Do you have any dealbreakers?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Smiling, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    Deal breakers are few and far between for me...but there are some...

    Slip joint folders with either too weak or too strong of a back-spring.
    Knives that are uncomfortable in my grip.
    Swiss Army Knives or multi-tools without scissors.
    Knives made in countries that are working against the United States.
    Knives that have tacky or garish logos or text on them.
    Knives with names that I would be embarrassed to utter.
    Knives made by unethical or shady people or businesses.
    "Sharpened pry bars".
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  2. BD_01

    BD_01 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    -cheap steel. I’m ok with AUS-8 at the low end.
    -fit & finish below the price point.
    -China (PRC) made. It’s not a quality issue; it’s an economic-political one.

    Turn-offs that I might consider on rare occasion:
    -folders much over 5 oz.
    -coated blades

    i used to be anti-tanto. But IF they are done correctly they can be pretty great.
  3. GatorMedic

    GatorMedic Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Pocket knives that aren't one-handed opening
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  4. JDRanger


    Aug 14, 2017
    - Assisted opening
    - Recurve
    - Folders that can’t be open and shut with one hand
  5. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    I get triggered when someone sharpens the edge past where it’s supposed to be, up the choil/past the plunge
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  6. hardheart


    Sep 19, 2001
    These make me stop pretty much immediately:
    Bad actors in the industry
    Anything priced at MAP
    Mainland China

    It takes other compelling features/materials for me to buy:
    liner locks
    frame locks
    metal handles
    lower tier stainless.

    Flippers and assisted don't enter my decision process, don't particularly care either way. They're usually frame or liner locks, that's what pumps the brakes. I have owned plenty of heavy knives and thick blades. I don't want any more, but I'll still read up on them.
  7. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    Scandi grind
    Black blades
    Aluminum handles
    Serrations (for the most part)

    All dealbreakers.
  8. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    Made in China
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  9. sechip

    sechip Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2013
    Poor blade to handle ratio
    weak detents
  10. goldie


    Feb 18, 2000
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2020
  11. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006

    I guess I will get flamed very badly for this, but my kukri gets sharpened with a 10 inch fine cut mill bastard file. Just as Royal Army regulations specify.
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  12. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    That’s just sad.

    I wonder how he got into this business.
  13. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Works for me.
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  14. Forester_01

    Forester_01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2018
    Too thick of a bladestock on folding knives
    Tiny sharpening choils causing the ricasso to be nicked when sharpened
    Recurve blades or bladesbelow 3.3 inches
  15. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    My current deal breakers :

    - Flippers
    - Chisel Grinds
    - Plastic Handles
    - Anything below 154CM
  16. marsturm

    marsturm Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Made in China, tantos, recurves, excessively thick blades, acrylic scales, fantasy shaped handles, and overly priced knives.
  17. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    In not particular order

    1. Carbon Steel
    2. Made in != USA, Germany, Italy, or Japan*
    3. I cannot work it left handed ie standard compression lock
    4. Assisted Open

    *Some exceptions to #2 they mostly a case by case basis
  18. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I’m with you about the steel. I do like Sandvik 14C28N though.

    Yesterday my wife and I went to a gun show and one of the exhibitors had some beautiful Kershaw knives that were half way reasonable in price.

    Unfortunately they weren’t made out of very good steel. Needless to say, I don’t own one.
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  19. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
  20. MyLegsAreOk


    Aug 31, 2017
    Damn I was here thinking he was worshiped like reeves because he sells those pricey things and keeps himself afloat.
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