Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by SteadyD, May 9, 2021.
I would ask them who they're using to make the knife you want to buy. Then look up that company and see what kind of background they have.
I have a group of 5 knives sold by Browning, they didn't make them. They used TOPS Knives to make the knives for them. You might've seen them advertised at one time, they were called Field Duty Extreme.
Here's a pic of all 5 knives.
Neither has anyone else.
Buy a knife that the manufacturer was proud enough of to write their own name on it.
Quality-wise, it may conceivably be the finest knife I own... But I suspect times have changed...
Spyderco and Kershaw have some of their budget knives made in China. They ain't bad for the money. I'd have to pass on anything S&W.
Subsequent S&W branded Taylor Cutlery knives were economy knives starting out, but did improve in the final years.
When S&W Holding Corp. bought Taylor to get the knife brand back in 2016 they became a division of S&W's accessories unit, Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. The brand is an economy brand still.
Around here they are popular edc with LEOs because they are cheap and intimidating. IMHO that's about all they have going for them but maybe that is enough.
(all their knives are always on sale) for dirt cheap.
All I can say about it is that it sharpens easily (no clue what the steel is) and it is big. And heavy. Not a pocket knife, even though it's a folder.
like one of them, but couldn't stand her carrying that dangerous crap.
Browning knives range from decent to very good, and H&K branded knives are quality.
The Bowie style knife you mentioned was designed by Blackie Collins and were made by S&W. This was back in the mid-70s. There were seven knives made in all. Besides the Bowie knife they also made a hollow handle Survival knife, a fixed blade called The Outdoorsman, a fixed blade Skinner, a Folding Hunter, a Fisherman's knife, and a Filet knife.
These knives were extremely well made and were priced very reasonably. I picked up a Survival knife shortly after they were introduced and still kick myself for not getting the Folding Hunter.
that same trip, my 4 year old found a well worn bench made 551 in the grass at a fair! Cleaned up nicely and sold me on decent quality blades
Forgot I had it but it looks pretty nice, I sort of remember buying it about 20+ years ago..?
I'll try and post a picture sometime.
Pretty sure that "Ruger's" knives are made by CRKT. I'm not a huge CRKT fan, but from what I can tell, some of their stuff is pretty decent quality.
I would say that, in general, it definitely makes sense to be skeptical of rebranded knives. "Buyer Beware" applies.
I have plenty of old cheap beaters, and they serve a purpose, but I don't need more. I was at a gun show this last weekend and the place was full of gas station knives made of junk steel.
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