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Jsg81
August 7, 2013, 09:58 PM
What is your idea of the perfect gentlemen's folder.

I am looking for something that won't scare the normal person but will still be useful.

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tubeshooter
August 7, 2013, 10:13 PM
Premium Pen, Premium Jack or Stockman style folders all make nice gentlemen's knives.

SAKs are pretty crowd-friendly too. They tend to be a bit bulkier than I like for general carry; YMMV.


[EDIT: SAK = Swiss Army Knife]

Fred Fuller
August 7, 2013, 10:38 PM
Case Peanut CV - http://www.amazon.com/Case-Cutlery-Peanut-Vanadium-Synthetic/dp/B00002N9FJ

Jsg81
August 7, 2013, 10:39 PM
I guess I should say I like locking knives.

tubeshooter
August 7, 2013, 10:50 PM
In that case, I would personally recommend either a Buck 55 or a Buck 503 (Prince).

Both very similar; the 503 (Prince) is a tad trimmer.


Expect to pay around $45 for either one. If you like your knives a little bigger, it's hard to go wrong with a classic Buck 110.

Sheepdog1968
August 7, 2013, 11:02 PM
I prefer the slightly larger Swiss Army knives they now issue to their military. You van likely find a combo that looks gentlemanly. It won't be as quite as nice as some of the other suggestions but it does have a locking blade b

DNS
August 8, 2013, 07:28 AM
Opinel.
Lots of sizes to choose from plus they are wood handled in carbon or stainless.

Mp7
August 8, 2013, 08:30 AM
Laguiole

Speedo66
August 8, 2013, 09:30 AM
Klotzli knives. Carbon fiber, titanium, light as can be in your pocket.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://customtacticals.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/klotzli_mw1_03.jpg&imgrefurl=http://customtacticals.com/category/productions/klotzli/&h=600&w=800&sz=178&tbnid=cPpnLUpQorv-PM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=120&zoom=1&usg=__V3NTa8Ud1ph8VfSANZsoBrlI-Hs=&docid=eTEAhrMBdfG-RM&sa=X&ei=kI4DUubYAY3k8gT1n4HABQ&ved=0CD8Q9QEwAw&dur=167

Blackhawk30
August 8, 2013, 09:49 AM
How about a Spyderco Dragonfly in stainless?A delica in stainless.A Chapparal in carbon fiber.

Readyrod
August 8, 2013, 11:26 AM
T. A Davison, if you can afford it.
http://www.tadscustomknives.com/index.html
Mine right now is an SAK.

mdauben
August 8, 2013, 02:02 PM
What is your idea of the perfect gentlemen's folder.
I guess when I hear "gentleman's folder" I think of something relatively small, that won't make an unsightly bulge in a set of dress pants but at the same time, it should be... upscale? fancy?

My personal "gentleman's folder" for when I get dressed up is a Case Mother of Pearl Peanut.

http://nelsoncustomknives.com/wp-content/uploads/wp-checkout/images/case-peanut-mop-640b-1324566126.jpg

Mike J
August 8, 2013, 09:11 PM
I was going to suggest the Case Executive http://www.scruggsfarm.com/case-metal-executive-lockback-knife-004.html

I had one of these knives years ago. A guy from another trade borrowed it one day & brought it back to me folded up. I put it in my pocket without looking. The next day I unfolded it to find he had broke the tip of the blade off. I worked it down to a point but a while after that with more sharpening it started catching on the inside of my pocket so I quit carrying it. I went to buy another one but at the time the man told me they had been discontinued. I really liked that knife though.

hso
August 8, 2013, 09:54 PM
What's your price limit?

And, yeah, it is don't lock it isn't going to be suggested by me.

Speedo66
August 9, 2013, 01:35 AM
I was going to suggest the Case Executive http://www.scruggsfarm.com/case-metal-executive-lockback-knife-004.html

I had one of these knives years ago. A guy from another trade borrowed it one day & brought it back to me folded up. I put it in my pocket without looking. The next day I unfolded it to find he had broke the tip of the blade off. I worked it down to a point but a while after that with more sharpening it started catching on the inside of my pocket so I quit carrying it. I went to buy another one but at the time the man told me they had been discontinued. I really liked that knife though.
I had that same knife and the lock back mechanism broke. Sent it back to Case and they replaced it.

