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  1. vjb.knife

    And Then There Were Two

    Seven or eight years ago I bought out a store in South Carolina of all the old Gerber LST knives that they had at or below retail. Another customer was curious why I was buying twenty or so knives like that for close to $400, and the store owner told him that I was crazy and that I probably...
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    And Then There Were Two

    Just out of curiousity is your Gerber LST an original Micarta handled model or a Zytel model? I like them both and own several examples of each. It is a classic and very handy knife. I am not sure it would make my top two. I would have a real problem narrowing down to two folders. I can't...
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    Just received a new folder - PDW

    I saw that they sold some again. The first round I just came across by accident when there were some available. I have so infrequently been able to get any of the PDW or TAD knives that when I saw they were in stock I was going to get one almost regardless of what it was. It just took a small...
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    Just received a new folder - PDW

    I think the MBK company looks like a probable source. I had not heard of them before but they have a folder called the XLC on their site which has some design similarities with this PDW knife. It was designed by Ray Laconico and has an integral Ti frame. Yeah, I don't want to get into it but...
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    Just received a new folder - PDW

    It is disappointing that it may not be a USA product. I did not really think that Protech made them, it just did not look their work. I have one of the older Invictus Auto model which I have heard were made by Protech.
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    Just received a new folder - PDW

    I had not thought of that but I guess you are right, it does have some of that look to it. At any rate it is very nicely made and if Protech was the maker they did a solid job of it.
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    Victorinox Titanium handles

    I bought mine wholesale about 15 years ago for about $15 or $20 and it has paid for itself between replacing parts on my knives and those of some of my friends.
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    Victorinox Titanium handles

    A Absolutely, I used some clamps to get them on and they are quite solid. Being quite careful it took about 10 minutes max for the entire changeover.
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    Just received a new folder - PDW

    I like the way this one is constructed. The frame is one piece Titanium with G10 scales and an M390 blade. I believe PDW has them made by Protech. The fit and finish are first rate. I'll just show pictures.
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    Victorinox Titanium handles

    I have had the spare parts kit for a long time. It has come in handy a number of times to be able to repair or replace parts on SAK's over the years.
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    Victorinox Titanium handles

    I have seen several small oufits that make this type of handle sets for Swiss army knives and have been thinking of getting some but When I saw these from Promethius Design Werks I decided to try some out. I put this set on a Swiss Champ That I have had for a while. It was easy and quick. I...
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    A VETERANS DAY QUESTION ABOUT KNIVES

    My Father used to work for the Smithsonian Institute in the 1980's and 90's. This was after being in the Coast Guard, the Army Infantry in WWII and 30 years of work for the Department of the Navy. He cataloged military hardware and uniforms from the Revolutionary War to present. I have seen...
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    Why might top makers hold onto old steels?

    I really can't say that I notice a lot of difference in most of my knives that are various steels, All are pretty high quality. One of my favorite custom makers is Bob Terzuola and he almost always uses CPM154. Who am I to say that's not good enough. I have 4 or 5 of his knives and they seem...
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    Spartan Hybris?

    The Horkos is part of a new series of knives designed by Spartan but made by Kabar and they are cheaper than the regular offerings from Spartan. This series of knives includes the Damysis, Alala, Machai, and Enyo. They are not up to the level of design or quality of the regular Spartan fixed...
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    Why Toolless Disassembly Should Be The Future of Knife Design

    I have a knife that you can completely take apart without any tools.
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    Does microtech have heat treat problems?

    I worked in a steel mill and a machine shop that made sheer knife blades for the steel industry and hardness testing among other tests are pretty basic prior to and after heat treating. I really find it hard to believe that a 'knife' company of any kind would not be pretty thourough in this...
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    Does microtech have heat treat problems?

    Here's a SOCOM that has been very well used for over twenty years and is still going strong but it is 154CM.
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    Does microtech have heat treat problems?

    I have several MT's with M390 and no issues. MT is a very good company in my experience. I would like to know how anyone has determined this supposed HT issue; do they have a hardness tester? Sounds like hyped up BS to me.
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    Cold Steel opinions wanted

    Well there was a lot of good suggestions here and I appreciate you all taking the time to post. It is difficult to narrow it down with all these choices so I may just have to get a couple of them. I like the Ultimate Hunter (orange), the Recon 1 and the Code 4 so rather than choosing I will...
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