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Old 07-26-2019, 11:39 AM
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Secured a Kramer Custom Baba Yaga a few minutes ago. They sold out in 20 minutes. I donít usually impulsively buy knives but this one was perfect in every way.







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Old 07-27-2019, 9:57 AM
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Great feel/width too and smooth, William’s Cutlery in San Jose put it together and smoothed it out, I’m going to order the AA carbon fiber clip for it.
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Bought a Spyderco Paysan that I traded for a Kershaw Tilt and also purchased a Spyderco Nirvana. These are currently the most expensive knives in my collection.



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Old 07-30-2019, 10:13 PM
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Dang, that Nirvana is NICE.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:45 AM
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Yeah it is, I like it too.
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Dang, that Nirvana is NICE.
Yeah, I prefer the Nirvana to the Paysan.

The Paysan is/was supposed to Nirvana 2.0 -- "fixing" the "lock stick" problem w/the Nirvana by using a hard steel tip on the lockbar which also functions as an over travel stop It also has a nicer looking pivot screw and a pretty useless IMO lanyard hole. The clip design on both knives s*ck, so that's a wash.

Opinions differ but I just like the Nirvana blade shape and handle design/ergos better. However, that may not stop me from buying another. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a Tilt in a straight swap for a Paysan.
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Randall Made Model #1-7 with some options

That's pretty much the Randall I've been waiting for, for years at this point. Looks like a 6" blade. I'd prefer a 7", but that is a totally workable blade. I just have nearly no use for big fixed blades, so the motivation to spend big bucks is low, but that's an awesome knife!

Nice score!

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That's pretty much the Randall I've been waiting for, for years at this point. Looks like a 6" blade. I'd prefer a 7", but that is a totally workable blade. I just have nearly no use for big fixed blades, so the motivation to spend big bucks is low, but that's an awesome knife!

Nice score!
Thanks, it is a 7" blade length, there are a couple other Randall Made knives I want to have, a #2 Stiletto and a #3 Hunter, which, including the #1, are the three models Bo Randall made famous during WWII.
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purchased a Spyderco Nirvana.

Thereís a new one on eBay and the sellers Buy It Now price is $620

Whereíd you find yours, sgt?
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Old 08-10-2019, 9:57 AM
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There’s a new one on eBay and the sellers Buy It Now price is $620

Where’d you find yours, sgt?
Ebay.

I was the only bidder at $450; the minimum bid. It's more than I've paid for any other knife.

Placed a sniper bid at the minimum bid. Anyone else who bid $1 more would have got it but no one did. Just the right place at the right time. It's the only knife that I've paid more than $400 for (including the Paysan that I traded for a Tilt) and I don't plan to buy any other knife beyond $400 again.

If you keep looking on EB, you often come across "sleeper" auctions that other people miss or just don't feel like bidding on and can get a knife (or whatever) for much less than the prevailing mkt price for the item.

I gotten other "bargains" in this way but, frankly, I don't think the Nirvana is worth more than $400-450. I've seen Nirvana's go for around $400 (and even a little less) on BF and EB but I got tired of waiting and was willing to take the extra $50 hit if I could get it for the min bid. So, I feel I got it for a fair price but I do not think it's worth more than that.

However, as much as I like it, I'll trade you the Nirvana even up for your Randall #1-7 (which retails for about the same price) but I won't hold my breath while waiting to hear back from on that. LOL!
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I picked up this Cobratech OTF last year at a gunshow. $70 and it's held up so far with lots of opening and closing to see if it's going to fall apart or not. The blade has a safety so if you're opening it and it hits something it releases. Good to have if you open it against your leg... just a small hole. After a year of playing with it (I open and close it repeatedly while waiting on whatever) the blade wobble is still the same.


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Old 08-13-2019, 9:27 AM
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I picked up this Cobratech OTF last year at a gunshow.
I had one similar to this I got from TJ one year when I was a kid - was probably $10. I think the slider button was on the frame flat, and it was woodland camo. It worked, spring never broke for years AFAIK. Have no idea what happened to it. Maybe I finally wore it out, but even the cheap ones last quite a while. Had one side folder with a flush square button. I think it was a Boker knock-off. That one was fun for a side folder. The spring was almost powerful enough to spin it out of your hand when it opened up.

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Old 08-19-2019, 11:39 AM
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Just got into Knives. I bought all these within the last month and just picked up the Legion P320 as well.

