For those of you who came over from the old forum, you're already likely well familiar with who we are and what we do. For those just joining, this thread serves as a little explanation of the misfit and near-rebellious operation I run. Here at Baryonyx Knife Co. we do a lot of things that make pegging us down neatly a bit difficult. First and foremost, we're an online retailer of knives and tools focused on goods with a strong price/performance ratio. If we don't carry something, we may still like it and just haven't added it to our selection yet, but if we do carry something you can bet it's a strong value that performs at or above its asking price. I like to say that we carry "sensible selections for practical people," and I won't carry anything that I wouldn't personally endorse and recommend. Function and effective, pragmatic design are far more important to us than industry trends, fads, and eye candy factor--it's all humble hard-working tools in this shop. Absolutely every item that comes through the shop is hand-inspected for quality control, meaning that the odds of you getting a lemon are drastically reduced. Defects that affect function are returned to the manufacturer, and anything that has only cosmetic flaws are sold at discount as "Grade B" items. On many of our tools we offer optional Special Grade servicing, which consists of the extra elbow grease that we feel most tools can benefit from in order to perform their best. This work usually consists of thinning and refining factory edges, but can also include simple handle shaping work, squaring spines, etc. We also occasionally do modifications of production tools, as time and inclination dictate. I'm a designer, and my signature Baryonyx Machete has been featured in Knives Illustrated, Backwoodsman Magazine, HiConsumption, and others. We have lots of other designs in the pipeline, and we recently launched our first in what will be a large range of custom-formulated sharpening stones under our <BYX•CO> branding, to great acclaim. I am also a specialist in American pattern scythes and related tools (the only one globally that I'm aware of, in fact) and do custom builds and restorations of them. Last, but not least, I love to hunt for obscure, but useful, tools and help bring them into the spotlight. A notable example is our work with the Italian companies Rinaldi, Falci, and Angelo B. to bring billhooks and Italian-style axes and other tools to the US market. Education is a major part of what I do, and I maintain a blog with photos, articles, and guides that I wish I had more time to work on. I'm always happy to "talk shop" about design, tool selection, sharpening, etc. and find it one of the most rewarding parts of the business. So now that you know what we're all about, kick back and have some fun--we're all here because we're not all there, so make yourself at home in my little corner of the forums.