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ArfinGreebly
March 26, 2008, 01:40 AM
I contacted a fellow (we'll call him "John") from whom I've bought (via eBay) a couple of Swedish EKA Swede 92 folders, but who hasn't listed anything new in a couple of weeks, and asked him when his next set of listings could be expected.

He's usually good for some decent EKA models at reasonable prices.

His response was that, with the fall of the dollar against EU currencies, he's having trouble getting EU knives at prices that will allow him to make any profit. For the time being, he's switching to a USA-based knife maker, and expects to have new listings up in a week or two.

Interesting. And sobering, actually.

I don't buy a whole lot of Euro knives, but I certainly value the Swedish and Finnish offerings.

I might suggest that any of you who have been contemplating such a purchase, but waiting for "the right time" should probably do a quick price survey on your favorite EU brands and see if the prices are still within acceptable tolerances for you.

I'm going to be doing that over the next week and see what I can pick up before this "dollar vs everything else" domino starts messing with affordability.

Naturally, this is all happening while finances are stretched pretty thin. Kind of a Murphy thing.

Anyone else see this going on?

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MatthewVanitas
March 26, 2008, 09:17 AM
On the bright side, US knifemakers like Case and Benchmade might see an uptick in sales as our exports become more affordable, right?

I know the UK and a few others have issues with locking knives which might preclude sales of many BM models, but do many US knifemakers have significant exports of US-made knives to other countries?


You have a good point though. The though occurred to me that Douk-Douks must have been a steal under the French Franc, but are going to be outpacing their practical value if the euro keeps going up.

hso
March 26, 2008, 02:13 PM
know the UK and a few others have issues with locking knives which might preclude sales of many BM models, but do many US knifemakers have significant exports of US-made knives to other countries?

All the US companies are over at EWA pimping US knives right now and are using the "steal" US knives are due to the weaker dollar as a marketing point.

Skofnung
March 26, 2008, 10:41 PM
Guess I had better snatch up a few more Moras while the gettin's good.

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