Advice for buying off Etsy

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  1. VeryVeryCautionary

    VeryVeryCautionary

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    Jul 4, 2020
    I'm looking to buy one of these three options

    I know only a little about knives and Im concerned as to how I can be assured these are what they say they are, ie made of good quality steel and properly made

    are things like this often trustrworthy?

    any advice appreciated
     
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  2. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Hard to say but it’s highly likely that these are not great quality.
     
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  3. Jcsixx01

    Jcsixx01 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 3, 2018
    I would check the makers forums here.
     
  4. VeryVeryCautionary

    VeryVeryCautionary

    5
    Jul 4, 2020
    Thx, do you mean to just ask them to make one for me or to check if they know the guy?
     
  5. Jcsixx01

    Jcsixx01 Gold Member Gold Member

    369
    Dec 3, 2018
    To make what you are looking for...
     
  6. VeryVeryCautionary

    VeryVeryCautionary

    5
    Jul 4, 2020
    Hello,

    I've been considering buying one of these. Do you have any indication of the quality I should expect?



    Would you have a recommendation about a better way to acquire such a blade?

    I'm intending to use it for woodland activities with a reenactment camping/hiking setup. Long Blade 10" or longer, non "damascus", seax or dirk. Budget under $100, ideally under $70.

    Thank you very much
     
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  7. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
    54 hrc is pretty soft for 1095.
    I would pass.
     
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  8. VeryVeryCautionary

    VeryVeryCautionary

    5
    Jul 4, 2020
    Thx, what do you think of the other ones too?

    Two different makers in the links
     
  9. VeryVeryCautionary

    VeryVeryCautionary

    5
    Jul 4, 2020
    Id love to buy the cold steel dirk but they all out of stock

    found this guy for $50, just says carbon steel
     
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  10. A.McPherson

    A.McPherson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 27, 2012
    No real recommendations on how to get one in another way, but I wouldn't get the first one... It's ht to 54, which is really low.

    Axes are ht that low, but even for a heavy use chopper that's pretty low, unless you were planning on sharpening with a file or something...
     
  11. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
    I can't really tell much from the pictures.
    I don't understand why the maker ( if he is the maker ) would heat treat two knives of the same steel and approximate same size to different a hardness. The maker might have a reason, I don't know.
    If you are looking for a top quality blade, I would pass, but if you are looking for something to learn how to put a handle on and have fun with, go for it. You wont be losing much cash if it isn't that great.
     
  12. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
    I did a quick google search and they both were linked to the same guy.
    Same person has a etsy , pintrist as well as a midieval replica store/ website.
     
  13. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    Put it this way. This is one of the older and more established knife selling sites. If a maker sells from this website, it shows he really knows his stuff. Not to mention you have an archive of old sales posts to look at to confirm their expertise.
     
  14. Triton

    Triton Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    Phillip Patton referenced in another thread here makes an excellent Seax, although not for 40 dollars.
     
  15. Triton

    Triton Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    double post
     
  16. Boombats

    Boombats

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    Mar 21, 2010
    I think if you want a blade that's kind of like something you'd buy from a lumpy-headed medieval guy in a smoky hovel, then yeah this is your jam
     
  17. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    You need to edit and finish filling out your your profile information. I doubt you are 119 years old. Also, including your location will help us with any recommendations.
     
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  18. braillediver

    braillediver Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Are you looking for a real knife to use? A blade to try your hand at knife making? Or a knife to take to re-enactments and not really use?

    The last one you list is at least hardened, maybe. "the blade is 58 to 60 Rockwell."
     
  19. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    If you want to spend no more then 70-100, you get what you pay for
     

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