Tony Bose Knives

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Can folks school me in Tony Bose knives, who he is, why the popularity etc? I see his customs are 3k plus and flying off the shelves. Also see Case has some Tony Bose collabs for 500 600 range, are these case collab good Knives in general? How are these different from normal case production knives?
 

Fixall

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As far as the collabs go... I think they are a great value. Especially since you can often get them for much lower than the msrp if you look around (I purchased mine new for about 35% off msrp). Wire Cut EDM parts, milled liners, bushings, CPM-154, good cover materials, and amazing fit and finish (and when it's not up to par, Case will take great care of you).

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Tony is the most influential slipjoint maker of all time. He’s a living legend, the creator of many of the most popular patterns and a curator of traditional slipjoints. You will be hard pressed to find a current slipjoint maker who is not influenced by Tony. Being a collector while he’s alive is very cool indeed
 

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Tony is the reason why I got into traditionals. He resurrects old patterns and there's really no comparison. It'd be hard to find someone more knowledgeable than Tony when it comes to slipjoints. He is a walking encyclopedia and very down to earth. If you can't afford the customs, the Case collabs are very well done and are faithful to Tony's designs. Be warned though, it's an addiction!
 

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I have one Case/Bose collaboration: a Coffin Jack. Absolutely gorgeous specimen; photos don't do it justice. Shortly after I bought it a few years back, Mr.Bose himself messaged me when I asked a question about the Coffin Jack pattern. Quality fella who makes quality knives. :cool::thumbsup:

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I'd be over-the-moon owning a full on Tony Bose traditional folder. Maybe some day... :)

-Brett
 
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wickettedge

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I haven't been too interested in slipjoints or traditionals, until this thread. Sure, I have some case knives from when I was young, and of course swiss army. I even have a GEC I bought on a whim a couple of years ago. But most of my interest has been in frame lock flippers and more modern styles. But even those interests have actually been shifting heavily towards traditional materials like wood and micarta (Liong Mah Lanny, Hinderer Vintage Series, Wood Shaman, ...).

I am thinking one of these Case / Bose collab pieces could be the ticket.

For people that carry slipjoints, do you carry them in a small pouch or just how them in the pocket without worrying about it? I am just worried about banging it up with my car keys.
 

Ron Sabbagh

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Ha! Thanks Charlie It sure is a looker

yeah Tony & Reese Bose are definitely in the “no pocket slip” camp
 
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Hello. I'm 58 years old and when I was young, just about the only knives I had experience with were slipjoints in some of the various "traditional" patterns... sometimes a lockback.
I've owned, used, and collected many knives over the years and am very fortunate to be able to afford a some very nice, well made knives (customs, semi-custom, production).
I was able to purchase a Tony Bose "Saddleback" single-blade folder. It is simply the finest knife I own. To my eyes it is as close as a knifemaker/craftsman can come to perfection. I know that sounds "over the top", but that is my opinion.
I carry and use it (not abuse). There is something about this knife that really speaks to my heart and mind. Of course, it is a very fine knife. But, there is also an aspect of nostalgia about it that really appeals to me. If Mr. Bose's knives appeal to you and you are able obtain one, you will almost certainly appreciate it as a "grail" knife to enjoy and pass down.
God bless and best regards, Adam
 

Prester John

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I haven't been too interested in slipjoints or traditionals, until this thread. Sure, I have some case knives from when I was young, and of course swiss army. I even have a GEC I bought on a whim a couple of years ago. But most of my interest has been in frame lock flippers and more modern styles. But even those interests have actually been shifting heavily towards traditional materials like wood and micarta (Liong Mah Lanny, Hinderer Vintage Series, Wood Shaman, ...).

I am thinking one of these Case / Bose collab pieces could be the ticket.

For people that carry slipjoints, do you carry them in a small pouch or just how them in the pocket without worrying about it? I am just worried about banging it up with my car keys.
Some I carry in a leather pocket sheath, but most of the time I carry them without a sheath in my left front pocket. Keys go in my right front pocket.
 
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