Brands to stay away from

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

  1. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    I hear you. I have pretty much decided to only buy fixed blade knives as well. I still may buy an auto or two once in a while.
     
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  2. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives

    302
    Nov 29, 2018

    The price is higher because of VAT. The Base US price + transportation & Insurance + Value Added Tax + profit Margin = Minimum 30%-35% more expensive than in USA. It's the same across all Europe
     
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  3. Ante Vukorepa

    Ante Vukorepa Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 28, 2020
    Plenty of Morakniv and Fallkniven too...
    Those might suit your needs better.
     
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  4. bigsurbob

    bigsurbob Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 10, 2016
    Ditto. @PirateSeulb
     
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  5. scottyj

    scottyj

    Jan 29, 2009
    Randall Knives =
    Not sharp.
    Not pointy.
    Doesn't meet makers size specifications.
    Holes in micarta handle.
    Uneven grind lines.
    Blade looks like it was polished with a Brillo pad.
    Nasty attitude and zero customer service when you call the Randall shop and speak with Michael Randall himself.
    That fat Captain in Florida who is supposed to be an authorized dealer is a clown. Selling shop seconds for msrp.
    I wouldn't keep a Randall if it was given to me for free. Garbage.
     
  6. Ante Vukorepa

    Ante Vukorepa Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 28, 2020
    So "knife-shaped objects".
     
  7. scottyj

    scottyj

    Jan 29, 2009
    What? I was referring to the Randall I owned, and have handled in person.
    Wait...yes. That's basically what I had. Looked like a Model 14, but was actual junk in person. Embarrassing to show people. No one was impressed with that knife.
     
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  8. RoyalHolic

    RoyalHolic Gold Member Gold Member

    395
    Aug 3, 2019
    I own a few TwoSun knives too, not really sure of the opinion of those on here as they do have original designs but tend to be on the heavy side and Chinese.

    I don't get the hate for CRKT yes they need to step it up with their steel and some of their prices for said steel are atrocious but they come out with great designs every year, I always find myself picking up a few CRKT's and the quality control seems to be getting better and the fit and finish is getting better too.

    Of course pick up what you like! Try and buy at local retailers and it's always a + if it's American made.
     
  9. Ante Vukorepa

    Ante Vukorepa Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 28, 2020
    Yup.
    Looks like a knife.
    Sorta shaped like a knife.
    Advertised as a knife.

    Not knife.
     
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  10. bigsurbob

    bigsurbob Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 10, 2016
    Yep. It's a fine thread.
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    @Weasipoint
     
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  11. Smiling

    Smiling

    Nov 21, 2019
    Moraknivs are just incredible beaters, and Fallknivens are too expensive for me, Cold Steel is a better option for me despite costing more than in the US. Boker also has some nice options.

    And when things start to get expensive - China comes to the rescue.
    I don't own any of Chinese brands (for some reason I just rather buy something else), but I heard that Real Steel makes some really good stuff for low prices. I don't know about Kizer tho, but they seem to be more than decent.
     
  12. A.L.

    A.L.

    Jun 27, 2007
    If you are referring Fiskars - it’s Finnish company. Bro.
     
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  13. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I have liked a few CRKT designs, but I tend to avoid them because of the steel and quality control, fit and finish.That is an untested opinion, but when I see them, I just say no thanks.
     
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  14. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    The boxes they come in are nice, and I like the artwork on the knives sometimes, very colorful and interesting themes. :D The Franklin Mint designs are sort of like the coins that come from Marshall Islands, fun to have and look at, but I cannot spend them. Cool collectibles.
     
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  15. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I also like and have two Bark Rivers, a Rogue Bowie and an earlier Hudson Bay with an 8 inch blade. And Mike Stewart's past or personality does give me a little heart burn, but I like the knives for what they are and I believe they are good knives, no regrets, but it does make me hesitant to buy another just because of the bad taste left in my mind. You do buy what you like for the knives themselves, yes, that is ok, but there is that part that just sticks in the back of my mind.
     
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  16. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
  17. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
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  18. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    You have the forever warranty plus a Bos heat treated blade , pretty good for $12 ;) I believe the blade itself is made in Idaho.
     
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  19. Omnius

    Omnius

    47
    Apr 17, 2020
    Other than what was already mentioned that I also had bad experience with, I stay away from Welde. Very suspicious "brand".
    I'm not sure if it is something bigger or regional importer's idea, but they started to appear in my part of Europe a few years ago and many of them are rebranded cheap chinese no name oem clones. Stuff like G10 linerlock ZT0456. They also most likely lie about D2. Chinese oem sellers of the same models usually say 440 or 8cr. Someone from a local knife site did a rust and cut tests and said it was similar maybe a bit worse than aus8. Some of their models look exactly like Fura, and I think Fura was also caught selling clones with fake steel mark.
    Recently they also started selling Microtech OTF clones with their name, look rough on pictures and not very close to the real one, but they still kept Microtech screws.
     
  20. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Surprised this hasn't been locked. Stuck on that
    I dunno .. don't "collectables" usually appreciate in value over time? I've never seen anything Franklin Mint appreciate; only depreciate ... usually significantly.
     

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