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    Joker knife quality?


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    http://www.joker.es/navajas%20ingles%20nuevo.html

    Price incl shipping €20

    I really like the looks of this knife. It's in carbon steel with olive wood handle.
    Does anyone own this knife or a similar Joker and can comment on the fit and finish and overall quality?

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    My brother studied in Spain for a semester, and he gifted me a Joker Navaja. It's a nice enough knife with a thin, well ground blade. Fit and finish is good, not great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamagong View Post
    My brother studied in Spain for a semester, and he gifted me a Joker Navaja. It's a nice enough knife with a thin, well ground blade. Fit and finish is good, not great.
    This supports the very little information I found on the brand and the pictures I've seen.

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    That's a darn nice looking knife kid. I have a hunch it may be very similar to the German built brown mules by Klass, A good work knife, but a wee bit rough. It looks good to get and take some 500 paper and some scotchbrite and smooth out any rough spots. Rub thehandles down with a good oil like linseed or even lemon oil and buff with a soft cloth, and then use the knife well. With a wide blade and thin stock, it's probably going to take a great edge.

    Let us know how it works out, and if the knife can be opened easy by a pinch grip.

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    I've got one of their large Lockbacks-similar to the ones on page 60-it's a portly heavy knife and not much to my current taste.Stainless and olive wood, finish acceptable but good value for the money.They've got quite a few interesting smaller knives in their catalogue,thanks for posting it.

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    @jackknife
    Any alternatives to Scotchbrite? Don't know if I can get that here.
    Would olive oil work good to instead of linseed?

    @willgoy
    That was also part of the reason of making this post, to show some alternatives to the usual Spyderco, Kershaw, Case, etc. knives.

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    I've got one exactly like "NR66" on page 53 that my sister brought back from Spain for me a few years back.

    I love it, and have actually searched for a US distributer that carries more of their knives.

    Worldknives.com carries a few, but not a wide selection, of their blades. I was going to get a horn-handled ring-pull knife a while back, but they seem to have sold out before I got around to it.

    Jackknife - mine can easily be pinched open. If memory serves (I'm at work and can't verify this), mine doesn't even have a nail nick.


    Edit: I grabbed mine when I went home for lunch. Attaching a couple of cell phone pics. There is no nail nick, and it locks open with a solid snap. I just can't find anything wrong with it. I haven't used it hard, and haven't sharpened it, so I can't comment on the quality of the steel (Stainless-440). I would like to try one with carbon steel, though.
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    I don't know anything about it but it's really nice looking!

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    Wow, that little fellow trips my trigger. How about some specs on it? I see the length listings in the catalog, but it's my understanding those are blade lengths.

    Anybody know where to get them in the US?

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    I could find very little information on the knife myself.
    Judging by the information the knife is available in carbon and stainless (INOX see catalog) The INOX version is NO77.

    - Joker NO74 folding knife, made in Spain, measures 16 cm (6.25 inches) open
    - 7 cm (2.75 Inch) long, non-locking, flat ground, carbon steel blade
    - Steel handle liners, olive wood handle scales.

    As you can see on the catalog, page 70, (and up) the knife is available in different sizes, steels and handle materials.
    Review:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlaQfoOx_So

    British store that ships cheap worldwide and where I got the info from:
    http://www.handyniknaks.co.uk
    Hope this isn't deal spotting...

    Other info I found:
    Joker also has the JKR brand. These knives are made in Asia (China or Taiwan can't remember) and are cheaper even.
    See website for the JKR catalog.

    @Steve_Holt
    Nice looking knife, the catalog pictures don't do it justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the kid View Post
    @jackknife
    Any alternatives to Scotchbrite? Don't know if I can get that here.
    Would olive oil work good to instead of linseed?

    @willgoy
    That was also part of the reason of making this post, to show some alternatives to the usual Spyderco, Kershaw, Case, etc. knives.
    If you can't get some, don't worry about it. Just use the finest sandpaper you can get and finish with 0000 steel wool to really smooth things out. I used to do this with those wood handle sodbusters from Kissing Krane. It made a 100% difference in how they looked, for the better. Olive wood has such a nice dramatic grain, it just begs for a soft rag and some kind of furniture oil formulated for wood, to polish it with. I don't know about olive oil, if it would get rancid after a while.

    You could always try a little bit on it. Worst that can happen is it smell like a salid for a while.

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    Hmmm i really like this knife. Reasonably cheap to get too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackknife View Post
    If you can't get some, don't worry about it. Just use the finest sandpaper you can get and finish with 0000 steel wool to really smooth things out. I used to do this with those wood handle sodbusters from Kissing Krane. It made a 100% difference in how they looked, for the better. Olive wood has such a nice dramatic grain, it just begs for a soft rag and some kind of furniture oil formulated for wood, to polish it with. I don't know about olive oil, if it would get rancid after a while.

    You could always try a little bit on it. Worst that can happen is it smell like a salid for a while.
    I think I have some furniture oil laying around.
    Thanks for the tip!

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    the kid, I checked the UK site (I'm in the EU too) and it's not bad but rather limited.Think I'll try and contact Joker directly for sales.

    You know, I was NOT going to buy any more knives just settle down and spend more time with my knife family and now this temptation comes along....some nice smaller lockbacks there and some decent no nonsense carbon slipjoints too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willgoy View Post
    the kid, I checked the UK site (I'm in the EU too) and it's not bad but rather limited.Think I'll try and contact Joker directly for sales.

    You know, I was NOT going to buy any more knives just settle down and spend more time with my knife family and now this temptation comes along....some nice smaller lockbacks there and some decent no nonsense carbon slipjoints too.


    Please keep us updated about the outcome of your direct contact with Joker.

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    I contacted the owner of handyniknaks.co.uk.
    He says can get any Joker knife in production.

    Thought I'd keep anyone interested updated.

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