Does C&J let you order direct from their UK store if you live in the US? Sounds odd since they have an NYC outlet. Ordering from other UK retailers is tough because of the low stock.
Either way, I'm not usually one to defend markups, but I find C&J to be decent value for the $500-600 they charge in the US for benchgrade. Much prefer their offerings to Alden or Church's.
low stock is an issue with 3rd party retailers, yes. but in my experience, wait times for restocks have not been that bad (i.e. 2-3 weeks).
and they did take u.s. orders at the jermyn street shop - shipping via parcelforce. but it's worth mentioning that my order was for a model that was not offered by their NYC store . . .