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What that? Congrats on the knife.
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this could be the next knife someone purchases.

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Old 05-29-2019, 9:28 AM
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https://www.amazon.com/Off-Grid-Kniv.../dp/B07BN4MDMH

6 month review

I got this for $30 as a promo and if another deal like that happens, I’ll buy 10.

Has a glass breaker, solid blade and good linings on thick scales.

Everything you would want in a knife.

I use it daily from fishing to box cutting and all it needs is a swipe or two on the stone.
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I got this for $30 as a promo and if another deal like that happens, Iíll buy 10.
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Yes, but their scale cuts are deep, that one looks like a snag waiting to happen, but please buy and confirm.

The Sea Dog has just enough, and the locker liner is very robust.
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Yes, but their scale cuts are deep, that one looks like a snag waiting to happen, but please buy and confirm.

The Sea Dog has just enough, and the locker liner is very robust.
FRN isn't that sticky, and the scallop texture probably slides on pocket like anything else. Certain textures of G10 are sticky in pockets. If anything that flipper on the Sea Dog might grab a keyring Usually its a trade-off. Stuff that grips better in-hand has friction on fabric or denim. Some stuff can be TOO slick... like some ZT's CF versions compared to the G10 versions.

They offer different textures too... the tan one looks good also, but I like OD.

Been meaning to try a TUYAKNIFE Bruiser, but don't carry the OD green Chinese liner lock that I have already (WEKNIFE 617 IIRC).

Can you confirm they have bearings?
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Two new-to-me Randall Made knives


Model #16-7” SP1 Fighter with stainless blade, border patrol grip, and a Spec Ops sheath



Model #12-9” Sportsman Bowie with #14 blade grind, stainless blade, #25 handle with Ivorite center, brass forward curve double hilt, brass butt cap and a thong hole.


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Old 05-30-2019, 6:39 PM
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Inexpensive but nice solid little dagger, It arrived a bit dull (False edged) but I got it sharpened up nicely to the point I have to be very careful handling it now.
I CCW when hiking but got this on my other side as a backup cougar sticker.
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Old 05-30-2019, 7:03 PM
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Model #16-7Ē SP1 Fighter with stainless blade, border patrol grip, and a Spec Ops sheath



Model #12-9Ē Sportsman Bowie with #14 blade grind, stainless blade, #25 handle with Ivorite center, brass forward curve double hilt, brass butt cap and a throng hole.



I have always had a soft spot for the 16 Special Fighter. Nice choice.


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Old 06-03-2019, 11:00 PM
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FRN isn't that sticky, and the scallop texture probably slides on pocket like anything else. Certain textures of G10 are sticky in pockets. If anything that flipper on the Sea Dog might grab a keyring Usually its a trade-off. Stuff that grips better in-hand has friction on fabric or denim. Some stuff can be TOO slick... like some ZT's CF versions compared to the G10 versions.

They offer different textures too... the tan one looks good also, but I like OD.

Been meaning to try a TUYAKNIFE Bruiser, but don't carry the OD green Chinese liner lock that I have already (WEKNIFE 617 IIRC).

Can you confirm they have bearings?
Itís spring assisted but probably not. They donít include that info in their marketing.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:58 AM
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Push daggers are legal if open carried, correct? https://youtu.be/ONH7iHCBVFI
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i just got this early handmade RH Ruana leaf spring knife is all.....lol











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Nice, might want to think about a letter of authenticity by Ruana. They can refurbish it for you and increase its value.
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Just placed an order for the newly released Spyderco Native Chief; a 4" variation of the Native and Shaman and another spin on the Military and Police. It will be my 126th Spyderco and possibly the last one that I buy for some time.



There is only 1 other Spyderco that I am currently looking for -- a plain edged Renegade, which is pretty rare and difficult to find. Otherwise, I pretty much all done collecting Spydercos and any other knife for that matter.

