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  • Newbie Collector - Intro and Questions on Collecting

    Hi all,

    I am new to the collecting scene but have always had various knives throughout the years since my dad gave me my first pocket knife. I am an avid fisherman and camping enthusiast, and appreciate the outdoor lifestyle these pursuits provide me. I find the current restrictions on purchasing and importing folding knives into Australia to be very harsh and confusing, particularly for those of us who are responsible owners and appreciate knives for the useful tools that they are. I am now wanting to start collecting high quality knives made by the likes of Spyderco, Benchmade, and SOG etc... That said, I was wondering how to go about this LEGALLY. After purchasing a blue G10 sprint run Spyderco Manix 2 on ebay, I am now awaiting it's arrival from the U.S, but have subsequently found out that it is likely to be seized by Customs. I had consulted the Customs website before making my purchase and from their descriptions of assisted/gravity/centrifugal openers, was confident that the knife was not a restricted import. Nevertheless, from what I have heard, my chances of receiving my limited 1 of 500 collectors club purchase are slim. So, how do you guys go about purchasing your Spydercos and Benchmades - given the importation restrictions?

    Best regards,

    Sam
    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

    Albert Einstein

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    Re: Newbie Collector - Intro and Questions on Collecting

    www.urbanconquest.com.au
    ZJC Australia - Custom Knives and Sheaths

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    • #3
      Re: Newbie Collector - Intro and Questions on Collecting

      Welcome to the forum.

      As you can see, FTO is a man of many words.

      He is, however, correct. See Ron at Urban Conquest for your needs.
      Quantum physics is a bit of a passion of mine. It's extraordinary. There's a branch of mathematics that is based on lunacy, and that's wonderful.

      - Bob Hoskins -

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      • #4
        Re: Newbie Collector - Intro and Questions on Collecting

        Ron would have to be the best stress free way of getting a knife in this country. Everywhere else is far to expensive.

        You can try for import permits on anything that is in a "grey area" but last I heard they are starting to decline those at whim.

        Good luck

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        • #5
          Re: Newbie Collector - Intro and Questions on Collecting

          seems that Ron has become our go-to man for every knife that people ask for hahaha
          I'm sure he'll be enjoying the free promotion, he honestly deserves it.. good customer service, great prices, easy and quick

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          • #6
            Re: Newbie Collector - Intro and Questions on Collecting

            Yup, Ron for hassle free importation of folders. He got some Benchmades in recently, so if you're after folders similar to your Manix 2 with its ball bearing lock, the Axis folders are the best you'll get.

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            • #7
              Re: Newbie Collector - Intro and Questions on Collecting

              Seems like Ron is the man for the job. Thanks for your help guys. The forum is great, lots of like-minded level headed individuals
              Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

              Albert Einstein

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              • #8
                Re: Newbie Collector - Intro and Questions on Collecting

                Also if you can be bothered, I posted some links to the custom forms etc and background info on importing folding blades when I did a review of the Doug Ritter Benchmade I think.
                I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman: Homer J Simpson.

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