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Old 06-18-2019, 1:36 PM
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For the price they are pricey. The definite sweet spot are the ZT branded hinderer designs. I have a 0562ti that I enjoy flipping. Have a xm 18 3.0 and 3.5. Definitely like the 3.0 over the 3.5 due to size. But sadly if I am carrying a knife for edc I take my Bugout. So the other knives are just sitting here. I have definitely been contemplating offloading some of them to free up cash
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Old 06-23-2019, 5:06 PM
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Picked up a ZT0562cf yesterday.

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Old 06-24-2019, 11:17 AM
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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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I have that entire series! Bought them new almost 40 years ago. Micarta handles held up well...
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I have that entire series! Bought them new almost 40 years ago. Micarta handles held up well...
I'm lov'in the 1050. It's a very well built and hefty camp knife. As they say, "they don't make 'em like they use too." Very happy w/the purchase.

Have my eye on a 1993-2 now, which is a smaller EDC type folder that has micarta handles and brass liners/rivets and comes w/a compact leather sheath. Another very attractive "vintage" Kershaw knife IMO.

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Old 06-25-2019, 9:11 PM
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CRKT 'Obake'. Check out the little skull on the lanyard. Can attach it to holsters, etc . . .

A little touch up with my Lansky sharpener and it shaves.
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:15 AM
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CRKT 'Obake'. Check out the little skull on the lanyard. Can attach it to holsters, etc . . .
Yes, a nice little knife. Cheap too! Picked up a pair in a multi-knife deal. Can easily carry them concealed IWB by attaching the lanyard to your belt.

Have carried them both just to try them out. Easily concealed (hardly notice them there) and very quickly deployed. An interesting alternative to carrying a folder for SD for double hand, single hand and/or weak hand use.
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Old 06-29-2019, 8:01 PM
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Did a little buying/trading this week.

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This Crawford Kasper might've just ruined all other knives for me!





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I have often looked at those and spoken to Pat Crawford and he seems like a nice guy, but I've never brought one home.

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Old 07-04-2019, 9:26 PM
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I have often looked at those and spoken to Pat Crawford and he seems like a nice guy, but I've never brought one home.



Congrats!

Thanks. I grabbed it secondhand. I like the design and it’s executed really well. Becoming a sucker for DLC finishes too.

When I was a teen my MIL bought me a Benchmade Leopard Cub, designed by Crawford and I was hooked. So I’ve always had an affinity for his stuff but I typically stay out of this price range with folders.

I also have his survival staff contraption, which has always been fun to mess around with.
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In my 40s and finally bought my first Benchmade new. No joke... 417 Fact in satin finish. So slim and trim, it disappears in the pocket.

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Recently got some bugouts. I think i went a little overboard.
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Geezus.. Nice collection!
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Fifth generation knife maker Manu Laplace at 1515, Thiers, France. I bought this at the Beretta Gallery in Paris last week, from 1515's "Africa" collection: 19C27 Sandvik stainless with "PVD" ceramic applique, Buffalo horn, Reindeer stag, 3.25" blade/8" overall, the two-piece "Wild Life" spacer is engraved outside and in and also bears the maker's signature "Manu" on the butt spacer section inside.








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Bought an expensive little amazon box opener pictured next to my mini Benchmade



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Fifth generation knife maker Manu Laplace at 1515, Thiers, France. I bought this at the Beretta Gallery in Paris last week, from 1515's "Africa" collection: 19C27 Sandvik stainless with "PVD" ceramic applique, Buffalo horn, Reindeer stag, 3.25" blade/8" overall, the two-piece "Wild Life" spacer is engraved outside and in and also bears the maker's signature "Manu" on the butt spacer section inside.



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Old 07-12-2019, 9:26 AM
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I made the scabbard and the handle, but I bought the blade, does that count?



Used the case head from a 300 WM as a washer over which I peened the tang.

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Nice stuff all!

Shout out to Buck Knives! The clips on our 345 Vantage are prone to coming loose. My daughters clip screw popped out and was lost. Contacted Buck, they turned around replacement parts in less than a week and included a tool. Love that old school American service.



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That is gorgeous!
Thanks, it’s a looker and well made. They had 4 to choose from, the one I bought was the only one with the PVD ceramic coating on the blade which really set it apart even from the Damascus blades, it was also the only stag one so that made it easy to choose for me.


