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Is a 1st Run Production knife better or worse, more/less desirable?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by LocoGringo, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. LocoGringo

    LocoGringo Member

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    I did a little bit of research for a project I've been working on for years. The project is a "coming of age" gift for my son when he turns 13. The gift consists of a custom bolt action rifle (serial number is his initials and birthdate), a custom/semi-custom knife, matching leather sling and sheath and a Pelican case for secure transportation.

    I've already completed the rifle and was looking at knives. I first put my name on the wait list for a Jurassic World knife from Steve Auvenshine made from 1095 steel. Then I realized this knife will be going to a 13 year old and I'm not crazy about the idea of handing over a $550 knife to an early teenager. I came across a Bark River Matterhorn and was able to get one with Chechen burl scales for less than half the price of the Jurassic World knife. After the distributor received it, it turned out to be a first production run knife.

    This knife isn't meant to be a collector item. I wanted heirloom quality stuff that he can be proud to own and USE all of his life. I can see my question going two ways. It's the first run and if it takes off, it could be worth more. Or, it's first run and they need some time to work out the kinks, so it's potentially a sub-par example. It's made from A-2 steel and is surprisingly light. Bark River seems to have a generally good reputation, but of course, there are some questions about the owner and some haters.

    What do you think? Would you prefer a 1st Production Run knife, or would you wait for a little more experience on a new model, or would you even care?

    Searching for an opinion especially from @hso .
     
  2. redneck

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    At one point I traded a large drop point hunter I made to a guy in exchange for a pre-production run numbered- benchmade 806D2 folding knife. It was their AFCK in D2 with an axis lock, back when the axis lock was new. I was just looking for an AFCK with an axis lock at the time and the trade was available. I suppose some folks would say I'm an idiot but I used the hell out of that knife for several years until it finally got stolen out my bag at work.

    I couldn't find anything wrong with the fit and finish, and the knife functioned exactly as I wanted. With that experience I wouldn't worry about a first production run being lower quality.

    In your case since you have the knife in hand, you can see how the fit and finish is and decide if the quality is up to par. If anything I would use the "first production run" status as an incentive to your son to take care of it, it will seem more special to him.
     
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  3. hso

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    Don't worry. That may be important for a mass produced item, but most knives are fine out of the gate and aren't in need of debugging.

    Bring it to the show this weekend at Chilhowee. I'd like to see it.
     
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  4. LocoGringo

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    I’ll try to make it to the show. I’m working nights this weekend...we’ll see.

    How will I know you hso? Do you have a table? If I can’t make it, is there another way to meet?
     
  5. kamagong

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    Use it. Small chance that it'll be more worth more. It'll be valuable no doubt, but its value will come mostly from the fact that your son received it from his father.
     
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  6. hso

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    Red felt covered table full of knives to the right of the entrance against the wall. Just ask "where's the knife guy in the ugly shirt"?
     
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