No hole, nail nick, pull, thumbstud, flipper tab

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  1. Iain Smithy

    Iain Smithy

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    Jul 2, 2020
    I’m hoping the wealth of knowledge here can help. Can anyone think of (preferably non-historical) folders with a “clean” blade? That is, a folder with no hole, flipper, thumbstub, nail nick or pull groove/notch -just enough exposed “clean” blade to open? I have the QSP Worker, which is a great, solid knife, but annoyingly has a completely unneeded nail nick -any makers out there that realized that the blade on their knife doesn’t actually require the gunk-accumulating nail nick?
     
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  2. DangerZone98

    DangerZone98

    993
    Dec 7, 2019
    Not sure if the metal protrusion counts this out, but what about a higonokami? I suppose I’d call that clean.

    Some historical Spanish Navajas also appear to have a clean blade.
     
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  3. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Buck regularly offers Buck 110 and 112 versions with no nail nicks.
     
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  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
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    These are the little ultralight, but the full sized LST is the same.
    Btw these are my only folders without a nail nick, and none of my traditional pocket knives get full of gunk.
    I've got traditional pocket knives as old as 100 years old and none of them came to me with a gunked up nail nick.

    If I do slice off some cheese with my pocket knife all it takes is a second with a toothpick to clear the nail nick, even that doesn't happen every time.

    It may seem on paper like this would happen, but in my experience it's something that rarely does.
     
  5. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Check out lionSTEEL, Maserin, MKM, and Viper. https://www.collectorknives.net/
     
  6. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    The LionSteel Opera models do not have any nicks, studs, or whatever. I only own the small version, but I believe the same applies to the full size model.
     
  7. Shorttime

    Shorttime

    Oct 16, 2011
    Boker Slack

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    Fox Knives Livri and Libar

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  8. Shorttime

    Shorttime

    Oct 16, 2011
    The Bestech Tulip, if you really want to color outside the lines.

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  9. Shorttime

    Shorttime

    Oct 16, 2011
    In the interest of being "that guy", what about a small fixed blade?

    (Also the Kizer Feist, and a couple offerings from Extrema Ratio. I'm going to let some other people make suggestions, now :oops:)
     
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  10. NorthernSouthpaw

    NorthernSouthpaw Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    Actually didn't think of that.
    Most front flippers don't have anything on the list. there is even a front flipper category on BHQ.
    For a suggestion I would look at the stuff from Pena Knives. They are really nice looking.
     
  11. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I absolutely love clean blades. Whenever there is enough blade to grab, just diss the cursed nail nick (or even worse, the match striker nick. It looks cool, though). Here is the one that enlightened me :
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    And this one, of course :
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  12. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    How about a button on the handle? :D

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  13. timberweasel

    timberweasel Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
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    Fox Knives 271 Elite
     
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  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I have that one too and liked it the first time I handled it. AG Russell calls that a gentleman's knife and I agree. Very slim and almost scalpel like blade.

    It seems that the Italian knife makers/manufacturers seem to have more knives without a blade extraction assist than others. I like @herisson that Opera model. I have the small version in stag, but your stag is nicer than mine.
     
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  15. GIRLYmann

    GIRLYmann

    Nov 7, 2005
    there are varients of some spanish made puma knives
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    as with a couple more from spanish brand joker knives...
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  16. kylemiller

    kylemiller Basic Member Basic Member

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    May 18, 2016
    What about Medford's that open with the fuller? Does that count as a nail nick?
     
  17. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Well, stag handles are like the proverbial box of chocolates... This said, I waited eagerly for the Big Opera to be available. In the meantime, I realized the Mini Opera was just right. I have no doubt the Big Opera would be cool but no... the Mini is just where it's at.
     
  18. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    This humungous Tashi slipjoint
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  19. Iain Smithy

    Iain Smithy

    3
    Jul 2, 2020
    Some great suggestions... thanks everyone! The friction folder idea reminds me that my Fox Dragontec sort of fits the bill, but I haven’t figured out a carry that keeps it from sliding down to the bottom of my pocket... but it wipes clean :)
     
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  20. Iain Smithy

    Iain Smithy

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    Jul 2, 2020
    I am willing to acknowledge that my “no nick” position is a bit OCD. o_O
     
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