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Aluminum SMFs on vendor's site

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by stabby stabington, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. stabby stabington

    stabby stabington Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 24, 2013
    *****center has a run of aluminum SMFs on the site for $495. They're 20CV, tiger-stripe and lego. My apologies if this sort of post is not allowed. I got an email from the dealer and didn't know that any Strider production folders were being offered.
  2. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar

    Sep 1, 2016
    Knifecenter is a supporting dealer but deal spotting is not allowed. Sorry. They can always post in the Dealer For Sale section of the Exchange if they want to.
  3. rycen

    rycen Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

    Aug 22, 2002
    It’s ok to mention a supporting dealer
  4. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    They are still making limited runs of production knives . They are now stamped M. Strider and under the MSC brand, and so far have been slightly different configurations than the older models.
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  5. clearytja


    Oct 17, 2002
    I am not sure I understand the Aluminum. Back in the day Mick would talk about how the G-10 was tough enough to be hit with a hammer and not break.....not sure how well the Aluminum is going to hold up. This is a 500.00 dollar knife and it is made with Aluminum? I have 8 folding Striders....with Aluminum as the new handle material I will not be getting a ninth.
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  6. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    Yeah, a-loo-minium is fine for beer cans. Not like I was gonna be getting a Strider anyway...
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  7. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Only the front scale is aluminum. The lockside is still ti. Aircraft grade aluminum is actually surprisingly strong and this way you get the lightest weight full metal knife possible, or I believe that’s the idea. A magnesium scale might have been lighter, not sure.
    MolokaiRider likes this.
  8. knife2Agunfight


    Jan 11, 2012
    So, Strider hasn't fully ceased production of their production knives?
  9. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Productions are still being made, but I don't think they are making as many as they once did under old SKI. At least from my observations-they don't send me the numbers:)
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  10. ribeyemediumrare


    Oct 5, 2018
    I understand the thinking of aluminum being inferior but consider that ar15 receivers and rails are made out of aluminum, as well as extremely durable optic bodies such as aimpoints, other firearm receiver are aluminum as well. I'm not sure how it would compare to g10 used in a knife but aluminum can be very durable if made well. My pistol suppressor baffles are also made out of aluminum.
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  11. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Best not get it wet, though.
  12. BoozeFighter


    Jul 6, 2015
    Isn’t “Aircraft Grade Aluminum” just marketing speak, like “Surgical Stainless Steel” ?
  13. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    I'm not saying aluminium isn't strong enough to make a knife out of, apparently you can make a truck out of it.
    What I'm saying is that I don't like it. I've had two aluminium knives, gotten rid of both of them. Doesn't feel right.
    I would prefer to have the weight. It fits better with my high drag, low speed MO.
  14. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Really not something I am looking for either, but I imagine the next batch will be something different. What that is I have no idea.
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  15. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Lol! I think it is a magnesium alloy that is nonreactive to water. I have seen a few knives with “magnesium” construction. Otherwise it would bring a whole new meaning to the term “hot spot” when you sweat on the handle and it burst into caustic flames.

    Lol no, aircraft grade aluminum is a specific set of alloys which are much stronger than other grades of aluminum while maintaining it’s characteristic lightness. I believe there are a few different grades of aircraft aluminum but either way it is very strong when compared to some other aluminum alloys. It’s not just a marketing term, aircraft grade actually signifies a specific alloy of aluminum unlike surgical stainless which specifies nothing other than usually a crappy knife steel.

    There are other types of aluminum alloys which give excellent properties for lightness and strength such as Duralumin which was also used in aircraft. Rockstead used to (and I think still does) have knives with handles built lf duralumin.

    If you’ve ever handled a strider (especially an smf) with two titanium scales and that titanium backspacer the thing is a friggin brick. Using an aircraft grade aluminum frontscale was likely decided upon so you could get an all metal strider without it being a friggin boat anchor.
  16. BoozeFighter


    Jul 6, 2015
    Wow , learn something new every day around here!
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  17. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Absolutely, I’ve got Rigid aluminum pipe wrenches, they’re way lighter than steel and has held up without failure. I’ve also got a trailer hitch in aluminum. I’ve pulled a mini excavator without any problems. I forget what’s it rated for.
    Aren’t wheel rims made out of aluminum??
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  18. mongomondo

    mongomondo SUPPRESSING FIRE Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    I have a bunch of Microtech knives made in aluminum and they feel plenty tough
  19. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    I don't get it either. I'm fine with my spartan pallas in aluminum for $200. At the price these are going for, in an all metal knife, I'd expect ti. Better yet, just do a well milled ti liner and a sculpted g10 scale. Still not worth $500 though.
    Of course not, even though they said they did. They can charge way more for them now. A leopard can't change its spots.
  20. stabby stabington

    stabby stabington Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 24, 2013
    @craytab, they're actually (slightly) cheaper now. The old SMF in aluminum was $500-550.

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