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I have the Pena X series knife made by Reate and I love it. Very high quality knife with a super smooth action, and a flawless fit and finish.
It happens that one slips through QC occasionally. I one got a ZT 0462 that was basically locked up and wouldn't flip with any amount of pressure....
My current fondling knife is a Civivi Plethoris with sandalwood scales.
I'm a sucker for purple scales.
No clip, blade stock too thick for a slippie, over priced, imo. For those reasons, I'm out.
I also use the Shun Personal/gentleman's steak knife. Not trying to impress anyone, just tired of dealing with dull serrated blades from places...
Buck, Spyderco, benchmade
I own quite a few flippers, and have been bitten by a few, but my ZT 0462 is by far the worst offender. It's the one flipper I don't play with at...
Pena X Series, made by Reate Knives.
the last 15-20 years it's been Spyderco by a good margin. The last couple of years it's been a tossup between Zero Tolerance, WE, and Reate.
Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight.
Reate Tashi Bharucha T2500
Definitely the inlay
I have a Tops Bird & Trout knife - very well made little knife but the blade stock is a little too thick for its designed purpose.
I think you're spot on with the Kershaw Barge for your brother. It's a tank with a pry bar and a better steel won't help much. My brother is the...
I think we have a winner! :D
Late to this discussion but I'm going to say Strider knives. I Fell into the over-hyped nonsense and bought two of them. ( at different times)...