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What's Your "Type"?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Fixall, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. tony281sc2


    Feb 13, 2017
    Yes I was thinking of the eklipse, which is a very cool knife especially the Tanto version. I wish ZT would offer some Tanto knives. And sXePhenomenal, that is a good idea, if I could pick up a Tanto eklipse for 150 off the msrp that would be worth trying out ! Thanks guys, sorry to hyjack the forum btw
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  2. Smaug


    Jun 30, 2003
    I have a couple:

    1) Spyderco Delica. I traded my Gen 1 Endura for it, after finding the Endura to be too big. This was a Gen 2. I actually liked the integral plastic pocket clip and I never had an issue with the AUS 8 steel not holding an edge. My only real point of comparison was my Swiss army knifes, which didn't hold an edge NEARLY as well. Delicas are not really flippy, nor particularly fast to deploy. They're wide on the pocket too. But There's just something about them. They're just perfect. So thin and light and practical. The only more practical option is a multitool or SAK. How did I break the rule? I sold it even though I loved it. Took it for granted. So last month, I bought another one. $20 more than they were 10 or so years ago, but also with better blade steel, a more grippy grip and a more durable pocket clip.

    2) 2 of the same. I have a Victorinox (new) Soldier, but I just had to add a one-handed Trekker, as its scales hold a toothpick and tweezers, which the Soldier lacks, and a plain edge blade.

    3) Duplicating category. I have a few ~3" general purpose locking folders, and I try not to duplicate duties, but I'll be darned if 3-3.5" isn't just perfect for a locking folder. I'm finding myself going for knives just because they're a good value, or one is more gentlemanly, or one is better for work, etc. This is the dangerous part, and how a fellow ends up hoarding. After enjoying the Cold Steel Tuff Lite so much, I'm trying to keep myself away from a Pro Lite, which appears to be the larger, more conventionally-shaped blade of the same thing.

    4) Buying Chinese. When searching online for a nice flipper with a thin shape, I thought I would like to go for a US-made Kershaw. ...but the one I like the shape of better was a Chinese one. (Chill) I went for it and the quality is excellent. I haven't done enough hard cutting with it to tell if the blade steel is a let down, but I'm not so picky on blade steel, as long as it is decent. On the way, I have an A.G. Russell gentleman's hunter, which is also made in China. I expect great quality from it. Let's see if it can keep up with a Taiwanese-made Cold Steel...

    OP - If you like wharncliffes, you should pick up a Cold Steel Tuff Lite. You'll be surprised how good they are. Compared to Spyderco, the lock is more solid (not that it matters) and the grip is better. Fit and finish are on par with Spyderco, and nicer than Benchmade.
  3. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    Cold Steel 4 Max. I likes me some knuckle-dragger knives. I've been able to resist, so far, because $200 is my limit, and it's waaaaaayyyy over that. I'm hoping for a "3 Max", which would probably drag me over the line. It helps that I feel the 4 Max is just a little too big for my everyday needs.

    I'm safe for another couple of years. Cold Steel takes their sweet old time releasing variants, and right now they're hung up on the pretty colored slabs, so it may be quite a while before they shift their attention back to the 4 Max.

    Extrema Ratio is another problem for me. If cost were no object, I would have four of them, but cost is a very big object. Unless the tolerances and fit and finish on E/R knives are Sebenza-like and it doesn't show up in pictures, I can't bring myself to break my rule, just yet. But I'm hoping.
  4. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    Lately... it appears to be small fixed blades...
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  5. SharpieB


    Oct 31, 2017
    I have absolutely no type as I am all over the place.

    I carry slipjoints, large folders, tiny folders, flippers, etc. I love the variety.

    Here’s what I carried the other day....

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  6. Lee48


    Apr 29, 2005
    Duplicates: Spyderco Endura, Delica, Centofante 3 and Gayle Bradley (Version One)...Benchmade 710, Mini Grip, Stryker...Lightning OTF...Case Peanut, Stockman...Buck 110...a few others I can't recall offhand.

    My type is all over the place.
  7. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    CRKs ... Sebenzas or Inkosis some with differences and some nearly identical ... and Hinderers XM-18s and now XM-24s too ... they just work and they are as solid a folder as I have ever felt ... in both cases ...

    There are a couple Spydercos I have multplies of that I like alot but not like CRKs and Hinderers ... and some ZTs same model with different steel or scales etc ...

    but I found myself sorting through everything other than my CRKs and Hinderers ... and planning on listing most dupicates for sale and just pick one to keep ... maybe with a couple exceptions.
  8. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    I'm all over the place. I'm a true knife nut at heart and love anything with a sharp edge on it!
  9. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    If I don't count the SAK Alox Cadet that's in my left front pocket all the time, my most carried knives are my Hinderers & Chris Reeves; so I guess those are my type.
  10. vox801


    Jun 11, 2017
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    My duplicate rule broken on the Mcnees Tanjun. Just checks all the boxes as the perfect EDC...for me.
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  11. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    This is my favorite type for folders. They share a similar flowness.

    Something like this for fixed.
  12. GABaus


    May 7, 2017
    I usually am not a fan of locking knives, but I made an exception for my opinel #8, and then I removed the lock.
  13. Getahl


    Dec 22, 2007
    I like the lines on most spear-shaped blades. I heart the Kabar Dozier folder quite a bit.
    I like thin, flat ground blades. By consequence, this usually means traditional slipjoint patterns, although not exclusively. Opinel, SAKs, my Manbug, Christy knife, Dragonfly, just about all of my traditional folders.
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  14. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    I've seen this knife come up more than a few times in conversations and it intrigues me. I wish they would come out with an CTS-XHP or S35Vn version of it...

    Holy crap. Is that a Medford? I'm trying to wrap my head around the size of that knife and it's just not working...
  15. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    - Folder
    - At least 3.5" Blade Length
    - Symmetry between Lock and Show Side

    The last one is a pet peeve where you have a neat show scale and the turn it around and it is a boring slab of Ti. :confused::thumbsdown:
    Aside from that no rule, although my focus is largely frame locks (Bolster/Subframe/Nested Liner Locks even more)
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  16. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    I'm mostly all over the place but my favorite types are:
    - Titanium framelock
    - Carbon fiber or ebony handles
    - Hollow grind/Scandi/Saber
    - Thick spine (4 mm)
    - Not a hunter

    Oh and any good Booouhweeee will always win my heart :)
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  17. Smaug


    Jun 30, 2003
    I disagree. You're a Cadet kind of guy. Sounds like it gets twice as much carry time as the fancy tactical ones... ;)
  18. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    I think the Laconico Keen pretty much sums up my 'type', ti, smooth clean lines, thin FFG blade, flipper and frame lock. Unfortunately my entire carry is an exception due to carry laws here so I actually carry SAK's or traditionals. They're great carry knives, no doubt about it and to be frank I don't need any more but if I had a choice from a taste perspective, it would be the above. I just can't afford investing those amounts for a desk knife.
  19. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    Well technically that's true, but although I find a use for the Cadet almost every day, it seldom comes out of the pocket for any cutting chores.
  20. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    I'll just say that I have owned far more Emersons than any other model, and I'm aware of all of their shortcomings...and it doesn't matter. I love larger knives, and few production companies feature as wide a spread of 3.9-4 inch blades as Emerson does. 154cm, easy to take an edge and keep it for as long as I generally need, superior ergonomics, they work for me. When it's dress up time, an Olamic Wayfarer is usually my knife of choice.

    I also have a strong love for drop or spear point "bushcraftjer" knives, something about a wide blade that comes to a fat spearpoint that does it for me.

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