Case has a lifetime warranty, I'd try sending it back, you have nothing to lose.

JohnKSa
August 9, 2013, 02:16 AM
When I bought my Spyderco Worker, some years ago, I thought it would fill the bill. But I've had people tell me that it's a "BIG knife" even though the blade is just a hair over 2.5" long.

One of the guys in the lab where I work carries one of the little Buck folders--the 505 and it's pretty unlikely to freak anyone out. It's held up reasonably well, but it's not intended for hard duty and since that's how he uses it, it really shows the wear.

If I were going for something like you describe today, I'd probably look pretty hard at the Al Mar Osprey...

http://www.knivesplus.com/al-mar-osprey-knife-al-1001ss.html
http://www.knivesplus.com/media/AL-1001SS.jpg

Or maybe one of the smaller Spyderco knives.
http://www.knivesplus.com/SPYDERCO-KNIVES-FOLDERS-SMALL.HTML

Mike J
August 9, 2013, 09:33 AM
Thanks Speedo66 I will see if I can check into that. I'll have to try to remember where it is first though.

kBob
August 9, 2013, 10:52 AM
For my going to church lock blade I generally carry a Buck 521 I got as an NRA-ILA premium in 1992 it is an all stainless steel knife.

or

A little wood scaled knife marked Bear MGC USA I picked up at the local Ace hardware a couple of years back.

Neither has any scarry scalloped edges or decorations to frighten the little old ladies with.

Both are fairly flat and either fits in my suit trousers internal watch pocket without showing as a bulge outside.

Though not fast either can be opened one handed.

I also carry either a small SAK key chain type with scissors nail file and tiny blade or some similar little knife with the same lay out as my primary loaner again to not frighten the non knife types with.

As the spirit moves me I may carry larger or louder steel, but I always carry a non threatening small knife in case someone asks to borrow a knife.

If having a nice non threatening easily hidden knife helps you get to church on your Sabbath....."let he who is without a sword sell his cloak and buy one."

-kBob

MikeJackmin
August 9, 2013, 05:51 PM
A Benchmade Mini Griptilian with a brightly-colored handle won't offend anyone. It can be opened and closed one-handed, locks tight, is pocket-friendly, and is available plain or half-serrated.

Google Images (http://www.google.com/search?q=mini+Griptilian&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=E1YFUrzJGIH-9gSYvICIBg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1536&bih=642)

GTLrider
August 9, 2013, 06:33 PM
Check out A. G. Russell. They have a huge selection and carry many different brands and custom made knives.

Jsg81
August 9, 2013, 09:25 PM
Price would be no more than $150. My mother in law works for AG Russell so I am very aware of what the company offers. As a matter of fact if he sells what I decide on I will buy form him as I have most of my knives for almost 20 years.

I guess I think of nice knives with a blade less than 3 inches when I think gentlemen's knife. I don't require one hand opening but that is ok with me.

Right now I am looking at case mini copper lock as it might fit the bill.

hso
August 9, 2013, 11:58 PM
My mother in law works for AG Russell

Wellll then, everything AG sells is good so you almost can't go wrong by sifting through their offerings and deciding on what sporty lock blade you want. If MIL gets the company discount, even better!

Readyrod
August 10, 2013, 08:34 AM
Just saw this guy at the local knife shop. I may have to put it on my list. I just love the classic 110 look. http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.detail&productID=2882
or this one
http://catalog.mooremaker.com/viewProduct.cfm?item_id=734970

RTR_RTR
August 10, 2013, 08:31 PM
These don't match up with the OP's requests... but I just have to second TA Davison for gentleman's folders.

http://www.tadscustomknives.com/_images//738D.jpg

http://www.tadscustomknives.com/_images//639AA.jpg

I'd kill for one of these. Unfortunately, waaaaay out of my current price range!

hmphargh
August 11, 2013, 01:19 AM
These don't match up with the OP's requests... but I just have to second TA Davison for gentleman's folders.

