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Ugliest Traditionals

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jday2727, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
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  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Another knife I forgot about is the lady leg knife, and the ones that are just a shoe.
    Those are just ridiculous, the leg has more use as a knife but I can't stand anything with an integral bottle opener ( if it holds away it can be forgotten about and is fine )
  3. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    It's funny you mention it. I have a red Case trapper that my wife and daughter got me. I love it to pieces, but man is red bone ugly to me. I keep meaning to do a tea soak on it, but i kinda hate to alter it too much since it really was an earnest gift.
  4. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    I'm about to embark on a project to rescale mine. They just look so mass production. As exciting as a Corolla.
  5. Sword and Shield

    Sword and Shield

    Apr 3, 2004
    Legs, of basically all forms. Nothing can be done in my eyes to make them less hideous.

    Two-bladed one arm knives. Queen makes one that is perfectly fine if you only use the razor, but if not, it's incredibly uncomfortable.
  6. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    French Kate and Templar come to mind. Swinguard.
  7. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I'd forgotten about the Templar! :D
  8. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Not Simon Templar? ;):D

    Yes, that Swinguard hits the spot....:eek:
  9. RDaneel

    RDaneel Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2000
    I agree on the French Kate; the blade seems like an afterthought and even with ivory covers it still looks gross.

    The Templar, on the other hand, is weird but seems to have a bit of medieval charm.
  10. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    LOL! :D :thumbup:
  11. Gevonovich

    Gevonovich Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Diversity is the key to life! Now...I need a candy cane vintage Ulster Knife Co. French Kate...Amen
  12. Rookie82

    Rookie82 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2014
    I don't like the lady leg knives. They're not appealing to me at all.
  13. W.M.B.


    Oct 11, 2013
    Those imperial jacks with the hollow sheet metal scales wrapped in whatever print media. Also hollow bolstered barlows.
  14. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Enough to gag a maggot!!:eek:
  15. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    Can I add Rough Rider et al to the list?

    Probably one of the most iconic and widely recognized knives. An example with red cellidor covers is even in MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). But in addition to the red cellidor, there are other colors (opaque or transluscent), prints, alox, wood, buffalo horn, stag, pearl, sterling, gold, and even diamond encrusted. ;)
  16. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    I've given a few of these away as gag or white elephant gifts. Don't get me wrong, I love Barlow's. But a 5" granddaddy with "Happy Birthday" on both sides? [emoji16]



    Sent from my mind....using Tap-a-Thought. (tm)
  17. bt93


    May 12, 2015
    Just to set things right, the Trestle Pines is a fine looker with the right handle color.

    Okay, it's not an out right beauty, but it's built to be used.
  18. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Still boring as heck though.
  19. btb01

    btb01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2008
    I'd have to agree with this one. I like the Trestle Pines concept, and the woods they use are beautiful, but on each of the folders they've made so far, there's just something aesthetically off-putting to me. (I think the Portage might be my least favorite, with its drop point blade that slopes into and disappears between the scales at the tip, necessitating an EO notch that doesn't seem particularly easy to open, and a very oddly placed nail nick.)

    The ugliest traditional I own would probably be this GEC Tidioute #18 Coyote in camo acrylic.


    The camo acrylic is a bit goofy, and I agree with the criticism others had when this knife first came out, that the wharncliffe doesn't really fit the pattern. That being said, I do like this knife. It's nice and small, and the little wharncliffe takes a crazy sharp edge. It's great for opening mail/packages, and it'll disappear in a pocket.

    Of course, Case has some pretty ugly knives out there, too. Cotton Candy jigged bone, anyone? :D

  20. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Is the question about ugly patterns, or ugly individual knives? Or knives you know are ugly, but you kind of like them anyway?

    What's not to like? :D


    If we're having an Ugly Knife contest, I'll have to dig out pictures of one that will have everyone beat. I no longer have the knife, since it was so ugly I had to avert my eyes whilst returning it to the vendor. :barf: :D

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