Down Under Knives?


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Tired_and_hungry
December 28, 2012, 12:33 PM
Anyone here ever heard of or own the products from this company?

http://www.downunderknives.com/

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JShirley
December 28, 2012, 09:48 PM
Their choice of steel for the larger knives (440C) would be enough to make me pause. 440C is not what I would use on a big chopper if I meant to actually use it.

hso
December 28, 2012, 10:37 PM
Msgt. Breed's review of it in 2010 was a nice piece of polite criticism. It was apparent that he was a bit skeptical of the big shiny 440C knife getting through the chopping tests and the note of surprise that it survived chopping and even batonning is evident. The handle was too short and too round. The knife was fatiguing to use and was "dead" in the hand in use. The grind wasn't appropriate for a knife used for chopping and the blade got stuck in the materials. All politely said with an optimistic tone that still clearly communicated that the knife is a poorly designed shiny sharp object.

heron
December 30, 2012, 11:43 AM
The thing that made me skeptical was their claim to have designed one blade that does everything well. "It's a sports car AND a truck!" Nnnnn . . .

Yo Mama
December 30, 2012, 05:53 PM
From their website:

"Q: Where are your knives made?
A: We have a carefully selected production partner in Asia. The knife is almost 70% handcrafted by top professional bladesmiths."

Made in Asia! Now that's an authentic Ausie blade. Asia is a....large place, where exactly are we talking? Oh, and almost 70 percent, wow.

I'll pass.

Pawcatch
December 31, 2012, 01:44 AM
I bought one in Febuary of 2011 from Knifecenter.
I haven't done any chopping of wood with it,but I have used it to dispatch several snapping turtles,as well as cutting of the bottom part of their shell.

It's held up fine using it for that task.Only touched up the edge once and it feels very good for a large knife.

Edited to add that I don't own any of their other knives.

Il Duca
December 31, 2012, 10:04 AM
They are Taiwan made, no biggie. 440 can make a decent blade if properly heat treated. I was looking at the Death Adder as I am on the hunt for a double edged type fighter and like the look. However the name (Death Adder) and the company's description of the knife killed it for me. I can't say if their knives are any good, but their marketing sucks.

JShirley
December 31, 2012, 10:10 AM
Well, in addition to my being dubious about 440C on a large knife meant for hard use, I'll echo what hso said, that their handles look poorly designed.

John

hso
December 31, 2012, 10:12 AM
Pawcatch,

Good to hear from someone that has the make/model.

How is it as a slicer?

Cal-gun Fan
December 31, 2012, 12:31 PM
Good looking knives. What do you want to use them for? Bushcraft/survival blade? If so, I'd recommend a Buck Hoodlum or ESEE Junglas instead (both great and STRONG blades with appropriate steel).

JShirley
December 31, 2012, 12:55 PM
I've been beating up an Ontario RTAK-II lately. I'll post a review in a couple days.

Cal-gun Fan
December 31, 2012, 01:05 PM
Looking forward to it! Has it chipped at all? Heard that about the RTAKs, but then 95% of what the internet has to offer is falsehood :)

jack404
December 31, 2012, 04:21 PM
Save your money this guy is a brit hiding in Australia using the Patriot act to stop him being arrested ( he is married to a US gal , she's nice , she also left the crook .. )

nothing to do with down under except he hides here

want him ?? take him , mutt it is ..

so9rry but these folks have lied cheated and dodged the hassles by hiding behind rules of other nations that we respect but seemingly this guy respects nothing but money

try sending him a email if they respond trace the IP

and frankly the knives are way over priced and mass produced here


http://www.deasun.com/in.asp

hso
December 31, 2012, 05:21 PM
Jack,

Got a specific link to the knife itself?

JShirley
December 31, 2012, 09:01 PM
Cal,

This is the 5160 version. Not as good as a Camp Defender, but no chips, so far. :)

John

Pawcatch
January 2, 2013, 10:31 AM
Hso,sorry for the late response.
The Outback Bowie is actually a decent slicer for as thick as it is.I'd say it's a better slicer than my CS trailmaster.

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