What is the most recent knife you bought?

Just arrived and I'm shockingly impressed...and somewhat depressed. Impressed and depressed that Olitans has made a quality feeling and acting Ti framelock with a new sort of secure feeling change a blade with pivot bearings...for $55 off of Amazon.

I'm "depressed" and impressed they took the limited production Leatherman "Parts" concept and actually improved on it (I played with a Parts and was more disappointed than impressed) by making the mounting of the blades both easier and more secure and going to a Ti alloy handle. I'd like to see premium blades on this like the Parts has (this is a quarter of the price though even being in Ti). Perhaps someone will convince Olitans to make available blades in premium steel as an upgrade option.

Is it a "knock off" of the Parts? There are so many improvements I'm having a hard time saying so, but they sure copied the style and they jumped off from Leatherman's concept and changable blades design. The 80-20 rule gets applied in situations like this with knives. Is there 20% difference AND are there improvements? Considering the frame lock, Ti alloy handle materials, and more secure mechanism for blade attachment that is also easier to use there's more than 20% difference. Important though is whether the differences are improvements or not otherwise you'd just screw around a bit and change up (typically down) materials. In this case it seems that these differences are improvements. The only place the Parts rises above the Olitans modular is the blade steel otherwise there are improvements all the way round.

Are these points rationalizations in the face of my loud commitment to intellectual property protection against knockoffs? Perhaps, but this thing is head and shoulders above the Leatherman before we even compare price and steels so maybe...possibly...could go either way. I can say I wouldn't buy a Parts when I handled it and would never expect to use it since I had little confidence in the blade attachment and it didn't flip like this so there was no "fun" in it.



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I agree with about everything in the video.

It flips easily and every surface is smooth and chamfered comfortably like a much more expensive knife.

Maybe Leatherman will look at the changes here and be inspired to incorporate some of these lessons?
 
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Just arrived and I'm shockingly impressed...and somewhat depressed. Impressed and depressed that Olitans has made a quality feeling and acting Ti framelock with a new sort of secure feeling change a blade with pivot bearings...for $55 off of Amazon.

I'm "depressed" and impressed they took the limited production Leatherman "Parts" concept and actually improved on it (I played with a Parts and was more disappointed than impressed) by making the mounting of the blades both easier and more secure and going to a Ti alloy handle. I'd like to see premium blades on this like the Parts has (this is a quarter of the price though even being in Ti). Perhaps someone will convince Olitans to make available blades in premium steel as an upgrade option.

Is it a "knock off" of the Parts? There are so many improvements I'm having a hard time saying so, but they sure copied the style and they jumped off from Leatherman's concept and changable blades design. The 80-20 rule gets applied in situations like this with knives. Is there 20% difference AND are there improvements? Considering the frame lock, Ti alloy handle materials, and more secure mechanism for blade attachment that is also easier to use there's more than 20% difference. Important though is whether the differences are improvements or not otherwise you'd just screw around a bit and change up (typically down) materials. In this case it seems that these differences are improvements. The only place the Parts rises above the Olitans modular is the blade steel otherwise there are improvements all the way round.

Are these points rationalizations in the face of my loud commitment to intellectual property protection against knockoffs? Perhaps, but this thing is head and shoulders above the Leatherman before we even compare price and steels so maybe...possibly...could go either way. I can say I wouldn't buy a Parts when I handled it and would never expect to use it since I had little confidence in the blade attachment and it didn't flip like this so there was no "fun" in it.



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I agree with about everything in the video.

It flips easily and every surface is smooth and chamfered comfortably like a much more expensive knife.

Maybe Leatherman will look at the changes here and be inspired to incorporate some of these lessons?

Funny you post that in that I took a chance with $26 and got this about 5 days ago.

Pictured next to a Leek.

I haven't play much with it.

The blade it's self has a couple marks on it but it's sharp, smooth action, very nice tactile feel to it, and ever so slightly thinner than the leak.

Not assisted. The ad said nylon bearings and also brass bearings in a different part. I asked and someone said their's had brass. I haven't taken it apart to see for my self but it is smooth opening

Titanium handle with D2 blade. Very light.


All in all I'm very impressed considering it's only $26. So much so I just placed an order for another one
 

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Three newest for me.

Carothers Performance Knives Fireman's Breaching Knife. This is 0.35" of Delta CPM3V designed to withstand up to 1,500 pounds of lateral force and be used a cold chisel or prybar or in conjunction with a section of pipe as a cheater bar.

CPK Utility Fighter 2. I really love this design, but my preorder was a double-edged version that I ended up not liking as much as the single-edge version, so I snagged a single-edge one in this snazzy new blue micarta Nathan and Jo are offering now.

