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Who is buying these old-timey knives that don't even lock?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Motega, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 1, 2013
    For the right price, I’m sure you can call her whatever warms your heart!
     
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  2. IUKE12

    IUKE12

    Nov 25, 2005
    Embrace simplicity son, there isn't much of it left.
     
  3. Pomsbz

    Pomsbz

    Jul 31, 2015
    I'll bet that Victorinox, manfuacturing 34000 folding knives with their non locking blades each day outsell all the locking clipping knife companies combined with plenty change left over. Which kinda means that the majority, perhaps the vast majority, even in 2019, are buying these 'old timey' knives. As such OP, why are you so different? :D
     
  4. Jason Chambers

    Jason Chambers KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Nov 29, 2019
    Well, all that shows is that Victorinox makes 12,410,000 mistakes every year. That is not very reassuring if you ask me. :eek:
     
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  5. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Yup. Some people should really think before they post.
     
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  6. strokednbored

    strokednbored Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 8, 2015
    "Fra-gee-lay"
     
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  7. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    @Motega You seem to be at the very beginning of your knife journey (if you are on a knife journey...). Keep discovering knives, the enlightment will come (or not...). The sassy attitude towards traditional knife lovers irks a bit, though.
     
  8. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    What happened to the OP? Post and run? Smells like a troll to me. Particularly with that spectacularly dumb question.=--KV
     
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  9. Jarhead Greasemonkey

    Jarhead Greasemonkey Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 4, 2015
    Yeah...

    Stinks like troll in here.

    I did enjoy all the responses though...

    Defend freedom!

    :D
     
  10. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    It's his second attempt at stirring the pot. Check out "Cyber Monday deals ?". Slow learner, thick headed or just used to confrontational internet intercourse (phew...). I don't get the attitude after being gifted a membership... For sure, he doesn't get it !
     
  11. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Day in, day out, on ranches all over they are the knife that makes bull calves into steer calves for your steaks, burgers, roasts, etc:

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    I shall persevere, I shall conquer! Unlikely. To answer the OP, everyone. The trapper, whoever makes it, IS the cowboy knife. I'm running a distant second. Not to worry I won't weaken.
     
  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    It may be a troll post, but it was fun! French Kate? I know her.;)
     
  13. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    He's been a member here longer than most of us. :eek:
    All his recent posts have been troll posts. So, if he is a troll, he's playing the long game at nearly 14 years :confused:
     
  14. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    @22-rimfire I know one, too. And she would rather use a Bowie than a folder !
     
  15. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    @craytab [He's been a member here longer than most of us.]
    That's disturbing... or not. So, confrontational it is.
     
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  16. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    There are more things in heaven and Earth, @Motega than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

    You apparently like knives, or you wouldn't have an account here, and even within that relatively niche general category of interest there's a subcategory that you were unaware of and can't understand.

    Now imagine all the totally unrelated hobbies people are into. The world is large.

    I carry both slipjoints and modern knives most days. I like both types.

    Traditional slipjoints hearken back to history in a way modern knives don't. They are often built more by hand. They more often include natural materials. They are often less expensive than modern knives (a Great Eastern Cutlery Northfield is usually less than $125, which is kind of the point where non budget modern knives start, especially if made in the USA). They have a great aesthetic. They cut really well due to usually having thin grinds. There are lots of different patterns (if you think they're all the same you're not looking closely) that suit different needs.

    A lot of people are stuck on having a lock. I'm not one to say "if you need a lock you aren't using a knife correctly" because that's dumb, even when using a knife safely accidents happen and a lock can help. However, it's very rare that a lock is the deciding factor in a knife buy or knife safety for me. Anyway, some traditional knives have locks.
     
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  17. JD Bear

    JD Bear Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2015
    I think too many people get hung up on the "what if" scenarios when it comes to their daily usage. I'd bet money that a good percentage of people that "need" a lock would be able to get by with a slip joint during their every day routine.
     
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  18. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I agree but some people are fixed in their views of lock vs no lock. It isn't like most slip joints just fall closed if you apply a little pressure cutting in the wrong direction.

    The other edc thing is knife size. We all have our preferences. But I believe that the majority here could function perfectly well with a small knife as an edc. I do keep somewhat larger folding knives available if they are needed and usually require me just getting into my field bag, a trip to my vehicle, and retrieving it when I'm working. No big thing at home as I have endless choices.
     
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  19. JD Bear

    JD Bear Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2015
    I agree with the size aspect. I work in an automotive parts department and I open a ton of stuff everyday. So, I actually decided to go through different style knives for a while just to see how they worked for me. I usually carry more than one knife a day, at least one modern and one traditional, but I would only use one for the entire time I was at work. I went through a few of each and I actually preferred a trapper and a large stockman more than almost anything. I'll tell you this, out of the ZT's, Benchmades, Spydercos, Case knives, GEC's and Bucks...the Buck 501 was probably my favorite. It was already one of my favorite knives anyway, along with a 112, but it really did everything I needed. I'd love to see it in a slip joint version though...
     
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  20. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 7, 2015
    I don't know. Imho that's the same logic you hear from people where they say something like "I'm a safe driver, I've never had a accident so why do I need a seat belt?" There is still risk involved.
    But on the flip side I would argue that a person with a slip joint usualy would be much more mindful and cautious when using a knife then a person with a lock which can be just as safe if not more safe.

    The only problem is there is less and less people who know safe knife usage. Heck in my area I've heard even the Scouts are talking about removing knives from the program.
     

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