I have three Microtechs enroute from BladHQ. They should be here Wednesday since I paid extra for two day shipping. Iíll post them when they arrive. Iím absolutely hooked on this hobby and I canít believe I went all this time without carrying a knife. They come in so handy!

The Microtechs I purchased are as follows;

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Old 08-19-2019, 2:50 PM
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Just got into Knives. I bought all these within the last month and just picked up the Legion P320 as well.

I have three Microtechs enroute from BladHQ. They should be here Wednesday since I paid extra for two day shipping. Iíll post them when they arrive. Iím absolutely hooked on this hobby and I canít believe I went all this time without carrying a knife. They come in so handy!

The Microtechs I purchased are as follows;

UTX-70
UTX-85
Ultra tech


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Microtechs are great autos. Just donít get caught with one on your person in public. That goes for any auto over 2Ē in blade length in California.
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This is my first ZT purchase. So far, Iím in love with the 0609.


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I stumbled across this website and it looked very nice. https://www.deejo.com/. Please ignore the hipster and check out the knife. I got the 27 gram size and it is making a very useful pocket knife. Ridiculously sharp right out of the box, but I suspect I will need to put a new edge on it before too long. I am thinking I may want the 37 gram size for more serious tasks at work. Company is in France, ordered on Sunday, in my hands on Tuesday.

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The latest, 0770cf very nice fit and finish.



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The 2019 Blade Show Best Buy of the Year award winner!

This is the CRKT production of our Executive model. It features the IKBS(TM) ball bearing pivot system, high carbon stainless steel blade (8Cr13MoV), tough glass reinforced nylon handle. It weighs just a smidge over 2 ounces, blade length is 3.1 inches, and has a tip-down deep pocket clip.



Just picked up a CRKT CEO. Slim and light, should make for a decent light-use pocket knife. $40 on Amazon.

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Actually received the GEC 73 Scout - gorgeous knife... insane tough spring, but I like it. Snappy nail breaker.

SYKCO Regulator for scale. Great size and carry should be easy compare to an old 23 I had.

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Hardly any. I wouldnít say none, but I can barley notice that it does move side to side. I have to shake the blade and really pay attention to the movement.




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Hardly any. I wouldnít say none, but I can barley notice that it does move side to side. I have to shake the blade and really pay attention to the movement.
From what I hear, that is one of the features where Microtech shines. Maybe someday I will carry one if I move to the right state. Gorgeous knives, congrats.
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I just got into the hobby and purchased all of these in the last three weeks. So far my favorite is the Kershaw Launch 10 (itís razor sharp) and the Microtech UTX-85. Itís the perfect size.
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I just got into the hobby and purchased all of these in the last three weeks.
Can you compare a Microtech to that Benchmade? Hows the action and lockup of both?
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Can you compare a Microtech to that Benchmade? Hows the action and lockup of both?


The Benchmade action is more responsive. Not by much, but you can certainly tell. Also, itís easier to use. My wife canít activate the action on the Microtech. Itís just too stiff. The Microtech on the other hand has less side to side play. Again, not by much, but definitely measurable. The blade is much sharper on the Infidel than the Ultratech and aside from the hellhound blade, I prefer the dagger blade of the Benchmade for self defense. I believe that is what these knives are specifically made for.

All in all, I do like the Microtech knives. I just donít love them and I donít understand the high price. They donít appear to be better made than any of the other knives Iíve purchased. But then again, Iím by no means an expert and can be overlooking the craftsmanship that makes these knives so valuable and highly sought after. I should add that I do like the glass breaker thatís included and really feel every driver should always have one accessible while driving. Iíve seen too many trapped drivers who canít self extricate themselves and thus, burned to death or drowned.

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Just got into Knives. I bought all these within the last month and just picked up the Legion P320 as well.

I have three Microtechs enroute from BladHQ. They should be here Wednesday since I paid extra for two day shipping. I’ll post them when they arrive. I’m absolutely hooked on this hobby and I can’t believe I went all this time without carrying a knife. They come in so handy!

The Microtechs I purchased are as follows;

UTX-70
UTX-85
Ultra tech

Can’t wait
While I detest Microtech as a company, I absolutely LOVE my UTX70 and UIltratech! I just hope they never fail as my personal experience is that Microtech service just sucks. I disputed this for years, but they finally proved to me that the rumors are true. It's a shame as their OTF autos are best in class. I don't own any BM autos, but my experience wit their customer service has always been very positive.

