Knives that barely missed it...

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

  1. MrCookie

    MrCookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2019
    Then there are the cases where you end up with a knife whose esthetics you dislike, but after you carry it a few times you decide to use and abuse it indefinitely. BM Griptilian did that to me.

    I tried a couple of Gerbers, but they didn’t hold an edge very long and the pivots were inconsistent.

    Spyderco lightweights (Delica anyways) feel cheap and almost all of them (Native, tenacious, persistence, etc) take up a lot of real estate in the pocket.

    CRKT locks are funky.

    SAKs get tangled up with anything else in the pocket...
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  2. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    If it cuts perfectly, it’s pain to carry
    If it carries well, it is pain to open
    If it’s breeze to open, it’s pain to hold
    And the list goes on..

    Most propably we just overthink it or concentrate to knives too much.
  3. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    Spyderco Tatanka could be my favorite Spyderco of all time.

    Great lines
    Very strong lock
    Reinforced tip

    Missed :
    Handle is too long, can’t hold it comfortably in any position
    Unnecessary finger choil taking up WAY to much edge length

    Good steel but could be better(worth paying a premium for)
  4. Jim Bob

    Jim Bob

    Apr 16, 2019
    Well said!
  5. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    The air ranger was my first liner lock folder. Smooth operating. The blade grind was near perfect. Light weight. If it had blade steel that was better it would still be in my rotation.
  6. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I can find something that I don’t like on just about every knife I have ever owned except one or two.

    One that I really love is the CRKT Prowler. Like most CRKT products it falls short on blade steel and heat treatment. It is staying in the collection only because I like the ergonomics but, for every day use it has been replaced by a Griptilian.

    Let me think about this some...let’s that did not stay was a Ka-Bar Dozier folder.

    A couple of others were Victorinox models. Cybertool 34 and the Deluxe Tinker. They just did not fit my needs. On paper they were great but did not work in real life.

    What does work for me is their basic Spartan model.
  7. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014

    In my case, I will love the grip and hate the blade or just the opposite.
  8. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Exactly. This brain of mine struggles to remember how many I've bought and sold, even in the last few years.

    The ZT 0770CF would have been perfect if not for the assist. I didn't like the aluminum version, and the CF version didn't work well without the assist. Loved the weight, size, blade shape, and Elmax.

    I still (somewhat) hold out hope it will return in a manual form. I would pounce on it, at least for the right price.
  9. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    The Spyderco Tenacious is another one. It felt great in hand but did not ride well in the pocket. Blade steel was also not the best.

    Overall it is a fantastic knife. Just not for me.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2020
  10. TheTourist

    TheTourist Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2019
    Well, guys, I did find the perfect knife, well, for me.

    I bought two of those red-handled Cold Steel Knives. I'll never lose them, even in the dark! The blade blank was thick, and the handle was constructed with four rivets so it will never fall apart. It has a choil for you polishers, a humongous locking system, and even the pocket clip could hold the weight of double the folders.

    Both the blade itself and the butt of the handle have large oval slots for any carry method you might want.

    ...I don't even see a flaw in the finish...
  11. tyyreaun

    tyyreaun Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 26, 2017
    Ferrum Forge / Protech Mordax - the button lock one. I had the titanium one Ferrum sold directly, but I'd assume it was the same for the aluminim Massdrop one.

    Great knife, almost perfect, but OMG was it thick behind the edge. I had mine professionally sharpened, and even then it was like trying to cut with an axehead.
  12. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    I sometimes miss that Spydie. Good times.

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