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Who is the Chris Reeve of flippers?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Ron Sabbagh, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    Stupid mobile.

    As I was saying.

    People are passionate about their cutlery, and while humor is fine, you have to remember that people don't always understand when you poke fun at something they feel strongly about.
  2. Dingle1911


    Nov 28, 2005
    I know they are polorizing, but I would say Grimsmo. Especially since disassembly is supported and encouraged.

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  3. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Great knives, materials and craftmanship are top notch, and customer service is 2nd to none.
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  4. ArchVV

    ArchVV Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2015
    The flippers I've had pass through my hands that were most reminiscent of a Sebenza are a Koenig Arius and a Southard Tolk.
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  5. js1badsti


    Nov 20, 2015
    I have only held a shiro once but have quite a few mid range flippers and can say my Guardian Tactical helix nano is a superb flipper and their cs I have heard is top notch.But I have yet to hear of someone who has really needed it.
  6. 007Airman


    Dec 23, 2018
    Lets just hope that no one intends on censoring another's opinions. I am serious I have had several crk, they are like the Montblanc pens, sure they have some refinement and will write but not very durable and over rated.
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  7. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Olamic jumps to mind, though they're sort of the anti-CRK (or CREWK as I like to think of them) when it comes to options and style, where CRK is all about a small number of relatively simple designs and options, Olamic is all about doing wildly varying designs in a million flavors. That said, the quality is there, or at least it has been in the seven I've bought (a Busker, four Swishes, a Gambit and a Rainmaker, I think).

    I've owned CRKs and Shiros and Olamics and for my money I prefer the Olamics, FWIW. I'm biased, though, I really love their work.

    This Swish in particular might be the first knife I'd grab if I could only grab one, this lightweight acid rain version only weighs ~4 oz (light for a 3.75" bladed folder) cuts great and has perfect action:


    The beauty of Olamic is that if you find the holes, texture, coated blade and color of that one make your eyes bleed, you can do up the same knife in a clean and simple version like this instead:

  8. Sergeua


    May 1, 2016
  9. austonh

    austonh Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 26, 2012
    Shirogorov and Koenig Arius get my vote(s).
  10. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Shirogorov is probably thought of often as the “high end” production flipper to rival CRK.

    Olamic is also amazing quality but they are stateside with wonderful CS and their knives feel more “crk-ish” to me than Shiros.

    There’s a ton of stuff out there but Olamic seems like the obvious answer to me.

    You could also check out a Holt Spectre if you can find one and money is burning a hole in your pocket.

    Edit to add: also agree with above. Koenig is another outstanding top of the line production flipper.
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  11. CdnMitch


    Jan 12, 2019
    Those are some beauties! Love the Olamic Wayfarer...just for reference as I feel it is pertinent to the discussion, which one would be more like the “CRK” of flippers from Olamic...the Wayfarer or Swish?
  12. jceckrosh

    jceckrosh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    My issue with the Shiro to CRK comparison is a new Shiro Neon is what? $650? And you can get any of the CRK full size knives for $450?

    Would seem to be different categories. Or it could just be that to get a flipper as goodl as CRK does a frame lock you have to pony up $200 more.
  13. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    In what way are they not durable? I'm not picking on you, but when people make claims that go against the experience of thousands of others, I'm curious as to what happened. I've had an umnumzaan for almost 10 years that has been beat on and not treated well, and it's still as smooth and tight as the day I got it.
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  14. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Which Olamic compares to which CRK?
    --Large Sebenza, Small, Inokosi, Mnandi, Umnimzaan, Ti-Lock, Pacific, Green Beret???

    Quality for quality and dollor for dollar, Olamic (IMO) is the best bet you'll get with a flipper on par with CRK...

    Style snd design, thats apples and oranges one to the next. They definitely both have their own flavor in the market, so I'd say just pick the size/style that suites your tastes and tickles your fancy, and trust the process.
  15. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig

    Feb 29, 2008
    I have been carrying Sebenza's for over 10 years and mine have always worked just fine functionally and been plenty durable for knife appropriate tasks. I certainly can understand if they aren't your thing. People have different preferences but that doesn't make them inferior in any way.
    I can't help with the OP's ? since I am not a big flipper fan-just reading for others responses as to what is good-answers are pretty much what I would have guessed from past reviews.
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  16. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Millit, Shirogorov, Reate, or Olamic.
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  17. mpjustin

    mpjustin Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2009
    Another vote for Shirogorov.
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  18. Shiro comes to mind immediately, but is not comparable in terms of where they fall in the market, since Shiros start at double what you can get a CRK for.

    Monterey Bay Knives, Ray Laconico’s production line (built by WE and Reate, IIRC) are more comparable in terms of general aesthetic and pricing. And most reviews have found the knives to be well made.
  19. whitty

    whitty Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Aug 25, 2005
    I have several that come to mind but none are a better answer the OPs question than Koenig.
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  20. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    The ZT0562 Ti is a nice little flipper and it's relatively cheap.
    If you want the next step up, try the Koenig Arius. It's pocket candy.


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