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My MKM Isonzo arrived last night. Nice little knife. A little pricey but it is well made. No play in the blade. Ergonomics are very nice for a small knife. It’ll probably end up being the knife I carry in my camera bag as it is very lightweight.

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That CPM bladed one is tempting.  I've had an OG for 15 years.  I firmly dislike metal scales/frame, so that CF is tempting, too.
The Leek is a knife you have to be careful with the point, no question about it.  That point will do stuff a lot of knives won't, though


It’s definitely light as hell. The scales are also just a little bit wider than the metal frame only regular model which gives it slightly more to grip.

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1 hour ago, Anton Chigurh said:

 


It’s definitely light as hell. The scales are also just a little bit wider than the metal frame only regular model which gives it slightly more to grip.

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Oh my.  The extra width solves another of my complaints, that it's a little skinny.

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Finished the rough file work on my Searles style bowie blade. The original Rezin Bowie presentation knife made by Daniel Searles had an ebony grip. Lucky for me I have a good sized chunk of ebony I brought back from Senegal almost fifteen years ago. The accents were silver, so I'm going to have to try my hand at lost wax casting to make this piece as nice as possible. But for now I'm trying to finish up another leatherworking project, so this will probably take the back burner for a bit.

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I don't think it's properly hardened. While it did take a few hours to draw file all the forging marks out, it wasn't all that difficult. And the blade blank came from what was probably some backyard forge in India, so I'm not sure I would trust whether or not it is heat treated. I'll probably make a simple makeshift forge to heat treat it myself. I'm not too concerned with getting it perfect, as the early American knives weren't heat treated all that well compared to modern standards.

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Out of rep.  Ever look at the requirements for Journeyman and Master Smith at ABS?  Holy fuck.  They demand pretty awesome practical performance from pretty primitive methods.

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On 11/18/2019 at 10:28 AM, Anton Chigurh said:

PSA, Leeks are on sale today on Amazon.

 

I grabbed another regular one to throw in the camping box, and the carbon fiber handle one with the better CPM-154 steel, which is at its lowest price ever.

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-1660CF-Stonewashed-Reversible-Pocketclip/dp/B06XFGY89C

 

Orange handle

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-1660OR-Bead-Blasted-High-Performance-SpeedSafe/dp/B00AU6NJLG

 

 

 

How much was that carbon fiber when you posted this? I'd love to get that for 20 or 30 off. Because I don't need it at all. But I hate heavy shit in my pockets. 

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How much was that carbon fiber when you posted this? I'd love to get that for 20 or 30 off. Because I don't need it at all. But I hate heavy shit in my pockets. 


$48. It’s great. I noticed that the Leek actually has three handle widths. CF is thickest, regular bead blasted scales is a little thinner, and the natural finish without scales is even thinner.

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On 11/19/2019 at 8:45 AM, TwiceHorn said:

Oh my.  The extra width solves another of my complaints, that it's a little skinny.

That's what she said....

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Not a pocket knife, but does anyone else have a Randall?  My godfather gave me this for HS graduation - he was related to the Randall family.  My best friend is turning 40 next year and I thought this would be a meaningful gift that he would appreciate.  I went to their website and they are currently on a 6 year backorder...  I always planned on getting my sons one for HS graduation as well, I guess I better get in line.

Mine is a 4.5" model 11 - Alaskan Skinner.  One of my prized possessions.  

 

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So for the Kershaw folks, what's your typical over-/under on the life of that little plastic "safety?"  I get about a month.  Kershaw will send you a few free every time you ask but they must ship from Neptune because it takes over a month to get them

 

I tend to just remove them (screw and all) once they break. But I have had a couple of the Speed Assists partially open in my pocket.  I mean, it's a $20 knife.

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35 minutes ago, The Royal We said:

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Not a pocket knife, but does anyone else have a Randall?  My godfather gave me this for HS graduation - he was related to the Randall family.  My best friend is turning 40 next year and I thought this would be a meaningful gift that he would appreciate.  I went to their website and they are currently on a 6 year backorder...  I always planned on getting my sons one for HS graduation as well, I guess I better get in line.

Mine is a 4.5" model 11 - Alaskan Skinner.  One of my prized possessions.  

 

Nice!  I love Randalls.

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33 minutes ago, Liquor and Poker said:

So for the Kershaw folks, what's your typical over-/under on the life of that little plastic "safety?"  I get about a month.  Kershaw will send you a few free every time you ask but they must ship from Neptune because it takes over a month to get them

 

I tend to just remove them (screw and all) once they break. But I have had a couple of the Speed Assists partially open in my pocket.  I mean, it's a $20 knife.

I have been through one on my Leek, but I don't carry it that much.  I have never had it open in my pocket.  Do you wind up closing it on the little lock?

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12 hours ago, The Royal We said:

I went to their website and they are currently on a 6 year backorder...  I always planned on getting my sons one for HS graduation as well, I guess I better get in line.

Mine is a 4.5" model 11 - Alaskan Skinner.  One of my prized possessions.  

 

NOTE: ORDERS ARE LIMITED TO ONE KNIFE PER HOUSEHOLD EVERY THREE MONTHS.
Orders received now are being scheduled for shipment in approximately 6 years.

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On 12/20/2019 at 11:28 AM, TwiceHorn said:

I have been through one on my Leek, but I don't carry it that much.  I have never had it open in my pocket.  Do you wind up closing it on the little lock?

Same here. I never use the lock and have never had it open up at all in my pocket. I've had it unlocked thousands of times while doing a lot of moving around, physical work and it's never come open. Sometimes it will lock itself in my pocket, but I haven't had the lock part itself break. 

