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Dave Martell
10-22-2011, 03:50 PM
I've been doing a lot of thinking about how tough times are and how hard it would be for me to buy one of my own knives if the roles were reversed and I was the customer. It seems that I would have to save up the money for many months before I could even place an order. This made me think about a way to help with this situation, something that could help the would be potential customers as well as myself the maker.

What I've come up with is something that I think might just be what fits the bill here pretty good. I'll now offer our pre-order knives to be purchased with a monthly payment plan. The plans will be set up in either 2, 4, or 6 month time frames with equal automatic monthly payments being made.

I believe that this will allow for some people to become a knife purchasing customer who might not otherwise be able to make such a purchase and for myself this will allow me to better plan and work more effectively while hopefully also taking more orders....all good. :)

My plan of attack from the knifemaking side would be to forecast my workload ahead of time to eventually be able to meet a finished knife with a final payment. Initially this may be a tough goal to measure up to but I feel strongly that having orders laid out with payment deadlines will allow me to adjust and meet customer goals in a much better fashion than I can currently offer.

I really think that this payment program has potential and I hope that you'll give it consideration. Please see Dave Martell Knives - Payment Program (http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/category-s/121.htm) for details.


PS - I'm still more than happy to accept orders but as always those paid for in advance will have priority.

PSS - Knives will be made in the order to which initial payments were received. This means when you start paying you get in line on that day. The only way someone could get ahead of you is to make an early (full) payment. All work will be done as fairly as possible in order.

Eamon Burke
10-22-2011, 04:07 PM
*ding ding*

We have a winner!


This is a fantastic idea, Dave. Seriously. :hatsoff:

Jim
10-22-2011, 05:29 PM
Very nice idea.:thumbsup:

obtuse
10-22-2011, 06:41 PM
That sounds like a great idea.

unkajonet
10-22-2011, 07:04 PM
Excellent idea!

The hekler
10-22-2011, 07:30 PM
I think that is a very good idea and hopefully will result in you having both more customers and a steadier income/workload.

ecchef
10-22-2011, 08:19 PM
Now THAT'S an economic stimulus plan!!! :woot:

Can I pay in Yen? :D

Dave Martell
10-22-2011, 08:26 PM
I can't tell you guys how happy I am to hear these positive comments. I've been thinking about this for a long time but wasn't sure if I'd be the only one that this made sense to. It's sure nice to be among your own kind. :)


Ahhhh...... no to the yen! :happy2:

Iceman91
10-23-2011, 11:47 AM
Really really like this idea. It's easier to talk yourself into buying a knife when you don't have to unload all the money at once. I am sure you will get a lot of new customers out of this and it would be awesome if a few other makers followed your lead here.

Mike

Mike Davis
10-23-2011, 01:12 PM
This might make it possible for me to buy a knife! Great idea Dave!

PierreRodrigue
10-23-2011, 09:29 PM
Nice Dave. I have done similar on an individual basis, taken payments as the customer was able to pay. I works well for those who couldn't normally look at custom pieces.

Dave Martell
10-23-2011, 10:16 PM
Yeah I think it can help to get some folks into knives that they otherwise wouldn't be able to get. I hope so anyway. :D

ecchef
10-24-2011, 04:40 AM
Aw, crap! :cry:

obtuse
10-24-2011, 02:55 PM
When are you going to start your run of gyutos in CTS-XHP so I have a reason to use This monthly payment plan :) I could use a stainless one too.

Dave Martell
10-24-2011, 03:00 PM
When are you going to start your run of gyutos in CTS-XHP so I have a reason to use This monthly payment plan :) I could use a stainless one too.


If Butch keeps telling me how good this stuff is I just might have to get some and go for it. The thing that interests me about this steel most of all is that it's made about 15min from me. I drive by the Carpenter plant all of the time and never knew it until a couple of weeks ago. I love the local connection.

obtuse
10-24-2011, 03:25 PM
If Butch keeps telling me how good this stuff is I just might have to get some and go for it. The thing that interests me about this steel most of all is that it's made about 15min from me. I drive by the Carpenter plant all of the time and never knew it until a couple of weeks ago. I love the local connection.

Please let me know when you do. I will sign up for another one. That's really cool that the steel is made so close to you. I have a feeling that it's some good stuff :)

Dave Martell
10-24-2011, 04:15 PM
Will do!

Eamon Burke
10-24-2011, 06:07 PM
If Butch keeps telling me how good this stuff is I just might have to get some and go for it. The thing that interests me about this steel most of all is that it's made about 15min from me. I drive by the Carpenter plant all of the time and never knew it until a couple of weeks ago. I love the local connection.

Dave, you can't turn that down! Localize, baby!

I thought I saw a Carpenter plant here in Texas, but it was some furniture company.

tk59
10-24-2011, 06:12 PM
What happens if someone is 6 mo into it and decides they are out for one reason or another?

Dave Martell
10-24-2011, 06:50 PM
What happens if someone is 6 mo into it and decides they are out for one reason or another?


I've never been one to hold someone down to something like this so I'd have no problem refunding the money. The exception would be if I started work on the knife to a special spec or if they had me using a handle material that's weird and unusually expensive as in those cases we'd have to assess what's what before doing a refund. Basically I feel that I can sell or use most anything that's within a normal range but the one off orders might be something I'd have to evaluate on a case by case basis.

Dave Martell
12-03-2011, 06:32 PM
We've already taken a few orders using the payment plan option. I'm glad that this is working out as something useful for people as it's very useful for us in our workflow planning.

Thanks folks! :)

Dave

Vils
12-15-2011, 02:15 PM
You've sold me at least one knife. Just one question; Can I decide at wich date money will be withdrawn from my account?

Dave Martell
12-15-2011, 03:59 PM
You've sold me at least one knife. Just one question; Can I decide at wich date money will be withdrawn from my account?


Yes we can do that if we do it offline (not using the shopping cart) because then we can control the dates by manually invoicing. I'm happy to have your business. :)

Vils
12-15-2011, 04:38 PM
PM sent

Dave Martell
10-12-2012, 04:43 PM
For those of you who are interested in our monthly payment program I wanted to let you know that yes we are still doing this. If you happen to be concerned with lead times then your concerns are justified as our times have been ever increasing since I started knifemaking, however, I've recently found some time saving methods that are allowing me to do certain tasks faster than ever. Also, many of the other (non knifemaking) tasks that I am doing (like western rehandling) work is getting done faster than ever as well which frees up time for my own knifemaking.

Currently I'm 50% the way through a 3 piece set for one customer and then following that the next 4 knives are all wa handles where the handles are pre-made by Stefan. This means that we'll be knocking 7 knives off of our list within a very short period of time reducing our waiting list by 30%.

So if you've been considering ordering a knife from me please know that we're making head way to getting work out faster than we have in a long time and that wait times should be reduced.

If anyone should have any questions please feel free to ask, I always look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for your considerations,
Dave

http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/Dave-Martell-Knives-s/126.htm

El Pescador
10-13-2012, 12:24 PM
Are you still only using O1 or has the Carpenter option come up? I'd like a Carpenter gyuto from you.

Dave Martell
10-13-2012, 03:08 PM
Are you still only using O1 or has the Carpenter option come up? I'd like a Carpenter gyuto from you.


I've been so busy with doing the carbon O-1's that I haven't even looked into the Carpenter steel yet but that's something that I need to do, isn't it? Let me see what I can figure out.