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Old 04-07-2020, 6:30 PM
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Figured I'd check in on this thread since its been a while. Winklers, Hinderers, Busses, Swamp Rats....sheesh. Good stuff. The usual suspects still here too I see.

Now, what the hell did they do to the Swamp Warden?? My goodness, not sure how practical something that small and thick would be. Interesting nonetheless.

I've always loved the Swamp Warden and have considered it one of the best neck knives ever. With a good Strider wrap its hard to beat. Used to carry mine daily like that for a while and sometimes pocket carry too. Can't remember who made my sheath (AZWelke perhaps?) but I love this knife and will never get rid of it.



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Kershaw Leek And the Ontario Rat are pretty impressive.
Kershaw has hundreds of decent ones... their lineup is always insane in numbers.

I still have an OKC RTAKII in custom kydex that can do a lot that a SYKCO 1111 could do. OKC is underrated. Never tried their folders though.
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The anticipation sucks Waiting for my
Microtech Socom Elite in od green w/ stonewash tanto blade in CTS 204P ...photos as soon as it arrives.
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Recently picked up a delica 4 in vtoku2. I’m currently eyeing a Microtech Udt 70.
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First trip out the box.
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Just got this last week:



To match my other one I got last year:


Decently priced on both, handle great, and are super sharp. I love serrated blades
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First trip out the box.
Nice, I've been looking at a Socom Elite for a while now.
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I've got a custom made skinner of Damascus and...very old bone handle being made. Did some planning with the maker on it yesterday and today and I am excited for it.
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I've got a custom made skinner of Damascus and...very old bone handle being made. Did some planning with the maker on it yesterday and today and I am excited for it.

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Will do! I've got a other skinner from the same guy that's been around the world with me, and cut open all kinds of critters, with handle made of mule deer antler a buddy of mine shot.
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Just came in today. PM2 in Maxamet with flytanium scales and titanium lynch deep carry clip.
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I used to be pretty good at posting pics but I just can't seem to do it these days.
These Blackjack knives are really impressive, Randall knives impressive..

Here's my latest one.






Another try..
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What do you guys think about this CS SRK, $41 on amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-49...hi&sr=1-1&th=1
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Anybody use a cold steel vaquero xl? My biggest folder is a black talon 2 and not sure I could comfortably carry anything larger
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Maxamet PM2 with titanium scales.

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What do you guys think about this CS SRK, $41 on amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-49...hi&sr=1-1&th=1
I got one when it hit $26.11 so it has gone lower... I stripped mine, and it is a decent little knife and sheath.



If you were spending $40... and would be ok with a larger blade, the Drop Forged Survivalist is a lot more blade for the money ($60):



https://botach.com/cold-steel-36mh-d...d-blade-knife/

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Old 04-17-2020, 10:09 AM
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I got one when it hit $26.11 so it has gone lower... I stripped mine, and it is a decent little knife and sheath.



If you were spending $40... and would be ok with a larger blade, the Drop Forged Survivalist is a lot more blade for the money ($60):



https://botach.com/cold-steel-36mh-d...d-blade-knife/
Yeah, I actually had both of those knives sitting in my Amazon cart, but the best amazon price for the survivalist was $78 w/free ship. Think I got some stuff from Botach during freedom week, I'll check them out.
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Old 04-17-2020, 10:27 AM
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SRK for $35 is out of stock at Botach, but looking at the Recon Tanto for $40 at Botach
https://botach.com/cold-steel-recon-tanto-in-sk-5/
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SRK for $35 is out of stock at Botach, but looking at the Recon Tanto for $40 at Botach
https://botach.com/cold-steel-recon-tanto-in-sk-5/
I like the Recon Tanto better than the SRK... same nice handle. I'd get one but I have a 3V Master Tanto. I need to compare the SRK handle to the Master Tanto side by side, but I think I like the Master Tanto handle more. The 52100 steel in the Drop Forged line is the same as SR-101 and a lot better than SK-5 IMHO. A lot heavier larger knife though.
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That looks pretty bad ars, I have the Native 5 FRN all black and really like the looks. Let us know how you like the Yo!
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SRK for $35 is out of stock at Botach, but looking at the Recon Tanto for $40 at Botach
https://botach.com/cold-steel-recon-tanto-in-sk-5/
I bought a SRK San Mai knockoff from DHgate awhile back for $15 or $20.

