Recommendation? Best High End Flipper?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Berickson47, Jul 27, 2017.

  1. Berickson47

    Berickson47 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2017
    Hey guys, looking to get a recommendation on a quality midrange flipper. Looking to spend $350 - $400. I'm mostly interested in Mid Techs but production folders might be considered. 3.5 inches is my favorite size. I'm a fan of tactical folders because they're overbuilt but I want something very smooth and reliable for EDC and outdoor use. I have a Medford 187 flipper so I'd like something similar but on bearings. Thank you!
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2017
  2. Inazone


    Aug 27, 2012
    How do you define best? I mean, are you looking for a working knife that will be reliable and durable under less than ideal conditions? Versatility for all sorts of different uses? Comfort? Best materials? It's all very subjective.
  3. Kahuna2793


    Dec 4, 2011
    $350 to $400 in not high end. High end is upwards $500- $1,000
    I don't think there is a best but I just ordered
    Todd begg steelcraft bodega $460. It's on the higher end production flipper it's well built knife. Just waiting for delivery.
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  4. ATJ999

    ATJ999 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Olamic mid tech or Search Ferrum Forge on the exchange here. Those are the two I would consider the most. Olamic's Wayfarer 247 is an awesome knife!!!
    My favorite is Ferrum Forge knives for all around EDC knives, more all around quality than just smooth flipper to play with. I found my FFKW Fortis on the exchange here for $325 like new, best 325 I have ever spent on a knife! If you are looking for something super smooth and solid, you could save a few hundred dollars and get a Real Steel Sea Eagle. Reate knives are very good knives, very solid knives. WE, Rike, Kizer knives are good. One of my top 3 favorites for EDC is Jeremy Robertson's El Patron.
    You did not give a size preference, but Lionsteel knives have some great offerings. Brous knives, never owned one, but hear good things. Hinderer knives are good.

    The above post is correct though, 300-400 is far from high end, especially when you are talking customs midtechs. But if you do some good searching and have a little patience, you can find some great deals!! Good luck man!
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  5. gmorel1916


    Sep 16, 2014
    What he said haha. Cant go wrong with Ferrum or Olamic.
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  6. Bladegunner


    Jul 28, 2016
    I am a Shirogorov fanboy, I have never handled the Olamic or Todd Begg Steelcraft knifes I am sure there great as well but the Shiro's have a incredible action.
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    Apr 4, 2007
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    as an owner and passionate fanboy I second the steelcraft bodega. But I do think anything over $300 is high end. If the quality, materials and finish are there I would call it high end.
  8. Kahuna2793


    Dec 4, 2011
    That's nice!!!
    I went black and silver with black Blade.
    I was looking at field grade bodega's little high in price for me.
    Glad I ran across steelcraft series.


    Apr 4, 2007
    The black blades look nice. I chose the satin because those blades are actually handground with the hand satin finish just really seemed like a high end option for no extra dough. I had a field grade and sold it because for me it just wasn't bodega enough. Especially when I got mine because they were not offering the fluted bodega blade. These steelcraft are really close to a bodega 2.0. I absolutely love mine.
  10. JDRanger


    Aug 14, 2017
    Hey - good question. I think I'll learn a lot from the answers you receive.

    I don't know what the best is since there are so many out there.

    These are the ones I own so they are the only ones I can vouch for. Some cost less than $350 but I think they are worth considering:

    - Bastellini R.E.D. (A great and rather unique knife that deserves more attention).
    - Guardian Helix Nano (An amazing knife that sized well for EDC but can handle larger tasks. "Tactical" look/feel)
    - Rick Hinderer Jurassic (Does everything right + high cool factor)
    - Spartan Metis Flipper (Super blade action. Small size is good for everyday carry but could be too small for some people's needs)
    - Spartan Pallas (Impressive knife that puts function over form - perhaps a bit "Plain Jane" on the appearance front but I like that.)
    - Brian Tighe and Friends Small Tighe Fighter (Very light and smooth. Brilliant in it's simplicity)
    - Freeman 451 Button Lock (You can "build your own" on their site)
    - Bradford Guardian3 Flipper (A great knife from a great company)

    Hope that helps. Sorry if I wasted space mentioning the sub-$350 priced knives but I view these as all being fairly equal regardless of what I paid for them.
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  11. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016

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  12. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Yes anything from Olamic or Ferrum would be a great choice. The Steelcraft Bodega and Kwaiken are also quite nice.

    Guardian Tactical is putting out some nice stuff.

    If you are getting a Spartan flipper please go somewhere you can handle it first. Many I have handled have had one problem or another.
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  13. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    IMG_1893.JPG IMG_1879.JPG IMG_1813.JPG IMG_1641.JPG IMG_1568.JPG IMG_1539.JPG Some flippers that have performed amazingly well for me and will never be sold or traded.
    Not only are all great & smooth flippers, they also lock up tight, comfy in hand and cut like lasers!!
  14. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Great examples!! I want to love the Southard so badly and there are so many times I almost bought it....I just cannot get over that paper thin tip.
  15. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Have you held one and checked it out LD??
    Tip isn't crazy thin. Great blade steel too.
    Had mine for about 2 years and have no complaints!
    Great knife.

  16. xyrium


    Jun 5, 2016
    Quite a nice collection sir!
  17. JDRanger


    Aug 14, 2017
    Thanks. I'm pretty new to the knife community but now I'm in deep. I love the designs, workmanship, and diversity of the different company's and makers' products.

    Also fascinated by the knife culture and level of people's knowledge.

    I want to see more posts in the hopes of finding something new but kind of hope I don't too - I'm finding it impossible to fight the buying temptations.

    My quick "progression" (digression?) from SOG, Kershaw, CRKT... to the expensive stuff has me thinking I may need intervention.
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  18. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    midrange, best flipper, tactical, 3.5"...all these scream for ZT. With the $$, I would buy a ZT 0562cf and a ZT 0801TI, from the Exchange. And I will buy them right away as FanBoy is selling these exact two.
  19. jalcon


    Jul 30, 2013
  20. Valmak


    Aug 9, 2017
    I would say a Hinderer, or if you're willing to pay a bit more, a Shirogorov.

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