Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Low Rider Pocket Clips For Folding Knives

Update:

I have been dealing USA only. No more overseas shipments.

I've kept it that way for a while now and never had any issues for the loss in sales really because international is very little % of my work but here lately things have changed stateside with clip orders. It began with a trickle and slowly its gone from watching the Para 2 clip go from the number one clip ordered here to hardly called for at all. Further, I get  between 150 and 200 visits here a day of people reading all about low riders and clips so traffic is up but orders down. That's great traffic is up but they are not buying or ordering any from me. In fact for the first time in gosh, ten years! I have gone all week! All week without a single clip order and yet over 5200 people have visited this month and read about them.

Granted some orders came in that 5200 visits but its way down and I've been seeing this trend for a couple or more months. The info has been pulled for edit. But since the clips have never gone this long not being ordered I'd say it means its time to change things, particularly since its about time to reorder and it will be no small investment.  In short I see the trend and before I invest a bunch of $ I cannot recoup because the trend says its slowing even more I'm going to nip this here and now.  Number one is anyone and their brother is making clips now copying me sometimes and while all well and good I can't stock what won't move.

So, no more clips for the Para 2 once stock is out. What that means is I'm not restocking the template to reinvest in a pattern no longer being moved. It simply costs too much to do that. So once para 2 stock is out I won't be remaking it to stock this pattern any longer. This will of of course mean no Delica 4 or Endura 4 clips and such also. Gone. Again, I'll use up what I have if called for but once out I won't restock it and its not the only one to go.

As this progresses more will be knocked off. The JYDII is down to three remaining in stock. I can't recall the last time it sold so no more of those once gone. That will be it. If I have it I'll sell it until then but I cannot at this time justify the repurchase to continue doing this at the current sales forecasts. They are just not being ordered anymore.

I've worked in sales as a consultant all my life. This trend is ongoing. Probably be the same for the Southard, which was limited for life anyway and its dropped way down now also. Still sell the Leek but stock is low, and since the Griptilian and Benchmade and Emersons patterns are all off for orders frequency and way off but are all also offered by suppliers in the form of generic clips now well no reason to keep those so to me its time to just shut the clip making down once these are gone. However, I do have plenty of the templates for the Grip and Emerson patterns so no chance of running out on that one real soon anyway.

While I can make templates up from scratch anytime, as you know they run more. I'm not able to sell them for less. To do so would be me giving them to you and if I'm going to pay you to do the work I'll just close the shop its that simple. $40 doesn't buy what $15 did just a few years back. I am well aware but it is what it is.

My price is what it is due to taxes. So if people can't afford a clip for what I need just to give our uncle his due, even if I do disagree with how he uses it, well again, rock and hard place. . Unfortunately I can't afford to invest money into the patterns when they no longer are demanded and sell at a trickle tho so once things run out I'm likely to close the show including the forums excepting for the prybars which are doing about the same as always. Thanks again for understanding.
STR


I have done away with my work order form. 

I need to know the orientation of the clip pattern. You know it as tip up or tip down right or left. While the right or left is not as important on all I like having that also. Then I can mount and make the clip for the correct side of my knife. 

I need your finish choice, etched by itself, etched and stone washed after or after either of those do you want a color. 

What patterns I have for the Para 2 will be sold. Depending on demand it may or may not be continued. 

JYDII is discontinued after the three I have in stock sell out. 

The Mini and Full size Grips, Emersons, all knives with this pattern I do have in stock and plenty. 

Leek is continued and I do have some left. I may renew this one and the Southard but again both depend on demand. The Leek is more popular. It fits the Shallot, the Blur and maybe one or more others in Kershaws line up. 

All others contact if you don't know. Thanks

$35 VIA CHECK MADE OUT TO Steve Rice 

4006 Woodville Road
Bartlesville, OK 74006

Pay pal works add $5 please and its STR@bladeforums.com  Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you need help. The Feb 2011 post on my mini ti pry bar which I also offer 5 @ $30 ea. show a good shot of all the colors and choices available for your needs if you want to scroll down once the page opens. 

STR

12 comments:

Stormdrane said...

Great pocket clips! I've added your blog to my blog's links list.

STR said...

Thanks for that Stormdrane. I don't know why it shows as 0 posts on this post but it is the case. I had approved your comment and it should show on the front page but does not. At least it doesn't for me.

Thanks for stopping by.
STR

Isaac said...

Hey, that looks like a great idea. How much does it run?

STR said...

Easier to just forward you to my info. thread. All the answers to your question and more are here my friend. Thanks for asking. If you are not registered on blade forums you may have to register to read this. Not sure. The process is quite simple and there are no strings really. Just give them a valid email and you can join up. Thanks for asking and for the compliments. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=525771

s said...

neat idea.just what i was looking for.
will these clips fit on a case knife?

-sohail.roshni

Steve A/K/A STR said...

It depends on the Case model in question. I've done some but few for folks. Some are more trouble than others. One of the main problems I've run into is trying to weave a mount area in between the pins which as you can tell on some are quite difficult to see after polishing.

Another is thickness. If the knives are not properly thick it can be hard to make enough threads to grab. You also want to be sure not to cause the knife to have the action of the blades to become compromised as they rotate.

All in all its very hard for me to tell on many pinned models. I have done them though as I said, both in lockback models like the small Buck 501 and Gerber Slimline Folding Sportsmans to the full size 110 and some slip joints like the Case models that use a back spring.

STR

Dan said...

This is very cool. I have had some visitors from my website on Schrade Knives inquire about replacement pocket clips for their knives and I have sent them to this article. Your clips look very professional. If you are interested in some sort of direct collaboration please contact me.

Steve A/K/A STR said...

I'm pretty easy to reach on my forum at bladeforums.com in the makers section or by posting a comment here. I have to moderate them here to keep the spam from being posted and thats been a bit of a problem but I check in at least once a day for new comments.

I try to avoid working much on pinned type knives, particularly those that don't lock and have multiple blades but knives like the LB7 LB5 and the knives that came with clips are often times something I help people with when they have one that broke or got lost or something. Thanks for stopping by.
STR

Dan said...

Steve,

Thanks for the information. I will try to send people to both your website here and your bladeforum section. Typically, the people asking me about clips are looking for replacement clips because theirs has broken.

I spent a little more time today looking at your custom knives and modifications and I really enjoyed taking the time to do that.

best wishes,

Dan

Steve A/K/A STR said...

Thanks again Dan. There are a lot more pictures of pocket clips I've built for folks posted on my forum over the last few years. I can't say I do a ton of them but they are usually for people in situations where the one they have is either broken or not working or as in your case something like that only on a knife that is no longer made so its not like they can call the company and get a replacement. Its satisfying to be able to help in those cases.

STR

Darren Simon said...

Do you have a clip for SOG Twitch 2 or Kershaw Volt 2?
Love your work, exactly what I'm looking for!

Nick Esposito said...

Hi, I'm interested in a deep carry pocket clip for a rainbow leek, are you still making matching ones? Thanks in advance for your time, feel free to contact me at SendJunkToNick at Yahoo dot com

Hope to hear from you

Nick