Lots of the new EDCs like Spyderco, Kershaw, Benchmade....etc generally have a more modern material for the scales. I'd like to find a similar design, but with a slightly more traditional look with bone or stag. What are my options?
I know about the CRKT M4-02S, but it is assisted opening. I'd like to find something without that feature. I want the thumb tab for one handed opening, but no spring. Anyway, the M4-02S looks like this:
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January 9, 2011, 11:05 PM
Its a nice looking knife but I don't care too much for the Chinese steel. You might try Lone Wolf knives. I have a Paul lock Defender with Cocobolo. They make a variety of pocket folders with traditional wood handles and high end steel.
Mr. Russell has a great selection of them
January 9, 2011, 11:07 PM
Pretty easy to disable the assist mechanism, but the bone handled version of the M4 comes without the assist as does the burl version.
January 9, 2011, 11:16 PM
I'm wondering how hard it would be to change out the scales on the Buck Vantage. It's slim, light, one-handed (both thumb hole and flipper tab), and of essentially simple construction. No springs, unless you call the liner lock a "spring."
And then there's the Paul line of knives. Paul Poehlmann (now with Lone Wolf Knives, formerly of Gerber) makes a really nice line of knives using really nice wood. The locking mechanism is a button-rotator lock (to which he owns all the rights). I can open a Paul knife one-handed, but it takes practice.
Here's the model I have: 133744
Now that I think of it, I don't believe I actually have any one-handed knives (at least designed as such) using "traditional" materials in the handles.