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Recommendation? Recommendations for a high end folder

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Workingsloth777, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. ChazzyP

    ChazzyP Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 27, 2014
    FWIW, CRKs are easily tuned to flick out easily without compromising their inherent smoothness. I fidget flick mine regularly, just don't tell Chris. :rolleyes:
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  2. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Oh btw if you want to have something abit more unique that is still a great user knife check out the Hinderer Firetac. It is made to be slimmer than the other Hinderers. Or if you like the XM18 you could check out the XM18 skinny. Of these two though the shape of the firetac makes it easier to pocket.

    I love Hinderers of all types I just find that most of them are too thick to edc without feeling like you have a titanium boat anchor in your pocket. Some people like this but I find it sort of annoying after a while. Since it will be a knife you will carry I would strongly consider how well the knife pockets as a pocket knife spends 99% of the day in your pocket.

    Hinderer Firetac. These come in various grinds with the Spanto being more prybarlike and the slicer being a better slicer, the spearpoint is somewhere in the middle. I think a Hinderer firetac slicer grind is an ideal grail knife.

    (Does anyone know what type of rounds are in that magazine? Some type of training round?)[​IMG]

    You can switch the clip to tip up as well.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
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  3. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    The knife that put me way above a arbitrary limit of 250 bucks was...
    XM-18 3.5". I love it.
    Cuts the heck out of cardboard as well ;)
  4. Eric556

    Eric556 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2019
    I own a few higher-end knives including the CRK's and I would definitely recommend buying one. My Chris Reeve Sebenza 21 with Macassar Ebony wood inlays is the most complimented knife in my collection. It really is a beauty, everything about it is perfect!

    Another option I would recommend is the Benchmade 940-1. The 940-1 is so fun to flick open and closed all day long it's my favorite knife in my collection because the carbon fiber looks and feels awesome, it's light, very thin which makes it easy to carry, has a great blade and has great customer service.


  5. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Did the Spartan come with those scales?
  6. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    It's a Special Edition Run. (2018 Compass)
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  7. Alsharif

    Alsharif Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2018
    Reate :)

    I have the Kirby Lambert Crossroads, the Brian Nadeau Evo Typhoon, and the Tashi Bharucha Baby Machine. Phenomenal knives, there aren't enough superlatives to describe them.
  8. ShadyMethods

    ShadyMethods Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 9, 2016
    b00n is right. 2018 Compass Special Edition
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  9. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    You wouldn't have to describe them if you post pictures....hint hint
  10. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Ooooo I like the compass one for this year
  11. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Normally my first reaction is to say a CRK and I say a Sebenza 21 to start is a great place ... well now they are making the 31 and I like my Umnumzaan and Inkosi so a CRK of your preference ...

    But ... when Hinderer released the new Gen 6s with the tri-way pivot ... I really like them ... I always liked Hinderer XM-18s anyway ... but it was hit or miss on detents on the older 3.5" XM-18s ...

    also Hinderer's Half Track is a great knife ... if you prefer a larger knife the Full Track ... both something to consider ...

    So I would have a hard time to recommend one over the other without knowing your preferences and needs or uses ... but any of those are really nice knives.
  12. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    I like the Southern Grind Spider Monkey.

    The steel is done right, the ergos are superb, and the carbon fiber they use is truly beautiful stuff.

    It's really easy to carry, and it falls in the affordable end of your range.

    Pick one up from Whitty over at USA Made Blade. He has a bunch of other cool stuff too.
  13. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    Not a fan of Sebenzas, but that does look cool.
  14. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Ha, that's an understatement. That place will clean out your wallet with all the cool stuff they have.
  15. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    I would recommend anything CRK. The Umnumzaan is my favorite.
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  16. ChazzyP

    ChazzyP Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 27, 2014
    With all the CRK recommendations, I hadn't thought of the 'Zaan, but BMC is right--it's a great knife. Take that one step further, and think about the Wilson Combat version--The StarTac. I love the fluted Ti Starburst signature WC scales and have that one plus a large 25 StarBenza.

  17. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Don't listen to them, tanto umnumzaan is the way to go.


    Or take a look at CKF knives, you can find some good deals there.
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  18. Forester_01

    Forester_01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2018
    Sebenza 31, skinny slicer 3.5, neon zero, koenig arius (if blade shape interests you).

    Spydiechef is also a very compelling option for around 215usd
  19. DCFree

    DCFree Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2019
    There are almost endless great options at that price point. As I think about my experience in the same situation in hindsight, I'm glad I started with a large Sebenza 21. It's a "can't go wrong" type of knife with fantastic build quality, great customer service, easy resale, and it's a totally usable tool. It also is often used as the benchmark to judge other higher end production folders, so it will give you a lot of context and reference points as you continue the journey. It's also very easy to break down and service yourself which I find to be a huge plus. I have other knives in that price range today that I greatly enjoy, but starting with the 21 probably led me to be more selective about what I liked which led me to also try some other makers. Maybe try to envision what you really want out of the knife? You can flip a Sebenza 21 for sure, but if you really want the fidget factor and action of a knife on bearings, a Sebenza on washers may not scratch that itch and vice versa if you want a bulletproof knife with all the CRK extras, that my be more important to you than the action. And I will lob in another plus vote on the Umnumzaan. I have multiple CRK knives, but I bet I use the 'Zaan the most at this point. The Sebenza 31 is available for order now so consider that as well. I have no experience with the 31, and am totally elated with my 21s, so I'm in wait and see mode on that. At the end of the day, I have never heard anyone say, "I really regret buying a large Sebenza." Hope this helps and have fun getting a great knife which is always exciting!
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  20. Edgeoflife

    Edgeoflife Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 11, 2018
    Im in the same boat as the OP and have been looking at small sebenza 21 (would like a large more but $$) and looking at CKF also. It will most likely be one (or both)! Wish i had somewhere to handle them first so will be buying from the exchange when im ready and recommend doing the same. This forum is a great resource of owners and users which is very helpful in deciding.
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