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Piping Rooster

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I emailed Case knives asking about their thoughts on making pipe tools and discussing current trends in the market. I've been carrying Case knives since I was a boy ever since my Grandfather gave me one of his.

Got a response back from Case and maybe (🤞) we'll be seeing them in the future. I can only hope.Screenshot_20221006_104650.jpg
 

Chasing Embers

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This very thing came up a few years ago on another forum regarding modifying the stockman into a pipe knife. This was the response.

"That would be a brand new knife and if the President of the company was
interested it would mean all new tooling also, so your costs would be
roughly $5,000.00 for the tooling and the minimum order size would be
500 knives."
 

Piping Rooster

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This very thing came up a few years ago on another forum regarding modifying the stockman into a pipe knife. This was the response.

"That would be a brand new knife and if the President of the company was
interested it would mean all new tooling also, so your costs would be
roughly $5,000.00 for the tooling and the minimum order size would be
500 knives."
Chump change for a company that size. They way people in this hobby buy things up especially new or limited releases, they'd have that money back in a week or two. One release a year with just a scale change each year is all they'd have to do and they'd sell like hot cakes. $50x500! Ask Peterson, they'll tell ya!
 
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HawkeyeLinus

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Chump change for a company that size. They way people in this hobby buy things up especially new or limited releases, they'd have that money back in a week or two. One release a year with just a scale change each year is all they'd have to do and they'd sell like hot cakes. $50x500! Ask Peterson, they'll tell ya!
I’d prefer my knife not to have a coating!
 
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Piping Rooster

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We're that the case, everyone would be using Rattray‘s and Laguiole pipe knives. Many don't use a pipe tool or tamper.
Laguiole and Rattrays are expensive. As much as I'd like one, just like my pipe purchases, I have no justification spending that much on a single item. Ashton and Dunhill are beautiful pipes, but they don't sell nearly as many as Peterson or Savinelli. The market has a void in pipe tools in that price range ($50-$80) that Case could easily fill and be succesful.
 

bullet08

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Make it members only for this forum with post count of 200 or something. The resale value would be crazy in few years. Anyone collecting pocket knives will pick them up in no time. There are plenty of knife collectors here already. Just make sure the main blade is clip point x)
 
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Piping Rooster

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Make it members only for this forum with post count of 200 or something. The resale value would be crazy in few years. Anyone collecting pocket knives will pick them up in no time. There are plenty of knife collectors here already. Just make sure the main blade is clip point x)
Try finding a Great Eastern Cutlery knife at retail right now! Bet you can't! The pipe market is just as crazy. Look at what limited or out of production tobaccos sell for.

As for blade type I was thinking a Barlow. Throw on some Briar burl scales... Fire sale!
 
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warren

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I suspect Case has a great understanding of their target market. Pipe tools probably won't tempt them to alter their market strategy. They'd have the expenses of tooling up and marketing the item to a tiny market as opposed to having their product in just about every sporting goods store in the country.

Me? I have five tampers of assorted sizes on each hand and small Army Knife in a pocket.
 

instymp

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No such thing as chump change to a business.
They know their market better than most.
 

Searock Fan

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You can take almost any small pocket knife and with a grinder shape a blade to make it a pipe tool. You don't want it to have a sharp edge or sharp point, so there is no need for it to be very high quality. I made one from an old cheap pocket knife years ago and have been using it almost every day since. The one in the pic is like mine (mine's cleaner) and I Photoshoped the rounded tip to show how it doesn't cut the pipe. It has a dull edge and I using it for a quick reaming. puffy

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