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Old 12-21-2018, 6:13 PM
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I wish you would post a pic of that ZT 0550 so you can see the thickness of the lockbar. If you saw it side by side with one of my new liner lock Leeks, it would be shocking contrast IMHO. Those old Hinderers were tanks.
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Nice collection. My old sap is plain and isn't as fancy as yours.

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Check out these saps yo. You should find yours.

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I wish you would post a pic of that ZT 0550 so you can see the thickness of the lockbar. If you saw it side by side with one of my new liner lock Leeks, it would be shocking contrast IMHO. Those old Hinderers were tanks.
It definitely would be a dramatic difference considering the different size/mass of these knives. Don't think the Leek when opened would be much longer than the handle of the 0550 alone. Will have to take a look and if it's worth a pic, I'll post one.
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Nice collection. My old sap is plain and isn't as fancy as yours.
That's an instagram post from the maker. Gorgeous leather.

https://www.instagram.com/bastinelliknives/

Scroll through, some of his blades are EPIC.
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Two Sun TS09, a linerlock with a Shinobu-inspired D-2 blade, G-10 handles, and ambi thumb studs.






4 5/8” closed, 8 ¼” open, 3 5/8” cutting edge. 0.15” thick, 4.8 ounces. This is the max size and weight for a folder, for me, but this wide flat ground blade, with a straight edge and a curved edge, just makes my day.

I prefer a strong point, for the blade type. This blade screams “go ahead and use me for a pry bar, you %*%#%&% $^*%#$&(!!!”



Strong lock up, no significant blade play, strong detent, smooth closing action. If the heat treat is righteous, I’m going to cut some %*#% with this knife.

I spent a couple of hours radiusing the handle, breaking the sharp edges on the inside of the liners and the thumb studs where they cut your pockets, and cleaning up the sharp edges where the pocket clip sat.

Overall, not too impressive out of the box, but a couple of hours of work later, this is a keeper, due to the blade, and in spite of the handle.
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That one is Double Sweet. Nice score.


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got my first knife from Off Grid Knives.

Sea Dog. Aus8 Blade. G10 Handles. Pic is from their site. Im no good with photographing knives and guns.

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got my first knife from Off Grid Knives.

Sea Dog. Aus8 Blade. G10 Handles. Pic is from their site. Im no good with photographing knives and guns.
No worries. Neither am I.

Nice knife and product line. Great deal at $40 off for New Year's Sale. 1st I heard of them. I've got a Kershaw Grinder w/the same reverse tanto blade shape but nothing near as nice overall.

Would buy a Sea Dog too, if I didn't have so many knives already. Thanks for the look see.
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No worries. Neither am I.

Nice knife and product line. Great deal at $40 off for New Year's Sale. 1st I heard of them. I've got a Kershaw Grinder w/the same blade reverse tanto blade shape but nothing near as nice overall.

Would buy a Sea Dog too, if I didn't have so many knives already. Thanks for the look see.
yeah im just getting started into knives. I found this thread and started drooling! Hoping to add some more down the line.
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yeah im just getting started into knives. I found this thread and started drooling! Hoping to add some more down the line.
Careful. Take it from me. Collecting knives can become very addictive.
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well depending on if I win or not, I'm going to be getting a cfk Custom Knife. They claim to be custom made in the US but I'm pretty sure they are using either Turkish or Pakistani slave labor to make these things. I've wanted to buy one just to see how they look and just what the form factor is. For under fifty bucks I figure I can't go wrong as long as the blade is actually D2 steel and at least that part of it is real.
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well depending on if I win or not, I'm going to be getting a cfk Custom Knife. They claim to be custom made in the US but I'm pretty sure they are using either Turkish or Pakistani slave labor to make these things. I've wanted to buy one just to see how they look and just what the form factor is. For under fifty bucks I figure I can't go wrong as long as the blade is actually D2 steel and at least that part of it is real.
I have had a few. IMHO 100% PAKI made knives. Used 2 or 3 quite a bit. I still have a chopper and a bowie I use. They are not bad as a tool. As a company CFk has a well-deserved bad rep IMHO. I use them till they are getting dull and then Worksharp them. They do hold a decent edge and show some patina if you try to force it or leave them in the leather, etc... Very entertaining thread here:

https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/...story.1267880/

I had some really nice looking ones and sold all but the users probably a little less than I paid and gave some away.

