What are your favorite brands?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JDRanger, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    CRK, ZT, Spyderco, Lionsteel slip joints, Big Chris, CPK
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  2. JDRanger

    JDRanger Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    A company I’d like to give thumbs up to is Zack Brown Southern Grind.

    They employ disabled veterans and a portion of the revenue goes to support troops.

    Plus, the make really great knives. I really appreciate and respect a company that puts our veterans’ well being above corporate profits.

    Seems like a lot of customers of other companies have to jump through negative hoops and this is never the case with Southern Grind.
  3. South paw draw

    South paw draw Yep.....I'm a idiot. Platinum Member

    Sep 23, 2019
    For me as I age I have found my taste in knives has changed. But here is where I stand as if now
    Still my very favorite ZT 0561 and only the 0561
    And CRK any of them in folding family
    Almost all the Russian made knives
    Just about everything German made
    And a few of the higher end Chinese makers.
    Oh ya and Medford knife and tool. You know the guy everyone loves to hate. I like quite a few of his knives.
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  4. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
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  5. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Case, Buck, and Victorinox.
    I've never had a bad one from any of these 3 companies.
    My grandfather trusted Victorinox, my dad trusted Buck, and Case well they were just a known name that I acquainted myself with.
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  6. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I would like a large Sebenza, but it will never happen. I don't spend much time thinking about knives that are too expensive ($200+) for my budget. I like so many manufacturers, and their products from the US, and Taiwan. I would be most upset if Cold Steel or Spyderco closed their doors. They have incredibly diverse product lines, and price ranges that everyone can afford.
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  7. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Rough Ryder
    Schrade Family of brands.
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  8. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    Crk, spyderco and Zt. About the only brands I own anymore. I wouldn’t mind checking out a RHK or Shiro one day. And for some reason I can’t explain Medford also calls to me. May check out one day.
  9. ShadyMethods

    ShadyMethods Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 9, 2016
    Emerson, Hinderer, the midtech Ferrum Forges, Strider, Spartan Blades, McGinnis Pro Line. Spyderco always manages to make something that'll get my attention. Leatherman for multitools.
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  10. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Mora and Opinel. All else is vanity. I indulge my vanity frequently.
  11. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    Too add to it, I’d love to handle an in house Ferrum forge one day as well
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  12. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    Here’s another vote for

    ZT is solidly in third place.

    Between CRK & Spyderco it’s hard for me to pick a favorite.

    One of these days I need to give Hinderer and ProTech a try. I’ve been really close a few times.

    I agree wholeheartedly, but only the SpiderMonkey really floats my boat. The BadMonkey tempts me, but I doubt I’d carry it much.
  13. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    I own over 330 knives made by over 25 different companies. I like all of the of knives that I own. Otherwise, I would never have bought them.

    However, based on the # of knives of each brand that I own, my favorites apparently are:

    1) Spyderco (128)
    2) Kershaw (92)
    3) ZT (38)
    4) CRKT (35)

    Other notable brands that I own in lesser quantities include:

    1) Gerber (11)
    2) Cold Steel (8)
    3) Benchmade (7)
    4) Protech (5)
    5) Artisan Cutlery (5)
    6) Microtech (4)
    7) Buck (3)

    There are also many other brands of knives that own only 1-2 of, including but not limited to:

    Brous Blades
    Extrema Ratio
    Real Steel
    Victorinox (own 3 Explorers that I only count as 1)

    However, some of my favorite knives were made by companies listed in the last group of brands.
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  14. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
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  15. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Based on what’s in my pockets, I would say William Henry, Darrel Ralph, Robert Lessard modified SAK’s, and Spectrum Energetics Utilizer.
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  16. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    I've narrowed down my daily carries to a just a few of my favorite brands in the picture.
    Protech is also in the running.
    And my multi-tool favorites are Victorinox and Leatherman.
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  17. sv4


    Feb 13, 2014
    Fixed blades : ESEE, Buck, Spyderco, Victorinox (kitchen knives)
    Folders : Spyderco, Benchmade, Ontario, Buck, Victorinox, Wenger
  18. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    I definitely missed Morakniv on my list.

    They simply work and are accessible to all and make great knives to stash all over, for various uses.

    They just aren't sexy. They don't elicit much of an emotional response from me. I totally take them for granted... But I shouldn't.

    Great knives and awesome users. Good ergos, too.
  19. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    Being in Canada, my selection of knives that I can afford is a lot more limited than what I would be able to buy if I were 20 miles to the south (well maybe not, as that would put me in northern New York but you get the idea). Our pricing has always been out of whack as compared to the exchange rate but that's the price of living in "paradise" I guess.

    My absolute favourite brand is Benchmade, no doubt about it. I have very few of the BM QC issues that people complain about and love their designs, plus even an old clumsy fart like me can fix them when they need it.

    Spyderco. I have tried to like them, I really have tried but my PM 2 and Para 3 are covered in dust from inactivity. Interestingly the one Spyderco I do have I really like, even though I don't consider the Southard Positron a Spyderco. Made by Spyderco certainly, but not your typical Spyderco design. I don't like the Spydie hole, front finger choils, back locks, wide blades and g10/CF veneer scales. So that removes most of their lineup. However I do quite like some of their "colabs" though, especially the ones that don't have the aforementioned "dislikes".
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  20. Seadaddy1970

    Seadaddy1970 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    Guardian Tactical then Zero Tactical . . . . strictly a flipper knife lover!

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