Shivworks Knock offs
Shivworks does not sell any knives on Ebay. Many new knives sold on ebay are knock off and substandard quality. Buyer beware. Please see our affiliate page to see if they are authorized dealers since we have a very limited dealer network.
Shivworks started in the early 1990’s to promote Craig Douglas fighting methodologies. And all of our knives were hand made in the US by custom knife makers. These high end knives were in the high $200 to $300 dollar range back then. Some of the issues we had with the custom knife makers is that we could not get the delivery of the knives on a consistent basis. And even a few times, paid for product and it was never delivered. Craig wanted to produce an affordable knife around $100.00 since many of our customers are LE and military personal. And would not worry too much if their $300 knife ended up in an evidence bag, if the knife was lost in the field. So we started making the blades overseas and was able to significantly reduce the price of the knives and get the volume we needed. But with this, the quality was not like our custom blades. Most of our customers were extremely happy to get a less expensive knife all the time and was willing to deal with the issues of the blades not always being razor sharp, and the sheaths a bit larger and not as refined. When the knives come to the US, we assemble the belt loop and inspect each blade. Hence it is common to see the black lines on the blade from the sheath and during the inspection process done here in the US.
What is the difference between the Ban Tang Custom Clinch Pick and the standard Clinch Pick?
The Ban Tang custom Clinch Pick is a hand made custom knife and sheath. Hand finished with a razor sharp edge. This knife is for the buyer who wants the absolute best and not worried about the cost. Our standard Clinch Pick is made in China with good quality at a very good price point. It does not come with a razor sharp edge from the factory, but with a little sharpening and patients you can get it sharp. The sheaths are not as refined as the custom sheath and may leave some black marks on the blade from use. The production Clinch Picks is fully functional at a extremely affordable price.
Where can I get a better sheath for my Shivworks knives?
One of our affiliates is Dark Star gear who makes custom US made handmade sheaths.
What is a “B” unit (bravo)
Sometimes during our quality assurance process we find some knives that do not meet our standard. Some are destroyed, and the others with cosmetic defects maybe sold as bravo units. These knives are great for a back up, or a low cost alternative for those who want functionality and are not worried about cosmetics appearance of their tools.