If you get one let us know how you like it. They do cut. This was one of my favorite looking ones I sold.

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ZT850. Blue weave carbon fiber scales, CPM20CV blade steel, milled titanium pocket clip, and custom titanium hardware. The pivot scre, thumbstud, and backspacer remind me of a revolver cylinder.


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Old 12-28-2018, 10:21 AM
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ZT850. Blue weave carbon fiber scales, CPM20CV blade steel, milled titanium pocket clip, and custom titanium hardware. The pivot scre, thumbstud, and backspacer remind me of a revolver cylinder.
I love my ZT850!

Does yours have a light detent? Mine does and it will open w/a hand flick (which makes it illegal in NYC btw). Faster than an auto. No need to use the thumbstud.

Give it a try if you haven't already.
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I love my ZT850!

Does yours have a light detent? Mine does and it will open w/a hand flick (which makes it illegal in NYC btw). Faster than an auto. No need to use the thumbstud.

Give it a try if you haven't already.
My detent feels a little light but it doesn't allow the blade to open even if I shake the hell out of it. Fires out smooth and fast.
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My detent feels a little light but it doesn't allow the blade to open even if I shake the hell out of it. Fires out smooth and fast.
Mine didn't either at 1st. Yours might lighten up w/use.
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Got me a Kershaw 7007CF from Amazon for sub $40. No pics, but how about the manufacturer video?



https://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/knives...x-carbon-fiber

This uptown Natrix features blue-gray G10 handles with a classy carbon-fiber overlay. Gray titanium carbo-nitride coating adds style and blade protection to the quality 8Cr13MoV blade.

The Kershaw Natrix is based on brother brand Zero Tolerance’s 0770, which itself was inspired by the award-winning ZT 0777. Like other Natrixes, this one features a drop-point blade that offers solid performance. Accessed with the built-in flipper, Kershaw’s KVT ball-bearing opening makes it easy to open the knife one-handed.

An oversized pivot provides an attention-grabbing detail on the front of the knife, while our patented Sub-Frame Lock secures the blade, provides a dramatic, contrasting line on the back, and lightens the overall weight of the knife. A decorative backspacer adds another embellishment. And finally, a custom-designed deep-carry pocketclip echoes the lines of a special recess machined into the handle to complete this good-looking, easy to carry knife.



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Mmm... [insert Homer donut meme]

I feel like I remember hearing they're using Carothers heat treat on that 3V. About to jump on a Carothers fighter here soon.
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Just got a little acrylic case w/ drawers. Fits the folders well. Gonna put it under the valet on my nightstand. Keep the dust off, hahaha!

InterDesign Clarity 4-Drawer Cosmetic Organizer for Vanity Cabinet – Perfect Storage Box for Makeup, Beauty Products, Eyeglasses, Clear







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I collect and use Buck knives . I just bought a unused in box 110 from 1981 .this would be called a 2 dot . Older blade grind and and steel.
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It's nice and light, flips open with authority.



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I bought a Natrix XL (7008CFBLK) for $53 from KnifeWorks. Bought it because I liked my regular black handled SW Natrix (7007), which I occasionally carry and thought I'd like the bigger one better. Unfortunately, that's not the case.

It's "ok" but I don't like the ergos the XL which is too wide for my hand and the unchamfered edges bite into my palm making it uncomfortable for me to hold. However, I'm not going to sell it because I like to buy/keep similarly designed knives in pairs to keep in my collection, like the Manix2 & XL or Para Military 2 and Para 3.

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I collect and use Buck knives . I just bought a unused in box 110 from 1981 .this would be called a 2 dot . Older blade grind and and steel.
I've got an old Buck 110 that dates to around 1972-1974 according to a discussion that I have had about it w/others on Blade Forums.

