Who is your “go-to” knife retailer?

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  1. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

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    I find myself buying knives quite often lately. Thanks to this forum, I have visited knife sites that previously, I didn’t know existed.
    Does anyone have a favorite retailer that they buy from most often?
    Who and why?
     
  2. 460Shooter

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    I used to buy from Blade HQ, but started having some issues.

    Now I buy from White Mountain Knives mostly.
     
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  3. BBBBB

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    A G Russell, I like the selection of quality knives. Some prices are high, but you get what you pay for.
     
  4. Speedo66

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    BladeHQ. When I was in LE in NY, they sent me auto knives, when others at the time would not. I also felt their pricing was good.

    They have a nice selection, and give a good description of their knives, including steel and, important to me, country of origin.
     
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  5. JeffG

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    Blade HQ or Smoky Mountain.
     
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    Blade HQ and Amazon. Ebay for out of production knives.
     
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  7. Madcap_Magician

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    DLT Trading is the best in the business.

    But a lot of dealers are good. KnivesShipFree and Grand Prairie Knives are two other favorites. On the smaller end USA Made Blade and NC Blade are good.
     
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  8. SteadyD

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    KnifeCenter
    Knife joy
    Blade HQ
    Smokey Mountain Knife Works
    River’s Edge Cutlery
    Cutlery Shoppe
    DLT
    Knife Works
    The Knife Joker
    St Nick’s Knives

    I’ve had good service from all of these
     
  9. 25-20 WCF

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    Usually Knife Center and BladeHQ. Never an issue with either one.




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  10. jmr40

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    If they have it, I much prefer to order from these guys.

    KnivesShipFree | Premium Knives - All in Stock

    They are based in Chattanooga; I'm about an hour away and I'm in the area often. Last time I was there they didn't have the showroom open. Only doing online orders. But they have been great to work with. The price you see is the price you pay if you live in most states. No shipping charges and they don't charge tax for me in GA.

    I also have family all over east TN and we camp/hike a lot in the Smoky Mountains. I make it a point to go here anytime I'm there. I don't order much from them, but often pick up something when in the area. It is a great place to see and hold a lot of different knives.

    Home Page | SMKW

    And I've ordered some from

    Knives, EDC, and Outdoor Gear - Huge Selection | Blade HQ

    and

    Knives - Knife Center
     
  11. Mister Coffee

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    KnivesShipFree
    River's Edge Cutlery

    then all the rest
     
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  12. hso

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    No single retailer since no single retailer has everything I'm interested in.

    DLT Traiding, Arizona Custom Knives, Blade Gallery, Steel Addiction, SMKW, BHQ, Knifecenter, Knives Ship Free, Cutlery Shoppe, True Swords, Chicago Knife Works, Grand Prairie, ebay, closed and open FB groups.
     
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    No single place. Had good luck with knife center and SWKW. Amazon won't ship a good quantity of knives to NY. They also worry me about counterfeits anyhow.
     
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    They still will. They sent me a boker auto to NY no questions asked.
     
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  15. Boattale

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    Mostly Knife Works, SMKW, AG Russell and Knife Center.
     
  16. Shanghai McCoy

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    Usually whichever one that someone here mentions as having a Sale on something good... o_O
    :)
     
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    I've purchased from the following businesses without issues. Sometimes if one does not have what you want the other one will.

    Knife Center
    Knife Depot
    A.G. Russel
    Blade HQ
    Cold Steel
     
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  18. Line Dawg

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    A.G Russell, I like to go to the showroom, but I don't go as often as I used to now that Mr. A.G. has passed. It's not far from my home.
    SMKW a few times a year as my son and daughter in law live outside of Knoxville, TN.
    I don't do online purchases of knives; I like to handle them before I buy.
     
  19. SteadyD

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    Counterfeits concern me as well. I only order things from Amazon that I can’t find anywhere else. Knives aren’t on the list.
     
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  20. Speedo66

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    There used to be a nice big knife store in KY just across the OH River from Cincinnati called the Cecil Clark Knife Company.

    I was only in there a few times, but they were very nice, had an enormous stock of knives, and his prices were competitive with anything on line.

    Shame they closed.
     
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  21. P89DCSS

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    Midway, Amazon and Harbor Freight are the three places I bought knives from in the last year.
     
  22. SharpDog

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    The Bushcraft USA trade blanket for used custom knives

    DLT Trading for commercial knives

    Arizona Custom Knives for collector knives

    Blade Gallery and Monkeys Edge for hard-to-find knives

    Chicago Knife Works for good prices

    After that The Knife Center, BladeHQ, The Knife Connection, Midway, and Amazon
     
  23. md7

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    Blade HQ if purchasing online. But also, there’s a few local hardware stores and a local sporting good store that keep a decent selection of Case knives. I like being able to handle em prior to purchase, if possible
     
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  24. Bazoo

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    I most often buy used, off eBay.
     
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  25. starling

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    My youngest son always swipes the BudK catalog so I guess its them. Im not a knife guy really so I expect he will have a whole christmas list (cut out pictures included) pretty soon.

    Ive ordered from SMKW a time or two... even visted the store on a trip once. Kind of blew my kids mind when they walked into the building and saw so many knives in one place.
     
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