See that's my problem. TOO MANY great knives. I currently own (and love) the following:
And more. In most cases, I have at least three of each. I feel you need to own at least three of anything to make informed decisions
Spyderco is by far my fav, and the brand I own the most of by a big margin. But there is some COOL stuff out there. Too many great knives, guns and motorcycles that I need and not enough $$$$$
I'll tell you what, my Gayle Bradley and my Para 2 in CTS-20CP stands right up there with'em
Hinderer (Fixed and Folding)
Chris Reeve (Fixed and Folding)
Chris Reeve, ESEE, BUSSE kin and then I buy hand made knives and customs from local (South African) makers.
I use to buy Benchmade as well, but that ship has sailed, they dont appeal to me any more.
Last edited by Zenith; 01-12-2012 at 02:31 AM.
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practically any kitchen knife brand that is German made using high carbon stainless steel. they're all pretty good and used daily for one of the things I love to do...EAT.
ohh and Buck for classic folders/fixed blades. Hogue for more modern designs and their excellent manufacturing/machining process including a great heat treat, which everyone knows is the most important part of a knives functionality.
Last edited by Slash; 01-12-2012 at 04:42 AM.
Spyderco by far and away is my favorite.
I like Fallkniven fixed blades.
I have a few Benchmades I don't regret buying.
I really, really like my Hogue Ex-01 3.5. 2nd best knife under $200 I've ever owned (best is ATR Ti).
If I were to go after anything other than Spyderco it would be Case; I'm quite taken with their Sloped Bolstered Orange series.
"To be nobody but yourself, in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
I always compare modern folders to Spyderco. For that reason more traditional models like the Opinel and SAK interest me. Thinking of getting a Svold Peasant folder.
Having EDCed SAKs for decades, I guess I'm brand-loyal. But the Spyderco aesthetic and way of doing business finally got my attention last year and I can find no compelling reason to try other brands, good as they may be.
IN MY POCKET: G10 Native5. JUST ARRIVED: Southard Folder; Techno. ON MY RADAR: Balance. HOLY GRAILS: Manix (C95 FFG PE); Manix2 (C101 "Mini" or 83mm S90V) DREAMS: Sage5; CF S110V Native5.
If it weren't for, I'd be carrying a Boker Cox...or a Zero Tolerance ZT300. Both of which I neglect now..
I walk away slow tonight,
and cut through the air
with a curse, like a knife.
I like ESEE and Mora knives. Mora knives have got to be the best deal around. You just cant beat the quality for the price.
You know its funny, I wasn't really into knives until I met Spyderco.
There is no truth, just perspective.
Transcend the illusion.
benchmade! benchmade! benchmade!and more benchmade.i like the old school stuff.800afck!
I wasn't aware that there were others. I may look into this one day.
I've owned SAKs for about 30 years and have had some Case's nearly as long. It's those two brands that got me interested in knives.
Lately, I've been looking into fixed blades and have an ESEE Izula on the way. If it's as good as people say it is, I can see an ESEE 4 in my future as well.
Other than Spyderco, the only other locking folders I really like (and can afford) are Benchmade. The axis lock is a nice design and the Griptilian is a lot of knife for the money.
I don't have much experience with many not-Spyderco knives. I will say that recently I bought 3 Cold Steel knives. I got a med. Voyager clip point, mini-Lawman and American Lawman. I really like these knives for the price. The main reason I didn't get any sooner was the steel is AUS-8A. I wasn't too excited about that. I got the Voyager and used it some and was very happy with it. Also, it was only $33 I think. Then I ordered a mini-Lawman and they sent me the American Lawman by mistake. I decided to keep it. Jeff at CS said not to worry about the extra $5 or so. Then I got the mini-lawman on eBay because it was really inexpensive. So, I'd have to say that the Cold Steel knives are my favorite non-Spyderco knives. The steel takes a great edge and retains it better than the AUS-8 blades I've used. So for the money I'm very happy. The Tri-ad lock does lock up rock solid which is why I wanted a Cold Steel knife anyway. I do like that lock. I carried them for a couple of weeks then picked up my Spydercos again and the exceptional quality of Spyderco jumped out at me. There is nothing wrong with the Cold Steel knives but the Spyderco's just have that extra good feeling that most knives I've held don't have.
I do want to say about Cold Steel is I hate the attitude in their advertising that all of their competators only sell junk, are posers and don't know anything about knives. I'm paraphrasing so it's not a quote but that is what they say in their catalog introduction. I think that it's untrue and also very immature even if it were true. That's another thing I like about the Spyderco attitude is they don't want any mean things said about the competition on this forum.
MY CURRENT EDC
Sage4: Now with black linen (micarta) scales, stonewashed blade and bolsters
Dragonfly2: (FRN, VG-10) w/kydex neck sheath
Manbug (G-10): Now has kirinite, desert-camo scales, ZDP-189 blade ground to a Jester-like spine, stonewashed blade and bolsters
Fenix LD01: (single AAA flashlight) clips to Manbug FOB