Don't know how it would hold up in actual use but I like it the way it feels/looks. Just bought it out of curiosity and because I had a "credit" that I had to use. Consider it a throw away "back up" knife which I'd take on a hike/camping trip if I wanted to use it.

You can get the real thing for MSRP $180; $105 on AMZN. See: Cold Steel SRK San Mai.
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I bought a SRK San Mai knockoff from DHgate awhile back for $15 or $20.

You can get the real thing for MSRP $180; $105 on AMZN. See: Cold Steel SRK San Mai.
If you love an SRK and want a better steel, I'd get a 3V version:

https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-SR...g-goods&sr=1-1

For a beater though... if you can get SK-5 for $26 that's a winner IMHO.
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Well... i bought that Microtech Socom Elite a few days ago (posted above)
Annnnnd came across a new in box 08/2019 production date Microtech Ultratech bounty hunter in a serrated tanto that I had to have. Boba Fett is too damn cool.
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Well... i bought that Microtech Socom Elite a few days ago (posted above)
Annnnnd came across a new in box 08/2019 production date Microtech Ultratech bounty hunter in a serrated tanto that I had to have. Boba Fett is too damn cool.
Nice, I love the ultratech. The Utx85 fits my hand perfectly too. I have a UTX70ca that I wear with gym shorts and stuff. I almost got a bounty hunter in a trade but it fell through, congrats.
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I have a special UTX-70 and a cool limited edition Ultratech that I love, even if I can't carry em in Cali. Outside of those two special editions, I've jettisoned all Microtech products as their customer service sucks in my experience. I've loved the Socom Elite in the past, but don't want to bet the farm on Microtech when the chips are down.

My latest purchase is a Boker Plus John W. Smith (JWS) collaboration:






It's got dove tailed Ti bolsters with black G10 scales and Ti liner lock parts. The blade is 154CM and it's made in Germany. It's compact, light, made of quality materials and extremely well finished. I have a couple of JWS custom knives and the level of fit and finish on this production knife when comparing is amazing, but the real custom Marlowes are at another level!

Here's a shot of a Boker Plus Marlowe KMP-22 along side the JWS knife for comparison. I have custom hand made versions of both knives and the Boker collab versions are good, but not at the same level as a real JWS or Marlowe custom.


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I have a special UTX-70 and a cool limited edition Ultratech that I love, even if I can't carry em in Cali. Outside of those two special editions, I've jettisoned all Microtech products as their customer service sucks in my experience. I've loved the Socom Elite in the past, but don't want to bet the farm on Microtech when the chips are down.

My latest purchase is a Boker Plus John W. Smith (JWS) collaboration:






It's got dove tailed Ti bolsters with black G10 scales and Ti liner lock parts. The blade is 154CM and it's made in Germany. It's compact, light, made of quality materials and extremely well finished. I have a couple of JWS custom knives and the level of fit and finish on this production knife when comparing is amazing, but the real custom Marlowes are at another level!

Here's a shot of a Boker Plus Marlowe KMP-22 along side the JWS knife for comparison. I have custom hand made versions of both knives and the Boker collab versions are good, but not at the same level as a real JWS or Marlowe custom.


That's a pretty impressive Boker sir, I can't say that i've ever said that before.
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Fortunately, I was able to acquire a pre-owned Crooked River from Calguns Marketplace. Man, I love this knife. Been carry it for a week now.




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If you love an SRK and want a better steel, I'd get a 3V version:

https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-SR...g-goods&sr=1-1

For a beater though... if you can get SK-5 for $26 that's a winner IMHO.
Was just going thru my old "receipts" and discovered that my knock-off SRK only cost me $2. Guess it really is a throw away knife. LOL!
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I ordered a Spyderco Waterway and a Benchmade Saddle Mountain Skinner in the last couple days. Should be here next week.
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These will be here later this week. Now to try my hand at making sheaths...
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My daughter and her BF got me a Benchmade 381 for my birthday. Good kids.

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Been eyeing this one for a long time, bladehq putting it on clearance made the decision for me. Couldn't pass it up for $110. Showed up earlier than expected.
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