Knives that barely missed it...

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by MrCookie, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. MrCookie

    MrCookie Gold Member Gold Member

    89
    Mar 9, 2019
    I’m in the process of culling the herd. In the pile are a couple of knives the narrowly missed being good/great.

    Gerber Air Ranger - great handle, good blade shape, fair fit & finish, poor materials.

    What have you had that just missed the mark enough to bum you out?
     
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  2. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Several of my ZTs. I really like the lines of some of them, but something was just a bit off. Probably the 920 is the most disappointing simply because it was SO close. In the end, the bare titanium handle just made it a knife I didnt carry despite it being a massive 4" blade and weighing next to nothing for its size.
     
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  3. Crimson Cloud

    Crimson Cloud Gold Member Gold Member

    188
    Nov 9, 2018
    The Winkler F3 folding knife. I thought I found the perfect folder, with maple scales to match my Winkler fixed blade. In hand however the knife definitely was an under performer: poor flipping action, relatively cheap feel, terrible looking clip. Not surprising that they have now retired it and are no longer making a folding knife.
     
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  4. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Spyderco Street Beat : good steel (vg10, like!), great ergos, beautiful blade, perfect finish BUT... so much unnecessary weight (full tang / 0.16") and all in the handle. I want to like it, I really do, but it puts me off everytime I take it in hand.
     
  5. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    Oh there are so many that have fallen short of the glory. Where to begin.
     
  6. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Yeah, I bought one of those as well.
    Not centered, lock was either shallow or all the way to the show side scale and stuck so hard it had to be pried open....only so I could get it back in the box to return it.
    Lasted about 5 minutes in my possession.

    Other than that, out of the several hundred folders I've had over the years I'm keeping 4.
    That's right, four folders.
    Currently in the process of selling the rest that didn't make the cut.
    That's a lot of knives that didn't appeal to me.
     
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  7. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    I'm getting there, I'm down to 17, but I haven't tried a Hinderer yet. OOO, look ones for sale! [*mouse click*]...nevermind.
     
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  8. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    I really want a Street Beat with polished black linen micarta... but in Elmax with a tapered tang.
     
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  9. rileybassman1

    rileybassman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    505
    Aug 12, 2012
    ZT 0808 and Benchmade Anthem. Haven't had the Anthem, but I have had the 0808... and the bearings run on the titanium :-/

    Loved the 0808 except for that. Would love to try an Anthem - accept for bearings on titanium (it's integral, so I get there isn't much of an option...)
     
  10. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    I had 2 or 3 Hinderers before the gen 6 and they were just too chunky and would rattle if I set the knife down too hard.
    Yup, I'm finicky.
    I had a M390 no choil Spanto reground by REK and it was awesome, totally should have kept that one.:(
    But now with the gen 6 skinnies around I bet I'd find a keeper.
    Maybe somewhere down the line when I sell some more... maybe.
     
  11. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    Agreed. The original Street Bowie is superior in every way and cheaper!
     
  12. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    I know all about being finicky. I once got rid of a piece cause it looked like a chicken. I'm looking at a Hindie skinny now. I know I'll have to do surgery on it cuz of the finger choil not letting you access the lock bar easily. $300+ on something I've got to make better? *sigh* But what if that's all it needed & it's a keeper? Dern this hobby! Dern it to all heck!
     
  13. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    And that would be a call... Couldn't resist probably...
     
  14. Polzeyboy

    Polzeyboy CHEEKY BUGGER

    109
    Jan 9, 2020
    Gerber Suspension; nice design, dreadful materials (and unlock buttons).
     
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  15. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    So many... KAI is the first to mind:

    ZT 0770CF... No assist and this thing would be perfect.
    ZT 0566... Ti and no assist and this thing would be perfect.
    Kershaw Dividend... no assist and...
     
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  16. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    Graham Razel, love the knife, but the clip just doesnt work for me
    Rockstead has a small and loose clip
    Para 3 LW, as of now I dont like the steel
    Smock, too square handles, everything else is great
     
  17. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    Smock is a good example for me as well. So close, but something about those handles and the blocky pivot area, the massive but useless choil... Seems like it could have been a useful finger choil making room for the comp lock.
     
  18. Jim Bob

    Jim Bob

    59
    Apr 16, 2019
    So I'm wondering how many knife guys are like myself and just kept buying knives trying to find the perfect EDC? You thought you had it, then carried it for a week and slowly found yourself not happy, so you searched the internet and forums for hours on end putting in late nights of research until you once again thought you had found it. And the cycle just kept repeating itself until eventually you wound up with 20 or 30 knives.
     
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  19. rileybassman1

    rileybassman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    505
    Aug 12, 2012
    I had a 0566... just take the spring out. I ran it like that for months... worked just fine!
     
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  20. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Make that 200 or 300... it's no longer a hunt for the PERFECT. Every new knife is a pleasure on its own. It lasts... or not. Anyway, can't have too much pleasure, right ?
     

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