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Fifth generation knife maker Manu Laplace at 1515, Thiers, France. I bought this at the Beretta Gallery in Paris last week, from 1515's "Africa" collection: 19C27 Sandvik stainless with "PVD" ceramic applique, Buffalo horn, Reindeer stag, 3.25" blade/8" overall, the two-piece "Wild Life" spacer is engraved outside and in and also bears the maker's signature "Manu" on the butt spacer section inside.








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Gorgeous. That back spacer is 🔥!!!
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Shout out to Buck Knives! The clips on our 345 Vantage are prone to coming loose. My daughters clip screw popped out and was lost. Contacted Buck, they turned around replacement parts in less than a week and included a tool. Love that old school American service.



I love Buck Knives and I love my Vantage! And true story...I actually had to skin a buck with this thing about 4 years ago after forgetting my primary skinning knife!




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Found another HIRO BE-9 lockback for sale BNIB shipped from Japan... not sure if it is from manufacturer of not, but though these were long gone.

Gorgeous wood just like my other one and same exact fit and finish which is very good... would prefer stiffer back spring but they are lock backs and have zero blade play so I love them.

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I bought a SZCO Bowie from Amazon a few months ago and just got to take it camping, which is really what my intended purpose was. Not as fancy or refined as some of the ones above but a good honest tool that I'm pretty happy with so far. The picture in the link is very representative of what I received.

https://www.amazon.com/SZCO-Supplies...dp/B0045TOBLQ/

You get a lot of knife for less than $20 (right now it's about $20 but when I bought it it was $17). Carbon steel, full tang, hardwood handles, and a nice size and weight. Actually not too unbalanced either, with all the weight on the handle and guard its balancing point is maybe an inch forward from the guard. On a 15-inch knife that's not very much. The finish isn't high quality but honestly it's a lot better than you might expect. The sheath feels cheap though, if I find a good replacement I'll swap it out.

I haven't beaten it hard yet but did spend some time chopping small stuff in half and splitting things, pretty much no negative effects on the knife itself and pretty easy to do because of the weight of the thing. It didn't come very sharp, good enough for chopping at stuff roughly but needs sharpening. Overall I'm very happy. This is going to be my beater utility knife for around the house, maybe for work and definitely for camping, and for the price I won't feel bad if it gets stolen or lost because I don't think I could break it by hand if I tried.
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I bought a SZCO Bowie from Amazon a few months ago and just got to take it camping, which is really what my intended purpose was. Not as fancy or refined as some of the ones above but a good honest tool that I'm pretty happy with so far. The picture in the link is very representative of what I received.

https://www.amazon.com/SZCO-Supplies...dp/B0045TOBLQ/

You get a lot of knife for less than $20 (right now it's about $20 but when I bought it it was $17). Carbon steel, full tang, hardwood handles, and a nice size and weight. Actually not too unbalanced either, with all the weight on the handle and guard its balancing point is maybe an inch forward from the guard. On a 15-inch knife that's not very much. The finish isn't high quality but honestly it's a lot better than you might expect. The sheath feels cheap though, if I find a good replacement I'll swap it out.

I haven't beaten it hard yet but did spend some time chopping small stuff in half and splitting things, pretty much no negative effects on the knife itself and pretty easy to do because of the weight of the thing. It didn't come very sharp, good enough for chopping at stuff roughly but needs sharpening. Overall I'm very happy. This is going to be my beater utility knife for around the house, maybe for work and definitely for camping, and for the price I won't feel bad if it gets stolen or lost because I don't think I could break it by hand if I tried.


Looks alot like a Western W49. Bet its about the same size. If so you can easily find a replacement sheath. Good luck.


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I bought a SZCO Bowie from Amazon a few months ago and just got to take it camping, which is really what my intended purpose was. Not as fancy or refined as some of the ones above but a good honest tool that I'm pretty happy with so far. The picture in the link is very representative of what I received.

https://www.amazon.com/SZCO-Supplies...dp/B0045TOBLQ/

You get a lot of knife for less than $20 (right now it's about $20 but when I bought it it was $17). Carbon steel, full tang, hardwood handles, and a nice size and weight. Actually not too unbalanced either, with all the weight on the handle and guard its balancing point is maybe an inch forward from the guard. On a 15-inch knife that's not very much. The finish isn't high quality but honestly it's a lot better than you might expect. The sheath feels cheap though, if I find a good replacement I'll swap it out.

