I swooped up one of the Promark ones that you linked in the OP a month ago and i LOVE it. Such a smart idea. I have been thinking about partitioning off the large slot so the knives dont move so much but honestly thats just be being picky. I honestly think its the perfect size for my needs.
I didn't want to make a new thread, but this is still true.
I ordered from Darkhardt on 05/16/2021 and have been told "this week" from them since 07/26/2021. As of 09/20/2021 I still have no bag and they haven't responded to my last email request for an update.
The regular ETA is 4-6 weeks that was extended to a "we're busy" time of 6-8 weeks. So, I'm either at 2 or 3 times the waiting time with no attempts to reach out on their part and a new excuse every time I reach out myself. While some have been legitimate, I don't care anymore after getting too many of them while having half a grand held ransom.
If you've been considering one I do not recommend it. I paid upfront (with a no refund policy), ETA is just outside of filing a claim with the bank, and the owner's word has zero weight to it. Just "Sorry, [excuse here], this week!" that I'm sure will be the next response as well.
The thing is, I'm not sure the functionality is actually better on the expensive knife bags compared to the drumstick backs. You're mostly just paying hipster tax. They actually lack features in comparison to some of the drumstick bags.
It all depends on your priorities, and how much you use it... but for just carrying to family a few times a year it doesn't make sense to me to spend a fortune.Functionality is of course arguable—but I do like good materials, design, made in the USA, supporting small artisan workshops—to me, cheap stuff just feels "cheap." If I can afford a quality, handmade kitchen knife, then I can afford a well made, stylish knife roll.
For me, a Paul Smith suit is way better than a Banana Republic suit—both function the same.
No, the promark will fit my 270 suji + saya, and my 270 gyuto + saya, but that's really the limit, longer than that would only fit if you leave the zipper open on the top.Will a drumstick case hold my 300mm suji? Honest question. I was a drummer in a former life and can see the cases working for a minimal travel kit. But when I'm packing a decent amount of gear, I find my Valentich roll useful.
It all depends on your priorities, and how much you use it... but for just carrying to family a few times a year it doesn't make sense to me to spend a fortune.
And functionally the Promark is just awesome. Ability to hang it is really convenient, it has a proper zipper, magnetic closers on the handles, extra slots for small tools, extra pockets. It's really more convenient than just a normal flat knife roll (that to me is only a small step up from simply wrapping in towels).
I don't mind the nylon construction either; yes it's not as glorious and luxurious as leather, but it's plenty sturdy, and it does make it easier to add extra pockets and such.
No, the promark will fit my 270 suji + saya, and my 270 gyuto + saya, but that's really the limit, longer than that would only fit if you leave the zipper open on the top.