There are only 3 pins (2 small and 1 large) securing the wood scales and the only markings on the blade (from top to bottom are: Buck/100/U.S.A. No dots or other markings around the model # which further denote age.

See: This Chart.

If you've only got 1 dot on each side of the model #, it "should" date between 1974-1980 based on the chart above.
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Received a used ZT0400 today along w/a NIB ZT0551.

The 0400 is pictured below the 0200 and 0300 in the photo for the purpose of comparison. The typical Onion recurve and tanto tipped blade is scary sharp due to an excellent resharpening job. The handle fits very well in my hand and grip is improved w/the texturing of the scale. It also slips easily into and fits well my front pocket; not too wide or thick. Weight is listed as 5 oz but I don't find it too heavy. A nice carry weapon.

Not bothering to post a pic of the 0551 because it's not really any different than the 0550 pictured previously in Post #2386 on Page 60 of this thread. The only difference between the 2 is that the 0551 uses Elmax instead of S35VN steel and the impressions on the scale are horizontal rather than vertical.

Didn't really need the 0551. Bought the 2 as a pair to make a better deal for the 0400. The way I figure it, the 0551 cost $200 and the 0400 cost $100. A fair but not great price for each IMO. Funny thing is that a NIB 0400 turned up on eBay which I bought for $169. May carry/use the other 0400 for awhile but will probably end up selling it along w/a few other knifes that I don't think fit well in my collection.

Passed recently on a ZT0500 Mudd designed knife because I didn't like the design/shape of it but should have got it just to continue the ZT 0100's progression. LOL!

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Received a used ZT0400 today along w/a NIB ZT0551.

The only difference between the 2 is that the 0551 uses Elmax instead of S35VN steel and the impressions on the scale are horizontal rather than vertical.
0400 is cool. I always liked ELMAX.
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0400 is cool. I always liked ELMAX.
Yes, the 0400 is very cool. Since it was already a bit beatup (which is why I was able to get it relatively cheap), I'm currently carrying it. My only complaint is that it needs a deep pocket clip. Bought in only because I thought it was rare and I might not find another. Of course, another popped up on eBay right after I bought this one, so I had to buy that one as well. LOL!

Elmax is a highly rated blade steel but since I carry (let alone use) few, if any, of my expensive knives w/premium steel, it doesn't really matter to me, except to the extent that the steel affects the cost/value of the knife.

On the other hand, I just started collecting more expensive Kershaws made in America that use M390 and other steels better than the 8Cr13Mov steel typically used in Chinese made knives. Besides, I already have more than enough Chinese made Kershaws and it was time to change the focus and focusing on USA made Kershaws w/better steel seemed the best course.

Along these lines, I've already purchased the Bareknuckle (7777) that usie Sandvik 14C28N, the M390 Knockout (1870BLUSW) and the M390 Link (1776BLK) and am ready to buy an M390 Dividend (1812BLK) as well. Would have been nice if the Bareknuckle was made w/M390 as well. Kershaw probably felt it would be too expensive to make that way but perhaps they'll produce a variation of it later.

This doesn't mean that I might not still buy a Chinese made Kershaw. Just depends on whether or not I consider the knife desirable enough to do so. The Barstow dagger is a recent example of a Chinese made knife that I thought was still worth. buying. However, w/the trade tariffs, I expect that the prices of these knives will be going up (if they haven't already) and the price spread between Chinese and American made Kershaws may make buying the Chinese made knives less attractive.

We'll see . . .
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Elmax is a highly rated blade steel but since I carry (let alone use) few, if any, of my expensive knives w/premium steel, it doesn't really matter to me, except to the extent that the steel affects the cost/value of the knife.

