I need a new knife....again

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BLADEISGUT, Apr 11, 2019.



    Nov 2, 2018
    Whenever I'm deciding on a new knife I like to get everyone opinions on the knives I'm looking at, as for right now I'm looking at three knives. I will be carrying the knife with me will I do surveying work all throughout my state, so it will be a user, I will also have to be in the office some days so I want it to nice for when I have to dress up.
    Medford slim midi
    Hinderer XM-18 3.5 in (slicer or swedged spear point)
    Chris Reeves Umnumzaan
    I'd really appreciate your opinion
    Thank you!!!
  2. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Not familiar with Medford, if you want a flipper, then the Hinderer. If not, then the Umnumzaan.
    They’re all good choices.
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  3. Dfunk1210


    Apr 7, 2015
    If you are talking about dressed up as in slacks, I don’t know if you want anything over 3.5oz
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  4. jceckrosh

    jceckrosh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    I'd go 'Zaan out of those choices. But I am not into Hinderers or Medfords.
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  5. js1badsti


    Nov 20, 2015
    I say go CRK also -I think the hinderer will be a little to bulky for the office and am like the others dont know much about the medford.I have always thought the medfords were overpriced anyways and too thick and heavy.
  6. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45

    Jan 11, 2015
    I'd get a field or work knife and an office knife.
  7. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Honestly of those 3 knives only the Umnumzaan is not going to look ridiculous in an office.

    For real work (surveying) the Hinderer is more tied with the Zaan.

    Medford if you need to lose some weight and want to carry a boat anchor around.
  8. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I agree. Get the Umnumzaan and a less expensive more gentlemanly knife.

    I prefer, smaller, lightweight knives. My three lightest, most office appropriate knives:


    Or, you could do a inlayed Sebenza and kill two birds with one stone...
  9. Sergeua


    May 1, 2016
    562 zt because it has a nice deep carry clip.
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  10. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    I bought an Umnumzaan and liked it so much that I said I would recommend it without hesitation to anybody looking for a knife in that price and size range, so I hereby recommend it. :D
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  11. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Hinderer for when out and about, something else entirely for the office
  12. Lance Leon

    Lance Leon Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2017
    I'd agree about Medford knives in general, but the slim midi Marauder is actually a decent size and weight. Same blade length as the Umnumzaan and only an ounce more in weight - as far as Medfords go, that's not bad at all imo.
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  13. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    I'd go umnumzaan, one of my favorite knives. I've had the tanto version for almost 10 years and never hesitate to recommend it.
  14. Crimson Cloud

    Crimson Cloud

    Nov 9, 2018
    All really good knives. If weight is of a concern for the OP, the Medford would be the lightest at 4.20 oz., with the Hinderer coming in at 5.6 oz's, and the Umnumzaan at 5.0. Good luck with the work and the decision.
  15. aleforme

    aleforme Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    I'd buy a used Zaan off the exchange and then add a smaller office carry knife of you have to wear nicer slacks. If you wear jeans to the office, Zaan all day.
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  16. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    I've never handled any of those knives but of what's listed I'd go for the Umnumzaan if I were going to buy one. It looks like it would be smaller when folded and easier to carry, it seems like it would tear up the pockets less, looks like it has a good grind, and would still be strong enough for anything you throw at it in the field. If you run into any tasks that are potentially abusive I'd use the company's tools before I beat up my good knife anyway.
  17. BD_01

    BD_01 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    IMO the ‘Zaan is classy enough for slacks & such. It’s an amazing knife! Like @b00n, I’ll recommend it to anyone (with the caveat that a bit of thumb acclimatization is sometimes needed at the beginning).

    Some if the new smaller Medfords have caught my eye, but I haven’t had one in hand yet.

    As a related side note, I’ve used CR Customer Service twice. While not particularly speedy, at the end of each interaction I was so pleased that I wanted to run straight out and buy another!
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  18. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016

    I like the Zaan so much that I am strongly considering a 21 as well, I am wondering if an Inlay one can be anodized as well so it would match the bronze 'Zaan.
  19. rogatsby


    Jun 19, 2018
    Those are all very nice, but quite heavy and thick. Not ideal for an office environment imo. Since you are looking at higher end knives, how about a Mnandi?
  20. Colorodo

    Colorodo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2014

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