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  1. hank_rearden

    Scary and impressive gun accident

    I just hope he doesn't make it to that thread in one anti-gun forum I know.
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    Tactical fixed.

    He posted pages of pictures of fighting/killing knives and I thought he didn't have one goybah.
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    Favorite traditional pattern

    Round-end jacks containing a clip point and a pen blade.
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    THE Hollow Handle Knife Thread

    I just heard someone describe this knife in the '70s: the handle is rectangular in cross-section and not really hollow. but along the length, you have quarters-sized perforations each covered with a thumb screw. inside each hole you'll find different stuff stowed in: a spool of fishing line with...
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    Advice on how to narrow down collection

    just my opinion: keep only those you actually use. sell all your safe queens except for those you really like. you don't have to treat knives, even rare sprint ones, as monetary investments. if you have enough money to buy expensive knives, you have enough money to save and invest. I collect...
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    I think I'll stop buying traditionals for now.

    In tropical Philippines. Leave your carbon steel knife untouched for one week during the rainy season and rust starts to appear. Knew I shouldn't have mentioned that. Yeah, it was I. One of my greatest failures is I never got to gift him with a new Case pen knife before he died.
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    I think I'll stop buying traditionals for now.

    Make no mistake, I still browse ebay and the GEC distributors every morning. There's a collector in all of us and yes, there's one vintage case that will likely stay on the collection shelf permanently. My other point we're living in very different times from the previous generations. Back then...
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    I think I'll stop buying traditionals for now.

    First of all, I think well-made traditional slip-joint folders, especially vintage ones, are the most collectible of all knife classes. But as I keep looking at pictures of beautiful bone handled knives made by gnarled old hands long put to rest, showing the patina of lifetime use, I realize I...
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    The unofficial, non binding, carries no weight, 2021 forum knife possibility discussion thread

    Proof that EO notches are still popular: sale of dremel tools are stable. My arthritis is the recurring kind, and it chooses two fingers out of ten at any given time. Well right now it's the right thumb and the left middle finger. So both the opening hand and the one holding the knife are weak...
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    The unofficial, non binding, carries no weight, 2021 forum knife possibility discussion thread

    How about a small, single-blade, easy-open sheep's foot or wharncliff. For old arthitic hands like mine? Example below.
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    Budget Yard and garden knives

    My friend said he needed a folder strong enough to cut through a five gallon PET dispenser bottle. I suggested a Buck 110. He said it was too pricey at $40. And this guy drives a Lexus and a Lincoln.
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    Strongest folder and most heavy duty fixed blade?

    A sturdily-built balisong is "twice" as strong as the strongest one-pivot folder.
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    What Makes a Good, Traditional Barlow?

    Question: If a Barlow had steel liners, pins and bolsters, how will it avoid blade wobble and rusting at the pivots?
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    Preferences; sunken Joints or raised

    i have a feeling raised joints are unavoidable with certain configurations. same-end jacks for instance. and what about those with 3 or more blades whose ends overlap?
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    Opinion: Frame Locks are Ugly

    You either appreciate the system's beauty on its own or you don't. But I agree with you on one thing: adding an (expensive) insert on the blank side of a titanium framelock is crazy.
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    What is the holy trinity of knives?

    Kabar, Gerber, and Wilkinson Sword
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    Preferences; sunken Joints or raised

    Now I have to remember to inspect all my slippies when I arrive home tonight.
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    What’s a steel that disappointed you?

    I have a knife in S30V. It dulls so often I got too lazy to sharpen it. So I'll keep it that way to at least get back the amount I paid for it. On the other hand, I have two Case knives in CV that I haven't sharpened since I bought them 9 years ago. Still sharp enough to open letters, cut...
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    The unofficial, non binding, carries no weight, 2021 forum knife possibility discussion thread

    a 50-tool Swiss Army knife. With regard to special feature(s), it can: 1. be evenly separated by a fat pin, with one half having a fold-out spoon while the other a fold-out fork, or 2. have hygene-related features like a straight razor, various tweezers, even a sharp lancet that can be...
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