On the other hand, I just started collecting more expensive Kershaws made in America that use M390 and other steels better than the 8Cr13Mov steel typically used in Chinese made knives. Besides, I already have more than enough Chinese made Kershaws and it was time to change the focus and focusing on USA made Kershaws w/better steel seemed the best course.
If you are really into the values increasing and rarity playing a factor... get into BUSSEkin and Traditionals (Great Eastern Cutlery). Those are for collectors and users. Regular production stuff is hit or miss.
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I understand but they're too rich for my blood and I'm really not into fixed blades.

Pretty much everything goes up if you keep it long enough. Most of the increase is just inflation but it still makes you feel good to "think" it's worth more now than whenever you bought it (whatever "it" is) previously. However, that doesn't matter much to me at this point -- at age 68. I seldom if ever sell anything and whatever has increased in value among the things that I collect will be worthless to me after I'm dead and buried.

I just want the use and enjoyment of those things that I own now while I'm still around.
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So, here's pair of "vintage" Kershaw Onions that I've just put together. It's a 2007 version of the Spec Bump 1596 (bottom) that I just received and the discontinued (around 2011?) Speed Bump 1595 (top) that I've had for awhile but that is still available and still sells for just a fraction of what I just paid for the 1596.

It's an odd looking pair w/typical Ken Onion curved/recurved lines and a unique blade mounted "stud-lock" mechanism, that is impossible to release single handed, which was certainly unpopular w/the one handed deployment crowd. You have to push on both sides of the stud away from the handle to release the blade. Not sure how strong the lock is but it doesn't look that strong and I'm not about to test it.

It's interesting how their shape and size is virtually identical despite the change in the use of materials in the handle and blade. I prefer the look and feel of the handle on ther 1596 (which is contoured and similar to the handle material used on the ZT 200/300) to the flat G10 on the 1595 very commonly used now. The blade steel on the 1596 is S30V and 8Cr13MoV is used on the 1596 obviously to cut costs. The 1596 was made in the USA and the 1596 in China.


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Just picked up a Spyderco Manix2 in Burl G10 and I SWEAR it has the smoothest action I've ever felt in a folder. There is literally zero friction, but it is not loose, just smoooooth. I absolutely LOVE it.
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Gonna have to look into that name/ stamp/ brand...

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Bought myself a Sod Buster jr, always wanted a Case. A bit disappointed in the fir and finish.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:35 AM
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Bought myself a Sod Buster jr, always wanted a Case. A bit disappointed in the fir and finish.
What's it like? I've wanted to try one... but I can relate. I bought a few $35 Maserin Sodbusters and they are a bargain... razor sharp great slicing D2 blades. Fit and finish was not even in the same galaxy as a $54 GEC Bull Nose. But after oiling and breaking in a bit, they are OK. Probably better to spend another $20 to get a GEC.

CK just got the new Maserin's in with the higher spec fit and finish, but now they are only $4 away from a GEC Bull Nose. Probably will not try one, but I might grab a Orange Delrin Bull Nose before they are gone... then I will have the set when the Orange Delrin Bull Buster comes out this month. It'll be cool to have Bull Busters again. I wish there was going to be Canvas Micarta variants this release, but I don't think so. I don't love the Linen Micartas.
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Spyderco matriarch 2
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:17 PM
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Headhunter Blades by Harley Elmore. The Dirty, The Kryptos, The Rat.
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Nice. That RAT looks quiet.
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Old 01-12-2019, 8:32 PM
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got my first knife from Off Grid Knives.

Sea Dog. Aus8 Blade. G10 Handles. Pic is from their site. Im no good with photographing knives and guns.

Dude this just arrived today and so far it is pretty solid.
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Spyderco matriarch 2
Waved or unwaved? Satin or black?

Curious because I just ordered a black LW Matriarch 2 Wave from Spyderco that I should receive shortly.

Also ordered a Chinook 4 and Tropen from them too. Reason is that I just discovered that as a retired LEO, I'm eligible for Spyderco's OpFocus program and can buy knives directly from them at 50% off MSRP which is even less than MAP pricing (30%) from online and store front dealers. So, I have no reason to buy any Spyders elsewhere unless they are discontinued and/or no longer available from Spyderco.
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