I've "collected" over 300 knives in the past year and I'm at a place now where, except for a few that I still want to add to the collection, there really isn't any other knife that I need/care to buy. In fact, whereas before I would pretty much buy everything I saw/thought I needed, now I'm actually pulling back and saying, NO, I really don't need to buy that knife (or gun).

So, I've started to focus on another prior collecting interest -- vinyl LP records and CDs. I've got about 2000 LPs and 1000 CDs and a 3 different high end audio systems (at 3 different levels of cost/sophistication) in my house. So, I also a huge interest in and have made a huge financial "investment" audio gear/recordings, in addition to guns and knives.

If you're familiar w/it, I'm also a big collector of Mosaic Records sets, which are rare compilations of jazz recordings available in LP and/or CD format. I've got over 80 Mosaic sets (out of about 270 ever issued) and there are about 10-20 more that I still need/want to add to the collection. So, my attention is turning in that direction.

I still may buy another knife or 2, just as I still may buy another gun or 2, but, while it's been "fun," I've pretty much shot my knife "wad" and am moving on to focus on other things.
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Picked up a couple of Spydercos, the Manix 2 went in my pocket and the Salt 2 goes in my emergency kit



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i just got this early handmade RH Ruana leaf spring knife is all.....lol


Nice Bowie, Ruana's been around for a long time, 1938, Bo Randall started with leaf springs blades about the same time, Randall said Dodge had the best ones for knife blades. Is that a walnut handle? Walnut is said to be period correct to the early Black made Bowie knives of the 1830's-1860's.

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Old 06-07-2019, 6:36 PM
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Since you are loving those CR's, can you compare and contrast them to something like a ZT? Just curious as I've never even held one. Do they have a deserved mystique based on insane unmatched quality... or is it more of a 1911 type mystique. Just kidding, 1911 guys.
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Old 06-10-2019, 5:18 PM
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Just arrived.. Just might be my new EDC.

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Since you are loving those CR's, can you compare and contrast them to something like a ZT? Just curious as I've never even held one. Do they have a deserved mystique based on insane unmatched quality... or is it more of a 1911 type mystique. Just kidding, 1911 guys.


At one time I had about 6 CRKs in my rotation. Along with Sypdercos, Benchmades,Buck 110&112s and a few ZTs.
When automatics became legal in Wisconsin I switched to autos and have been very happy with the change.
CRKs handles are machined titanium that get snail trails very easily. But the knives are unmatched in their quality. I think, personally that ZTs can't compete with the CRK. Expensive but worth the coin. I think the ZTs is maybe a step up from the Spyderco. Just my 2 cents.


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I think, personally that ZTs can't compete with the CRK. Expensive but worth the coin. I think the ZTs is maybe a step up from the Spyderco. Just my 2 cents.
I'll have to check one out. With ZT there is so much variety... big difference between something like a 0566, 0055, 0804, 0452, etc... such a wide range of designs. CRK has large and small, right? I always thought the tanto versions were cool looking. I like some of the materials they use for inlays, but the inlay pattern is something I was never crazy about.

As far as price... you can pay $400 for some new China made Spyderco... so there's that. If they are good knives they might be worth it.
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At one time I had about 6 CRKs in my rotation.
So with say, a year's use, CRK's have zero lock stick and zero blade wobble?
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Just bought a Kiser Kesmec. $140 for flame ano Titanium and s35vn.
I like it. Only complaint is that the detent is a bit soft.

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So with say, a year's use, CRK's have zero lock stick and zero blade wobble?


I'd have to say yes that's true. Then again I had so many USERS and I didn't buy them just to say I owned this and that knife. My most costly CRK was a Raindrop Stainless Damascus with a tanto blade. Bad a** blade. I even had a few left hand CRK in order to see what it was to carry two at once.
Then if a CRK of mine had a problem I'd just send it back to Idaho. You could do the same.


