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    I agree with Marko. We all need to work up to something, not to mention, if a customer tells Marko (for example) he wants a Carter made with 52100 steel and a handle made to a specific size, do you think Marko (or anyone) is going to turn him down? Hell no! There is far too much opportunity to say no. There's exposure, another notch in the belt, money (we all need it) and a chance to learn from one of the best.
    A custom is anything made specifically for the customer, with that specific customer's preferences and desires in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Pescador View Post
    I think a custom knife is a departure from a what a maker does normally. It might be a different style handle, profile size, grind, etc.
    So if I ask Devin for a gyuto and choose the handle material, ferrule, end cap, and damascus pattern and steel, it isn't a custom since I use his standard sizes, grind, profile and style?

    Is a Kramer only custom if you ask Bob to change the profile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyChance View Post
    So if I ask Devin for a gyuto and choose the handle material, ferrule, end cap, and damascus pattern and steel, it isn't a custom since I use his standard sizes, grind, profile and style?

    Is a Kramer only custom if you ask Bob to change the profile?
    Pretty much. A Camry is a Camry until you get Toyota to make on into a Limo. Then its a custom Camry Limo. The Devin thing is funny because I talked to him about doing a ITK suji in 52100. Because he doesn't make them normally it means it would be custom. It is a departure from what he normally does. My knife will be a one of a kind.

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    You're paying custom price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    You're paying custom price?
    LOL! Yes I am. I know you're asking me to bug me. The knife has a different profile and now its going to be longer. But the quote I got originally was for a 52100 suji at the custom price.

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    Bug you? Whereever would you get that idea?! Just curious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Pescador View Post
    Pretty much. A Camry is a Camry until you get Toyota to make on into a Limo. Then its a custom Camry Limo. The Devin thing is funny because I talked to him about doing a ITK suji in 52100. Because he doesn't make them normally it means it would be custom. It is a departure from what he normally does. My knife will be a one of a kind.
    I am sorry but IMHO if it s hand made it is always different. For me if a customer specifies parameters for the knife to be made then it is custom.
    I ordered a thinner Shigefusa, this I consider customized knife rather than full custom because it is only slightly modified to my parameters but not built in a different way than any other Shigefusa. If I wanted it to have different profile then I'd consider it custom and not customized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyChance View Post
    So if I ask Devin for a gyuto and choose the handle material, ferrule, end cap, and damascus pattern and steel, it isn't a custom since I use his standard sizes, grind, profile and style?
    Personally I'd say this is a custom. I don't think you have to get into really specific requirements to make it a custom. If you like the way someone makes knives and like the standard geometry and profile you can still have a custom knife from them.

    Saying that, for some smaller makers where all the knives are made to order the line between custom and standard knives is blurred

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Pescador View Post
    Pretty much. A Camry is a Camry until you get Toyota to make on into a Limo. Then its a custom Camry Limo. The Devin thing is funny because I talked to him about doing a ITK suji in 52100. Because he doesn't make them normally it means it would be custom. It is a departure from what he normally does. My knife will be a one of a kind.
    If someone buys a Kono gyuto and then has a Stefan Skeller handle put on it by Dave this knife has now been customized, hence the knife is a custom. This fits the standard definition of what custom means. Putting on a new handle is just the first step into customization. Specifying the steel, profile, length, etc. is taking customization towards a unique, one off item which is more custom than just a handle, but they are both custom. I don't care what anybody thinks, but all of the knives that Marko rehandled are custom knives.

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    'Custom' is a very vague term. It generally refers to anything that is modified to personal taste or style.

    Around here, I feel that it implies that a knife was made with a specific person in mind--a person tells a maker that they want a certain kind of knife, and they get one made with them in mind. That said, a knife that was made to be unique or exceptional and then sold to the general public is also considered a custom.

    I think the one hard and fast rule is that with a custom knife, the person making it is individually involved--it's a knife made by a person, not a company.

    The point is, custom can mean anything. It's not a knife community thing, it's the word. It's just too general.

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