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#1053082 - 03/24/18 02:59 AM Scrapyard out of business?
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I posted this to get some attention. I have been here since the beginning. I have a scrapyard tatoo (maybe first one). Bout all the original model's. But I have been watching the shop and nothing new has co me out. Sure busse is pushing stuff and scrapyard run offs etc. But why are new knives coming out? I think that last june Dan spoke of one? I could be way wrong on that.


Why no new knives. Even the forums consists of birthday tributes and speak of whats on bladeforums or busse releases. It seems like the Busse parent company is absorbing this and Rat knives to stay viable. Dont feed me swamp rat has the ruki and ratmandu. They have had those for months and same thing there. Likely thise exist due to overproduction....could be wrong.

Maybe I am way off base here, and fine if I am. But how does a company stay viable and pay costs with nothing to sell. Its disheartening as I loved the knives here. Not trolling. I am wondering if this has not been discussed here. If it hasnt,...why?


Edited by barrabas74 (03/24/18 03:01 AM)
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#1053083 - 03/24/18 03:34 AM Re: Scrapyard out of business? [Re: barrabas74]
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Well I can't say for sure because I am not employed by Dan or Jerry. BUT they are going to Blade again this year, but NOT having a booth! They have said that production of some models is so great they just don't have the time to put anything out for blade.

They do a lot of work for military and other contracts and fulfilling those contracts cuts in on the time and resources needed to make blades for the general public. Don't loose heart, they WILL make knives available to us normal citizens when they can. It is hard balancing out contract blades with blades for the general populace. The contract blades are a GUARANTEED source of revenue that can not be ignored.

So just set back with your favorite bone and enjoy the companionship we all share.
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#1053085 - 03/24/18 06:03 AM Re: Scrapyard out of business? [Re: barrabas74]
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Barrabas, I'll admit I wonder the same thing. Dan has been pretty much a ghost when it comes to this forum, and there's been very little in the past 3-4 years. I think the new business model has absorbed the Yard into Busse and Jerry just has too much going on to worry about SYCO.

Who knows? Maybe they'll come out and suprise us. But at this point in time, the company appears to be withering on the vine, just like this once active forum.
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#1053086 - 03/24/18 10:04 AM Re: Scrapyard out of business? [Re: rth548]
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B74, many of us have been concerned for quite a while now. This forum was once the second hottest forum going, and now it's practically dead. Thank goodness we still have a few Dogs to hang in there with us.

I believe that Jerry changed his business model due to demand; I remember him posting about buying a bunch of new equipment and another building. It seems more and more to be mimicking companies such as Bark River instead of the old and more customer friendly Busse. He keeps rehashing some of the same models with slight variations such as the Team Gemini and ASH: I guess they sell a LOT of them and it helps pay the bills and keep them busy. But I really miss the interaction with Dan; his being MIA has really hurt the Yard. frown

You are also right about the first Yard tattoo; on your left shoulder (back) if I recall correctly. Mine on the arm was second. I'm still proud of my tattoo and association with ScrapYard, but I sure wish we could get back to where it once was. In the meantime, visit us more often, as we could sure use more Dogs like you! wink
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#1053090 - 03/24/18 07:33 PM Re: Scrapyard out of business? [Re: barrabas74]
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"But how does a company stay viable and pay costs with nothing to sell."

I don't think that SYKCO was ever a separate company with its own production machinery, and employees. If there were less demand for Busse Combat products, then Swamp Rat and SYKCO knives were made. If demand increases for Busse Combat products, then less SYKCO or Swamp Rat knives were made.
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#1053091 - 03/24/18 11:55 PM Re: Scrapyard out of business? [Re: barrabas74]
barrabas74 Offline
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Private Klink, your spot on, on the location of the tattoo(left shoulder). I have lurked here for a while and bought here or the echange on BF for my dogs. I guess its just sad. These were/are knives that most anyone could afford to own. I couldnt keep up with Busse, but I could here as many others. I never felt like any were a downgrade either. I just hope they come back strong at some point or tell us its over.


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#1053092 - 03/25/18 01:15 AM Re: Scrapyard out of business? [Re: barrabas74]
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Ray. I joined in 2008 and that was exactly what Dan said was going on. They operated on "Off times or down times". Don't know if this game plan has ever changed or not, but Yeah it is frustrating to not have anything up for sale but such is life. MANY of the good things in life are waiting for and I guess The Yard blades fit this category. I highly cherish all my Scrapyard blades and for fixed blades that is all I ever use, as I have a few to pick from. grin
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#1053095 - 03/25/18 03:51 AM Re: Scrapyard out of business? [Re: SkunkHunter]
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That's still no excuse for the lack of communication. wink
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#1053096 - 03/25/18 04:28 AM Re: Scrapyard out of business? [Re: barrabas74]
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True Dat. It is frustrating.
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#1053121 - 03/25/18 11:32 AM Re: Scrapyard out of business? [Re: barrabas74]
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Well, I'm not excited to pick up a new blade as I used to be because I can't go camping or do much yard work anymore. I'm seriously considering selling most of my knives except for a few that have sentimental value such as the Regulator that I bought from Tom or the 411 that was my most used knife. My 1311 was never used. Retirement is great but getting old is not.
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