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Knives made in America

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by ASG, Dec 17, 2007.

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  1. ASG

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    Hello everyone,

    I am in the market for a foldable pocket knife. I want something that is made in America. My price is $200 at the most. I have looked at Gerber, Spyderco, SOG, and a few others, but I would like to know which companies produce knives made in America. I know that there are a ton of companies out there, but if you could give me the names of a few I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

    ASG
     
  2. AntiqueCollector

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    W. R. Case. Some Buck knives are U.S. made others imports, have to watch with them. Kershaw also makes knives in the US. Ontario Knife Co. too. Only four I can think of off the top of my head right now but there are others.
     
  3. Zeke/PA

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    There are STILL a few .U.S companies but only a few .
    Case is one, Queens another.
    Both make a more traditional style knife.
    I know the Case products better than any other and you cannot buy better.
    The knives are priced according to where you buy mainly.
    Mid- South Shooters Supply has about the most reasonable prices that I've seen lately.
    U.S. made Schrades are still able to be found, mostly in small remote Mom &Pop style hardware stores. Very good quality if you can find them.
    Zeke
     
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  4. JShirley

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    Spyderco has quite a few made-in-the-U.S. knives. (Most of their upscale knives.) Almost all can be had for under $200.

    I usually buy my Spydies from NewGraham.com

    Welcome!
     
  5. 357wheelgunner

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    The American Spydercos are great (most notably the Military).

    I prefer Emersons. My Super CQC-7 is, by far, the best knife I've ever had the pleasure to handle. The blade is razor sharp, stays that way, and is nice and straight for utility work. The handle is wide, flat, and fits the full length of my hand, in a saber grip, like it was tailored to me. They run $165 or so:

    http://www.newgraham.com/detail.aspx?ID=5094

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    Above is a Super and a regular CQC-7, below the super is shown in my hand. I sent the regular '7 back because it didn't feel right in my hand, and lacks the attention to detail that the Super has.


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  6. proud2deviate

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    Spyderco Manix. They were just discontinued, so don't delay. Better yet, pick up two, put one in the safe, and watch it appreciate.
     
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    Do you mean that all of the knives in a manufacturer's line are made in America or do you mean what companies have knives that are made in America as part of their line?

    Bear MGC is all made in America as are Case, Ontario, KaBar and Canal Street. Most Buck and Benchmade are made in America. Many Spyderco and some SOG are made in America.
     
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    I have several knives, all Kabar, Casexx, or Ontario with 1095 steel. Outside of my Leatherman Supertool the only folder I have is a two bladed Case xx. It's sure been a good one. After reading your post I got the knife out (it come's in a real nice leather sheath that snap
    s closed) and looked at it. On the muskrat blade it say's USA 6265. I guess that's the model number. I still have the box it came in with the papers, but it's been so many years I have no idea where it's at right now. It's a large knife but very confortable to hold and use. Case xx make's a fine knife. You'vd be surprised how many of these young people nowadays never heard of W.R. Case and Sons, but it's some of the best steel you'll ever hold in your hands...Okay...
     
  11. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    Benchmade---Busse---Criss Reeve---Ontario---Kabar---Case----Buck
     
  12. nitestocker

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    what stile of folder are you looking for a slip joint or a utility or something to defend yourself with type knife ?there is all different types i myself like bench made the skirmish if you like a frame lock and i like Doug ritters griptilian it has a axes lock and is great for lefties as well as righties both are under 200 if you look on ebay there both very nice and have s30v steel blades as well there are outher brands out there that are good but this is my choice
     
  13. Stainz

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    Go to Wally World... you can actually buy some USA-made knives there for less than your favorite gun/knife store's dealer cost! A great knife, albeit a 3.75" blade, is the Buck 110 Folding Hunter. You can get it for ~$26 there - or, with a polished and 'signed' blade - in a PRC-made tin here at Christmas time (If they haven't run out!) for $30. The knife has an MSRP of $62, so it's a 'buy' there. It has the excellent Bos heat-treated 420HC steel, but, if you want a better steel, the best buy is an Alaskan Guide version of the 110, only available from Cabela's ($65) and in S30V steel.

