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Ariel Salaverria Custom Knives - I will stop taking orders for knives as of April 30t

Ariel Salaverria Apr 1, 2009

  1. Ariel Salaverria

    Ariel Salaverria Knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

    My dear friends,

    Since it's April 1st, please let me assure you this is not an April's Fool joke :)

    When in 2004 I ventured into the online knife forums I had no idea of the kind of reception I was going to get from people around the world.

    Things went OK for some time and then they started to go really well in terms of knife orders and work requests. Then I started to make other items in addition to the knives and people got interested in that type of work too.

    Now in 2009, I would like to offer my most sincere THANK YOU to all of you for the continued support all these years.

    From the customers that buy my work and allow me to make a living out of this passion of mine, to the people that comment on the forums about my knives and other items that I make.

    From the knife people and makers that email me thanking me for taking the time to answer their questions, to the makers that graciously helped me when I had questions or needed a hand with some material. Folks like Alan Folts, Will Szermeno, James Cogler, Mark Terrell and Peter Atwood (I know I'm forgetting many others)

    Again, THANK YOU all.

    Now into this decision...

    I currently have a waiting period for knives of 32 months (we all know that it really means well over 3 years in knifemaker time), so I need to stop taking orders for knives for the time being, as I just can't offer a relatively accurate time for delivery anymore or put a price on my work and materials with that advance.

    As I don't want to leave people hanging if they were on the verge of ordering a knife from me, I'm posting this notice today, with an entire month in advance, as I will stop taking knives orders in April 30th.

    I hope this doesn't come out as selfish or as a cheap marketing ploy or anything in between. I've been thinking a lot about this and I believe it's the right thing to do at this time. I honestly can't believe that I have that much of a waiting time myself, I used to read about makers with a 5 years waiting time and think "whoa, that's crazy!" and now I realize it's not that crazy after all.

    This will also give me much free time to come up with new materials and designs and techniques. I love to do "my own stuff" and I have had this area neglected for a long time. Be prepared to be surprised with lots of new things I have in mind!

    What does this mean in terms of my current work and forums involvement? Nothing really.

    All current orders will be fullfilled, I'm not retiring or anything like that, just stop taking orders for a while until I shorten the waiting time a bit. Once that gets accomplished, I will resume the order taking again.

    I will continue to post finished pieces and tutorials on the forums as usual, and I still take orders for pendants, bottle openers, watch buckles, beads, etc. Current waiting time on those ranges from a couple months to a year, depending on the item in question.

    And since I will have more free time, I expect to put more available knives of my design for sale on the forums and my website.

    I hope you understand and agree with this decision.

    Thanks for reading,

    Ariel Salaverria

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  2. Centerfinger

    Centerfinger George Clooney is a Spy

    I think it's a good and fair decision. 32 months of orders is awesome, congratulations! Hell, I have a hard time with 3 orders, never mind 3 years worth.
  3. Cyborg13454

    Cyborg13454 rorschach member

    Man the beginning made me think you weren't gonna make knives anymore. Glad your still gonna be making knives.:thumbsup:
  4. Poolshark

    Poolshark Captain America Brigade Member

    Congratulations on having a problem with too much success. May you continue to have this problem until you retire.
  5. rudechuck

    rudechuck Worst Blood Brigade Member

    Selfish? Hardly. Selfish would be taking people's money and not being able to deliver. No, you're doing it right. Congrats on your success.
  6. RoyalM

    RoyalM Commando Devil Super Moderator Brigade Member

    Congratulations on getting that many orders, well deserved in my opinion.

    I tip my hat to you for having the balls to set your own limit and do what you are about to do rather than just letting your wait time spiral out of control.

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with this year, keep up the good work.:thumbsup:
  7. jimmydred

    jimmydred Duraznos Pesado

    Ariel made a knife for me, and he did not ask for any money until he sent me pics of a finished knife, and asked if I liked what I saw.
    His work is beautiful, and I admire, and enjoy my knife everyday.

    Ariel, I hope you enjoy continued success for many, many years to come!
  8. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

    You're still OK in my book, Ariel... now get back to work! :ssmile:
  9. SugarSkull

    SugarSkull Ring Of Bone

    Hats off to a true Mastersmith.
  10. M.TEX

    M.TEX Huge member

    That's the way it should be done....
    It's always good to know what's going on....
  11. Semper708

    Semper708 I know more about nothing than you ever will My Ass is on Probation

    Ariel Thanks for all you do and did.....I am lucky to have four of knives, two of them, I won in a raffle. I hope you have more time to do your own work and not have to worry about keeping up with an order. All the Best to you! :semper:
  12. RoadFish

    RoadFish Cathar Knight

    Success for a one man show can be tough. You are handling it correctly. Congrats.
  13. Ariel Salaverria

    Ariel Salaverria Knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

    Thanks for understanding!

    I got some questions about my website... I'm not taking it down or anything like that! In fact I'll be adding more content to it as I keep working and making new stuff.
    Nothing's gonna change other than not taking orders for knives for some time :)

    Thanks again!

    I always do that, I never take money in advance :bruce:

  14. Keith Montgomery

    Keith Montgomery Huge member

    Ariel, you are doing precisely the right thing. Getting too far behind with orders can be a very bad thing.
  15. RAGUEL3

    RAGUEL3 Huge member

    Mr Montgomery and others have it correct.
    Its far better to openly say you are cuttin off the wait list ,than to get so far behind you can never be done.

    Lots and lots of well known makers come to this same decision after a few years of long lists adding up.
    Congrats on HAVING to do a cutoff,and continued success to you .:)
  16. Ariel Salaverria

    Ariel Salaverria Knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

    Thanks for the support, guys, I appreciate it :)

  17. mack1

    mack1 Resident Bastid

    Nope, nothing "selfish" about it, Ariel.
    Just being up front with people, and doing what ya have to do for you, to get caught up with all you've got on your plate now.

    Do whatever ya hafta do.
    Just don't disappear on us.:devil1:
  18. TKC

    TKC Earthbound misfit Lady Devil

    I am happy to hear that you ARE doing so well!! That is most excellent.
  19. mack1

    mack1 Resident Bastid

    Hey Ariel, I saw this again in the "Similar Threads" section, and was wondering how you're doing these days.

    I've been away from the Forum myself for quite a spell. Not enough time to do all I've got to do!

    Get caught up?
    Hope things are going well for you.:yuna:

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