I haven't beaten it hard yet but did spend some time chopping small stuff in half and splitting things, pretty much no negative effects on the knife itself and pretty easy to do because of the weight of the thing. It didn't come very sharp, good enough for chopping at stuff roughly but needs sharpening. Overall I'm very happy. This is going to be my beater utility knife for around the house, maybe for work and definitely for camping, and for the price I won't feel bad if it gets stolen or lost because I don't think I could break it by hand if I tried.
Hard pass. Spend a little more and get an actual knife. What you have there is either Chinese or Pakistani junk steel. It will disappoint you.

Look at Buck, CRKT, Condor, Ka-Bar/Becker...all of them make great camping knives that won't break the bank but will serve you well with good steel that is actually tempered correctly and craftsmanship that you can trust to not break on you. Heck if you look hard enough you can find an Esee-6 for under a hundred bucks nowdays and that's one of the best outdoor/survival knives ever!
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Hard pass. Spend a little more and get an actual knife. What you have there is either Chinese or Pakistani junk steel. It will disappoint you.

Look at Buck, CRKT, Condor, Ka-Bar/Becker...all of them make great camping knives that won't break the bank but will serve you well with good steel that is actually tempered correctly and craftsmanship that you can trust to not break on you. Heck if you look hard enough you can find an Esee-6 for under a hundred bucks nowdays and that's one of the best outdoor/survival knives ever!
Believe me, I wouldn't trust my life with this knife unless I had no other option. It's mainly a beater for utility purposes and camping. I assume it's not heat treated or if it was it was done poorly. For what I got for the price, and for infrequent non-serious tasks, it suits my needs. Someday when my camping is longer than overnight car camping or in more remote areas, I'd love something better like an Esee.
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...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...
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Hell has frozen over.
I mean, a SYKCO Chophouse thickcut does anything you want before you grab a good axe

A BB13 was just silly to hoard. Maybe should have kept the Desert Dog father.

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Love it. I got my boy the Pro w/ S30V. I haven't seen him carrying it though, he seems to have fell in love with the Ontario Rat 1 in D2.
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What led you to these? You're getting so eclectic. Haha.
Hah... just love of traditionals and old Buck Knives I guess. I like all the old Spyderco’s made in Seki City plus I’m half Japanese.

I got a IC Cut lockback years ago on Blade Forums... done now with three though + one Kanetsune fixed blade that was a gift. They are good fit and finish - probably comparable to GEC. Some of the polish is at least as mirrored as Northfields. Inexpensive, no blade play at all. More spine gaps than GEC and can feel the pins but well worth prices.
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What do you guys think of GiantMouse? I've been eyeing their Ace Iona folder lately. Made in Italy by a couple of Swedes. Nice styling, comes in a few colors, I really like the wolf grey. Main thing though is...M390 steel for under a hundred dollars!

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What do you guys think of GiantMouse? I've been eyeing their Ace Iona folder lately. Made in Italy by a couple of Swedes. Nice styling, comes in a few colors, I really like the wolf grey. Main thing though is...M390 steel for under a hundred dollars!

Sounds like a complete steal.
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^^
I checked it out at DLT listing. Seems like a good value similar to a WE IMHO... different trade-offs... same price range. Only thing I don’t like much is the liner lock. Otherwise pretty sweet and that M390. I had a D2 WE that was a liner lock with ceramic bearings and titanium clip, etc... didn’t like the liner lock.

I have had plenty of liner locks... but the last one I carried a lot was a ZT 0909 with a really overbuilt liner. The knife I can't stop carrying now is a ZT 0456... super overbuilt frame lock. Thin liners just don't feel right to me, but work fine. I gifted that WE knife. I know liners are more tactical than slip joints and lock backs, hahah... but I don't carry those as a primary folding knife and for a one-handed knife I just prefer framelocks unless it is a Centofante3 (that might get some carry again someday). Personal preference.

probably can't go wrong for the $$ unless you put that $100 towards a ZT I don't have an 0095 yet.

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