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#63448 - 04/09/06 11:57 AM Re: Shopping in the USA
Anonymous
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LOL, I checked the knife out on Google, looking good. I noticed the has a double edged point, very useful. Also some variations with a half serated blade wich, in my experience with Buck, is perfect. If I cant get Walmart to send it to an address is the US could I ask one of you guys to pick one up and send it to the US address?

BTW is $40 a short term special offer, or a permanent low price?

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#63449 - 04/09/06 06:12 PM Re: Shopping in the USA
Brangdon Offline
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Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1201
Loc: Nottingham, UK
> I am concidering the SureFire L1 because of the brightness, toughness and price. Opinions?

I have one and I hate it. It's not very bright by modern standards. It's physically big for a single-cell torch. It's beam is a tight spot with no spill, which is useless at short range. Its main strength is good throw (ie illuminating at a distance). Personally I'd rather have a 1$ photon-freedom knock-off.
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#63451 - 04/10/06 01:17 PM Re: Shopping in the USA
norad45 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 1506
I checked Walmart.com and the only Spyderco I could find at the website is the Delica for $49.00. It is larger than the Native, a bit more money, and has a fully serrated VG-10 blade. You should be able to order that one on line and have it shipped anywhere in the USA.

The Native available at Walmart is, I believe, only available in plain edge S30V. If you want a half-serrated one you will have to go elsewhere. I will be hitting a Walmart sometime this week for some .380 ammo, so if you want me to I can pick you one up.

Oh, and the $40.00 is a permanent low price. <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

Edit: Looks like they also have a combo edge version of the Delica available online (although the picture does not show it), so if you want a half-serrated Spyderco you can have it.


Edited by norad45 (04/10/06 01:34 PM)

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#63452 - 04/10/06 02:52 PM Re: Shopping in the USA
Alejandro Offline
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Registered: 07/06/04
Posts: 23
Loc: Caracas - Venezuela
Talking from "A LOT" of personal experience. Almost all my gear has been bought in the US during business travels.
The easiest way to shop is through the Internet. Two things to be careful here: not all web sites accept credit cards from out of the country, this is probably related to the millions of frauds performed this way. And do not try international shipping, this is very expensive and also the local taxes in your country can kill you. Once I end up paying the equivalent of 80$ in taxes on a shipment for a 100$ item.
Having some friend receiving your stuff and transport it to you, as you have already planned, is the best idea. As you originally thought toss the packaging and report it in your country customs as personal items, depending on the value this could avoid taxes, though could be illegal, so use your common sense.
And do not be worried about the X-ray scan in American airports, I bough knives, flashlights and several other goodies every time I go to the US and transport in with the checked luggage with out a single problem ever. Just be sure that you are not violating any law in your country with specific blade lengths or configurations.
Good luck, and welcome to the global shopping spree....!!!
Saludos

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#63453 - 04/10/06 06:43 PM Re: Shopping in the USA
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Alejandro,
great, great post. Very informative and useful post thanks. Will follow up your advice!

Norad, ill get Walmart to ship it in-country to the address <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />. You, and all others thanks for all the help!! <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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#63454 - 04/10/06 06:58 PM Re: Shopping in the USA
lukus Offline
Member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 170
Loc: TEXAS (where else?)
I have the L2 and love it. Two LED brightness levels, throws a wide,bright beam, and sips the batteries compared to their standard (P90?) bulbs. Payed $132 for it, before they started cracking down on sellers selling below MSRP. Although it's my favorite flashlight, I'd probably look at other manufacturers and compare before plunking down full MSRP. The quality and variety of LED lights has exploded this last year, and Surefire has some competitors breathing down their neck. Their days of dominence at the high end might be numbered.

And for the money, Photon Freedom (have one of Doug's) puts out a lot of light in a tiny package. Looks twice as bright as their standard light because of the new LED.

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#63455 - 04/11/06 03:48 PM Re: Shopping in the USA
Anonymous
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Thanks for the heads up!
Which manufactures would you recommend as alternatives?

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