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Joker knife quality?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by the kid, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. the kid

    the kid

    May 5, 2008


    http://www.joker.es/navajas ingles nuevo.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?
  2. kamagong


    Jan 13, 2001
    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.
  3. the kid

    the kid

    May 5, 2008
    This supports the very little information I found on the brand and the pictures I've seen.
  4. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    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.
  5. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    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.
  6. the kid

    the kid

    May 5, 2008
    Any alternatives to Scotchbrite? Don't know if I can get that here.
    Would olive oil work good to instead of linseed?

    That was also part of the reason of making this post, to show some alternatives to the usual Spyderco, Kershaw, Case, etc. knives.:)
  7. Steve_Holt


    Dec 21, 2008
    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.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Mar 17, 2010
  8. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    I don't know anything about it but it's really nice looking!
  9. Sword and Shield

    Sword and Shield

    Apr 3, 2004
    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?
  10. the kid

    the kid

    May 5, 2008
    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.

    British store that ships cheap worldwide and where I got the info from:
    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.

    Nice looking knife, the catalog pictures don't do it justice.
  11. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    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.:D
  12. crbauhs


    Dec 2, 2007
    Hmmm i really like this knife. Reasonably cheap to get too!
  13. the kid

    the kid

    May 5, 2008
    I think I have some furniture oil laying around.
    Thanks for the tip!
  14. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    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.
  15. the kid

    the kid

    May 5, 2008

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

    the kid

    May 5, 2008
    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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