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No production process is perfect. We sometimes mess up in a way that makes a knife unsaleable. We often keep those parts around for various types of destructive testing so long as they are suitable.
More often, we may have a slight defect that we know will not affect the performance of the knife but does affect how it looks. It might be an errant nick from a grinder or some over zealous finish buffing that erodes a feature it shouldn’t or makes the fit a little less even than we like. In such cases, we feel we really should try to find homes for those knives; “seconds,” we call them. So we offer you an incentive by reducing the price. We sharpen our seconds just like we do our regular knives so you can start enjoyable cutting right out of the shipping box.
Our goal is to never have seconds, but when we do, we will list them. If you don’t see any seconds listed for the model you are interested in, that means we don’t have any at the moment.
Sometimes we may also offer knife prototypes for sale if they are otherwise saleable, but just not the final design we arrived at.