I follow your premise that a paid for expert’s opinion might taint the knife. However, in Mr. Levine’s case, it would be no different (as you have mentioned in terms of provided for official services) than paying a subject matter’s expert for their expert’s testimony in court. While I know who Mr. Levine is, I’ve never interacted with him in any manner.
Just as easily, I would argue that an unpaid for/free opinion could be similarly tainted as the individual advising may possess the desire to glom onto any publicity the knife’s article generates or is simply, rubber stamping your own conclusions as they don’t wish to disappoint.
For $25.00, I would rather possess a disinterested and wholly qualified party’s opinion rather than a free/less contentious and potentially sycophantic expert’s opinion. Additionally, if I were your article’s publisher, I’d respect a potentially unfriendly/contentious expert’s opinion than multiple unpaid backslappers’ opinions.
Ron, you seem put out having to pay for other’s confirmation of information you know to be true. As a disinterested yet sympathetic observer, it doesn’t appear to be a hard choice to make. That is, unless it’s not about paying for that confirmation/information, but more about the loss of pride of having to pay for what once could be had for free when your esteemed colleagues were still amongst us.
For a nominal fee, you could move past this current hurdle and onto the next knife worthy of your time/talents. I only wish all of life’s challenges were this straightforward and affordable.
Edited by militariaone, 08 July 2018 - 01:35 AM.