Skookum Bushtool

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  1. outsyder

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    Guys,

    I emailed in and got my name down for a BT, (long been my want and had a couple of clones but thought as the list was reputably long……)

    I have not received any confirmation and that was a couple of weeks ago, does anyone know if this is normal?

    TIA
     
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  2. 14ers

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    Yep, pretty normal. He will get back to you though.
     
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    By the time you get your Skookum, you'll have forgotten that you'd ordered it.

    I had a bushtool, but was never impressed much with it. I gave it away here on BCUSA a few years ago. I've found that the Matt Paul (MP Knives) 'Drifter' is a much better knife for the money. The Skookum Bushtool's sheath was, IMHO, crap. I think that the Skookum relied more on the weird name than on the quality.

    Steve
     
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  4. outsyder

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    Thanks guys,

    Always wanted one, had a couple of clones and figured as the list is long then I'd be happy to wait.

    I always find the opinions on knives are VERY subjective so I'm happy to take my chance!
     
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  5. Mr. Tettnanger

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    If you get it in 4 years and don't like it, you can easily sell it for more than you paid!
     
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    I emailed him over 2 months ago no reply. But the rumor is he is very busy lol
     
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    It took Rod about a month or so to get back to me but he did. I was also missing some information on my email and he got back to me again to fix that. He seems like a real straight shooter.
     
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    I wonder how many times this exact thread has played out over the years LOL.
     
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    I've owned a SKB for quite a few years. It is the bushcraft knife that I use as a benchmark to measure all others. I couldn't tell you how many different knives I've either owned or tested for the youtube channel and the SKB is still my favorite. Rod can take quite a while to respond, but as the others have said, he will respond. Settle in and rest assured that you will be most satisfied when your knife finally arrives.
     
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    I have one without the pommel plate,it has the most comfortable handle of any other bushcraft knife I have ever owned.You will not be disapointed.
     
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    It's been two months with no reply I hope I get one soon
     
  12. leadbelly

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    Isn't the wait for these like two years?


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    I have had two SBT. They are nice blades, Rod seems like a stand up guy.
    Personally the pommel plate makes the knife what it is. Sexy. His leather is good but the sheath design sucks.

    With that said Brian Sargent makes a very similar style knife. Model 3.
    His blades can be had for about half the cost and the leather that he supplies with them is the best that I have seen and it is all about functionality. I think his grip is a bit thicker but super comfortable, better than the SBT.

    Check him out he has a good product that is much easier to obtain.
     
  14. Mr. Tettnanger

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    It is closer to four years now.
     
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    For those of you guys that have SBT. While you where on the list did you ever check in. I have been on for about 30 months and have not heard anything. Should i reach out.
     
  16. Mr. Tettnanger

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    I did not check in. When it is ready he will contact you. I'd give it 36-48 months.
     
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    He never got back to me and the world didn't end. I can buy lots of great knives at any time without waiting years.
     
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    If people are willing to wait that long then it's definitely worth it!


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    I think I've been on the list for a year now. He responded to me promptly when I asked him if I was placed on the list.

    Edit: I've been on the list 1 year and 8 days as of today
     
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    i have been on his list for over 4 yrs. he doesn't answer emails and i have sent a few:) he did tell me this spring that i was still on his list and he would be starting on my knife in a few weeks, i guess that didn't work out. i am kind of frustrated and would not recommend anyone ordering from him till he starts answering his mail.
     
  21. rb40

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    ...I placed an order for a SBT over a year ago...a couple day's later he replied thanking me for the order, and also told me at that time there was a 35.00 increase in price and a 30 month waiting list.:(
     
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    Dang Steve, I think you get banned for that. What's your opinion of the Tracker?

    That must be one helluva knife to sign up and wait 4 years with no word from the maker and then pay more than I paid for my first car.
     
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    You paid less than $265 for your first car?
     
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    I have heard 2 to 4 years. I would lose interest and forget in that time.

    GL

    Cheers
     
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    No. About $400. Which is less than what I see folks reselling these for. I think I understand now.
     
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    I've bought a few second hand, and I've been waiting 2+ years for the one I ordered direct.

    I placed the order, he emailed me back at some point. He never asked for money, but when he emails me my knife is ready I'll gladly pay him.

    The end.
     
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    Mine took 42 months and 3 days. I sent him one email at the 40 month mark just to see if I was on the list and I didn't get a response. Two months later he said it was ready and I sent the payment. It arrived 3 days later. It's a terrific knife. I couldn't be happier. I like the sheath personally. 3.5 years is a very long wait, but I've bought, used and enjoyed many more knives in that time. Just place your order and go about your way. Good things come home to wait.
     
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    I emailed earlier this year and never heard back. I think I emailed a couple years ago but also never heard back.

    I cloned his sheath design for another knife that I have and I like it a lot.

    If I ever get an email saying "your knife is ready" I'll be surprised, in a good way!
     
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    Seems like this maker need to work on his customer service. It does not matter how busy you are, emails should be answered every day or two. That is how I ran my internet based blacksmith and machine shop years ago. Despite how many hours I put in during the day I would always answer emails in the evening. Customer service can make or break you as a small maker.
     
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    I ageee. I updated my order and am buying several so I have options when I get them.

    But the lack of communication if horrible. The wait is bad enough but communication would make it a lot better.
     
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    ....I placed my Skookum order 11/29 2016....a couple weeks later he acknowledged my order....and that is the last I heard from him....although I have emailed him a few times, no response.
     
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    He responded to you? I have sent my order in twice to confirm and that was months before yours. That's crazy. I need to try and contact him.
     
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    I've had a few Skookum's...and wasn't satisfied with the fit and finish...if you want a SBT style knife try a Sargent Edged Tools M3....damn near perfection.:42:
     
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    ^^^^^This^^^^^

    I thought I wanted to play this game.

    Many, many, months ago, I sent an email with some questions. Not an order. Just some questions prior to ordering.

    Then, I waited patiently. Nothing. Waited a few more months, still nothing. Even today, nothing.

    He may be a great person, he may be a great knifemaker. I'm not impressed with his business model. If you're that busy, close your books until you get caught up.

    I make my living from taking care of customers. So I'm very unimpressed.

    My infatuation with the SBT has come and gone. Not because of the knife, but because of the maker.

    Life is too short.
    LV
     
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    ^^^AGREED 100%^^^

    I don't dig his approach...at all. I've owned maybe a dozen or more of his knives. They are nice, well built knives. They are not magical. They cut. I have 3-4 on order. When they come due, if they come do, I'll probably buy them, keep one and sell the others to cover the one that I am keeping and I'll move on. I've lost my love for scandi blades.

    The only saving grace is that I don't have any money on the line. None. And that is the problem and the solution. Nothing lost, nothing gained. Meh.....I'm over the Skookum Bushtool!
     
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  36. Richinva

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    Don't other people make them as good or better?
     
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    Yeah a lot of people try to copy Rods knives. Some have made a pretty good living doing it.
    Jj
     
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    Other than Brian Sargent, I'd say that people making Skookum-style knives must be somewhat cursed. Rod can't/won't respond to email inquiries and is running half a decade (give-or-take) for his production schedule, and Joe at Blackfeather apparently had his life shaken up and isn't doing much better with regards to orders. I ended up buying a Blackfeather second-hand on here and LOVE it, but haven't been able to get a response from Joe with regards to cancelling my existing order (that he didn't fill in his own timeframe) and getting my deposit back. As much as I love my Bushtool, I wouldn't send anyone to Blackfeather because of the poor customer service experience I've had with Joe. <shrug> Just my $0.02.
     
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