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Problem with UK Cold Steel stockist Bear Arm ltd? - Wednesday, January 04, 2012 12:50 PM ( #1 )
I am based in the UK and the main stockist for Cold Steel Products in the UK is Bear Arm ltd.

Now for some reason Bear Arm ltd doesnt stock the full Cold Steel catalogue, and it seems to consistently not stock product that would sell well. A good example is the Steel Tiger karambit and the SK-5 carbon steel Gurkha Kukri. Both of these knives have not been in stock at Cold Steel UK for close to a year.  Why is this? Is Bear Arm ltd still an official stockist for Cold Steel? And if so why is Cold Steel headquarters not telling them to stock more product that would sell?
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Re:Problem with UK Cold Steel stockist Bear Arm ltd? - Wednesday, January 04, 2012 2:15 PM ( #2 )
OK you are making one large mistake in your thinking. Bear Arm carries CS products but CS can not tell them what to carry. Bear Arm like everyone else other than CS is a retailer of CS products meaning they have to purchase the knives from CS or another whole seller to re-sale. Also the UK has some rather odd customs inspectors at times so some items you would like to have do not always get threw customs.
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
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Re:Problem with UK Cold Steel stockist Bear Arm ltd? - Thursday, January 05, 2012 3:04 AM ( #3 )
Hi redfox
 
We do aim to stock every single Cold Steel product that is legal in the UK. If you think about it, there's no reason why we wouldn't (I don't mean to be patronising with this statement, but it's true!). The problem is that we cannot get the products in from Cold Steel Inc. If a product is not in stock with us here in the UK, and if it's not already on its way to us, then it will be on back-order.
 
The problem appears to be that some products seem to be difficult for Cold Steel to manufacture in enough quantity to satisfy the demand. We get them in in such small quantities that they probably come in and go out of stock before you notice they've even come in stock.
 
 
 
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Peter Schofield
BearArm Ltd
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Re:Problem with UK Cold Steel stockist Bear Arm ltd? - Thursday, January 05, 2012 3:11 AM ( #4 )
Hi Loki1
 
You're absolutely correct Cold Steel cannot TELL us what to stock, but as per my previous response, we do aim to carry all UK legal Cold Steel products in stock.
 
As for the customs, yes, our customs inspectors do seem to be a little haphazard in their approach. But they don't seem to bother us too much. At worst they'll hold our shipments up for a day or two. But all of the goods we import are legal in the UK so they all get through.
 
On a similar note customs treat individuals differently to companies. When an individual imports a curved sword for example, invariably they'll confiscate it automatically and then it's up to the individual to prove they are entitled to import the product. But when we import it they ask us what the products are, we tell them and they then clear it.
 
 
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Peter Schofield
BearArm Ltd
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Re:Problem with UK Cold Steel stockist Bear Arm ltd? - Thursday, January 05, 2012 6:30 AM ( #5 )
Loki1
Also the UK has some rather odd customs inspectors at times so some items you would like to have do not always get threw customs.

 
For some reason I just remembered being told something several years ago. I was sending something  that may b in a bit of a legal grey area.It was going to someone in  Germany and was told by my German friend  .... "Once its out of your country dont worry about it at all,we dont have an oppressive government here the way the United States does ". It seems customs agents are simply morons following rules they them self hardly understand much like anyone with any authority to abuse.
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Re:Problem with UK Cold Steel stockist Bear Arm ltd? - Thursday, January 05, 2012 1:26 PM ( #6 )
Thanks for your courteous reply Peter.

I was a bit baffled by the issue over the carbon steel Gurkha Kukri stock issue. Maybe its just a victim of its own success?  Do you intend on having any Gurkha Kukris in stock soon?

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Re:Problem with UK Cold Steel stockist Bear Arm ltd? - Friday, January 06, 2012 2:05 AM ( #7 )
Hi redfox

It baffles me too! a few years ago we were able to keep the Gurkha Kukri and the Karambit in stock, but in the past year or so it seems they're like hen's teeth.  Obviously as a distributor we aren't privvy to the "behind the scenes" goings on at Cold Steel Inc. so your guess is as good as mine as to what the supply problem is. 

I'm afraid we still do not have the Kurki or the Karambit coming in stock at this time :-(
Kind Regards

Peter Schofield
BearArm Ltd
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Re:Problem with UK Cold Steel stockist Bear Arm ltd? - Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:14 PM ( #8 )
Sent you a PM redfox! :)

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