What was the last knife you bought?

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  1. hso

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    Slide serrations on a pistol...1911?
     
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    May 4th. May the 4th be with you. Black and white colors, like a storm trooper from Star Wars.
     
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    Bark River Wilderness 5 in Cru wear:

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    Malanika Puuko in CPM 4v:

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    My slide continues.

    My newest is this Koenig Arius, a pretty plain-jane version in plain blasted titanium and M390 with the normal blue backspacer. This is a knife made by Bill Koenig's company out of Idaho, Bill having started his own company after leaving Mill-it, if I recall correctly. His first-generation Arius was made by Mill-it, but are now all in-house. This knife is famous for its flipping and drop-shut action and is often described as a the flipper equivalent of a Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza in manufacturing quality, but it's also comparable to Shirogorov, Holt, or Grimsmo - very small machine shop doing very tight tolerances.

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    Here it's the second from left, compared to the far-left Spyderco Delica, the 3.5" spearpoint Hinderer Eklipse second from right, and the 2.75" bowie Hinderer Half Track on the far right.

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    And the lock side.

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    This spine shot shows the backspacer/lanyard loop as well as the heavily relieved internal milling on the scales that make it such a surprisingly light knife for its size.
     
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    Guardian Tactical Recon 040

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    Birthday present from myself to myself...Buck 284 Bantam BBW. The price was right and I need a spare knife for when I send my leek in for blade replacement.
     

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  9. the Black Spot

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    These ranger knives by ontario just appeal to me. Lots dont like the handle, but they fit me great! 1/4" thick 5160, 4.5" long cutting edge.
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    I really dig it man. I dig that Half Track too.
     
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    I, uh, may have four Half Tracks, two bowies and two wharncliffe. One bowie is the one shown with bronze anodized titanium and red G10 handles with the heavy stonewash on the blade that Hinderer calls 'Working Finish.' Another is black G10 and distressed black DLC titanium with the same blade.

    Both wharncliffes are the same configuration as that black bowie in black G10, black DLC titanium, and working finish blades.

    It is my very favorite small knife!
     
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    Sirocco by Bogdan:

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    "Flat Rat" - Swamp Rat FFG INFI Ratmandu

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    Osage Vixen by Paul Lackey:

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    One of only a few AA Forge Bushman knives made:

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    I had Justin Gingrich make a proto of a knife to offer to students going through the course I instruct. That way, they can get a neat tool with their class # engraved on it, for a reasonable price.

    This one is in 2V. I'll take better pics later.
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    I bought an Outdoor Edge razor blade knifes for my stepson for a Christmas gift.
    He don't get to go hunting much & I don't know if he even cleans his own deer but he liked it whether he uses it or not.
     
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    $43 Scepter (great value) and the Kabar/Becker BK40 $58-39 (not so great).

    This is the first Becker I've been disappointed in. The BK40 looks like a folding BK16 with a straight clip. That's an excellent start for a folder with the Becker name on it. It is a hefty 4.8oz, but Beckers are intended to work with and aren't dainty knives. The knife is comfortable in the hand as you'd expect a Becker to be, but you have to remove the clip to make it so. The BK40 is made in China. The BK40 has 3D contoured Grivory scales over a steel frame with a wire pocket clip that is in the way as it comes. The BK40 is riding on washers, I just can't tell what they are. It is a liner lock and properly fitted. There is no stop pin. The BK40 balances well behind the pivot where I'd have preferred on the index finger or even a little forward of that (pivot) to "feel" the blade. The BK40 has a cylindrical shaped thumb stud that is difficult to use in opening the knife. The BK pivot is not easy to open and the thumb stud simply doesn't help (even after oiling). The steel on the BK40 is the well known AUS8.


    Why am I disappointed in the BK40? Blade steel should have been a bit better for just under $5 more, pivot is tight, liner lock is proud of the handle, being scales on steel frame there's no reason for it to weigh this much or balance so far back since they could have cut frame openings when they stamped or jetted the frame and molded voids in the grivory. All would have been simple in putting this hefty folder on a diet and have given it better balance for a folding bushcrafter.

    The light Scepter has natural or colored G10 over a steel frame that is generally flat with a little machining and a tip up clip that is deep carry so it doesn't interfere with your grip. The Scimitar blade is of 9Cr18MoV. The Scepter pivots on bearings. The balance is right on the index finger. The liner lock engages properly and withstood testing to get it to release prematurely. The Scepter has barrel shaped domed studs with traction cuts making it much easier to open using the thumb studs as well as a subtle flipper that makes it very easy to open. The bearings in the pivot on the Scepter is like greased glass.

    9Cr18MoV steel contains 0.9% Carbon, 18% Chromium, and extra Molybdenum and Vanadium elements. The full chemical composition is as follows;

    • 0.9% Carbon
    • 18% Chromium
    • 0.8% Manganese
    • 0.03% Sulfur
    • 1-1.3% Molybdenum
    • 0.8% Silicon
    • 0.6% Nickel
    • 0.04% Phosphorus
    • 0.07-0.12% Vanadium
    The nickle and vanadium help improve toughness against the carbon content and high (RC60) hardness. Think of it has a much tougher 440C with vandium carbides along with the standard carbide.

    Why am I wowed by the Scepter, surprisingly good steel for a $40 knife, razor sharp, light weight, proper liner lock fit-up, excellent ceramic bearing pivot with studs and flipper, comfortable G10 over steel, proper balance, nice clip (not tip down movable though).
     
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    A couple of RMJ textured UCAPs in Nitro-V. Light thin and very slicey. Th textured blades are not really full flat grind ... maybe Full Bumpy Grind (FBG)

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    I really like those Kabar Dozier Design folders. Wanted one in D2 so I got one. Took the Lansky to it and then the strop and now it's surgical grade sharp. I'm easily entertained.

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    Picked up a Katz knife, XT-70.

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    Forgot about this Kizer Harpoon.

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    While everything I said against the BK40 still holds, moving the clip and cycling the action have helped greatly. It still is stupidly difficult to open, but has gotten barely tolerable after 200 cycles and repeated lube. Moving the clip helped enormously right away, though.

    Would I recommend it for someone that found the RAT to be too slim, yeah.
     
  25. SharpDog

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    TOPS T3 Tracker and Benchmade 200 puuko with Cleveland Kydex sheaths:

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