Knife Brands - Who are the best manufacturers?

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  1. Captain O

    Captain O
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    It has been said that the Portland area is the Solingen of the United States. I'll bet you can guess why. :s0155:
     
  2. BillGabby1

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    Since I made a bubblegum of myself with this post, I decided to get a cheap knife for an EDC and save my Bucks, I just don't want to lose them. I found and ordered a "Enlan EL-04"
    it is a fist full with a similar locking stud that Benchmade uses, not as good or smooth but it locks up tight and the 8Cr13Mov steel takes and holds a edge well, I've had it about 2 months now and only sharpened it twice and got it razor sharp, since then all I've done is keep it stropped. I'm happy with it having spent less than $15 shipping included. If it falls out of my pocket somewhere, I won't get too upset, because it won't be one of my Bucks! Sign me,
    "Eating Crow Gabby" :s0124:
     
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  3. Jason Brown

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    I have been using these Coast pocket knives for EDC and at work for a few years now. Gave my original to my brother when he started working with me and bought a new one for myself. Would not hesitate to buy another if needed. I like that it is tip up carry, partially serrated and the spring assisted action is very smooth. Plus you can lock it in the open position so it won't close on you accidentally.
    Coast Knives Rapid Response 3.90 Black Spring Assisted Knife - Black Serr - Blade Play
     
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  4. djharteloo

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    Recently got my first benchmade and love it. Used Kershaw and CRKT knives for a long time. The kershaws would loose the screws out of the pocket clips pretty regularly but the blades were excellent and the price was good. I have a gerber multitool and a large gerber fixed blade (both newer) and they function, not my favorite but they function.

    A Big one I see missing from this list is Leatherman. Who doesn't have a leatherman tool that they use the ever loving hell out of?
     
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  5. teflon97239

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    Military "surplus" and gear stores abound near Ft. Benning GA, where I recently hung out for a couple days with one of my boys on his way to Airborne. Killed some time at knife counters in a couple such stores where I noted they were stocked exclusively with:
    - Gerber
    - CRKT
    - Leatherman
    - Kershaw
    - Benchmade

    Hadn't given it much thought before, but it's good to know we make something here in the NW besides whiny entitled pseudo-intellectual liberals in skinny jeans and doucheknots.
     
  6. Joe13

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    Esee has 2 folders (different lengths)

    Knifeworks.com sells them starting at $24 and I got the highest end one (metal and scales) for $54 shipped.

    Bought it for hard use at work and after a couple months it has never needed a sharpening and has worn in so it's fast to open, clip holds in the pocket well, it even has held up from a few drops ok concrete.

    I also like that it is thin but fits my xxl hands well and is made in the USA;).

    I'm really glad I retired my favorite kershaw that was my edc for 12 years, and very glad the Esee has filled its shoes well.
     
  7. teflon97239

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    Funny, I tend to baby my nicer "brand-name" knives (like I listed previously) because I want them to last forever, and abuse the hell out of cheap M-Tech knockoffs, which tend to hold up very nicely with occasional sharpening.
     
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  8. Pandaz3

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    I too, have three or four of those cheap knockoffs, maybe why my 'good' knives have held up.
     
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  9. The Heretic

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    Gerber makes some nice stuff - LMF II, Prodigy, and I bought a number of their BG folding knives.

    But you have to do your research - some of their stuff is crap, some is good value.

    I had people tell me my BG folding knife would snap like glass because it was made in China. So it being cheap ($16), I batoned with it, stuck it in a round and tried to twist it out and I pounded it. It loosened up a bit at the hinge, but still locks and did not break. You generally do not do those things with any folder and expect it to hold up. For $16 I thought it was a pretty good deal even if it eventually breaks and bought 5 more of them (2 for gifts, others for barter and backup).

    I look for value, durability and utility. I am usually not disappointed and I have yet to spend over $100 for a knife.

    I have one Kershaw, an SOG as a gift, a number of Ka Bars (which I like), so CRKT, a few Cold Steel, some Schrades, Morakniv, some Old Timers, Tool Logic and a Fallkniven.

    I was disappointed with the design of some of those (CS and Schrade machetes) but only Tool Logic disappointed me with quality - my last order from them was a couple inexpensive folders that arrived broken (scales were broken).

    I carry a TL folder as an EDC, but besides the fact that it is a folder, has a light and whistle - I don't think that much of it, I just carry it because it has those things.

    In short, many of the major brand names have some good and some bad, and you have to do your homework on each knife.
     
  10. DeanMk

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    Just realized I have my EDC "knife" sitting right next to me...so I snapped a little piccy for you guys...

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    You might chuckle, but it was 50 cents, carries invisibly, ALWAYS works for whatever I need to cut and I still have plenty of extra blades left in the box I bought with it....7 1/2 years ago.
    I'm happy. :)


    Dean
     
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  11. skeetshtr

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    My favorite knifes on a budget are Moras for fixed blades and Victorinox for folders. For under $20.00 a great fixed blade Mora can be had and for under $40.00 you can get a great multi blade folder. The Mora clipper or a Victorinox Farmer or a treckker are hard to beat. That being said my favorite EDC knifes are a CR Small Sebanza, Spyderco endura, or a Benchmade 940. Truth be told anything with a pointy tip and a sharp blade makes me happy. I just ordered three Gonzo knifes from China and a Schrade auto from Blade HQ to have something new to play with. Curious how the fit and finish will be.
     
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  13. Mygrainman

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    They are no doubt great knives, some of the best available, but maybe just a bit WAY over priced, and the fan boys are willing to spend it. I bought a Randall made sheath at a gun show...just the sheath and paid $15 hoping it would fit my pre war KABAR... and it didn't.. so I put it up on ebay for $100 because that's what some similar sheathes were up for...and it sold within the first day. Wish I'd done an auction, turns out I could have got more. Found out later it was a highly sought after 70's Johnson roughback, and you can only get new Randall branded sheathes if you send in your knife and have them matched or some such... It was a really nice sheath.
     

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