A buddy of mine sent me a link to a recent forum thread today, and it just blew my mind. The topic of the forum thread is Coye Knives, which, if you follow Monderno, you know I’m a fan of. The amount of egregious ignorance contained within the thread is unreal, and is a perfect example of why I don’t do forums.
The thread starts out with someone asking about Coye Knives. Right away, a forum moderator responds with photos copied from the Coye Knives website, complaining about the prices. This tells me two things: one, this person, who again is a forum moderator, has no clue what they are talking about, and two, this person didn’t even TRY to form an educated opinion before running his mouth. If he had browsed around the Coye website just a bit, he would have noticed that Coye Knives are CUSTOM knives – as in made by hand. Of COURSE they are going to be more expensive than a production knife.
Here are a few of the pages on the Coye website that would have clued him in:
He then goes on:
Note that these are machine finished (tumbled) knives so there isn’t any time intensive finish work being done on them.
Also, it looks like these are from waterjetted blanks. Not that there is anything wrong with that but it vastly speeds up the process.
It would be interesting to know if he jobs out heat treatment.
If so they are asking $345 for a knife that consumes $25 worth of materials and has maybe an hour of labor.
I don’t even know where to start…maybe a half hour or labor to build a custom knife? Are you kidding me? He then says later in the thread:
Per unit profit margins are HUGE at the prices that Coye is asking…
Apparently this guy builds custom knives, and it only takes him a half hour. I’d love to see his work. Also, according to him, Bill is getting rich off of working 80+ hours a week building knives by hand. You know, because huge profit margins and all. As Bill is a friend of mine, this really pisses me off.
Another forum moderator then jumps in, posts a picture of the PRODUCTION Coye/Boker Ridgeback (which incidentally goes for ~$55 street), and then says the design looks like a Kasper/Polkowski fighting knife, but that that it’s way too thick and it’s grip is too short.
Hey guys…it’s short BY DESIGN. It’s a three-finger design for EDC. Also, it’s 5/32″ thick. Again, more incorrect information.
So in summary – they publicly and vaingloriously disparage someone’s work with ZERO firsthand knowledge, all the while displaying their ignorance by pretending to be knowledgeable. This has sadly been my experience with forums, and why I stay away from them.
Obligatory disclaimer: I know nothing about THR forum other than this thread. It might be awesome, I have no clue. Also, I’m sure there are some forums out there filled with good people providing good information, with a minimum amount of Windex consumption and general contemptuous douchebaggery. I’m genuinely curious, if there are some forums out there that are good, let me know in the comments.