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Old 11-10-2004, 09:01 AM
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#3in a series

This is the third knife in a series that I made to sell in a truck stop. Blade is 3" forged 1084 wit a mild etch finish bolster is Pewter spacer is Sycamore with a very small Sambar Stag crown stick. Tell me what you think. Gib
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Nice one as always Gib, me like it.


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Old 11-10-2004, 03:52 PM
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There's gonna be some happy truckers out in Arizona!
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Gib, just how many knives have you sold at the truckstop? The thought of hundreds of truckers with one of your knives stuck in a boot or a belt is down right inspiring! Every one of those cheap SS junk knives the truck stops usually sell we keep off the steeet is a victory.


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Old 11-11-2004, 08:05 AM
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In the past I have sold an incredible amount of knives in the truck stop, I started in 96 or 97 and then the price was a little low due to the fact that I have a dealer that refuses to take much in the way of profit and I was just getting started. That has been remedied to a point as I raised my prices, but there is a price limit on what a Trucker will pay for a knife. And I have a very unusual dealer, but when he gets going there is no keeping up with him. One thing that I know is that you can't go with the standard discount setup that just puts the price out of reach. Gib


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Old 11-11-2004, 06:35 PM
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Truckers and knives go together like bread and butter
When i drove over the road i usually had 2 on me, and another couple
scattered through the truck..
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Old 11-17-2004, 11:53 AM
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I like it Gib! I'm going to have to check oput the truck stops when I work at Palo Verde!!!


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gib , everything seems to blend togeather so well . i like the blade shape - just right for a small knife - paul


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question: "The standard discount setup" ????

Dear Gib,, Can you explain what you mean about the standard discount set-up, that puts the price out of reach,, (I think thats how you put it) I've got a new "Love's" truck stop just miles from my house!!! ---jon
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Old 11-24-2004, 09:48 AM
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jonwelder, What I mean is the standard discount is 50% from list price or a 100% mark up from the dealer cost.
If you sell a dealer a knife for $200 he will sell it for $400. This causes two things to happen, the price is too high for the average buyer and you don't make enough on the knife. This hasn't work well for me, I have found that a 35% discount works well for me and when working with a dealer I require several knives to be in the first order and more than one knife to be bought on reorder. This evens things out for both of us.
One thing to be very careful of it consignment make double sure of who you do business with.
The man I work with is as honest as the day is long and for the first year he paid cash when he picked up or I delivered the knives.
This dealer sells nothing that is JUNK and nothing at list price and has been in the knife sales for 25+ years and is known all over the truck driver world, one other thing to think about is the buying habits of the customers that you are aiming at, unless you have a collector or a person that is familiar with hand made knifes come through you will not very often find a person who will pay more than $250/$300 for a knife in that setting. Also there a lot of truck drivers that love knives and can't get to shows because of there jobs. There are a few Truck Stops that have Knife Shops in them but it is hard to sell knives to them. Hopes this helps if you want more info email me. Gib


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