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Honey Badger ball bearing flipper on sale

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  1. streak

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    Just received an email saying they are having a prime sale on the small and medium models (under $30) with free shipping and an extra spacer allowing you to personalize the knife. Only on their westernactive website. Here are 3 of my current models showing sizes.

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  2. bannockburn

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    streak

    Never heard of them before but they seem like a decent design and made from quality materials at a bargain price.

    Thanks for posting!
     
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  3. streak

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    I have carried the large black one in picture for over a year. An injury to my right thumb means that I struggle to open thumb hole knives. The ball bearings in this flipper really make life easy for me.
    I am going to take advantage of this special to get a few more to give away as gifts.
     
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    website?
     
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    What is the liner lock engagement like? Can you get us a look-down pic?
     
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  7. streak

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    Not great lighting but here is a quick photo.
    Engagement on the few I have is always early and very solid.
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    8CR13MoV is an imported but decent budget steel used sometimes by Kershaw and even Spyderco. Knife made in USA, which is great, and though I missed the prime pricing which ended yesterday, I'll definitely give this a hard look. [rant mode on] Why in the [email protected]$%&l don't many knife manufacturers' websites provide the blade length? Really? The most important thing on the product is not properly described? Arrrgh! [rant mode off]
    I think I like the large one, can anyone tell me its blade length?
     
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  9. Jinx0760

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    Just ordered 4 green and asked to have tan backspacer (currently O/S), I will give my impressions when they arrive.
     
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  10. streak

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    I found this table on their Amazon store.

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  11. Panfisher

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    Well this thread cost me $40 buck (counting priority shipping). I hadnt bough a knife for a whole and I am kind of a knife slut, and this one is right in the price range for me to put out for. So I ordered a green medium flipper, arrived in the mail today. First impressions were, that a nice boc and a sticker too, which is cool I guess but dpeanut mean a thing really. The knife itself is super light weight, flips open easily and locks solidly. I also like the clip that puts the k if deep into my pocket and it grips the pocket well also. While the steel certainly isn't a super steel it is a very good serviceable steel. I did not get the D2 version, just the basic 8Cr13MpV steel. I didn't think it was overly sharp but again being a knife slut I was gonna sharpen it anyway. Sharpened up nicely and carries Ike it isn't even there. While I would want to try and baton it through a tree I have never felt the need to with any other knife either. The size, weight and style are to my liking, so I expect it will see a lot of use fishing, and other various things where you just never know when you will will need one.
     
  12. Tilos

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    Thanx for posting
    I hate knives with studs or a hole to open, Flippers are what I like and mostly have Kershaw.
    Some I own are bigger than I'd like so the small/med/large of all(most) Honey Badger models is a great option.

    I'm not understanding why they put an overly large D shaped hole in the blade though as the lever is there for opening.
    To me, that hole thins the cross-section making it weaker, jmo though, will probably buy one soon.
    :D
     
  13. Panfisher

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    I agree, on mine I don't use the thumbhole, I have tried and it will work but not something I would want to use on a regular basis. Having the particular odd shape does allow the blade to not have that "hump" that some have to accommodate the hole. It has been a but if a learning curve as the clip is on the opposite end that the knives I normally carry are and it isn't changeable. Minor issue that I have overcome before.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. Looks like a good product. :thumbup:
     
  15. ugaarguy

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    The Honey Badger knives are made in China. Don't be confused by the USA designed language some of these companies use.
    The blade hole hasn't been an issue for all the tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of Spydercos that have been made since the early 80s. Any force strong enough to snap the blade at the hole will probably cause the liner lock to fail even earlier, and would be well into the realm of abuse. Why a hole and a flipper? Flippers don't always work. Sometimes I (and I'm sure other users) want to open a knife in a slower, more controlled manner. Flippers often attract unwanted attention is some places.
    I'm sure that the D shape is to avoid infringing on Spyderco's trademarked circular hole shape. Spyderco has at least a few models (most notably the Native series) that don't have a hump, but still accommodate a fairly large circular opening hole.
     
