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Well, so much for my AA Gemini.

GuItArMaN8373 Jan 21, 2021

  1. GuItArMaN8373

    GuItArMaN8373 JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Long story short, DDR screwed me out of my originally pre-ordered Gemini.

    I know, most of you probably aren't surprised. Their reputation seems to be hit or miss.

    I just really wanted something like the original Arc Angel and the Gemini seemed promising. I was actually excited to get mine, after handling another users before returning it to him.

    The story:

    Placed my order 5/21/2018. Yes, 3 years ago almost.

    Life went on, I said eh it'll take time. Heard back from them eventually and they said they were working on the handles because they ran out.

    Reached out again and they said they were down because of covid.

    Finally get the final word that the knife is ready to go. Except they are not making any more of the slotted handles (the only kind I wanted and had ordered.) After all, I wanted this to be similar to the original Arc Angel as much as possible.

    So they "upgraded" it to a custom Gemini with the solid handles. Apparently if you get the solid handles it's considered a "custom."

    Ok, that's nice. But I don't like the look of the solid handles nor is it what I originally planned to have built 3 years ago.

    Funny tho, if you look on the page to "build a custom Gemini for lotsa $$$" there are still slotted handle options.

    Needless to say, I said give me my deposit back. I know i'd never be happy with the knife anyway because it's not the exact thing I wanted built in the first place.

    I just hope there are enough midtech AA Gemini's on the market that I can pick one up off someone eventually.

    Sorry, felt like I had to vent!
     
  2. seandavid55

    seandavid55 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    I'd say you have every reason to vent. That's a bummer. Sorry man.
     
  3. spookyse7en

    spookyse7en Huge member

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    That's a fucked up story man! Did they give you your money back?
     
  4. GuItArMaN8373

    GuItArMaN8373 JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Oh yeah, at least they did that right. Instant paypal refund within 24 hours.
     
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  5. TheronJ

    TheronJ JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    the good news is that they pop up for sale pretty often so it shouldn't be too hard to snag one.

    I've got one that I'd be willing to part with if you don't have any luck elsewhere.
     
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  6. spookyse7en

    spookyse7en Huge member

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    Those Geminis don't come with pocket clips do they?
     
  7. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Yeah, I just wont deal w/ some "custom" makers who make what they want you to have and not what I want. I understand if you want something outside the skill level or is a huge pita, but usually money gets you past something that is a pita. Ask Jason to make you something similar and I bet you will be happy (tho I think he is only doing bearings atm) and if he cant help you out we have a few others that can.
     
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  8. GuItArMaN8373

    GuItArMaN8373 JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Thanks guys, it's probably for the best anyway right now.

    I should hold off for now. Until after taxes that is. LOL.
     
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  9. AnthonyTheAbyss

    AnthonyTheAbyss Godzilla Size Member JDBA Official Member

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    If I had kids I wouldn't put up any safety devices/precautions like gates on the stairs or electric socket covers. Gotta learn the hard way by getting concussed or lit up. Otherwise they'll just keep making dumb mistakes.

    *** My kids will grow up hating me...the way it should be
     
  10. subtlemovement

    subtlemovement JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Dang that sucks. Glad you got your money back right away tho. And yeah, the Gemini was so promising!
     
  11. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    i’m willing to bet your kids will not grow up therefore they will not hate you
     
  12. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    yikes

    smart move and thats great you could get a refund

    hopefully people read this

    3 years is a long fucking time!
    there are makers worth a 3 year wait but not this

    especially since you could get second market

    elongated close call!
     
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  14. Shawnjohn999999

    Shawnjohn999999 Huge Member

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    The secondary aa knife seems like a hail mary.
     
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  15. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    go long

    real fucking long
     
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  16. Shawnjohn999999

    Shawnjohn999999 Huge Member

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    Wow. You post? I thought you just sold knives.
     
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  17. No_cuts_no_glory

    No_cuts_no_glory Little Member

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    This is a borderline scam you shold post this on instagram too, did they had your money for 3 years?
     
  18. GuItArMaN8373

    GuItArMaN8373 JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    The best part is they email me a week later, after getting the refund and everything, telling me they magically found the handles somewhere and can make the knife the way I had originally ordered it. I said "hard pass."

    Done with this headache, lol.
     
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  19. truepaganini

    truepaganini JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    To be honest I think you dodged a bullet. Just got a gemini and I've flipped $20 CCC's with better tolerances...
     
  20. taoist

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    Have owned LOTS of balisongs and the only ones that went down in value were five DDR customs. Fortunate for you that the deal fell through.
     
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