Chris Reeve Knives Umnumzaan with the tanto MagnaCut blade. Working my way through CRK models. The Sebenza 31 is not my cup of tea, I have discovered, in small or large, but the Umnumzaan is... close. If the pocket clip were milled and offset slightly like on the Inkosi, I would like it a lot more, as even slight hand pressure on the pocket clip can make it difficult to open. The angle at which you open with the thumb stud is way better for me than the 31, though. Hoping that the Inkosi ends up being the best of both worlds, and I really wish they had more inlaid Inkosi options. Really love the CRK tanto blade shape. Really it's the only American tanto blade I've seen that I liked.
 
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Last "knife" I bought was a double bladed bearded Viking axe to go with my get-up for my nephew's theme wedding.
Finally got to use it. Wedding was this past weekend.
Gotta say, it's pretty well made for an axe I got just for looks.
No clue on how good the temper on the steel is, but I have banged it around on some branches, and it's holding up.
Think the handle is cheap soft wood though.

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I think I'm developing a love/hate relationship with Olitans. Snappy Ti flipper, 2.76" D2 blade, nylon or Teflon washers (cant tell). Perfectly centered. Tumbled smooth. $25! https://www.amazon.com/OLITANS-Pocket-Titanium-Flipper-Folding/dp/B0C2YRHC4S/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=C1WR2AZD0878&keywords=olitans+knives&qid=1697842783&sprefix=olit,aps,258&sr=8-3


That's the same one I just posted about. I haven't received my duplicate yet.


In 1 part of the ad it says "nylon bearings" and in another part if the ad it says "brass bearings".

I asked the question on amazon & someone replied back that his has brass bearings.

I see what look like 2 white disks but I haven't taken apart yet.

If its bushings, it sure is the smoothest flipper I've ever felt.
 
someone replied back that his has brass bearings.

I'm typically skeptical of responses from random people on Amazon (and I'm even skeptical of responses from someone claiming to be with the company if it is an unknown company in China simply due to language barriers) and unless the company started with "brass" (they wouldn't, bronze is what would be used instead of brass) for washers and then switched to poly...

They're clearly a polymer of some sort. Nylon and Teflon are commonly used in pivots, but polypropylene is sometimes use. Phosphor bronze is very smooth and is less compressible than Teflon or nylon (or polypro) so it gives a tighter fit and helps with keeping blades centered. Polymer washers are inexpensive and do pretty well for smooth pivots.
 
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I won auctions for a couple of WWII "Q" knives. One is the Cattaraugus 225Q Quartermaster while the other is the much rarer Case XX 337-6 Q. The 225Q is in good condition, but the blade will need some cleaning and the leather a good soak. The 337 blade is great, but the washers had been replaced with walnut and I'm going to have to replace that with leather.
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I was wandering around at a gun show today (out of my home state), and ended up bring home a passel of folding knives. The Schrade 8OT is 1967-ish time frame. It is basically a brand new knife.

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The Barlow is the steal. It had surface rust on the side that laid in the box. I gave $20 for it and took it down to the knife sharpener guy to see what he could do with it. $4 bought an immaculate transformation
 
Bear & Sons USA Made OTF.

D2 (real D2), very slender, fast, and locks up solid! Very solid!

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They are made in Alabama at the family owned manufacturing facility. Available at Bladeops.

 
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Amazon just dropped this off Yesterday. Very nice knife and pretty high quality like you would expect from Leatherman.

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Zero Tolerance made in Oregon USA and should you like you can return to them anytime for sharpening.
A Gerber I've had for 30+years, had I known it's value I'd have taken better care of it and not dragged it through the woods, opened cans of beans and used it as an all purpose tool...lmao
 

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Gerber Kettelbell.

I don’t buy Gerber, but I couldn’t say no to this one. Walmart had it on clearance for $15 and I couldn’t tell what it was. I asked to see it and liked the feel, and since my squid is basically a spoon at this point and I haven’t unearthed my sharpener since we moved I decided to just go ahead and buy the cheapo. The dude couldn’t find the box so he cut the price in half again. I got it for $7.50. Probably still overpaid, but it feels nice and it cuts… for now. I can’t make a Gerber keep an edge to save my life which is why I don’t buy them.
 
I share your view of recent-era Gerbers. Since Fiskars bought the company many years ago, the focus has been more on appearance and price point than on quality. Still, even an inexpensive knife is better than none, and most can be sharpened enough to scrape, pierce and cut for awhile. I like the look of the Kettlebell, and you can't beat that price (boxes are worthless).
 
A Flat Rock Saluda - simply beautiful

 
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