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Just bought a Kiser Kesmec. $140 for flame ano Titanium and s35vn.
I like it. Only complaint is that the detent is a bit soft.

https://www.opticsplanet.com/kizer-c...ng-knife.html?
That's my complaint about WEknives I have owned or tried. Most things seemed ok to good, except maybe blade steel, anemic liner lock, barely passing detent... awesome bearings. When Chinmese knives get much beyond $40 it is hard for me to see the point. Even Spyderco's... I'd rather pay for Golden CO, Earth made stuff like the PM's.

CHEAP Kershaw and cheap Spyderco are mostly crappy.

FWIW, the only KIZER I have is a KLECKER and it had a good detent - not a flipper, no bearings either.
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I'd have to say yes that's true. Then again I had so many USERS and I didn't buy them just to say I owned this and that knife.
Yeah, I have been downsizing collecting for years now. I got rid of a ton of knives, keeping what I really like. I think all folders are carried, and most fixed blades were eliminated. I still have one INFI Team Gemini, and a bunch old Regulators, TALIWHACKERS, and older SYKCO. Got rid of stuff like $400 13" choppers etc... last time I chopped something I used a cheapo South African Cold Steel Kukri or stripped SYKCO CHOPHOUSE. I'm pretty much off the BUSSE waiting list club.

As far as folders... I could probably be fine with a ZT 0456BW and maybe a 0450... and my GEC's. Still collect GECS.

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I'll have to check one out. With ZT there is so much variety... big difference between something like a 0566, 0055, 0804, 0452, etc... such a wide range of designs. CRK has large and small, right? I always thought the tanto versions were cool looking. I like some of the materials they use for inlays, but the inlay pattern is something I was never crazy about.

As far as price... you can pay $400 for some new China made Spyderco... so there's that. If they are good knives they might be worth it.
CRK has several models. The traditional folders are the Sebenzas. They have made large and small for a long time and have gone through a couple of generations from the originals, to the Classic, to the Sebenza 21 series which is now going away and being replaced by the Sebenza 31. If you've liked the inlaid Sebenzas, but ddin't like the inlay pattern, you'll probably like the new Sebenza 31. The inlays are one piece and they've done away with the fixture hole that was used during the manufacturing process. You can see the new Sebenza 31 here:

https://chrisreeve.com/

Besides changing the inlays, they've gone to a ceramic detent ball as well as changed the clip to be more like their Inkosi series.

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So with say, a year's use, CRK's have zero lock stick and zero blade wobble?
What put Chris Reeve folders on the map is the precision with which they are made. They are in a different class than ZT. I'd guess their machining tolerances are about as good as any custom I've owned. When one is open, it feels about like it's a fixed blade the lockup is so solid. That said, they're not for everyone. I have one in my collection. It's a small original and I only own it as it's the same model as the first expensive knife I ever bought (which I lost). Before my original Sebenza, I was Cold Steel (Steal) and after 9/11, I decided that I wanted something in my pocket that was better than a Chinese made knife. The Large Sebenza has never fit my hand right, the Umnumzaan never lit my fuse and the Inkosis don't work for me ergonomically. They are top quality in materials and manufacturing, but to me have no soul.

Oh, and if you get one, expect it to be stiff to open and for it to take a fair amount of time for that to change. These days, they include a small tube of Flourinated grease. It's grease, not oil, so should give you an idea as to their flickability. If you like ZT flippers, forget CRK as they are just the opposite. Opening a CRK folder is a deliberate act. I've met Chris and Anne many times over the years at shows and they're pleasant people and their company produces top quality tools and they stand behind them with a good warranty. They are designed to be users and some even have pretty decorations. Unlike many high end knives, they include tools to break the knives down for service.
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CRK has several models. The traditional folders are the Sebenzas. They have made large and small for a long time and have gone through a couple of generations from the originals, to the Classic, to the Sebenza 21 series which is now going away and being replaced by the Sebenza 31. If you've liked the inlaid Sebenzas, but ddin't like the inlay pattern, you'll probably like the new Sebenza 31. The inlays are one piece and they've done away with the fixture hole that was used during the manufacturing process. You can see the new Sebenza 31 here:



https://chrisreeve.com/



Besides changing the inlays, they've gone to a ceramic detent ball as well as changed the clip to be more like their Inkosi series.