    Wally World also carries Kershaw Blurs and Scallions - and the excellent buy Spyderco S30V Native for $40 - all US made, that latter one being an excellent buy.

    Now, if you like the Buck 110 - and want a custom, they make them. They sporadically have tear drop Damascus available - mine wasn't cheap, but you could still get it and a basic 110 from W-W for your price.

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    Now, if you want a really well made example of Buck's work, get a new 419 - the folding Kalinga Pro. You should be able to find one shipped for a bit over half your funds - expect to wait, it is new - S30V steel, too. I used mine Saturday evening at a party - to trim some ham!

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  15. hso

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    Where can I get a Chris Reeves or Busse for a $100?:scrutiny:
     
  16. JohnBT

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    He said $200 max. :)

    I paid around $230 for a small Sebenza, but that was about 5 years ago. Maybe he can find a well used one, although I'll not be selling either of mine.

    There's an Alias knife out there that's a Sebenza knock off, but it was $230 or so the last time I looked.

    John
     
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    $200? :scrutiny:

    Woops! :uhoh:

    Yep, $200. :eek:

    :p


    Ok, where can I get a new Busse or Sebe for $200? ;)

    The Bradley Alias is an excellent knife! I picked one up at Blade and carry it sometimes instead of my Sebenza.

    My only complaint is that the pocket clip is a bit flimsy.
     
  18. ASG

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    Thanks to all for their responses. I would really like for the maker to have their whole product line made in America. The materials could be imported, but I want the workmanship to be American. I like the style of the Spyderco, Emerson types and am interested in an assisted opening design. It should have a blade that could cut through rope (partial serrated edge?). It will be used for everyday carry. The maker should have a good customer service policy as well.

    ASG
     
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    Don't bother with the assisted openers, you don't need that. Go try drawing a waved Emerson or Spyderco and your search will end. Er.....The waved spydercos are made in Japan, so scratch that and go straight for the Emersons. Mine are still as sharp as the day I got them, even the Commander that I've used as my "user" knife for cutting EVERYTHING.
     
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    Check out Cold Steel's Christmas sale....They have Carbon V Recon Tantos and SRKs for $49.99 (Made in USA). These are incredibly tough knives!
     
  22. 50 Shooter

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    Just got a new SOG and it's made in Taiwan. :eek:
     
  23. Stainz

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    Okay, no one liked my $170 custom Buck with tear drop Damascus, etc, so here is the cheaper spread. Below the #408 Kalinga Pro in S30V, MSRP = $160, is the #419 liner-lock folding Kalinga Pro in S30V - MSRP = $150. Below that is the polished & signed standard 110 that was in a 'Collector's Tin' for $30 at Wally World this Christmas. Yep, judicious shopping might get you all three US-made knives for a little over your $200 limit. Of course, you'd have that beautiful fixed Kalinga Pro, too, then...

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  24. hso

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    ASG,

    The only US made assists that I can think of from a US company that makes all their knives in the us are from KaBar (they're making Daryl Ralph's assist in an updated form).
     
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    I am not sure about their assisted knives, but the KaBar Dozier series of lockbacks, like my 4062 Drop Point, are an excellent buy in the low $20s, even if they are made in Taiwan. Their stacked leather gripped fixed Hunter, #1232 and made in Japan, is the same size as my US made Queen #92 in D2, I believe, and the #92 has a finer 'stacked wood' handle. The KaBar fixed hunter was ~$30, while the Queen #92 was at least half again as much. I believe the imported KaBars have AUS-6 blades - certainly a far cry from Buck's better 420HC steel, even if they can be resharpened to a good (ie, not great!) edge easily. That Buck 420HC is really good blade material.

    Stainz
     
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