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Friend of mine bought this Muela edition for his two sons, his brother, himself, and me....cool skinner & nice belt carry size. Damn thoughtful gift.

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The 55 replaced the 505 or whatever that is on the right?  Reason I say whatever it is, is it brass or is that just the photo?

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Those are actually both 55’s (the one on top replaced a 505). Both brass, one is a bit more tarnished and the wood is lighter (may be from age/wear, it has a bit of green in it too from the brass). But also shitty lighting in a parking garage as I fished my keys out of the stash pocket of my briefcase and found a knife in there as well.

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3 minutes ago, Celery Man said:

Those are actually both 55’s (the one on top replaced a 505). Both brass, one is a bit more tarnished and the wood is lighter (may be from age/wear, it has a bit of green in it too from the brass). But also shitty lighting in a parking garage as I fished my keys out of the stash pocket of my briefcase and found a knife in there as well.

Ooohhh yeah I see now.  I couldn't see the points on the bolsters clearly and I remembered you were replacing a 500 series,  Guess you did it twice.

Guess that means you like the 55?

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Yeah - i like the 500s, but then brass is kinda fun, I like the point, and the 55 has a sconce more heft which makes it feel less likely to slip out of a pocket unnoticed.

I have noticed with recent Bucks (not sure if it’s a change or just because I’ve lost a couple over the past few years) that they do feel better after they’ve opened and closed a couple hundred times.

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11 hours ago, Celery Man said:

Yeah - i like the 500s, but then brass is kinda fun, I like the point, and the 55 has a sconce more heft which makes it feel less likely to slip out of a pocket unnoticed.

I have noticed with recent Bucks (not sure if it’s a change or just because I’ve lost a couple over the past few years) that they do feel better after they’ve opened and closed a couple hundred times.

Yeah, I think Buck, like everyone basically, has dropped off just a skosh in quality.  Nothing real meaningful, just a little less polishing here and there.  Everyone's slipjoints, except maybe GEC (but they're fat to begin with), are a little thicker a little coarser than they were 20 years ago.

Trying to stay competitive.

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I picked up this CRKT knife for about $30. The finish definitely fits the price. I am not a big fan of GFN handles, but I like Voxnaes designs. It is also deep carry and a good length for EDC (insert joke). If they made a version with G-10 and the fit and finish was better, I would be all over it. This is basically a throw away.

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On 12/22/2019 at 8:12 AM, BBQ2Bayou said:

Same here. I never use the lock and have never had it open up at all in my pocket. I've had it unlocked thousands of times while doing a lot of moving around, physical work and it's never come open. Sometimes it will lock itself in my pocket, but I haven't had the lock part itself break. 

Just noticed this response.  Sorry.  Anyway, that little plastic safety lock on a Kershaw never makes it a month in my pocket.  It's literally just a nub of hard plastic, like the nubs left over on frames on molded plastic model parts. If it were metal it would last forever.  It would probably also leave a mark on the back of the blade tip.

After a few hundred open/closes, the assist spring loses a little of its pressure and there's some play in the knife when it's closed - it will bounce up and down when you press on the back of the blade while closed.  Once that happens, if the safety lock's gone, every once in a while in my pocket it will open enough that you could put your say, half the width of your little  finger in between blade tip and frame. It doesn't pop fully open, but it can stick you if you're not careful..

I'm sure a spring replacement would fix it, but, again, it's a $20 knife.  I just buy a new one.

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I picked up this CRKT knife for about $30. The finish definitely fits the price. I am not a big fan of GFN handles, but I like Voxnaes designs. It is also deep carry and a good length for EDC (insert joke). If they made a version with G-10 and the fit and finish was better, I would be all over it. This is basically a throw away.

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Yeah. I’ve put that in my amazon cart a few times and never pulled the trigger. Looks great but the overall package also seems lacking. G10 and some upgrades at the same shape would be perfect.

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20 hours ago, Celery Man said:

Quickest way to find your knife? Replace your knife. Motherfucker.b8ddb13ef2378fe1841a85fa91522773.jpg

I have three Victorinox Alox Cadets precisely for that same reason.  I am convinced that the bastards deliberately wait to be found until after you've ordered the replacement.

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Yeah. I’ve put that in my amazon cart a few times and never pulled the trigger. Looks great but the overall package also seems lacking. G10 and some upgrades at the same shape would be perfect.

Yeah, I hope they do a more high end version. For now it will go in my camera bag or be my knife I hike with. If it gets fucked up or lost, no big deal.

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2 hours ago, Carl Spackler said:

I have three Victorinox Alox Cadets precisely for that same reason.  I am convinced that the bastards deliberately wait to be found until after you've ordered the replacement.

Great little knife.  On me right now.  

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CRKT looks to have upped their game a bit lately.

Anyone have any experience with the CEO?  Looks like my kinda shiv.

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22 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

CRKT looks to have upped their game a bit lately.

Anyone have any experience with the CEO?  Looks like my kinda shiv.

Eh, never mind.  Thick blade, completely defeats the purpose.  Need another knife like I need a hole in my head anyway.

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I'm only nominally a Knife Guy (mostly haven't really had any reason to bother searching outside of Spyderco's product line for the past 20 years...) but am thinking of getting myself something a little more "upscale." However, I need a little help from the peanut gallery. 

From among these choices of woods (don't really want any of the bone options), are there any options that are somehow substantially better or worse than the others? 

https://www.fontenille-pataud.com/en/208-laguiole-le-pocket-105-cm-knives

Thanks! 

 

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