What put Chris Reeve folders on the map is the precision with which they are made. They are in a different class than ZT. I'd guess their machining tolerances are about as good as any custom I've owned. When one is open, it feels about like it's a fixed blade the lockup is so solid. That said, they're not for everyone. I have one in my collection. It's a small original and I only own it as it's the same model as the first expensive knife I ever bought (which I lost). Before my original Sebenza, I was Cold Steel (Steal) and after 9/11, I decided that I wanted something in my pocket that was better than a Chinese made knife. The Large Sebenza has never fit my hand right, the Umnumzaan never lit my fuse and the Inkosis don't work for me ergonomically. They are top quality in materials and manufacturing, but to me have no soul.



Oh, and if you get one, expect it to be stiff to open and for it to take a fair amount of time for that to change. These days, they include a small tube of Flourinated grease. It's grease, not oil, so should give you an idea as to their flickability. If you like ZT flippers, forget CRK as they are just the opposite. Opening a CRK folder is a deliberate act. I've met Chris and Anne many times over the years at shows and they're pleasant people and their company produces top quality tools and they stand behind them with a good warranty. They are designed to be users and some even have pretty decorations. Unlike many high end knives, they include tools to break the knives down for service.


Excellent feedback. I too met Chris at a few California gun/knife shows back when he first started to get known for his close tolerance blades. Thanks for your input.


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When one is open, it feels about like it's a fixed blade the lockup is so solid.

Oh, and if you get one, expect it to be stiff to open and for it to take a fair amount of time for that to change. These days, they include a small tube of Flourinated grease. It's grease, not oil, so should give you an idea as to their flickability. If you like ZT flippers, forget CRK as they are just the opposite. Opening a CRK folder is a deliberate act.
Yeah I have to check one out. I don't know how much more solid a lockup can be than a ZT that doesn't have any blade play up-down or side-to-side... I have seen plenty of Spyderco and Benchmades that have too much slop in various directions where I almost expect it. Benchmade bushings are often not a good fit with their machining tolerances. Any Spyderco that doesn't have a traditional pivot like a Centofante3 rivet, FRN light models, China made models that are not $300, etc... I have seen PM2's that are hydraulic in their action and have little to no blade play. Cheap Kershaws are SLOP city.

I don't expect any ZT to have movement when locked up... and cannot recall one that had any even after using it for a year or more. Maybe it is easier with bearing washers and lockbar inserts, but they are solid.

As far as locking up "like a fixed blade", that's the TRI-AD lock and the new stronger Cold Steel lock's claim to fame, but those are not expensive.

Bottom line, I'll have to handle a few CRK's. It is admittedly, not a priority. I'd probably go for a plain jane large Sebenza if it knocked my socks off. I do like flippers though. Last time I was into deliberate opening thumbstud liner locks was the 1990's (I do realize they are RIL's
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Yeah I have to check one out. I don't know how much more solid a lockup can be than a ZT that doesn't have any blade play up-down or side-to-side... I have seen plenty of Spyderco and Benchmades that have too much slop in various directions where I almost expect it. Benchmade bushings are often not a good fit with their machining tolerances. Any Spyderco that doesn't have a traditional pivot like a Centofante3 rivet, FRN light models, China made models that are not $300, etc... I have seen PM2's that are hydraulic in their action and have little to no blade play. Cheap Kershaws are SLOP city.

I don't expect any ZT to have movement when locked up... and cannot recall one that had any even after using it for a year or more. Maybe it is easier with bearing washers and lockbar inserts, but they are solid.

As far as locking up "like a fixed blade", that's the TRI-AD lock and the new stronger Cold Steel lock's claim to fame, but those are not expensive.

