What are your favorite brands?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JDRanger, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. mjw88


    Nov 30, 2016
    Fixed blades: Esee, izula and 3 both with TKC scales. My new benchmade puukko is becoming a favourite quickly as well.
    Folders: spyderco & victorinox
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  2. Pinemoon


    Mar 25, 2005
    AG Russell

    In no particular order.
  3. cistercian


    Apr 22, 2015
    ZT and Spyderco.
    The new CQI Kapara in particular is an amazing knife and a bargain.
  4. CW308


    Oct 25, 2019
    Buck & Hogue
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  5. metaxasm

    metaxasm Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 14, 2002
  6. blanex1


    Feb 11, 2015
    I have owed a bunch of Spyderco's in the past, but now i seem to be in the CRK's camp and stuck there! but its a nice place to be....
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  7. mushka


    Jun 27, 2018
    Being a rather pedestrian fellow I like the simple things. A good SAK, my Buck 303 cadet, the Boker congress. I like the tools on the SAK huntsman, The buck just because it's simple and good looking, and the Boker congress because I like to try and carve stuff.
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  8. Bill1170


    Dec 20, 2007
    Spyderco, Victorinox, Randall-made. There are others, but I’ll stop there.
  9. sgt244

    sgt244 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    Chris Reeve is and has been #1 on my list for the past decade or so. I was hooked the first time I got my hands on one of their knives. The tolerances are perfection, and even though some argue they are "overpriced" I have to disagree, because when you buy a Chris Reeve you do not need to worry about quality control. I've never handled a knife from them that had ANY problems what so ever! I have also owned MANY Chris Reeve knives (and still have a ton of them in my collection today) and to date, no issues. Whereas you have companies like strider who charges more than Chris Reeve does and yet the quality is STILL nowhere near the quality and finish of a Chris Reeve (IMO) -- and I still own several striders which I do enjoy, both old and new versions. Also, the spa treatment offered by Chris Reeve with about a 2 week turnaround time for the price they offer it at is just unparalleled by any company I've dealt with in the past. You can basically send in your beater, and have it fully serviced / handles re-blasted / blade resharpened and sent back to you basically looking and functioning like a completely new knife erasing years of hard-use. I find that when you buy a Chris Reeve you are buying in to the company - not just a knife. Their line up is also great and could have your knife needs covered for just about any occasion.

    My other tops companies after Chris Reeve would have to be, Strider/ Hinderer / Microtech. No knives from any other company have stuck out to me over the years and I've tended to let them go and always end back up with the 4 companies I mentioned. -- I do have other knives from other companies in my collection, but they've been paperweights as I cant bring myself to carry them over some other knives in my collection.
    Maybe its time to let them go?... decisions .. decisions... lol!

    Happy thanksgiving all ! =D
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  10. Larry Turko

    Larry Turko

    Oct 4, 2007
    As long as Cold Steel is the only company offering extra large folders my favourite knife company is Cold Steel. I currently have 14 XL CS folders and I hope they will be bringing out some new models for 2020.
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  11. Ril123


    Jun 2, 2017
    Strider knife
  12. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
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  13. Jason Chambers

    Jason Chambers

    Nov 29, 2019
    I know a couple of guys that grind their knives, real high quality steel too.
  14. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
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  15. MrCookie

    MrCookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2019
    That is saying a lot, you appear to have owned "a few" amazing grail knives.
  16. Black Oak Bladeworks

    Black Oak Bladeworks KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2019
    Bark River

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  17. st8yd

    st8yd Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2009
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  18. MrCookie

    MrCookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2019
    I like:
    Jake Hoback for the heft and feel
    William Henry for refined gentlemanry
    Olamic for variety of shapes and beautiful handle treatments
    Benchmade for consistency (though some of the plastic handles feel really cheap).
    ZT for smooth action and for being stout users.
    Spyderco for finding their niche and sticking with it (the higher end limited production models are very nice, too).
    CRKT for constantly exploring and trying new models and materials.
    Buck for maintaining the traditional hunters knives and mixing in some newer tactical runs.
    Kershaw has great bang for the price

    I used to like Gerber, but the apparent drop in quality has made their lower end products disposable to the point that I question their mid-higher end as well.
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  19. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Probably Hinderer.
    I carry one about 90% of the time I'm carrying a knife, and I went from zero Hinderers to 3 in about a month.

    Then, in no particular order...

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  20. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    Buck knives

    Spyderco Knives

    Victorinox Knives

    Benchmade Knives

    Kershaw Knives
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