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Carothers? What's the big deal?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Zubaroo, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. Zubaroo

    Zubaroo Gold Member Gold Member

    105
    Apr 6, 2019
    I see Carothers fixed blades go QUICK on the sale posts. What makes these knives so sought after?
     
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  2. DJC72

    DJC72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 1, 2014
    Their attention to detail is second to none. From how they take and handle pre-orders to customer service, Carothers is the gold standard on how a small knife company should conduct themselves.

    The knives use top shelf steels with an outstanding heat treat. The models that I own are well balanced. They cut effectively yet have a geometry that can stand up to abuse. Buy with confidence!
     
  3. Zubaroo

    Zubaroo Gold Member Gold Member

    105
    Apr 6, 2019
    Thank you Sir..

    Thus far, in my adventures, LT Wright, Bark River, Battle Horse have been my "Gold Standard" I want to dive into a Carothers, but don't like spending over $300 for a knife at this point in the hobby. Any recommendations on the best product per capita model to start?
     
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  4. longun

    longun Gold Member Gold Member

    854
    Jul 29, 2012
    I will second the customer service. With the attention to detail, I doubt there are many returns. But any order I've made with them has been handled timely and professionally. Comfortable handles, with great steel and heat treat. And not mentioned much, the sheaths provided with them are also very well done. My first Carothers was an original EDC. Since the first one I've been hooked on their knives in various sizes.
     
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  5. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    All the information is in the various sales threads and opinions of them by users are all over the place.
    This. Imo they are the best thing going right now, especially for those who actually use their knives.
     
  6. DJC72

    DJC72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 1, 2014
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    These are two my favorite knives by Carothers. The HDFK (bottom pic) is one I’d never part with. It’s a true one tool option. Their sub forum here is filled with helpful people who will be much more knowledgeable about Carothers knives than I am.
     
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  7. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    For me Carothers is consistency, every one of his models perfection. Heat treat, edge geometry, handles all work together to give the end user the best tool possible.
     
  8. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    At close to that price point, I’d start with an FK2 (2nd from right). It’s a great size camp knife but won’t get you far if you’re wanting a chopper.
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    (Medium Chopper, HDFK, FK2, EDC)
     
  9. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    They are fantastic knives for use and in hand, and the delta heat treat on the 3V is the best in the business bar none. You will not find another 3V that compares in my opinion. It is some absolutely brutal stuff, and SHARP! Can’t wait to get another CPK someday!
     
  10. mb>

    mb> Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    CPK is pretty much my favorite knife maker for all of the reasons stated above.

    That said, as far as bang for the buck,
    I think you’ve found a winner in LT Wright. Great knives.

    Knives are a slippery slope...run away FAST...while there’s hope!:eek::)
     
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  11. Zubaroo

    Zubaroo Gold Member Gold Member

    105
    Apr 6, 2019
    Thanks for all the responses. I have learned to things with this post.
    1. This community is incredible. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences.
    2. My wife is going to divorce me, after I start down this Carothers rabbit hole. (LOL)

    Really great comradery everyone. Thank you
     
  12. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Remember there is a saving grace, he has a couple of kitchen knives that he has been known to make that are just as good as his hunting blades. That should keep her off your back.
     
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  13. Zubaroo

    Zubaroo Gold Member Gold Member

    105
    Apr 6, 2019

    I love it!!! lmmfao
     
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  14. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    The potato knife is fantastic. Good luck getting one though.

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  15. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Had one but traded it for a Shiv.:oops: Score another one for Nathan!;)
     
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  16. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    In production knife companies Busse kin (Busse, Swamp Rat and Scrap Yard family of companies) are arguably closest to what Carothers is in the custom world. I.e. they make extremely tough knives with a top quality heat treat.

    You couldn't go wrong with a Swamp Rat Ratmandu, at a bit over half the $300 price you mention. SR101 (mod 52100) with the Busse family heat treat. So basically a slightly less tough version of Carother's Delta 3V but similar edge holding.

    For something directly comparable to Carothers get any Busse kin in INFI steel, which is approximately as tough or a little bit tougher, but with slightly less edge holding, than delta 3V.

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  17. Zubaroo

    Zubaroo Gold Member Gold Member

    105
    Apr 6, 2019
    ^^^^^^ - Gorgeous

    Thank you for informative comparison

    So the Swamp steel you mention is similar characteristic of Cru wear?
     
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  18. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    I don't have any Cruwear but it sounds about right.
     
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  19. Brhowser87

    Brhowser87 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 3, 2016
    Yea you won't hear a bad word spoken about them around here. They have a great presence on the forum and their
    Products go fast. You have to be ready and waiting when the sales pop up.
     
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  20. Zubaroo

    Zubaroo Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 6, 2019
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