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Mini Tolk impressions or reviews?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by miso2, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hi all,

    I am wondering about the upcoming Southard Mini Tolk shown at Blade. Did anyone handle it at the show? Can you provide me your impressions?

    I have the original Tolk and like it. It is a big robust frame lock flipper. It is not for my regular use because of its size and heft. I normally keep it in my emergency backpack unless having fun playing with it. My understanding is that it is a midtech, of which parts are made outside of Southard’s shop, and assembled and finished by Brad. One thing I was not happy with Tolk was the thick edge. The primary grind was not so much deep.

    Now, the mini Tolk seems to be entirely crafted in Brad’s shop using his own CNC. So, I guess it is no longer a Midtech and more of a custom knife (and it is more customizable). Likewise, the base price goes up from ~$500 of Tolk to $650. The blade stock is much thinner than Tolk from 0.14” to 0.115”, and the edge seems quite thin judging from pictures. Sweet!

    It seems that the ordering page is open now. If anyone already grabbed one, let me know your impression.

    Thanks!
     
  2. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I have the regular nice bronze Tolk but it's way too big for my needs. I had wished that the Mini Tolk would have a blade of 2.99" instead of 3.28".

    A lot to like though per specs, pictures and video. For instance, the much thinner blade stock at 0.115" and 2.78 oz. weight. The titanium frame lock flipper has modern amenities like titanium hardware, machined titanium clip, steel lock bar insert, ceramic bearings and ceramic detent.

    Also, you can order it with many options to really make it your own with pricing starting at $600.

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    Last edited: Jun 17, 2017
  3. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Would be nice to see some of the Mini Tolk features/options for the Tolk (prefer the larger version).
     
  4. hapasnyper

    hapasnyper

    549
    Sep 11, 2012
    where is the order page? Thanks
     
  5. adamlau

    adamlau

    Oct 13, 2002
    Google-fu southard mini tolk ;)
     
  6. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Google "Southard Mini Tolk" and it's the first search result. There's a 3-4 week ETA from order date.
     
  7. hapasnyper

    hapasnyper

    549
    Sep 11, 2012
    awesome thanks guys! i picked one up looks like they sold out now
     
  8. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    @hapasnyper
    Congrats on the score! That was quick!
    Let us know what you think of it when it arrives in the next few months.
     
  9. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Does anyone have a picture of it on the lock side?
    The other thing I did not like about the original Tolk was the lock side being like the back of a TV or the bottom of a car. Too much gismos visible, and somewhat too machine to me.
    I hope that the lock side is also a show side in mini Tolk. At least the lock bar relief pocket seems to be cut from the inside like Umnumzaan. I like it.
     
  10. jstrange

    jstrange

    Mar 31, 2012
    Nick Shabazz has a Blade Show vid in which he talks about this knife and calls it his pick of the show. I believe he ordered one too.
     
  11. Lord_Balkan

    Lord_Balkan

    600
    Aug 25, 2016
    I might be blind... but I tried searching and I can't find the order page.
     
  12. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Yes. That intrigued me in the first place. Unfortunately, there is not much detail or a video of the knife. And so far that is almost the only source talking about mini Tolk beside Brad's Instgram. There got to be someone going home with the lottery mini Tolks from Blade. Please give us your reviews!
     
  13. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    It is still on the top if you google "Southard mini Tolk". But the page is not linked from the Southard web site. This made me to think that ordering was probably limited to those signed up at the show. It is sold out now anyway.

    @hapasnyper
    Did your order go through, and did you pay?
     
  14. hapasnyper

    hapasnyper

    549
    Sep 11, 2012
    @miso2 yup was able to go through the order and pay. The screen where all the options is no longer available. I heard he only took 20 or so orders to be able to finish them in the 3-4 week timeframe
     
  15. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    @hapasnyper
    Good for you! Let us know when you receive yours!
     
  16. hookahhabib

    hookahhabib Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Just out of curiosity, what kind of options did Brad offer for this run? Just went to the page, but now that they're sold out, I don't see any of the options anymore...
     
  17. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I guess in hindsight I should've taken a screen snapshot!

    He had various options for the Mini Tolk: blade steel, anodized titanium frame, inlays, clip, backspacer, etc.
     
  18. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    The most expensive configuration was with timuscus scales and damascus blade, and was at $1,600!
     
  19. hookahhabib

    hookahhabib Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Screen shots are always cool, but even just your description, as well as the response below yours indicate that Brad allowed a lot of options on these. Kinda feels more like those lucky 20 got on a fast list for a Southard custom more so than any midtech I've ever seen with all the options available. Freaking cool!

    Congrats to all who were lucky enough to score one of these. I have no doubts that they will be some fantastic knives all the way around :thumbup: :cool:
     
  20. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Please someone review it!
     

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