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Recommendation? Dressy knife, sub $800

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by SuzukiGS750EZ, Nov 11, 2020.

  1. SuzukiGS750EZ


    Dec 30, 2008
    Hey guys. Looking for a dressy, classy knife. I originally was looking into the mnandi to compliment my inkosi, but after looking in knife art, I see William Henry. I want something unique, mammoth ivory, a fancy wood... Brian tighe knives I was also looking at.

    Can you recommend a knife or even a website with other fancy knives I can browse?
  2. jmgruber

    jmgruber Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 27, 2018
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  3. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    higher end stuff I usually look at bladegallery or knifepurveyor
  4. jp9mm


    Apr 1, 2019
  5. NCCNC

    NCCNC Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    William henry
    brownshoe likes this.
  6. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    William Henry, premium materials and great designs.
  7. pholder


    Feb 16, 2005
    Tony or Reese Bose, traditional, classy and functional---top shelf, may exceed your dollar amount though
    el gigantor likes this.
  8. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    I saw some William Henry knives at a Cartier shop a few days ago. I vote William Henry.
  9. Kmikaz3

    Kmikaz3 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 28, 2019
    Arno Bernard Rinkhals. Lots of exotic inlays
    ArchVV likes this.
  10. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    If you email me I can give you a link for a WH vendor that was very easy to deal with and best price.
    ~ EMAIL HERE ~ Not allowed to post non BF vendor links.

    Your $800.00 can get chewed up pretty fast with special materials AND quality craftsmanship - whether WH or others. Still, might be worth considering some custom makers. You can start here on the makers exchange.
  11. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    Without going full-custom (and likely driving up the price), I gotta give the nod to Olamic. They have some classy designs and can work with darn near any exotic material you can think of.
  12. jmgruber

    jmgruber Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 27, 2018
    One of the southwestern states mentioned quite a bit in the election has a custom knives site that is good for browsing.
  13. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    But their prices are inconsistent. I saw a used WH with scratches - same model - on that site that I was able to buy brand new for 20% less and free delivery. To be fair the numbering showed the used one to be in the first 100. The one I bought was in the 700s out of 800. Maybe lower numbers in a series add value? There have been others examples. They do allow for counter offers though and I have scored a few for less that way from them. So- not a total diss - just a word that buyer needs to be alert.
  14. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    South African knife maker's guild members;
    Andre Thorburn, George Muller, JD Van Derventer, Theo Prinsloo, Trevor Burger, all making some quality knives.

    Maybe even look for a used Rockstead?
  15. Owen K.

    Owen K. Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Millit torrent!
  16. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Maria Stalina
  17. cnm123

    cnm123 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    Brown Knives. Look at the archives for each model.
    No wood, bone or other natural materials but really nice micarta and carbon fiber.
    You can get the current Cortex model less than 800.
    He still does drops of the LHC-X model also at <700.
    I’ve seen his stuff on the exchange here occasionally too.
    Check MBK. You don’t get much more clean and classy, although simple, than Ray Laconico designs.
  18. rover

    rover Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Also check out the maker's for sale area here. I find some great knives from makers I never would have heard of. 800 can still go a long way with customs.
  19. Stairway


    Apr 16, 2020
    I would 2nd the suggestion for Andre Thorburn. I can’t say enough about the quality of workmanship you get for the price you paid. The flipping action is spot-on too.

    I have two William Henrys, purchased when they were fairly new and the knives were pretty reasonably priced. They aren’t unreasonably priced now, but I find that anything they make under $800 is rather boring.
  20. KrisNZ

    KrisNZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    Mnandi in Damascus all day
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