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What else ya got?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by JohnDF, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2020
    Maybe you've arrived at the destination. I know I have and that's why I seldom buy yet another knife.
  2. akaMatt

    akaMatt Gold Member Gold Member

    May 10, 2017
    Good thread, John. I'm in the same boat lately. I'll be following along to see if something else is of interest to me as well. I think I've settled in to just a couple of patterns that are my users.

    I have acquired a few Buck knives this year that I really like, especially the 501. Those aren't too bad, and even the custom shop models can be had for less than a new GEC. F&F may be a little more variable, but they make a nice, dependable user!
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  3. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Thanks Jack, it's a Schrade Walden trapper with a pen instead of a spey, late 50's early 60's.

  4. mrknife


    May 9, 2010
    looking mint! only needs a little fixing, get the pen blade out
  5. E40

    E40 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    I have eyed that Viper Key a number of times and have been considering one. Any info you would care to share? We can move this off this thread if you like. Thanks.
  6. AnW

    AnW Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 15, 2019
    Same boat here as well. I've purchased some Buck, Case, and SAKs this year but they just don't scratch my itch.

    My favorite purchase of the year so far is my Red Trout Boys Knife that Eric put together so I will try to buy some of his knives for a while. I know they will also go lightning fast but I'm hoping they're being bought by folks who appreciate them and not right to auction site.

    In the meantime I'm going to save my money for some non knife related purchases.
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  7. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Postage stamps! Or marbles!
  8. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    I've been thinning my knife collection since December of last year. I've kept quite a few knives but have less than a hundred now. Here are a few of them.


    I'm pretty much done buying knives. I've been gifting knives lately BUT to John's @JohnDF question if I were to start buying knives again, I'd follow Gary's @Peregrin advice and go to higher end/custom knives and specialize in perhaps just one or two cover/handle materials - stag and wood..
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2020
  9. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I just ordered a Kershaw Culpepper and a Joker classic. The Kershaw was reasonable and the Joker was cheap, yet flashy.

    There's puukkot. There's South American knives.
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  10. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    I’m also a fan of Case/Bose Collaborations

    and modern traditionals, like the Viper Swayback

    And finally customs. Love this trapper by Mastersmith Aaron Wilburn
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  11. mnblade


    Feb 7, 2000
    Look for some of the old Queen-made Moore Makers. Great knives!

    -- Mark
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  12. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    The discontinued Buck 700 series knives can still be found in great condition. I think there are 5 patterns but I might be overlooking one. 701, 703, 704, 705, 709.

    I got this 1986 703 just a few years ago. It's in great shape and it didn't break the bank. Examples like this aren't that hard to find.

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  13. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Maybe so...

    I collected marbles when I was a young lad. :cool::thumbsup:

    I've started looking at some customs, but it will have to be spot-on for me to spend that kind of money.

    Queen knives are a good suggestion too.
  14. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    If nothing else, it's nice to discuss something other than GEC and Rough Ryder. ;)
  15. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    You reading my mind?:eek:;)
  16. JB in SC