Bottom line, I'll have to handle a few CRK's. It is admittedly, not a priority. I'd probably go for a plain jane large Sebenza if it knocked my socks off. I do like flippers though. Last time I was into deliberate opening thumbstud liner locks was the 1990's (I do realize they are RIL's
Don't know where you are in Cali, but if you're near Encino, there's a reputable dealer that has a very large assortment of CRK on display and available for fondling. When you handle one, you'll understand my comments vs ZT. For reference, one of my favorite production knives is a ZT 0609 RJ Martin collab. It's very similar to a Sebenza on paper as far as overall size and quality of materials, but if you use them both, you will quickly understand the differences. To me, the CRK is built to better specs like a Les Baer or Nighthawk 1911, but the ZT is a knife I'll actually carry and use and seems more like a Kimber if that makes sense?
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Don't know where you are in Cali, but if you're near Encino, there's a reputable dealer that has a very large assortment of CRK on display and available for fondling. When you handle one, you'll understand my comments vs ZT. For reference, one of my favorite production knives is a ZT 0609 RJ Martin collab. It's very similar to a Sebenza on paper as far as overall size and quality of materials, but if you use them both, you will quickly understand the differences. To me, the CRK is built to better specs like a Les Baer or Nighthawk 1911, but the ZT is a knife I'll actually carry and use and seems more like a Kimber if that makes sense?
Thanks for the info. I am near Sacramento. I will definitely check one out if I see one somewhere. What does a Large Sebenza weigh in at? Curious how much the slabs have to do with solid feel. One of the things I like about knives like the ZT 0801 are the two titanium slabs... but something like the 0804CF is solid enough with that CF weight reduction... and flips like a champ.
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That's my complaint about WEknives I have owned or tried. Most things seemed ok to good, except maybe blade steel, anemic liner lock, barely passing detent... awesome bearings. When Chinmese knives get much beyond $40 it is hard for me to see the point. Even Spyderco's... I'd rather pay for Golden CO, Earth made stuff like the PM's.

CHEAP Kershaw and cheap Spyderco are mostly crappy.

FWIW, the only KIZER I have is a KLECKER and it had a good detent - not a flipper, no bearings either.
Try Bestech. I have a Paladin and a Scimitar. G10, D2, AWESOME detents and actions. $52.

They are AMAZING for the money. Better than some knives I have spent 2 or 3 times as much on.
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Just bought this Kershaw Field Folder (1050) off of eBay.

It has been on my "buy list" for a long time and this knife/sheath combo is the best I've seen in all that time that I could buy for a price I was willing to pay.

Only a few other knives still remaining on my "buy list" now. A plain edged Spyderco Renegade, ZT0200ST and a Hom Basilisk.

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Try Bestech. I have a Paladin and a Scimitar. G10, D2, AWESOME detents and actions. $52.

They are AMAZING for the money. Better than some knives I have spent 2 or 3 times as much on.
I've seen Bestech on Amazon... and the TUYA's. Everyone seems to love the Honey Badger's but out of those $40-$50 imports I'd try a TUYA Bruiser I think.
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Just bought this Kershaw Field Folder (1050) off of eBay.
Nice one. Kershaw made some interesting hunting type knives with wood inlays... some were from Japan.

That is a nice looking lockback.
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Have you folks ever tried an xm-18? If you like the design and ergos of a ZT 0562. You should like the xm-18 in either 3” or 3.5”. I’ve handled the CRK’s i find them to be very nice knives and very well built, but just didn’t wow me. I felt that they would easily slip out of my hand. But if it’s intended as more of a high end gentleman’s knife. They are awesome knives. I prefer something a bit more utilitarian. I prefer carrying my xm-18 3” and at times would carry the 3.5” when wearing jeans.

Another knife I would recommend that comes at a good price point are the hogue Doug Ritter knives. Better built than a Benchmade Griptilian, has m390 steel and g10 grips, go for $152 but are currently on preorder. I definitely like mine and see it as a user.

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