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us Offline FinneganMckinney4000

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Why all here?
on: March 14, 2024, 06:36:13 AM
I have slowly noticed that many major (and favorite) MT/knife companies reside here in Portland, just to name a few:
Leatherman, CRKT, Gerber, Kershaw, and Benchmade!  :o

Every time I visit Costco, Leatherman is a block away...


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #1 on: March 14, 2024, 10:04:54 AM
That's easy. 

Joseph Gerber lived there.   :D

Because Gerber was there and started Gerber Knife Co. there were tradespeople able to make knives.  Many went out on their own after working at Gerber and started other companies.  They started them locally because they already lived there.

This also meant that there were suppliers of the types of materials used in the knife industry around, which encouraged others to set up shop nearby.

That's largely it in a nutshell. 

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Re: Why all here?
Reply #2 on: March 14, 2024, 12:52:17 PM
 :rofl:


us Offline Murphy Slaw

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Re: Why all here?
Reply #3 on: March 14, 2024, 01:09:12 PM
Great weather, maybe...


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #4 on: March 14, 2024, 01:13:00 PM
Why are any of us here and if there is life on other planets do they also collect knives and multitools?


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #5 on: March 14, 2024, 01:40:49 PM
Why are any of us here and if there is life on other planets do they also collect knives and multitools?
Yes, we do. Not from the same brands, though.

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us Offline FinneganMckinney4000

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Re: Why all here?
Reply #6 on: March 14, 2024, 04:01:05 PM
Are there any other knife-guru population centers out there?


us Offline David Bowen

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Re: Why all here?
Reply #7 on: March 14, 2024, 08:38:45 PM
Buck and Chris Reeve Knives are both in Ohio, trying to think of others.

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Re: Why all here?
Reply #8 on: March 14, 2024, 11:23:19 PM
Maniago, Italy

Seki, Japan

Sheffield, England


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #9 on: March 16, 2024, 08:00:17 AM
Yangjiang city, Guangdong province, China

Sanrenmu, Ganzo, QSP, Roxon, NexTool, Grand Harvest, Henstrong, Everbright, Everspeed, Tonglian, and many more knife and multi-tool manufacturers and OEMs for other companies are in one hotspot.


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #10 on: March 16, 2024, 08:19:47 AM
Albacete, Spain

Joker Knives, Cudeman, J Sanz, Amos Nuñez, Simón, Celaya, Nieto, Salamandra


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #11 on: March 16, 2024, 08:35:30 AM
Solingen, Germany

Boker, Amefa, Puma, Klever, Edge, Herbertz, Felix, Carl Schlieper, F. Herder


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #12 on: March 16, 2024, 08:43:24 AM
Why are any of us here and if there is life on other planets do they also collect knives and multitools?

 :rofl:
Hopefully when aliens invade, they'll realize we're just as weird as them. "Oh, you collect knives and tools too?" :tu:
I wonder if they have ice-cream. :think:


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #13 on: March 16, 2024, 10:54:07 AM
Hopefully when aliens invade,

No, I don't think they will ever invade. I think the reason we've never seen any aliens is that we're on some taboo list and there is some galactic no trespassing signal out there: Crazy planet, collects knives and multitools, and even eats ice-cream. Stay at least 50 lightyears away. No wonder we don't see aliens!
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Re: Why all here?
Reply #14 on: March 16, 2024, 02:28:58 PM
Nova Scotia, Canada.

Grohmann Knives, Multitool.org. 

 :D

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us Offline David Bowen

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Re: Why all here?
Reply #15 on: March 16, 2024, 02:36:32 PM
Yangjiang city, Guangdong province, China

Sanrenmu, Ganzo, QSP, Roxon, NexTool, Grand Harvest, Henstrong, Everbright, Everspeed, Tonglian, and many more knife and multi-tool manufacturers and OEMs for other companies are in one hotspot.
Yangjiang is the dang tool/knife powerhouse of China.

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Re: Why all here?
Reply #16 on: March 16, 2024, 03:55:43 PM
Yangjiang is the dang tool/knife powerhouse of China.

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And WE/Civivi, Eafengrow, Kubey, Flissa, Harnds, Vigor, the more I look the more there are.

If it's a knife or multi-tool, and made in China, it's probably made in Yangjiang.


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #17 on: March 16, 2024, 04:21:28 PM
Yep yep, aren't they somehow contracted through the government or something. I remember reading something negative about knife companies in China and how they're funded or something, maybe encouraged to start a company in the providence?

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Re: Why all here?
Reply #18 on: March 16, 2024, 07:27:09 PM
Some 20 or so years ago business clusters with various specializations were all the rage. It makes sense on many levels - different business, sub suppliers, investors, banks, public services working within the same field can all benefit from being located in the same area. Of course, over here, someone came up with the concept of "decentralized business clusters".. Which work pretty as a cluster except for the cluster part. Go figure.

Internet helps bringing everything closer at some levels, but there is still physical parts and people to move.
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us Offline FinneganMckinney4000

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Re: Why all here?
Reply #19 on: March 16, 2024, 08:01:49 PM
Has anyone ever been inside any of these facilities?
Maybe we are the knife alien wizards...


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #20 on: March 17, 2024, 04:18:41 AM
I wonder if they have hotels there too. :think:
It would be an interesting experience, visiting a few of the factories. Maybe twenty in one day? :D


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Re: Why all here?
Reply #21 on: March 18, 2024, 11:48:39 AM
Has anyone ever been inside any of these facilities?
Maybe we are the knife alien wizards...

Years ago we had organized an MTO Leatherman factory trip.

https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,31567.0.html

Unfortunately I was unable to attend, but the people that did go had a great time, as you can see!

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