    JB in SC Basic Member Basic Member

    May 19, 2001
    Sometimes it's good to just take a break from buying any knives, and reflect a bit.
  17. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    Hear! Hear!
  18. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Not "bashing" the old Schrade.
    They were my "go to" knife company for probably 40 years. However, I tended to stick with the Ulster, (until they shut that name down around 1969/1970, and yes, that ticked me off almost as much as GM, turning Pontiac, Olds, Buick, and Cadillac into nothing but a re-badged Chevrolet. (remember the original Cadillac Seville? A re-branded Chevy Citation. Remember the "350L" engine and the lawsuit by people who bought an Oldsmobile with a 350 V-8 and GM stuck a "350L" in, which was/is a Chevrolet 350 small block? Even today, what's left of GM; Chevy, Buick, Cadillac all have a now called "Corporate" small block Chevy engine. ), Camillus, and Old Timer lines.
    My last Old Timer USA purchases were a 7OT and 6OT, around 1997. I still have them. Both were carried for consecutive years, along with other Schrade family knives or a 2 or 3 layer SAK in my pocket.
    Sadly, of the others, all that is left is an Ulster Number 10 Barlow. (not one of the Reynolds Tobacco knives).
    I bought a couple "Taylor Schrade" 7OT's, and one "Taylor Schrade" Uncle Henry LB7 while driving a truck cross country. I also purchased a "Taylor Schrade" Hammer Brand 4 blade gunboat whittler. (I gave the LB7 to my boss. I decided it was "too fancy" for me).
    Since retiring in 2017, I've bought five BTI Old Timer knives:
    One Uncle Henry 885UH. Aside from the Stagalon covers, and 7CR14MoV blade it is the same as the 8OT I had in the 1970's. Guess what? It takes and holds an edge just as well as my old 8OT did.
    One 858OT stickman. I never had an 858 before, so I cannot compare it to other than the 8OT, which is smaller. Again, same edge holding and build quality.
    858OTB This has 9CR18MoV ("440C equivalent") blades. I never had a Schrade USA with 440C blades that I remember.
    One 280OT Barlow. Aside from having stainless steel blades (7CR14MoV) instead of 1095, it is equal in quality to my 1959-1968 Ulster Number 10.
    One 23T "Scout/Camp" knife. Over-all quality is the same as my 1960's Ulster "Official BSA" knife.
    Admittedly, bail came off the 23OT (BTI has sent a replacement knife). However, it was not unheard of for the bail to come off an "Official" BSA 4 blade Scout/Camp knife, regardless of what company had the contract ... or the multitude of "unofficial" BSA 4 blade scout/camp knives, for that matter.
    One 25OT Two blade slipjoint folding hunter.
    I never had this patter, either, when I was young
    At any rate, none of the Taylor Schrade, BTI Schrade or Schrade USA knives I have are "perfect". They all have gotta search with a bright light to find them gaps, no blade wiggle, a blade pull of around "5". All take and hold a "Razor Edge" (6OT/7OT old or new, after re-profiling to 10 DPS/ 20 degrees inclusive.)
    My saying the offshore produced knives are "just as good" as the old USA (and Ireland) produced Schrade brands isn't "bashing" them.
    It is the truth, based on personal experience and actual use.
    Out of curiosity, how many that bash the post 2004 manufactured Schrade knives do you honestly think have actually held or used one?
    My guess? Few to none. Their "The USA Schrade's we made by gods and are perfect, never a gap, uneven edge, dull from the box ..." attitude makes me wonder if they've ever handled a pre-2004 Schrade product, as well. Small gaps and other cosmetic defects are "normal". Even my GEC knives have minor cosmetic defects, like un-noticeable with naked eyes gaps, less than perfect transition bolster to cover, blades not perfectly centered, etc.. So what? Doesn't affect the functionality at all, at all. :)
    Nothing made by humans is "100% perfect".
    As my great grand father (1892-1974) said: "Expect Perfection, be eternally disappointed."

    Nor is it bashing the brands, stating that the old Made in USA Schrade family of knives cost 2x or more on the secondary market than when they were new.
    I recently saw an Ulster Number 10 online with asking price of $58. The knife cost under $5 when new.
    Old 8OT's have prices nearer to $100 than $50. They were $25~$30 when new.
    Saying "The pre-2004 Schrade's are over-priced" isn't "bashing" the knives. The sellers, maybe, but not the knives themselves.

    My apologies to you, Mr. Swinson, and his family for misspelling his name. I was unaware I was spelling it wrong.
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  19. ea42

    ea42 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2006
    Seriously? You spelled it wrong again. SWINDEN
  20. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    That's exactly where I've been for a little while.
    I bought a GEC #33 because it was kind of the "right place at the right time" sorta thing.
    But basically I've been looking for and buying random vintage knives lately, mostly on the cheap.
    Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go get an old Colonial that's sitting in my mailbox. :D
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