Best Flipper ever!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jideta, Jan 30, 2021.

  1. Joe LaManna

    Joe LaManna

    Dec 20, 2019
    I haven’t tried them all, and not everyone’s flavor. But, this is a great flipper!!
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  2. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    Great excuse to browse through the collection :)

    Here are my 2 fave ones, reasonably and not reasonably priced.

    I enjoy the clever front flipper tab of the Smock and its snappy sound.
    The Norseman is just another dimension of smooth.

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  3. Zookie

    Zookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    The best Flipper I ever owned was a Gerry Mcginnis Limiter. Gerry does detents the best IMO

    As far as attainable, the Spyderco Advocate surprised the hell out of me. I've never heard anyone saying anything good about Spyderco's flipper action, but they got the action just right with mine.

    Also any WE or Civivi is spectacular.
  4. marthinus

    marthinus KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 10, 2006
    Given the craze of drop free blades, strong detent etc.

    Pretty much anything from Andre Thorburn or Andre van Heerden.

    My most used one below:

    In terms of my preference of a strong detent, free swinging blade, with no side to side play throughout the walk and talk, and not a drop shut blade while the lock is resting against the blade (been bitten in the past due to hand fatigue) I am happy with this one:

  5. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    Hands down.
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  6. cnm123

    cnm123 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    I think ZT nails it for mass production flippers.
    The Vero is nice but the pivot backed out soon after I got it. A little loctite fixed it.
    Grimsmo is probably the best out of them all.
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  7. The_Knife_Man


    May 30, 2014
    For the longest time my best flipper was a ZT5602CF. Then it changed when I got this Hinderer, but only after it was really broken in. Are Shirogorovs really the next level up?

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  8. SpyKers


    Mar 3, 2012
    My favorite flipper isn’t the “best” flipper. It was the flipper that got me into knives.

    The original Kershaw Skyline (now disco’ed) was such a simple elegant design that I probably spent more time fidgeting with than any knife I’ve ever owned. It wasn’t for everyone, but that flipper caused me to buy a lot of other flippers (arguably way better flippers), so it gets my vote for being a trend setter.

    *Honorable mention to the Kershaw Ram. Still my greatest regret in terms of a knife that I let get away... That thing was a gun shot when you fired that flipper. Hella cool sound and action to boot.
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  9. timberweasel

    timberweasel Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Some folks enjoy their knives snapping open with a thunderous 'thwack' that startles animals from the underbrush and makes sleeping babies cry, but me, I prefer a soft sophisticated 'click.'

    In my opinion, a good flipper will deploy a blade reliably with a 'click' rather than a 'thwack'--which indicates that the pivot and detent are nicely dialed-in and the action is not exerting excessive force/shock on the stop pin and other parts.

    IMO, the best flipper action knife I own is my little Jake Hoback MK Ultra... *click* :cool::thumbsup:

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  10. JimG2020


    Aug 30, 2020
    Where are you finding the 3LegDog knives? I've been looking at a few at Blade Gallery in Kirkland, WA. I'd like to see what else is out there, I've never seen the one you posted.
  11. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
  12. P.C.E.

    P.C.E. Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2020
    I like MK Ultra a lot, been looking at different versions for a little while now and may pick one up eventually.
    Great looking blade, even in all black. Very nice pick up.
  13. Christopher Frim

    Christopher Frim Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2019
    Dude, I want it lol
  14. My early (serial #0123) ZT0562cf feels assisted...

    Super fast and super smooth!

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  15. Motega


    Jun 20, 2006
    love the Wayfarer 247 and really 90% of all my flippers I think work just great but I agree that there's something about the ZT 450 that makes it the most satisfying to flip! I thought I was the only one that thought this knife had some major mojo going on with it's action! It must just be the perfect alignment of the stars with size, shape, weight, etc. Great choice!
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  16. Owen K.

    Owen K. Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Triway xm18s and millit torrent, to add a few.
  17. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    I got mine from Blade Gallery.
    According to Riaan, they are the only US distributor.

    He is on IG (3legdogknives) and you could try messaging him there. I saw a pic recently of stuff back from water jet and it looks like he has some P6 blades cut. I have a deposit with him for another but no idea when he is going to get to them. I believe he said something like "I'll get to making a couple sometime this year." I think he is working with M390 now, and not Elmax.
    I wonder if his other models flip like my P6?

    BTW, my knife is on the BG site under the sold stuff, but I dyed my scales darker (its the P6 with the weird camo scales).

    You guys also got me looking at some ZTs!
  18. Swampdog

    Swampdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    Three years ago I came down with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my left (dominant) hand. Been carrying a Spyderco Endura for many years but could no longer open it with my left-hand.
    Did some research here on Blade Forums and bought a ZT 0770CF with S35VN blade; been carrying it every day since.
    Had hand surgery to fix the CTS, but now I have arthritis in my left-hand... old age ain't for sissies!
    Flippers are easy for me to use, and I recommend them to anyone having problems opening folding knives.


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  19. wickettedge

    wickettedge Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    the J-Cape is an incredible flipper

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  20. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

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