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Thread: AFTERMARKET KNIVES, Trading, Etc.

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    Hi Everyone: Buying and re-selling, or trading custom knives is a part of the process for many collectors. This is great!

    As I have been answering a fair amount of emails lately that relate to knives either being traded, sold or purchased in the aftermarket, I wanted to share some thoughts on the process. Hopefully, this will help everyone involved to have the best experience.

    I am happy to help, as I am able, to assist a buyer or seller of one of my knives by resharpening, re-furbishing, etc. Regardless of whether you are a new or repeat customer.

    I do charge a fee for re-sharpening, and I do charge for return shipping. Generally, when I have the knife, I will make whatever cosmetic improvements I can, and make it look as good as possible when it leaves my shop. I have been doing this for years now, even though I often spend extra time above and beyond what I charge for. But you should understand that there are limitations to what I can achieve.

    I will change overlays on knifes IF I HAVE THEM ALREADY MADE. I have inventory of some parts in various materials.

    I can no longer justify spending the time tochange scales on Q36's simply because you would prefer something different. All my scales are "ground in" to match the profile of the knife and the bolsters-it is not simply a matter of screwing them on. And there is always risk involved.

    Please do not ask me to turn your aftermarket purchase into a different knife. Swapping blades, re-grinding blades (that aren't damaged), radically changing the finish on a handle (powdercoating a non-powdercoated frame, for example) are examples of things that are just not feasible for me to do. Often, the time required to make these changes is longer than making an entire knife. And, the risk is much greater. So I am suggesting that you know what you are buying and that it is what you want before you complete the transaction.

    And please remember, only knives that have NEVER been carried or used will be in the same condition they were when originally delivered. It is reasonable that any used knife will require a little TLC, either before or after the sale. You should NOT purchase a knife in the aftermarket that has damage to the blade or bad issues with play or lock-up. These are indications of abuse, and to assume that I will be able to restore these knives to "perfect" condition is risky. It is never as simple as "grinding the scratches out of a blade". It takes hours of work to re-grind, re-tumble and re-etch and, assuming I can accomplish the work, you are still looking at a sizable cost.

    If you need to send a knife in, please email me @
    and continue to reply to the original email until we're all set. This makes it much easier for me to keep track of the communication.

    Also, when you send the knife in, please send a letter or copy of the email that states exactly what you would like done.

    Thanks for your support with this!
    Last edited by RJ Martin; 03-17-2015 at 08:54 AM.


    Stay Sharp,

    RJ Martin

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    Excellent post idea!

    Most operator errors occur when the new buyer does not ask the right questions of the seller. Remember, none of that is the knives original creator's fault if you purchased incorrectly. *Ahem*

    RJ- Can I send one of those bulk package priced boxes up for full refurbs?

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    Everything I sent to RJ came back MINT, unbelieveable...Thanks RJ

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    Updated original post

    Please read!!!


    Stay Sharp,

    RJ Martin

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