Sorted through and found a couple of interesting pieces to list yesterday. It’s always interesting to discover some new old stock you’ve overlooked. I’ve accumulated a lot of odds and ends and in the lot was a really nice looking knife you don’t see very often.
It’s a 2008 Premier Series Schatt & Morgan Humpback Whittler. Great looking knife and one that I don’t recall Schatt & Morgan running after this 2008 release. It’s a unique design and an interesting knife.
Earlier in the week I finally got around to listing the 97 Allegheny Prototypes. As anticipated, they didn’t last very long. And neither did the 45 Lumberjack I put up last week. I think that lasted almost 20 minutes before someone snatched it up. That was a gem of a collectible.
I’ve been trying to pay attention to the tariff discussions with China and sort out how/if it’s going to impact the knife industry in particular. While I’m not sure exactly what products will affected by any new tariffs, my understanding is the list of products can/will be extended to more Chinese imports if an agreement isn’t reached.
These tariffs are paid by the importer and not China (directly). Typically, the importer doesn’t have much choice other then to pass the increased cost on to the consumer (you and I). The net effect of the tariffs will no doubt impact the total amount of exports from China as a result of importers (the US) looking for less expensive options. Of course the intention is the impact on China’s business will ‘encourage’ them to constructively participate in the negotiations.
The only reason I bring this up is when we consider all of the items related to the knife industry coming out of China, it could really hit us in the pocket book. An it doesn’t matter if you collect or buy Chinese built knives. There are a ton of ancillary products that could be affected. Start reading the labels on some of the items you use. Just a few items I can think of off the top of my head include:
- Smith Sharpeners
- Carry All Knife Cases
- Sack Ups Pouches
- Many of the Buck Folder Sheaths
- Numerous Display Cases
- Flitz Polishing Cloths
You get the idea. It’s not just about knives made in China.
To net it all down, I can’t help but wonder what we can expect if things don’t get hammered out in a timely manner. It appears the tariffs don’t impact any products currently in transit so it’s not going to have an immediately felt impact. The mega retailers like Costco, Walmart, Target have tried to be somewhat proactive but they can’t get too far ahead of the curve either.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens. The world won’t come to an end nor will the knife industry collapse. We’ll just have to sit back and watch things unwind.