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    Knife stores in Toronto

    Hello SpydiePeople,



    All those in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), I will be there this coming week. Any knife/outdoors/camping stores you may recommend? I know Yonge St. is looooooong, I also know I will stay in some B&B there, with availability to shop for sharp things, so feel free to e-mail me with recommendations.



    Also, Toronto will be my next permanent home starting on April of next year, so don't delay in contacting me and bringing me up to date in Canadian culture. <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>



    Kahz



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    Kahz,

    Enjoy your visit to Toronto. I don't know any shops there, as I'm from Western Canada, but I do wish to welcome you in advance to this country. No knife blade length laws here...at least not yet!

    Cheers, Jeff/1911.


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    On the road again, eh Kahz? <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

    I hope you enjoy your trip to the North...

    Wow, big change come April! I've lived all my life in South Florida. I don't think I could handle all that snow...Best wishes to you and Zhadu!

    What was that line out of Gladiator? &quot;The frost, it makes the blade stick...&quot;

    Bee safe, and enjoy!

    "Hope for the best. Be prepared for the worst. You'll never be disappointed."

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    Lsaulog,

    Yes, once again a nomad. This will be my fourth home country in my life, and about the seventh city where I will have lived. It's time to root myself and make room for a nice permanent knife collection. <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

    BTW, you've got mail!

    Jeff/1911, thanks for the welcome!

    Kahz

    &quot;In science fiction, space and time warps are a commonplace. They are used for rapid journeys around the galaxy, or for travel through time. But today's science fiction, is often tomorrow's science fact.&quot; Stephen Hawking

    Edited by - Kahz on 11/19/2001 10:59:11 AM

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    Wow Kahz,

    I admire your spirit and patience with change. It's never an easy thing to just pickup and go.

    Don't forget to pack all your Spydies. I'd hate to see you leave one behind! <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

    Here's a thought, how 'bout getting a Spydie engraved with all the places you've been?

    Oh, BTW, you've to mail!

    &quot;Hope for the best. Be prepared for the worst. You'll never be disappointed.&quot;

    Edited by - lsaulog on 11/19/2001 12:07:23 PM

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    You will definately want to go to the Woodbine mall which is not too far from the airport. On the second floor next to Sears is a place called S&amp;R Knives. It is perhaps the best place in the city to buy knives. The mall is located at HWY 27 &amp; Rexdale Boulevard and is across the road from the Woodbine racetrack. Say Hi to the guys for me.

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    Defender,

    Welcome to the forum! Thanks! I have written that down. I leave on Thursday, so I will make a point of visiting the store. <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

    Kahz

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    Kahz

    Welcome to TO...No snow yet though...probably not til mid to late December. At S&amp;R be sure to remember the prices are in Cdn$ One loonie ($Cdn) is worth $.62 US. Offer Sean or Rodney a price 20% less than the one marked....taxes included. Tell them you got this advice on the forums it should help.

    Edited by - bansidthe on 11/20/2001 5:28:29 AM

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    Kahz,
    welcome to Toronto. I don't think you'll find the weather too different from Chicago.
    I haven't been to S&amp;R, but I will be sure to check them out on my search for a plainedge Calypso Jr. So far my search has taken me to my usual haunts... outdoors stores on King St W - Europe Bound, Marathon, MEC. I saved a trip to Le baron in Markham (still in the GTA) by calling first.

    Cheers!

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    Hi Kahz,

    Yonge Street around Wellesley has a few knife stores but all are rip offS. There's one called Warriors Martial Arts Supply that specializes in Cold Steels with a few Spyders. Nice to look at but don't buy there.

    I'll vouch for S&amp;R. Lots of stuff. Prices are ok. But you have to haggle. A little far for me though so I don't always go there. And actually, you're in luck. Goto www.srknives.com and there's a coupon there you can print for 25% off. Get that everybody?

    Another good place is LeBaron's. There's one in Markham and one in Mississauga. Selection isn't grand. Some Spydies, Cold Steels, Leatherman, Gerber, Buck and a few Benchmades but prices are good. www.lebaron.ca

    Europe Bound on King Street West across from Mountain Equipment Co-op has some Spyders. Selection varies depending on when you drop in. But I see Spyderenches there, Police necklaces, Endura/Delica, Natives, Co-Pilots, Harpy, Calpyso, even saw a Civ there once which was pretty cool. They have CRKT's and Leatherman's also.

    Just a couple stores east of Europe Bound is Marathon Outdoor Adventure. Do not go there. It's so expensive and their people are a little pushy. I got ripped off by them during my early collecting years when I didn't know anything. Endura's went for $110. Haven't stepped in to buy anything since.

    Hope this helps.

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    Kahz...I second everything ET said. Sean and Rodney are both great folks to deal with and they have the largest variety of knives on display that I have found in the Toronto area. Stay away from Lebaron's Mississauga store...poorest customer service (not just for knives) that I have ever experienced!!!!!
    Hope you enjoy your visit...Toronto has a lot to offer (www.toronto.com).
    Cheers! Jay

    Edited by - Jay Frew on 11/22/2001 6:07:24 AM

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    Jay,

    I've heard negative things about the Mississauga Lebaron's store like not being able to handle the knives because they're in some &quot;unopeneable&quot; glass case or something like that. I've never been to the Mississauga store so I don't know but I'll take your word. I can say that the Markham store is nothing like that. It's not exactly top notch customer service. It's average. You get to look at knives in their wood/glass sliding case. Somebody drops by asking if you need help with anything. You say I wanna see that knife. They go get it to show you. You ask questions. They can't answer. But if you've done your research, you pick it up and they complete the sale at a good price. That's pretty much my experience at the Markham LeBaron's store.

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    The Lebaron's in Mississauga has the poorest customer service of any outdoors store I have been in. It is constantly smeared on the fishing boards I frequent. Agreed that the Markham store is better. The only problem is they only have the Native ina serrated blade. <img src="sad.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

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