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This is my first ZT purchase. So far, I’m in love with the 0609.


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I'm pretty much a custom knife fiend and don't get excited about production knives that that ZT 0609 is just HOT! It's one of my favorite knives of all time, even if it doesn't have the snob appeal of my customs. So much knife for the money and such a sweet design!

I just got back from The Gathering knife show in Las Vegas (https://usngathering.com/) . It was a long weekend, but was absolutely awesome!

I scored an Emerson CQC-8 Custom with Ti bolsters and black G10 scales in the Emerson Lottery. I only owned it for about twelve hours, so didn't get pics to share. I paid $850.00 and flipped it to a dealer for $1400.00. He seemed happy to get it, so I think there is upside on top of that, but I was very happy to make $550.00 profit. It certainly helped offset the cost of the trip

I also scored a Kevin Foster Anchovy Mid Tech that looks like this:

http://picdeer.org/media/2050965058239777744_322515731

Kevin is a good friend. Kevin and I started making knives at about the same time (Ok, I really started first). I approached it as a hobby that I couldn't allocate much time to and have no following and have only made a handful of knives, while he jumped in with both feet and has made some amazing stuff. He's a real knife maker while I'm still a novice hobbyist at best. Kevin has spent a lot of time learning from guys like Tom Mayo and Lee Williams. He's studied under truly world class knife makers. His stuff reflects that.

I'm proud to call him a friend and am amazed to see him have success with projects like this. It's an awesome knife, super well executed and I'm really proud to add it to my EDC rotation.

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While I detest Microtech as a company, I absolutely LOVE my UTX70 and UIltratech! I just hope they never fail as my personal experience is that Microtech service just sucks. I disputed this for years, but they finally proved to me that the rumors are true. It's a shame as their OTF autos are best in class. I don't own any BM autos, but my experience wit their customer service has always been very positive.



I'm pretty much a custom knife fiend and don't get excited about production knives that that ZT 0609 is just HOT! It's one of my favorite knives of all time, even if it doesn't have the snob appeal of my customs. So much knife for the money and such a sweet design!

I just got back from The Gathering knife show in Las Vegas (https://usngathering.com/) . It was a long weekend, but was absolutely awesome!

I scored an Emerson CQC-8 Custom with Ti bolsters and black G10 scales in the Emerson Lottery. I only owned it for about twelve hours, so didn't get pics to share. I paid $850.00 and flipped it to a dealer for $1400.00. He seemed happy to get it, so I think there is upside on top of that, but I was very happy to make $550.00 profit. It certainly helped offset the cost of the trip

I also scored a Kevin Foster Anchovy Mid Tech that looks like this:

http://picdeer.org/media/2050965058239777744_322515731

Kevin is a good friend. Kevin and I started making knives at about the same time (Ok, I really started first). I approached it as a hobby that I couldn't allocate much time to and have no following and have only made a handful of knives, while he jumped in with both feet and has made some amazing stuff. He's a real knife maker while I'm still a novice hobbyist at best. Kevin has spent a lot of time learning from guys like Tom Mayo and Lee Williams. He's studied under truly world class knife makers. His stuff reflects that.

I'm proud to call him a friend and am amazed to see him have success with projects like this. It's an awesome knife, super well executed and I'm really proud to add it to my EDC rotation.


Itís amazing that you are even venturing out and designing your own knives. It goes to show how great an industry it is when you can purchase a knife at a show and make 550 dollars before leaving for the evening. I completely understand how production knives donít really do it for you because you have certainly graduated to the upper echelon of knife making. As my collection continues to grow, Iím sure I will add some higher end pieces and am looking forward to what the industry has to offer. Thank you for adding your comments to the thread. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say and seeing the pic of that amazing custom knife. Hereís a shot of my entire knife family as it stands today. I may add a couple more before the holiday weekend is over. Stay safe Sir...




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JPS3B isn't messing around! Thanks for sharing and pics!

excitable boy, no pics of the show? I saw some pen dudes talking about that show.


Earlier in the thread I said I was tapping out for the year and technically I still am. Preordered this way earlier in the year. It's great, love it. The handle...it's perfect.

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Earlier in the thread I said I was tapping out for the year and technically I still am. Preordered this way earlier in the year. It's great, love it. The handle...it's perfect.

Carothers UF

That's gorgeous. Great looking knife - I bet that 3V is the toughest.
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