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Brands to stay away from

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Weasipoint, Jul 4, 2020.

  1. Weasipoint

    Weasipoint Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Aug 8, 2019
    I know this is a very broad question and will have alot to do with opinions but as a fairly new collector I'm always in fear of dropping alot on a bad brand. Just in general are there any big brands/ designers out there to just stay away from, Chinese made of course though. Im still learning about the big designs, Chris reeve, strider, darrel ralph etc, but since most of the names are unfamiliar I just don't want to spent $200-$400 on something that most people on here would never even consider because of a taboo or bad reputation. Not trying to start a big debate on who's the best and such, just wondering some names to avoid.

    For reference the last few ive gotten were-
    Benchmade Osborne
    Microtech LUDT
    Medford slim midi
    Spyderco police
  2. CoryMc

    CoryMc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2016
    Ganzo and Strider.
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  3. Weasipoint

    Weasipoint Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Aug 8, 2019
    Strider really? See thats why I'm asking because I've been looking at strider and some of their collaborations and assumed they would be good.
    Thank you!!
  4. Monofletch

    Monofletch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    You should broaden your horizons and give WE and Reate a chance!
  5. Weasipoint

    Weasipoint Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Aug 8, 2019
    I was actually just reading up on WE knives and looking at some old threads where people were talking highly of them. Even with my little knowledge I still know the stigma of Chinese made, but seems like WE is building a good reputation.
  6. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    Strider knives are an over priced and over hyped product by a felon named Micky Ray Burger who poses as a high speed low drag 'operator' that never did any of what he had claimed to do. His biggest hitch in any uniform was prison for 5 years, after which he re-invented himself as Mick Strider, special operations type bad boy.

    Don't waste a single nickel on him.
  7. Roy Batty

    Roy Batty Y'all can sling load DEEZ NUTS Platinum Member

    May 25, 2016
    China is putting out some solid stuff. Gone are the days where American companies outsourced cheap knives to China for rock bottom dollar and that’s all China made. Companies like WE and Reate are pushing the limits of production level tolerances. I’d even argue high end Reate and WE knives rival American mid tech quality.

    I won’t list companies to stay away from, but I will tell you my most preferred brands:
    1. Spyderco: makes the best knives for the purpose of cutting things. I never had a bad Spyderco knife.

    2. CRK: Impeccable fit and finish for an American knife.

    3. Hinderer: Hard use knives, very well built.

    4. Liong Mah: Former chef turned knife designer, this man is putting out some great stuff (knives made by Reate, designed by him)

    5. Benchmade: When I get a good benchmade, it’s a great knife... but I’ve been having lock stick issues as of late and haven’t been buying as many.
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  8. Kmikaz3

    Kmikaz3 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 28, 2019
    Strider = Stolen Valor
    Ganzo = Stolen IP

    Both are thieves.
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  9. matt009au

    matt009au Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Strider make excellent knives mate . The SnG is probably my favourite knife in hand. Under the latest M. Strider guise they have really stepped up their game . They are just not looked on favourably here - just search 'stolen valor' if interested . Check out usn if you want a pro-strider forum.
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  10. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2012
    Agreed, the wannabe army ranger is the worst. Don't support stolen valor.
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  11. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
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  12. Roy Batty

    Roy Batty Y'all can sling load DEEZ NUTS Platinum Member

    May 25, 2016
    I wouldn’t search “stolen valor” to find it, that phrase has been thrown around a lot here on the forum lately.
    Probably better if someone links the sticky from Spark.
  13. Kmikaz3

    Kmikaz3 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 28, 2019
  14. Weasipoint

    Weasipoint Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Aug 8, 2019
    Thats all really good to know and I appreciate the help, ive truly been looking at some strider knives, so glad I asked. Is it safe to say that if BladeHQ sells it than its probably OK? I see alot of posts talking about that site so wondering if they keep to only good reputation brands?
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  15. Roy Batty

    Roy Batty Y'all can sling load DEEZ NUTS Platinum Member

    May 25, 2016
    BladeHQ is a retailer, not a knife reviewing website. Their goal is to make a profit. They sell knives of all types. Knife preference is a personal journey. Some brands people here will swear by and others will criticize. But BladeHQ has a robust reviews section for popular knives. It’s generally a good indicator of what most people think of highly purchased knives.
  16. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Ganzo and other clones
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  17. Jcsixx01

    Jcsixx01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    Personal preference will dictate a lot in this hobby. For example, I think Strider, Hinderer, & Emerson are overrated. I’d rather get a mid-tech for the money. Others obviously feel differently.

    I would advise trying a bunch of different stuff to find what you like.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2020
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  18. pnsxyr

    pnsxyr Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    The question of brands to avoid can get ugly very quickly, as not everyone has a good experience with every maker, and really bad experiences can lead to really harsh words. There are several brands I avoid due to bad experiences, but I would rather list the ones that I have had spectacular first-hand customer experiences with:
    • Spyderco
    • Benchmade
    • Kershaw (KAI, which includes ZT)
    • Chris Reeve
    • Pro-Tech
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  19. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Don't avoid Chinese-made knives or knives from Chinese companies out of hand. :) Some of my best-made and favorite knives were made by Reate, WE, Bestech, and Kizer. :thumbsup:

    I assume this is a list of knives you've bought rather than knives you've been told to avoid; the wording doesn't make that totally clear to me.

    Brand-wise, personally I avoid Gerber, SOG, Quartermaster, and Brous Blades entirely, and generally ignore CRKT as well. I know there are exceptions, and everyone has different experiences, but from a mix of owning their knives (Gerber, SOG, CRKT) and reading/watching reviews (Quartermaster, Brous) I've gathered that skipping those companies will save me money and heartache. When it comes to the knives I've experience firsthand, that's served me well. ;)
  20. Weasipoint

    Weasipoint Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Aug 8, 2019
    The list was the last few knives I've bought, sorry that was put in a confusing way. Just wanted to show the brands I've got and stuck to so far. Ill definitely give WE a better look then
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