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Looking for a fancy pocket knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Balrog, Dec 22, 2012.

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  1. Balrog

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    I am looking for a dressy pocket knife. Maybe with sterling silver, bone or horn, turquoise, or other interesting material. Custom or semi-custom. Any suggestions?
     
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    You haven't stated a price range so that we know if you understand the cost of a custom folder.
     
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    The William Henry knives look awesome. Something like that is what I am looking for. As for price range, it would simply depend on the materials of the piece. If there was silver, inlay gold, and gemstones like on the William Henry's then $1500 doesnt seem too much. The Kestrel looks to be a great size. Who would produce similar competitive products with WH?
     
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    There are scores of custom makers if you're willing to pay $1,500 for a fancy folder. More importantly, you'll end up with a one of a kind piece instead of a one of a few.

    John W. Smith is highly regarded for his fancy folders and the regard is more than deserved.

    Take a look at the participants in the Art Knife Invitational if you want something unique.
     
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    So is William Henry more like semi-custom?
     
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    If I wanted a fancy pocket knife and had $1000 for it, I'd talk to Gayle Bradley. Great guy, incredible knives.

    John
     
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    That's a good description.
     
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    "Custom or semi-custom" is what the man specified in his original post. The downside of pure custom work is waiting periods. I agree that a pure custom piece, one-of-a-kind, is potentially a better knife and worth bragging over, but the OP might not want to wait 1 year/2 years/longer to get his knife.
     
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    There are plenty of good makers who don't have a year and a half wait.

    Heck, some of them even have stock on hand.

    I have fancy folders that I bought off the table at shows.
     
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    Not sure of the OP's custom or semi-custom requirements but check out
    Moore Maker, Inc. (mooremaker.com). I have a couple of their knives and they have several options to choose from with very good prices to boot.
     
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    I recently received a Mel Pardue custom knife. Wow... A Tanto folder, a la the one on pg 4 on his site, except for the more expen$ive matched mammoth ivory scales - over a kilobuck for sure. It'll never see EDC here! All I can say when I see it is "I'm not worthy!!".

    Closer to planet Earth - a small plain-Jane CRK S35VN Sebenza is a hard act to follow - and functional, too. I love mine - and it does definitely see some carry - it's just techno-pretty - plain, in other words! At a better price point is my smaller Benchmade 480-1 Shoki in CF and m390 steel - delivered with a pocket sheath - I got it days after the small Sebbie - and it has seen much more carry. My newer Benchmade 482 Megumi is starting to intrude on the Shoki & small Sebbie's carry - it's a handsome knife. Below, top down, are my finer pocket knives (Excluding the Megumi and Mel Pardue knives.): CRK/WC 'StarTac Umnumzaan; Buck 172 Mayo TNT; CRK plain small S35VN Sebenza; and Benchmade 480-1 Shoki.

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    The StarTac is a special Umnumzaan, while the Buck 172 Mayo TNT, in Ti & S30V, was a poor man's Sebbie that Buck dropped some years ago now due to it's high cost and low sales. The 480-1 Shoki, to me, is the sleeper here - it's CF scales being quite handsome - and the QC is excellent, too.


    You could have a Shoki, Megumi, and a nice dinner for what the small Sebbie cost, of course. You could have a pair of upgraded Sebbies for what my Mel Pardue knife would likely cost you, for that matter. It's all in what you have to spend - and what 'statement' you want your fancy knife to make. Good Luck!

    Merry Christmas!

    Stainz

    PS If it is too pretty - or it's cost too dear - you likely won't carry it!
     
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    To clarify, I am looking for something ornate. Damascus steel, sterling silver, inlaid semi-precious stones, etc.
     
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    Balrog,

    Just have Kim Breed make a fancy one for you.
     
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    I have seen some Kim Breed knives in photos, and they look great. Does anyone know how to contact them? They dont seem to have a website?
     
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    Pearl handles are nice and no waiting for custom made.
     
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    Balrog,

    Kim's a member. Send him a PM- if he doesn't reply in a day or two, send me your email address, and I'll forward it to him.

    John
     
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    Here is a crude picture or two of my Mel Pardue custom knife - his website is melpardue.com.

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    Gold screws, mammoth ivory scales & thumbstud insets, fileworked backspacer with gold, Damascus bolster, & Damascus Tanto blade - beautiful - my horrid pix don't do it justice. Check his site.

    Stainz
     
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