OTOH, the Mercator K55 lockback (http://www.knifecenter.com/item/K55/mercator-solingen-k55-black-cat-knife) does lock.
November 3, 2011, 09:31 AM
Definitely go with the carbon steel mercator. I have a stainless blade one in my collection and it is very difficult to put a good edge on it. I do not have this problem with carbon steel one. Here's a shamelss plug for the carbon steel Mercator (http://edcdepot.com/mercatork55catknife.aspx). I wish I could help you out with the Douk Douks. I used to sell them and I love the knife. Unfortunately I could not find a reliable supplier of them.
November 3, 2011, 09:51 AM
You can check out Blade Art for the Douk Douk,under custom maker
Laci Szabo http://www.bladeart.com/catalog/KnifeDisplay.aspx?MakerID=12
November 3, 2011, 01:44 PM
Nope, Douk-Douks are pure friction folders.
Not exactly, they do have a backspring like a conventional slipjoint, you just don't see it as it is inside the folded over handle. A true friction folder doesn't have a back spring or lock.
A repost of a thread I posted earlier...
First a brief lesson on Monsieur Cognet's knives. The brand is not, as many think, Douk Douk. That is simply the name for the figure engraved on his most popular model, the Sorcier. The Douk Douk is a mythological Melanesian figure. Most of the Sorciers have a Turkish clip style blade tho a sheep's foot is currently marketed as well. They are basic slipjoint knives made with a simple folded steel handle, strong back spring, 2 rivets, and a lanyard loop...just six pieces...a simple knife indeed.
My "Douk Douks" (actually they are the Sorcier model) showed up today from Garret Wade. Neither were as sharp as I would have liked but a few strokes on the Spyderco Sharp Maker followed by a stropping brought them to a razor edge. The large is 4 3/8" closed and probably best suited for back pocket use, a lanyard will help keep it in place and easy to pull out.
All in all I am very pleased with these two knives and will work them into EDC rotation to see how they work for carry. I also now want to buy one of each of the other models just to round out the collection. Most seem to priced in the 15 Euro range online.
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