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Just ordered a Chokwe!

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by B Hess, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. B Hess

    B Hess

    Feb 20, 2006
    The design of the Chokwe always sorta spoke to me. Today I just got tired of wanting one and waiting for a great deal on the forums. So I bit the bullet and ordered one. What does everyone think of this knife? I really love the way it looks.
     
  2. hiredgun

    hiredgun

    330
    Mar 23, 2001
    Good for you! You will love it. I got mine last year around this time and it is the sweetest/fastest opening Spyderco I've ever owned. Super sharp and you gotta love the framelock on it. I think more people should give it a go. It really grows on you.
     
  3. P1GEONPOO

    P1GEONPOO

    305
    Sep 12, 2011
    Yeah, I always feel the chokwe doesn't get the credit it deserves. I got one and to be honest I wasn't expecting much and only got it because it was a good offer. When it came I was totally
    shocked at how good the quality was. It looked much better in person than it did on screen to me and I have loved it ever since. It's an amazing slicer, super smooth and like hiredgun says,
    it has a great frame-lock. It is also alot more comfortable than it looks, to me anyway. Can't go wrong with the chokwe IMO.:thumbup:
     
  4. xavierdoc

    xavierdoc

    139
    Apr 4, 2006
    It's an amazingly slick opener- almost like an assisted opener.
     
  5. B Hess

    B Hess

    Feb 20, 2006
    It's made in Tawain right? I've noticed the Spydercos coming out of there have all been ridiculously smooth. The Sage 1 and Gayle Bradley I had were both that way. Really looking forward to it. Merry Christmas to me.
     
  6. The Government

    The Government

    Aug 21, 2009
    Since this thread is about the Chokwe, do any of you know how to pronounce the name?

    Is it:

    "Chalk we,"

    "Chalk weigh,"

    "Choke we,"

    "Choke weigh,"

    Other?
     
  7. eloreno

    eloreno

    Apr 22, 2010
    Chok-Kweh
     
  8. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    I think it is abeautiful design - slim, light, strong, and sharp. It isn't a chopper, but it is ideal for everyday tasks, and would make a nice kitchen utility. As a framelock, it even cleans up nicely.

    I like Spyderco's ethnic knives. They give us an alternate outlook on how knives are seen elsewhere. Ironically, the Chokwe looks very "modern".
     
  9. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    What's old is new again.:)
     
  10. Isaeus

    Isaeus

    103
    Mar 14, 2011
    Greetings:

    I've had one for a while and am very happy with it. I read a review somewhere that described it as a stunning display of fit and finish, and indeed it is meticulously constructed. Just looking at all of its precise details is gratifying, as is its striking design. Lots of folks have lots more Spydercos than I, although the two examples I have from Taiwan (the Chokwe and the Silver "S") generally have better fit and finish than the ones I have from Japan (e.g., the Lum Tanto Sprint and the J.D. Smith Sprint) and the U.S. (e.g., the Manix 2). All of the Spydercos I have exhibit pretty dang good fit and finish, though.

    I agree with the other posters about its super sharpness and fast deployment.

    Despite its materials and frame lock and aggressive looks, however, it strikes me as somehow delicate. Not that it is fragile in any way and I'm sure it wouldn't fail in any kind of reasonable use. I think it's just that a lot of frame-lock knives are beefy and this one isn't.

    Cheers,
    Isaeus
     
  11. Isaeus

    Isaeus

    103
    Mar 14, 2011
    Oops.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2011
  12. wsdavies

    wsdavies

    163
    Mar 6, 2011
    I like mine, although it's a bit of a safe queen for me. It's nice I never wanted to mess it up.
     
  13. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    Trust me, it was designed and built to be messed up! :)
     
  14. racer88

    racer88

    324
    Nov 4, 2010
    Love my "ethnic" Spydies, including the Chokwe.

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  15. dennis357

    dennis357

    113
    Jan 13, 2010
    I bought a Chokwe and had problems with the blade locking open when I flicked the knife open kind of fast. I was hard to release the lock to close the knife. I was told by a few members of the forum that it was normal for a frame-lock to do this and not to flick it open like that. So I returned it and am happy flicking open my Endura's, Pacific Salt, Military, and Resilience.
     
  16. linux_author

    linux_author

    128
    May 24, 2008
    how to say it? i go with:

    http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=chokwe

    really like the knife - definitely a slicer... we'll see how the stainless liner holds up (would have preferred ti on both sides, but heck, considering the price, a very good deal for a very sharp knife!
     
  17. berserk87

    berserk87

    377
    Sep 16, 2009
    I like a lot about mine. I like the look, the opening action, the locking mechanism, the titanium scale, and the way if feels in my hand. The only thing I don't like is the way it feels in a pocket because the odd shape makes in an awkward carry for me.
     
  18. Joshua J.

    Joshua J.

    Feb 27, 2005
    I really want one, I've loved the design since I first saw it. I just wish it was a little longer, or used different steel, the usual things that get me to buy another Military.
     

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