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"If I had an Armani suit, I'd where it everywhere"... OR show me your EDC customs

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by supratentorial, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    I used to joke that "If I had an Armani suit, I'd where it everywhere". Actually, I'm not even sure that I know how an Armani suit looks... or if I'd be happy wearing one... Is that even considered the best suit? I'm usually wearing a Carhartt pants and t-shirt or one of the shirts from the sale rack at American Eagle that a girlfriend bought for me.

    I do have a few custom knives... so why aren't I taking them everywhere?? In my opinion, they are my best knives but I'm reluctant to use them the same way that I would use a production knife... or even a semi production knife.

    Do any of you guys regularly use a custom? Help me work up the courage... I'd like to see your EDC customs.
  2. confucius37


    May 18, 2008
    I like the idea of this thread. I have trouble even carrying some of the Northfield branded GECs because they're so nice. I find myself babying the knife instead of using the heck out of it. I still use all my knives though, every single one, if I don't use it, I sell it or give it away.

    EDC use is less stressful on a knife than real hard work though, If I knew I had to go clean a drainage pipe or something, I'd probably opt for something easily replaceable.
  3. Maddogg774


    Sep 19, 2011
    What I learned from having an Armani suit...I love having it, I hate wearing it. It is so expensive that I am paranoid with it on. I'm afraid I'm going to spill something or tear it. It's the same reason I won't buy an expensive 4x4, I would be too afraid to off road it. That is why I haven't pulled the trigger on expensive folders, I don't know if I could overcome my fear that I might lose it. I lost a microtech socom elite and it still stings.
  4. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    I never carry my one custom slip joint. That's why I don't buy any more.
  5. ndeezl

    ndeezl Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    I EDC a couple of customs pretty regularly. I work in an office so they don't get used very hard (honestly nor do my modern folders most of the time) but they ride around in my pocket all day and make quick work of any envelope or piece of tape that dare fall in their path.

    I've bought a few customs that for one reason or another I just wouldn't carry, so I moved them on to someone else. IMO these knives are amazingly crafted and made with great care but made to be carried and used! (Although I don't own any in the $1,000+ range so I'm not sure how I'd feel about carrying something like that. I'll find out one day :D ) Here are a few that I carry more than others.

    Todd Davison


    Ken Coats


    Rick Menefee


  6. johnny twoshoes

    johnny twoshoes

    Feb 3, 2011
    I have both of them on me right now.


    And Lloyd.

    I have another Lloyd on the way and it's going to get used and I have another being made right now.
    I also requested to be put on Mr. Menefee's waiting list. If I can get that one, I'll have a great user for hunting season.
  7. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    I don't carry it everyday, but my most carried custom is my Alsdorf trapper.

    I've carried my Menefee back pocket for a bit but am not currently. Same with my Coats trapper jack.

    Most of my others have been carried a day or two at least. Including this one but it was more of a home carry situation.
  8. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    Thank you for the replies, guys. And keep them coming!

    I'll buy customs whether or not I carry them... even if just for artistic reasons. I'll even buy patterns that I would not normally use if they are particularly interesting or beautiful examples of the cutler's art. The same goes for some of the vintage knives in my collection. It's not just the price that holds me back from carrying them either... especially since some of the production knives come close to custom prices... It's just that they're works of art. But I own a few custom knives (and a couple on the way) that fit me like a glove. Ken, Is working with me on a knife that is too perfect for me not to use it! I don't think that I've previously seen many photos of used custom knives. I'll just need to gather up the courage.
  9. kamagong


    Jan 13, 2001
    None of my custom slips is an EDC (Every Day Carry), but they do see regular use as part of a rotation. I tried to show the wear they've picked up, but my photography skills are subpar when it comes to reflective surfaces.


    This one is not a slipjoint, but rather a puukko that I like to carry when outdoors.


    It's even beginning to pick up the marks of usage. Is that a ding on the bolster? :eek:


    - Christian
  10. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I have several custom fixed blades, but only one folder. I have carried it on a few occasions, but I do intend to use it more.

    John C. Howser stag and stainless damascus 4" lockback

    Something to think about: How many of you have expensive firearms that you do use regularly without even thinking about their value?
    I have an Italian over/under shotgun worth about $1,200 that I hunt quail with in very rough country, yet have been leary of carrying my custom lockback in my pocket by itself. Silly, when you think about it.
  11. yablanowitz


    Apr 14, 2006
    Saw the thread, checked my pockets, found these.

  12. clutchcarter

    clutchcarter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    I'm glad you posted this picture because I'm having trouble committing to carrying my customs. But these look great. The funny thing is that I really love a knife that shows its' experience.
  13. Sonnemann


    Sep 21, 2010
    Wow...Ken Coats knows how to make a pointy knife
  14. yablanowitz


    Apr 14, 2006
    They're knives. They were made to cut stuff. They can't do that from inside a safe.

    Edit to add: Oh yeah, Steve, he does. :D
  15. ranchmanben

    ranchmanben Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I have one custom that is a true EDC. It's ridden on my hip everyday for the last eight months. I've owned other customs but this is the only one that I've had made for me. I sold the rest. Using a knife doesn't hurt it, so stick it in your pocket.


    P.s. Jeff, I sure like that Howser, really great looking.

    Keith Johnson

    And one of it in it's home
  16. neeman

    neeman Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Do have an Armani
    Have not worn it in 20 year
    Does not fit me any more

    Do not have any customs....

    I have fine production knives that work well for me
    I do not baby them, I just take care of them
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2012
  17. roseskunk


    Nov 2, 2008
    I carry all my GEC's and several customs. I usually have a Tim Wright sheath knife on my belt everyday. He gets pretty cranky if you don't carry them. I probably have 3-4 of his in rotation, several others stay in a drawer. (I can't imagine carrying a large fighter, for example.) I also have several custom folders that get carried as well.
    It's tough when you have a brand new knife and start carrying it, or anything really. For a while I collected watches, and getting that first scratch is tough. I think tools that have been used and cared for are beautiful things. A knife that has been carried for thirty years? Lovely. My Estwing hatchet that I bought forty years ago? Priceless.
  18. richstag


    Feb 22, 2007
    Let me start by saying I have ZERO interest in some designer la tea da clothing, BUT I do have a lot of interest in custom handmade knives.

    I have carried customs all the way up to 3k. Used and sharpened them. As my EDC for long periods. Even let folks borrow them...

    Its just a knife and its just money. With that said, I go back and forth and I really do baby my customs a little more.

    Its not even the price. Its the fact that you will never get another that is exactly the same for me. I love worn knives but I don't love worn out knives. That makes it easier for me to beat on a GEC that I can get a copy of down the road. Or even 1000$ choppers I have. If I was rich I probably would not care at all about any of this, and I probably wouldn't appreciate what I DO have quite as much :)
  19. mike Berkovitch

    mike Berkovitch Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    I had few customs and sold all of them but one since I couldn't bring myself using them. The one that left is on my rotation.


    Oh, I don't have Armani suit though.

  20. LX_Emergency


    Jun 28, 2007
    I carry this Tim Britton every now and then. I know a lot of people say a more expensive knife won't cut any better....but this custom outslices my production slipjoints by a mile.


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