I've got the swords, please recommend some plowshares

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by commygun, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. commygun

    commygun Member

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    Though I've used a Spyderco for work and home for years
    I'm fairly new to the knife bug. Once bitten though, I've
    lost no time aquiring an array of decent quality production
    knives, Gerbers,Spydercos, Benchmades, etc. Now, I'm not
    a Tactical kind of guy but I notice the knives I own have
    their share of synthetic scales, thumbholes, serrations,
    black teflon, clips and other cool and useful features. I like
    every one of them (thank God for this forum and Blade Forums) but most of them are a little short on down-home
    character and nostalgic charm. Face it, no one here was
    given a SOG Pentagon by their Grandpappy when they were
    a little boy.
    So my question is can some of you of long memory and
    wide experience recommend some good, solid, classic,
    working knives that are still in production? I'm not interested
    in anything custom or hideously expensive, but something
    more in the Sharpfinger/Sodbuster line of things. Thanks.
     
  2. Ash

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    I have always been fond of the Queen fixed blade hunter knives. The sharpfinger is a good knife as well. In addition, I have liked Case fixed-blade knives as well. All are good for what they do.

    Ash
     
  3. mtnbkr

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    Queen is good, but not the easiest to find in stores. For a basic working knife, I like carbon steel Schrades. Older Buck slipjoints are nice too.

    Chris
     
  4. MrMurphy

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    Check A.G Russell's website.


    They have everything..... but Case is good.
     
  5. Don Gwinn

    Don Gwinn Moderator Emeritus

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    Queen folders are awesome. Mike at Grand Prairie says they're actually outselling Case in the store, and if you've seen his Case displays, that's saying something. They're similar to a lot of the slipjoint folders out there, but with D2 blades and really nice rosewood or hand-jigged bone scales. Nice stuff.

    www.gpknives.com
     
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    Buck 110.
     
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    Columbia River Knife and Tool.
    Read my post about their awesome warranty department.
     
  8. greg531mi

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    Try MSA, and Bark river, nice knives.........Saw them at the gun and knive show, and if I had the extra money, would have bought one.....Seem to have heavy duty blades, and would have a lifetime of use..........
     
  9. Pawcatch

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    I've been an advocate of Okapi knives for about two years now.It's a design thats been unchanged for about two hundred years.They're made in South Africa and used by the working class in Africa for cleaning chickens,goats,cutting rope,farming,etc.They're inexpensive,but far from junk.They are made out of 1055 carbon steel and they take an excellent edge.I own six of them and I used them for everything from gutting fish to bushcraft.

    Here's thier website www.okapi-knives.com

    They can be purchased from www.ragweedforge.com
    or www.worldknives.com

    BTW,they come rather dull,but sharpen easily.
     
  10. hso

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    Go grab one, or more, of the Schrade knives while you can. Since Schrade has gone out of business and it's assets have been "recycled" (a term used in a recent Knives Illustrated article) you won't see any NY Schrades when those are gone.

    Cold Steel has a very few "traditional" pattern knives as well.

    Case is the place to go for a large variety of folders.

    For fun, hit the flea markets and pawn shops. You'd be startled about the old pocket knives you can find for nearly nothing. If you want overload, try any of the NKCA knife show.
     
  11. Don Gwinn

    Don Gwinn Moderator Emeritus

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    That's a good point, hso. REALLY neat stuff, though it's a lot harder to find the old pocketknives for a reasonable price than it was when I was a kid.

    Nowadays every old "Boy Scout Knife" with a broken blade and one scale is $45, or so it seems.
     
  12. hso

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    Don,

    You would have loved the Parker Show in Pigeon Forge! We called it a "rusty old knife" show, but that's what us pups called it and there were knives from the current production and custom traditionals to folks selling antique pieces both collectable and treasurable. I picked up several old folders from Hen and Rooster, Boker, Queen, Case, Schrade, Bulldog, Robeson, and other US and European manufacturers in one great deal. Some were good tool steel with cheap synthetic "pic bone" scales and some were stag or pearl or bone (smooth and pic) handles with spotless blades. I've given some away and kept some back (like the little gents Hen & Rooster pearl pen knife).

    Mike
     
  13. Skofnung

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    I suggest that you get a Scandinavian knife of some sort. Pawcatch posted a link to Ragnar's Ragweed forge, which has a very good selection of Scandis.

    I am a big fan of the Frosts/Erikssons Swedish knives. They are inexpensive, stout, and can be made hella-sharp. A more useful sheath knife you will not find.
     
  14. Jackthelad

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    I am a Boker fan, but older Boker before they moved south.
     
  15. cereedy

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    good old Standards

    Case XX, W.R. Case and sons. Hen and Rooster, Bear MGC, Paul knives also look on Smokey Moutain Knife works website www.eknifeworks.com and A.G. Russell's website.http://www.agrussell.com. That should get you on the right track.
     
  16. mack69

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    As my all around do everthing/anything knife I have been carrying (believe it or not) a Craftsman folder, half serrated blade, polymer grips, thumb release and lock. It comes with a nice woven fob that has a belt clip on one end and on the other another clip that clicks into a slot in the knife so you can hang it into your pocket. Don't think they carry them anymore tho.... :confused: take an beating and still going.... Have carried CRKT's, Buck, Shrade etc.
     
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