What do you consider a gentleman's knife?
What do you consider a gentleman's knife?
What he said!
Waiting for....Calypso Jr.,
Under 3" blade, nice looking (even classy). I like the Chaparral with carbon fiber scales as a gents knife. Now when the Chaparral Stealth comes I'm thinking that will be the ultimate gentleman's knife. It really looks sharp (or does in a short video), thin, light. Very nice knife I think.
MY CURRENT EDC
Sage4: Now with black linen (micarta) scales, stonewashed blade and bolsters
Manbug (G-10): Now has camo-desert kirinite scales, ZDP-189 blade ground to a Jester-like spine, stonewashed blade and bolsters
Fenix LD01 (single AAA flashlight) clips to Manbug FOB
Small, light, and somewhat decorative. I consider the Chaparrals, Des Horn, Kopas, original Kiwis to be great ones, to name a few. And of course, the upcoming Bradley Air.
Latest Spydies: Centofante Memory, Air, Chaparral 2, Damascus Caly 3, CF Dodo, Starmate, Szabo folder, Breeden Rescue, Puukko, Southard, Dyad Jr (thanks dbcad!), Calypso Sprint, SB Caly 3, Ulize, Ronin, Moonglow Native 5, Goddard Lightweight Sprint, Lum Tanto FB Sprint (on the way!)
On pre-order: Green 204P Paramilitary 2
Something sophisticated with a slim blade. A clip is optional but mainly something like a modern Case knife.
For me while it's been done to death the Cento3 is hard to beat for the price. Others like the Phoenix, Caly3 ZDP, Sage 1/2/4, Kiwi, Kopa are quite classy.
The Bob-T slipit and the Kiwi3 are quite nice gentleman's folders ... or as close as we have had in the slipit line
My spydies: Squeak, Tenacious, Terzuola, D'Allara, UKPK CF peel-ply pre-production, UKPK CF smooth pre-production, UKPK G10 orange leaf-blade, UKPK FRN grey drop-point, UKPK FRN maroon leaf-blade, Bug ... all PE blades
The kiwi or I even think my centofante 3 qualifies.
Byrd Meadowlark |Centofante3(the beginning ) Para2 Orange | Delica4 FRN | | Sage 3 | Ladybug Salt HB | Tenacious
Anything that says "I have class, but I will cut you like a machete if I have to"
|Spyderco Bug|Spyderco Kiwi3|Spyderco H1 Salt|Spyderco Para Military 2 Black Blade DigiCam + STR Pocket Clip|
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
Whoa, whoa. No one has said the Memory yet?? I don't even like gent's folders, but that design exudes class, if you ask me. But, I think all the other models mentioned do, too.
Gayle Bradley is as gent-like as I can manage.
Bob lum tanto sprint
Tenacious (the whole lineup)
Knives at all times
Any of the Spyderco Jess Horn colaborations.
SFO Alumni/Authorized Spyderco Dealer (Startup)
Work EDC List
FRP: Nisjin Cricket PE, Bug
FLP: SS Cricket SE, ZDP Dragonfly2 PE
Tom Krein TK-1 neck knife carried traditionally
Looking forward to the Air. Of the knifes I've owned or handled, the Chris Reeve Mnandi is the ultimate gentleman's knife. Of the Spyderco knives, I'd say Cricket, Kopa, Dragonfly (esp G-10). By the time you get to the Chaparral or Caly 3 you're at or above the upper limits in size, IMO.
I like the simple elegance of the Kiwi or the Des Horn. If I was going for a larger blade, it would be the Sage 4.
First: NO Clip. If it has one...not a gentleman's knife.
Second: Should be a fairly narrow blade.
Third: No G10 or FRN...even CF is a stretch. Natural materials yes.
Fourth: Inconspicuous design. If it draws a lot of attention because it looks like HR Giger designed it, not a gentleman's knife.
These are the things that make a true and proper gentleman's knife.
On the hunt for...
Native, Manix 2 (BD1, 154CM, S30V, CPM-M4, BD30P, CTS-XHP), Delica 4 (White, Red, Brown, Blue, Orange, BRG, G-10), Spyderhawk, D'fly G-10, Resiliance, Police 3, Volpe, Millie (S30V, CTS-XHP, CPM-D2), Superleaf, Forager, CPM-D2 Para, BRG Stretch, Caly 3.5-SB, Delica 3, CTS-XHP Para-2, SS Stretch, Rescue, Dyad Jr, Pingo, Caly Jr's, CF Caly 3, Southard, AIR, Tasman, GB, Jess Horn
Pre-ordered >204P-PM2, Cruwear Military
Gone for now>S90V-Manix
Whenever I wear a suit I make sure I am carrying a Stretch or a Military. I don't use clips so they are both good.
I really like this one
Kind of surprised that nobody brought up Vieles and Micro-Dyads.
My most used are Kopa Cocobolo and bolstered small Persian with Amboyna burl scales
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf"
My top choices DIW Native5, C83 Persian and Caly3.5/Caly3
My new precious http://www.spyderco.com/forums/showt...Better-Native5