These small guys thinking outside the box and coming up with new twists keep diversity in the scene. Which is where it all came from in the first place. We wouldn't have z bars, rabbit ears, crazy cut up molded gas tanks and fenders, narrow ass long front ends, or (gasp) ape hangers. This list clearly goes on and on and on. If it weren't for some crazy ass shut up in a garage or basement (or where the hell ever) thinking outside the box and taking a chance we wouldn't have all these classic custom parts.
The point is there are a quite a few cats making handle bars, and working with brass and stainless to make parts and accents for your bike. I have met or at least corresponded with many of them. They have great products and many of them are incredibly talented craftsmen. And down to earth. I remain to be blown away by how awesome some of these people are even though some might consider us competitors.
At the end of the day I would rather have peers and friends than competitors. Don't get me wrong we all take pride in our work and when we sell that work it puts food on the table and keeps the lights on both in the shop and at home. So put down the big box store catalog with all the parts made over seas that every one else has and support the folks that are keeping it going right here at home!
Sloppily written with passion and not edited at all by yours truly Tom Bowie from Deep Six Cycles!!! < end rant >