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Melkor:
I find Crucibleís s30v to be more than adequate. Never had an issue with it. Iím not hard on my knives but I certainly donít pamper them.

I bet you carry a Chris Reeve Sebenza.


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Insanis:
Continuation of a prior off-topic divergence for the history.


--- Quote ---I find Crucible’s s30v to be more than adequate.
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It chips very easily, especially in production knives.

It works, but I prefer blades that are less brittle. There are many steels, and I have tried a lot, but for a knife I carry for a long time, the blade needs to hold up. Note: chips are not necessarily visible, but they do affect the edge.

I'm not a steel snob, and I look at the blade design and quality first, and the steel is secondary. A good knife maker picks the right steel for the knife, not just for marketing.


--- Quote ---I bet you carry a Chris Reeve Sebenza.
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No. I don't carry frame locks anymore.

As great as a lock as it is, it has this issue: if you are squeezing the knife, it can push the lock down, which is great for keeping it locked when being used, but can make it impossible to open if you must be tightly gripping the knife to hold onto it with one hand.

The one time I needed one handed opening, with a wet hand, I couldn't open my framelock knife because I had to keep a firm grip on it!

So now, for a one handed knife, I keep in mind the possibilities of the conditions where one handed opening is required and not just nice, and it is usually when one is not in ideal circumstances.

Anti-frame lock talk aside, I carry a knife that many consider criticize because it is not a toy or jewelry like so many others.

But it is a knife I think works better as a knife than the ones people say are better.

I carry an Emerson CQC7 (without a wave).

People scoff at 154CM, the chisel grind, and the lack of fidget spinner features, but in reality, the blade is perfect: its tip is better than every other knife. You can use it to pry without snapping it. The steel is expertly heat treated and they truly mastered getting the most out of it for a knife to use for real work. The "action" is deliberate: the blade goes where I move it, and there are no tricks or issues and it will work in all conditions.

The lock is great. The titanium liner lock is made to get the best liner lock design. Even as it wears, it will keep a tight solid lock. The mix of metals results in the metals sticking, so it doesn't slip. People treat "lock stick" as a defect, but it is useful, at least when it was deliberate in design.

Yes, the knife costs more than a PM2 and you cannot play with it like a PM2, but the blade alone makes it superior.

The handle is very much like a PM2 actually. The G10 comes rougher.

I don't carry with a clip.

Melkor:
That surprised me. Emerson? Oh well each to their own.

Kidding aside, I am trying to find a titanium frame lock flipper that I like. Something more robust than my Pm2. Iíve seen the ZTs, seen the Fox knives (but heard bad things about the steel) and Iíve looked at Kizerís lineup. But I canít make up my mind honestly. Do you have any experience with Hinderers?

Insanis:

--- Quote from: Melkor on May 18, 2021, 07:26:04 PM ---That surprised me. Emerson? Oh well each to their own.

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It is only trying a vast number of knives that I ended up using it.

I would say it is a specialized brand, and not for universal use. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who didn't specifically need their features.

Without a specific appreciation of what they are, they seem too ordinary and expensive. They are kind of like really good ratchets. Why get a 1/2" ratchet for $180 when you can get a a complete ratchet and sock set with a lot of accessories for $120? (Quickly looked up a Snap-On retail price and a Kobalt set.)


--- Quote ---Kidding aside, I am trying to find a titanium frame lock flipper that I like. Something more robust than my Pm2. I’ve seen the ZTs, seen the Fox knives (but heard bad things about the steel) and I’ve looked at Kizer’s lineup. But I can’t make up my mind honestly. Do you have any experience with Hinderers?

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For a titanium framelock flipper, I'd say go with Kai (ZT). I like the Sinkevich designs.

By robust, do you mean for the blade? The handle of the PM2 and the lock are very good. I'm not sure going for a frame lock flipper would get you a more robust knife. They are actually kind of delicate in some ways. I never went for a Hinderer brand knife, but I handled their designs. I like Emerson blades better.

There are tons of Chinese framelock flippers that are "nice". I don't like them for a lot of reasons. It is form over substance and they are imports from the PRC which can negatively affect domestic production, while not "playing by the rules". Many of the massive Chinese knife factories make fakes too. They make anything that sells. I'd recommend to stay away from them.

Be aware that titanium framelock flippers are sold like art and toys, not as tools. They can be good knives, but they are not "robust" by design.

Heinrich:
What training have you two had to learn to deploy and use your knives? Have you ever been in lethal H2H combat before?

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