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2019 Traditional Forum Knife...The First Poll

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by knarfeng, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. GEC 86

    212 vote(s)
  2. Fox knives 521

    33 vote(s)
  3. Buck 192 (Vanguard) fixed blade

    160 vote(s)
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  1. Amir Fleschwund

    Amir Fleschwund Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    r8shell said:
    Has there ever been a Bladeforums Buck Forum knife? Maybe that there mafia should look into having one made.

    "Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!"
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  2. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    Probably could order that now from the custom shop?
  3. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Nice choices all around.

    I have no need for a fixed blade knife outside of the kitchen. However, I have no need for ANOTHER folding knife of any kind. So that's a moot point.

    The GEC 86 looks like a 77 that is 1/8" longer. Still a very nice pattern, but if I were going to buy one, I'd want one with the blade combo in the drawing - a clip plus long coping. A single blade sheepfoot has never appealed to me that much.

    Sooo... I voted for the Buck Vanguard. I have always loved the look of Buck's fixed blade hunting knives, and that Vanguard is especially pretty. I'd like to have one just to wear around the yard. :)

    192 is not offered in the custom shop. 119 is.
  4. dpowers311


    Jan 23, 2014
    Like all of them, think it will be the 86 end the end. I picked the vanguard fixed blade is a nice change.
  5. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Some (@mykel m , @Ice Tigre, @Pàdruig ) have asked about Fox, are they new, etc...
    Fox Knives began in the 1970s in the Italian city of Maniago where the best knife makers in that country reside.

    Maniago is Germany's Solingen, Japan's Seki City, France's Thiers

    Lionsteel, Maserin and Viper are also based in Maniago, Italy

    Fox Knives have a good reputation, they are better than average, they use top-notch materials and have higher tolerances than say a Buck folder would. I own a Lionsteel a Maserin and a Viper knife, all from Maniago, Italy, and they are all exceptional. I'm sure @knifeswapper can attest to the products from Maniago, and if you've never had a European knife (other than Sheffield), I urge you to think about taking the leap. Thanks

    I am finding it hard to vote when we don't know what handle options will be. This goes for GEC, Buck and Fox.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
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  6. Pàdruig

    Pàdruig Live and Let Die Platinum Member

    Dec 1, 2016
    Thank you very much for the info. I have a few Lion Steel knives and I find them to be rather exceptional so if Fox is comparable, it could certainly be worth considering. I guess my biggest concern is that I have absolutely no idea how much flexibility we have in terms of material and feature choices.
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  7. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    I think last year can be a good indicator of some Buck options and we have seen so many options on GECs over the years we can expect a solid variety the real unknown is Fox but the handles I have seen from Viper, Maserin, and LionSteel have all been top notch so I would have some similar expectations and all 4 italian companies have a colabrotive project which you honestly can't tell which maker made which outside of some select distinct traits or names.
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  8. knifeswapper

    knifeswapper Knife Peddler Dealer / Materials Provider

    Sep 3, 2004
    I think going forward it should be a rule that if you vote, you are required to purchase the winning knife.... :D
  9. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    Since there are two separate dealers for the two top choices (at the moment tied!), why not just split the difference and have two forum knives from two representatives ;-)
    Travman, marcus52AR, Buzzbait and 2 others like this.
  10. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    You think the fights are brutal NOW, just think what it would be like if losing meant you were forced to buy a knife you didn't like. Marvelous idea!
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  11. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I wish that were possible. I really do!!!
    meako and redcanoe like this.
  12. TX180SX

    TX180SX Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Fixed blade was my vote. That's a good looking Buck!
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  13. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    That's not quite true. Yes, Traditional has had an annual knife for many years, but Spark had a BF knife done a few years back, and the Custom Forum has had (at least) one (in 2012).
  14. N.E.Tim

    N.E.Tim Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2012
    I voted for the 86. I think it would be a handy sized, versatile cutting tool.
    The options of the scale material would also look great.
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  15. redcanoe

    redcanoe Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 12, 2012
    I am wondering if a longer than standard blade might be an option if the Buck wins this poll I just think that would make it something special that you could not go and buy at the local sporting goods store as much as I enjoy GEC knives I don’t want another Sheepfoot bladed knife
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  16. Why Waltz

    Why Waltz

    Sep 5, 2013
    My vote went to the Buck Vanguard.

    We’ve never had a fixed blade and there will be plenty of options to vote on which is always the fun part. After all, this Forum is called “Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades”. Plus, it will look good with a nice big Bladeforums stamp and a single dot.

    Single sheepsfoot TC Barlow was done a few years ago and the Fox is too similar to a Buck 110.
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  17. Pàdruig

    Pàdruig Live and Let Die Platinum Member

    Dec 1, 2016
    I appreciate the additional knowledge, I figured there were details that I was unaware of.

    That said, when the Traditionals forum knife has been referred to as strictly the "Traditionals Forum Knife", there have been corrections made, stating that it is a BladeForums Forum knife that just happens to be hosted by the Traditionals Forum. Not that it makes a whole lot of difference since we are really just talking semantics here but my comments were strictly pertaining to the forum knives hosted by the Traditionals Forum in the last 10(ish) years.
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  18. BuckShack

    BuckShack Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2015
    Sadly, the Buck 192 Vanguard is not available in the custom shop. And most of the options I mentioned are not available except on special runs.
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  19. fatboy148


    Oct 3, 2007
    When I just voted...

    I broke the tie from 99 all to 99 - 100 BUCK!

    Call it!
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  20. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    All great options for sure! When I pictured in my mind the possibility of an 86 with a long pull sheepsfoot, rat tail bolster, bare headed with some African black wood covers. Well, I couldnt bring myself to vote any other way :D
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