Trying to understand why, so let's discuss it

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Hickory n steel, Jul 11, 2020.

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  1. JAB

    JAB Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    Doesn’t this pretty much sum it up for others as well?
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  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Yes I suppose it does, I just had some other questions that probably weren't all that important in the end.
  3. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    So are we actually discussing why knives transitioned from old designs to modern ones or just your personal preferences?

    It is totally okay to love traditional knives. Whether they are made with modern machines and materials or antiques ones. Cool stuff. But that's a separate discussion isn't it?
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  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    It was the first one, but I just felt the need to respond to him with his idea that traditional knives are for hipsters and that technology automatically makes everything indisputably better.
    I'm probably way off base though.

    At this point I pretty much have a much of an answer as I'm going to find especially when so many of the comments are just preferences.
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  5. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    So here is a real time example of why for general use, I prefer modern folders...

    Wearing a t-shirt and shorts with no pockets. Garbage needs to go out along with some cardboard boxes for the recycle bin. Had some deliveries this week so the bin is fuller than normal and it's the end of the week so I need to break the boxes down.

    On the way out, grab my Dragonfly 2 from my bowl and stuff it in my waist band.

    Windy out so holding each box with one hand, retrieve the knife with the other, open, cut, repeat until done, then close and put back into my waist band.

    Little girl and the young couple across the street are out. She loves flowers so before I go inside I pull out the D'fly, snip her off a tulip, knife back in waist band, and take it over to her.

    That all would've been much more complicated with a traditional folder, of which there are several right near me as I type.
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  6. Razor

    Razor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 1999
    What is so great about a slip joint? I have owned several and they always did their job, but i like how the modern folders open and the steel they are using. To me, what ever floats your boat. I also like single actions, but I carry a glock.
  7. vjb.knife

    vjb.knife Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2002
    Here are some pictures of a few that you may like OP (except for the Spyderco). I picked these up to send to a friend overseas.


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  8. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Older style of knife can be fine:


    I also had two "modern" folders too though, because knife, that's why! :D
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  9. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    What is your point then? You can see that i have all sorts of knives. Modern ones and traditional ones. And even modern knives made with old carbon steels and handle materials or traditional slip joints in super steels and Titanium.

    If someone likes old knives that's fine and there's a large community here that feels the same way. But you seem to need to go a bit further and run down and throw shade at anyone who's not fake living their life like they were in the 1940s. It's fine if you don't like anything current but as soon as you start trying to side eye any members that do like newer stuff you'll get corrected.
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  10. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    I don't think that is what he said at all.
    If that is true then just go about using your knives as you normally would rather than frequently telling us how you don't need modern knives. I mean, we get it already.
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  11. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I like my 2019 Forum knife. It is generally larger than what I carry now. You mentioned the LionSteel Bestman.... the two blade version is fairly blocky (chunky to me) but the one blade version is very slim in the pocket and a good edc. It looks blocky because it is fairly square (rectangular) looking but feels just fine in the hand.
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  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I still think this was a great concept for a discussion here. What makes a knife better? You like it more I guess.... it fits your lifestyle. It mirrors your self image perhaps? It is really about personal preference. I would love to buy a new knife (that I like) and never have to sharpen it to maintain it's edge. Of course we have those steak knives they advertise on TV that are supposed to be like that.

    I believe modern knives are generally better because they use better steel normally than most traditional knives. But I still prefer traditional knives more often than not and I don't mind sharpening them. I just don't want to have to sharpen them mid way though field dressing a deer....

    Most modern knives have a lock which makes a lot of people more comfortable using them. One hand opening.... sure if you prefer that.

    For me, overall, thinner blades rule the day.
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  13. 954Ink

    954Ink Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    When I was a teenager I had a cheap folder fail on me. Cut me damn near to the bone. So when I buy a folder I want over engineered for peace of mind. That ole once bitten twice shy thing.
  14. PaultheCarpenter


    Jul 12, 2020
    I'm sorry if this hits any nerves or tweaks anyone's nose, but I'm of the opinion that tacticool blades are the realm of military larpers or kids. I have nothing against either, but both have questionable foresight in a daily usage scenario.

    Saying that, I've fallen foul of this end of the knife bracket and while an Emerson Wave is appealing, or an OTF, they're honestly kind of unnecessary.
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  15. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) I don't have anything greatly against "traditionals " . That's what I grew up with .

    But just not very exciting for me , either .

    Sure , they cut stuff , and are functional for most uses if you're careful .

    But vast improvements have been made . The best "moderns " are very nearly as strong and tough as a fixed blade . And as safe , even for hard use . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    For me , they are also just more fun .

    A hobby should be fun ! :p
  16. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Mirroring or more so constructing a persona sure seems to be the goal.

    I use a knife for cutting so for me that's what I value in a knife.

    Having something that resides in my pocket it doesn't need to project any type of image since it's in my pocket and out of sight. I don't need to deploy a modern folder and have someone gasp at my obvious martial prowess or slyly pull out an old timey blade and have people give me the thumbs up because I surely belong in a Hallmark special about a man you can depend on.

    I just need a knife to cut stuff not to broadcast who I am. Honestly to me that would be the core of traditional knife user; cutting stuff.
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  17. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    ;) Sure , you barely care at all ...except almost 16,000 posts ! :rolleyes:
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  18. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    I'll stand by the statement that those posts aren't about owning knives to make other people think I'm something I'm not.
  19. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    What's fun for me to think about is that "old" "traditional" folders were modern folders at one point
    When they first came out there were little features and things that made them "fancy new stuff"
    A lot of dudes super caught up on certain "traditional" folders being the best seems like being real strictly Amish where
    a certain point in the natural progression of a technology seems to be perfect amount of tech. for them and anything more is redundant and sinful.

    My "tribal leaders" permit the carry of whatever the hell I want and if it's too big or scary looking I throw it in my bag and call it a duct knife.:D:cool:
    OTFs are also super fun. I would definitely pay $300+ dollars to have fun repeatedly. OTFs last a lot longer than a lot of other things I've spent $300 on to have fun. Useful too if I have to open a box, cut a loose string, pick my nails, or wire and duct a 2500 sq.ft. house. ;)
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  20. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Didn't mean to imply anything except that it might be about more than just cutting stuff .

    Is for me anyway .
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