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Maxam Knives

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by joshuawy, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. joshuawy


    Feb 28, 2010
    new here, not really sure where to put this but,
    has anyone had experience with Maxam knives?
    are the good quality of cheapos that will break easily?
  2. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    HI joshuawy -

    I have a Maxam folding knife - it is a large one with a 4.5 inch blade.

    It has Japan stamped on the tang.

    I have had the knife for 25 years and although it has not seen abuse (I usually don't use my knives for prying etc.) it has held up very well over the years.

    I paid around $10 for it from a friend who was selling them at the time back in the 80's.

    Picture with an Emerson CQC7 for size comparison.


    It seems to be a very good quality knife - but I cannot say how good the newer examples are.

    best regards -

  3. thantos1858


    Jul 3, 2009
    Welcom to the forums. They are definetly cheaply made knives no doubt. Probably on par with Mtech knives. they are both chinese made knives and usually take well known designs from top knife companies and make them with crap materials and quality. They use "440" stainless steel, and as you will learn on the forums there are a ton of 440 ss class knives. They like many other low class knife companies may use 440B steel which is pretty bad. I would stay away from maxam. mqqn said his was made in japan and he has had it for 25 years, maxam is a totally different company now. Japanese knives are made extremely well, chinese ones generally aren't with exceptions of course. I would maybe reccommend Byrd knives for a great quality for low money knife
  4. TheCarbideRat

    TheCarbideRat Banned BANNED

    Sep 10, 2008
    Thumbs down on late model Maxams. Got rid of the one I had.

    Save up and learn, so you don't have to go through "the process" so much.
    I bought, sold, and threw away quite a few knives before joining BF and getting
    educated. If I saved the money I now look at as wasted I could have bought several
    "grail" knives.
  5. Mark J

    Mark J

    Mar 15, 2001
    Definitely cheap knives, relative to the many other good knives that are available. That said, some of the designs (not the "ripped off" designs) are decent. I have a few of their knives that I purchased early in my knife collecting days and I have handled others, and while they will never be the stars of my collection, there is a place for them too.

    - Mark
  6. Dag-nabit


    Jan 6, 2009
    I have that same knife, bought it 25-30 years ago. Can't remember for certain where I picked it up, but I think it was at some "off the beaten track, gas station/bait & tackle shop" for less than $10.

    I agree with the above comments, it has been a surprisingly good knife, holds an edge well, and has been kicking around the house in the pantry for years. Gets used regularly for opening packages, etc.

    I am not familiar with their newer offerings, but they don't seem to get very positive press here on the forums.

  7. ktomes_340


    Jun 21, 2007
    :thumbdn::thumbdn: Well generally they are pos, but lie all knives have some good ones and pos. I' have one frost cutlery flying dragon that I would put it up against a Ka-Bar next generation fixed blade.:thumbdn::thumbdn:
  8. Nimick


    Jul 26, 2005
    Buy one. Break it. Buy something better.

    (it would be preferable that you did not damage yourself while breaking it)
  9. Monnymac


    Apr 23, 2009
    I bought this thing that was a pack of 3 for $20. I pretty much got what I paid for. definitly cheap knives but for the price I paid not bad.
  10. TheCarbideRat

    TheCarbideRat Banned BANNED

    Sep 10, 2008
    Sorry, a fantasy knife will not even approach what a Next Gen can do. You smoke?
  11. Cyblade


    Aug 16, 2001
    Back in the mid 90's alot of what they offered were low end made in japan knives with 440a blades I useta sale them and use them and they were good blades for the low price they cost they hade a couple of hunting knives that were very good and I've got a large chopper that I've beat to hell and still is in good shape but like alot of things today they changed to made in china junk and the diffrence was night and day. They had a spyderco knockoff that when it was made in japan was actually a decent knife that held up well and had a good lock then when it moved to china the blade and lock got really thin and would break if you looked at it wrong and all the knives from then on got really bad. They now use 420j2 thats so soft you can bend it in half with your bare hands and will dull if you try to cut bread with it. Much like everything else Maxams knives are made by the lowest bidder.
  12. DennisStrickland

    DennisStrickland Banned BANNED

    Jun 24, 2009
    members whom wish to buy inexpensive cutlery would be better advised to buy used second hand good quality knives at flea markets or yard sales. i'm always amazed when people spend 6.00$ for a new knife & expect a miracle wonder.
  13. joshuawy


    Feb 28, 2010
    i was just cjecking, cuz a buddy of mine said that they were pretty good, of course the one he has was his dad's so it's like 25-30 years old
  14. Rat Finkenstein

    Rat Finkenstein Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2005
    they are terrible.
  15. fnzeee


    Jul 4, 2013
    Honestly, it depends on what you are after. Agree, Maxam knives are not high-end production or custom caliber. They will not measure up to an Emerson, Spyderco, Zero Tolerance, Case, etc.

    But in the world of Chinese-made knives they are above average. I had three of them and abused the hell out of them. They were mostly reliable (had one frame lock bend and fail under pressure but was not typical use), had good lock-up, were very easy to sharpen (b/c the blade steel is soft compared to most high-end folders), required frequent sharpening since their edge-holding ability is low to mid. In short: they forced me to learn and practice sharpening, could be left in a tackle box or used in ways I would never subject a high quality knife to without worry, and for me they lasted a few years before being tossed. They also tend to have thinner liners (which are more likely to bend under intense use), are made f inferior materials, will not last as long, and are generally shunned by serious knife enthusiasts. But they may be had for a few bucks per knife.

    To me, there are now so many inexpensive mass-produced knives which are made in Japan or Taiwan with superior materials and quality that I would never again buy a cheap chinese knife. Let's be clear, it may cost you $3-10 for a chinese-made folder that lasts a few years, requires a lot of attention and may fail, but for $20 to $30 you could buy a Kershaw, Cold Steel or KaBar folder made of AUS8 or better with superior fitment and finishing, a thicker more reliable liner or frame lock, actual warranty support, and more edge-holding ability.

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