned both a 21 and 25, I can say they are outdated designs that are just built to create large profit margins. Reason why they roll on ebay for $250-$300..