[pictures removed]

I'd kill for one of these. Unfortunately, waaaaay out of my current price range!
No. Don't get a T. A. Davison. More competition for me :)

Hunter125
August 11, 2013, 01:30 AM
Not sure if this is enough of a gentlman's knife or not. I have a similar knife, a little longer I think, and it has been awesome. Full disclosure: I don't carry this with dress pants. I don't think the clip is dressy enough, and its a little heavy to carry loose in dress pant pockets. Durable little sucker though.
http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.detail&productID=3122

Jsg81
August 11, 2013, 06:43 PM
The Davison looks great. I just happen to like a locking blade.

I really just like seeing what everyone thinks of when they think of a gentlemen's knife. Thanks to all for sharing.

wuluf
August 17, 2013, 02:30 PM
I carried one like this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOKER-KNIFE-1004O-1004-SMALL-LOCKBACK-OLIVE-WOOD-HANDLE-GENTLEMANS-FOLDER-NEW-/310681893496?pt=US_Knives_Tools&hash=item4856157a78) in my pocket for years...Very thin, held an edge and always there!

zxcvbob
August 17, 2013, 03:05 PM
Opinel #7 or #6. (#7 is my favorite) An 8 is just a little too big to carry if you're wearing slacks, and a 5 doesn't lock.

I bought a Buck toothpick a couple of months ago because it met the new TSA requirements for carrying on an airplane. As soon as I got it, they reneged on the rule change. It's still a nice knife though, and a Case would be even better (but pricey)

TimboKhan
August 18, 2013, 02:58 AM
I have a couple of mini trappers that I carry from time to time, but for me I think that the Spyderco Kiwi is about as perfect as it gets for a gentlemans knife. They discontinued them recently, which bums me out, but last I looked they were still widely available. Cheap, too.

Here is why I like it over my trappers and my canoe (though I have learned to really like that Canoe): One, it is flatter and lighter. Really the weight is essentially a non issue, though it is true that it is lighter and that is an advantage for me in dress pants. The width, on the other hand, is a major plus, I can carry it and I don't even feel it, plus it doesn't clank around with my can of chew. The other reason is that I really prefer a wharncliffe style blade for daily use. I have a Case mini-trapper in which the clip point has been replaced with a wharncliffe, and I just like that better. Plus, I like that it is a "traditional" knife that doesn't look the least bit traditional.

The canoe I actually like better than my trappers. I can't truthfully say why other than that I just do.

Fanfare Ends
August 18, 2013, 03:42 AM
Just got this Boker Knives Plus "Chad Los Banos" (http://www.knifecountryusa.com/store/product/120336.120365/boker-knives-p01773-plus-chad-los-banos-xs-slip-joint-folder-knife-with-black-textured-g-10-handles.html) on ebay for $21.00:

http://www.knifecountryusa.com/store/image/products/magnified/120336_120365.jpg

(it's a slipjoint, since I live in NYC and might scare someone with a locking knife....

/sigh...)

I picked up a nylon sheath for it the other day and am considering velcroing the sheath to hold it in my pants' pockets...

smcd1983
August 18, 2013, 04:36 AM
Really like my Lion Steel TiSpine, http://www.lionsteel.it/fast/k/en/eur/products/v/1561 otherwise a case canoe is also a good choice.

Fanfare Ends
August 19, 2013, 01:04 AM
Thats incredible!

JShirley
August 19, 2013, 08:42 AM
The Spyderco Chaparral ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CVHCNA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005CVHCNA&linkCode=as2&tag=wanderin00-20) is attractive, not over-large, reasonably priced, and very thin.

John

OH_Spartan
August 19, 2013, 09:31 AM
I really like my buck 55. On rare occasions when I have to wear a suit, it is in my pocket.

Corpral_Agarn
August 19, 2013, 02:51 PM
Laguiole
+ 1
Love these little knives. Very pretty.

springer99
August 19, 2013, 04:42 PM
I'm partial to a Kershaw Onion Leek. Very slim to drop in the pocket, all SS with a locking blade and the side spring clip does duty as a money clip.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B0009VC9Y0/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_3?ie=UTF8&index=3

22-rimfire
August 19, 2013, 10:55 PM
I like the Great Eastern Cutlery Ben Hogan pattern. It may be a little long closed for some, but it is a very slim single bladed knife.

Another is the Victorinox Backpacker as a possibility. It is very thin and pretty inexpensive.

1KPerDay
August 20, 2013, 02:02 PM
Kershaw Scallion for me.

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