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Can someone explain to me why the prices of Benchmade knives have gone up? And also why New Graham no longer sells Benchmade knives. Back in 2008 (I still have the receipt), I bought a Mini Griptilian for less than $60. Now I've looked elsewhere and the prices are at least $80 :( Looks like the Delica 4 may be the next best knife at the $50-60 price range, but I am unsure of the quality after owning a few older model Spyderco knives.
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Originally Posted by Xanatos View Post

Can someone explain to me why the prices of Benchmade knives have gone up? And also why New Graham no longer sells Benchmade knives. Back in 2008 (I still have the receipt), I bought a Mini Griptilian for less than $60. Now I've looked elsewhere and the prices are at least $80 :( Looks like the Delica 4 may be the next best knife at the $50-60 price range, but I am unsure of the quality after owning a few older model Spyderco knives.


inflation? popularity? The price of materials went up?

post #1398 of 1747
In other words, you don't know.
post #1399 of 1747

A lot happens in 4-5 years. Between fuel prices, global recessions, changes in the raw material costs of steel ... the raw materials index for steel making has gone up as high as and additional 80% over the past 3 years - trending back down now, but still 30% higher than the materials were in 2010. 

 

Lots of factors, but without a specific explanation from Benchmade, I'd expect the materials cost to be the biggest factor.

 

For example, a tonne of cold rolled steel in 2007 cost $650. Current prices are about $900 (and obviously, higher grade steels will be more expensive). They spiked as high as 1100 in between. Depending on when they bought their steel for production (or the materials to make their own) - your production costs can vary massively.


Edited by liamstrain - 12/18/12 at 10:14am
post #1400 of 1747

I don't know, but I am going to say supply and demand. I agree with you on Benchmade's prices. I used to buy only Benchmade, but now it seems that Sypderco has better steels at lower prices.  They both make great knives, but if you want a little better steel, you are going to pay a lot more with Benchmade.
 

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I don't know, but I am going to say supply and demand. I agree with you on Benchmade's prices. I used to buy only Benchmade, but now it seems that Sypderco has better steels at lower prices.  They both make great knives, but if you want a little better steel, you are going to pay a lot more with Benchmade.
 


but at the same time, they are a better product; and they have great customer service. My short dealings with spyderco....not so much.

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It looks like an Omega Seamaster
 

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post #1410 of 1747

Nice looking butterfly knife! Can't get those in the United States...

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