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    Well, I sure got fooled by their fancy website. Indeed, they are made in China. Not cool. :scrutiny:
     
  17. Tilos

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    Yeh sure, my recollection of Spyderco knives are they are "humped" wider (or is it taller) where the hole is, at least the one's I own.
    I have to believe that hump is to add strength, and there are plenty of knock-offs with round holes in the blade.
    A thumb hole in any blade will weaken it, humped or not, whether you believe that strength is needed or not is your belief, and that's fine.
    Thanks for reading/quoting my post,
    Found these pics with a quick search:
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    broken_cf_military3.jpg
    :D
     
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  18. JohnKSa

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    You can also find pictures of Spyderco knives that broke at the tip.
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    Or that broke farther up the blade but not at the hole.
    DSCF1006-2.jpg

    Or even that broke back behind the hole just in front of the pivot.
    IOcvV-bqQoNLh_La5XWndtEGJo1LEQD8tZNAVV2BZ6E.jpg

    Searching for Spyderco blade failures doesn't seem to indicate blades breaking at the thumbhole is a common failure--in fact, the picture you posted was the only one I could find. Blades seem to break far more commonly at points other than through the hole.

    Is the blade weaker because of the hole? Well, removing material doesn't make it stronger, so yeah, it probably is. But they don't seem to break at the hole very often--in fact breaks at that point seem to be quite rare. In other words, even if it is weaker due to the hole, it doesn't seem to be a practical concern.
     
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  19. Tilos

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    Thanks for reading/quoting my post
    Yes, and quick visit to Spyderco shows they now sell "flipper" knives in addition to thumb hole knives...even thumb hole knives WITH FLIPPERS :uhoh:.
    A common upgrade to the thumb holes knives seems to be to add a small zip tie thru that hole, kind of like a mini-stud, for easier opening, something not needed on a flipper.
    sorry for the drift from the OP's thread subject,
    :D
     
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  20. ugaarguy

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    Just off the top of my head, the Native, Native Chief, Lil' Native, Shaman, Brouwer, Spydiechef, Efficient, Emphasis, and Insistent don't have humps. The Sages, Chaparrals, and several others have an intermediate ramp, that's less pronounced than the tall hump on Spyderco's better known models.
    I suspect that it has to do with the ergos that are desired for the model, which is the impression I've gotten from hanging around over on the Spyderco forum. However, I'll ask over there specifically. Sal is usually a pretty active participant.
    Yet, that's a model with a hump. Also, there's no context explaining if that break occurred because of the hole in the blade, or if there was a manufacturing defect. I can also search and find pictures of broken blades from Cold Steel and other companies. Pictures without any other context tell only a fragment of the story.
    And they're in violation of US and international trademark laws of they're circular holes. Spyderco defends that trademark rather vigorously as well, which Kittery Trading Post and others have found out the hard way.
    They introduced the Brad Southard collaboration model way back in late 2012, and discontinued it in late 2017. Why are you so shocked that they keep their trademarked opening hole on their flippers? What's so bad about having the option to open by flipper or blade hole, as I explained in my previous post?
    Just to clarify, the zip tie mod (yes it even has a name) is used to replicate the opening function of the Emerson Wave feature, not as a thumb stud.
     
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  21. Tilos

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    Wow. OK then
    Sorry to have bumped into your love/passion for Spyderco knives.
    I never claimed to be an expert and don't see the need for you to analyze my posts point by point with the history of Spyderco company, models/features/etc.
    I have just stated my views that you seem to want to debate as some kind of misinformation.

    I now know enough not to enter into knife threads or even mention Spyderco.
    That "new post" button has been my demise before, when I wandered into a different forums and found a lot of strong passionate posters/mods/staff.

    Take the last word here if you see the need, but know that I won't be back to read it.
    :D
    edit: Apologies to the OP for drifting this thread so far off topic.
     
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  22. ugaarguy

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    @Tilos , dude (dudette?), I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings. You're not in trouble. Yes, I'm analytical, and I'm sorry if that form of debate / discussion has rubbed you the wrong way. Being analytical, I do like the multi-quote function, because I feel that addressing multiple points individually, in posts with several points, helps with clarity. My intent was clarity, but I can see how you feel that I was picking you apart, if I'm correctly understanding what you're saying in your last post. I'll keep that in mind in the future.
     
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    Tilos,

    C'mon, you made claims and someone more knowledgeable countered them. Isn't that what forum discussions are supposed to do...get the best information out to others so everyone learns?

    BTW, "the zip tie mod" is PC for the original name for the mod..."ghetto wave". ;)
     
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  24. streak

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    Yes, does look like this went a bit sideways!
    Anyway to put things back on track, here is my large limited D2 model with red back spacer. Also has reversible L/R pocket clip.

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