Best Hollow Ground Production Knives Under $250

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Baron Mind, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. Baron Mind

    Baron Mind

    Mar 30, 2018
    What's the best performing hollow ground knife you guys have used?

    I've been into Spyderco's almost exclusively for a while, and Spyderco uses a lot of flat grinds. I've been hearing that hollow grinds actually cut better on most media, so I'm looking to try one out.

    I know CRK is highly recommended, but I'm not looking to spend quite that much ATM.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Buck 110.

    Other than that, I'm more than likely going FFG.
  3. Skywalker31


    Feb 29, 2012
    The Gayle Bradley 1 and 2 folders are both hollow ground if you want to stick with Spyderco.
  4. sXePhenomenal


    Mar 8, 2018
    The first version of the AD10 was an awesome hollow ground blade. Don’t know of many others besides some Buck models. I prefer hollow grinds myself but mainly are found on traditionals so that wouldn’t be much help
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  5. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    Something Obscene Company J-Cape 3.0. Very thinly hollow ground, with a very high primary bevel in M390 (not sure of heat treat). Seems like a fantastic cutting tool so far.
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  6. onionfan


    Nov 29, 2008
    So no more hollow grind on the new ad10s?
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  7. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    If you want to try a hollow ground blade done right, try the Gayle Bradley 2. And as a bonus you get M4 steel.
    Also mentioned already, Cold Steel AD10 gen. one is a nice cutter.
    Both knives are also superbly put together.
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  8. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    Gayle Bradley 1 & 2 are a heavy duty EDC with a great grind.
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  9. bolabeenz


    Jun 23, 2012
    Gayle Bradley.
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  10. BenchCo Spydermade

    BenchCo Spydermade

    Feb 10, 2014
    I agree with some others, nowadays when I think hollowground, I think buck but they dont seem to make.many. I prefer ffg much of the time, but hollow grounds are almost getting rare and can be great. I have an older manix 2 with a "saber grind". Wish they did that more often at spyderco. Also wish my crooked river was hollow. Just sharpened a medford praetorian for someone. The part near the handle is hollow, near the tip flat. It was MUCH easier to sharpen the hollow part. I really prefer hollow grinds for all softer, less rigid materials.
  11. sXePhenomenal


    Mar 8, 2018
    Nope they switched it to a flat grind and I think raised the price. Lowered the performance and raised the price
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  12. onionfan


    Nov 29, 2008
    Thanks. I hate that. I'm a big hollow grind fan.
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  13. Banter 247

    Banter 247

    Feb 22, 2019
    RIP, WE Rectifier. For a frequent user as a cutting tool (not pry or driver), that model had outstanding cutting geometry for a modern folder. Thin stock, high hollow grind, nice and thin behind the edge.

    That should be brought back as a core model and kept in production, IMO. Given time, I think it could have become one of those ‘every knife guy seems to have one’ models.
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  14. silvaticus


    Aug 26, 2016
    My two favorite hollow ground modern folders are the Böker Haddock (Ansø design goodness!) and the BM 550 (old stock in 154CM, I think they switched over to FFG on the new ones).

    Love me a good hollow grind!
  15. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Douk-Douks. They're a full-height shallow hollow. One of my favorite grinds, 'cause it's like an even slicey-er version of a full flat grind without so much hollowing that it would cause meaningful wedging issues.
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  16. spyderg


    Sep 28, 2014
    -If you can wait for the next run, Spyderco Smock. It’s an excellent slicer.
    -Depending on how you feel about Brous, the Bionic2 and Xl are hollow ground and slicey.
  17. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    Buck does a good hollow grind on many of their knives. I've been really enjoying the sprint pro for the past few months.

    The spyderco gayle bradly has already been mentioned; I think buck's tend to be a little thinner behind the edge more commonly but the GB is pretty darn good still.

    The BM grip and mini-grip sheepsfoot were hollow ground for the sheepsfoot versions when it was still 154cm. I think they still come up regularly on the exchange.
  18. psquared


    Aug 21, 2011
    Mcusta makes some really nice hollow ground models.
  19. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    Glad I got my ad10 off the exchange here... I thought it was going to be a flat grind model, but it's a hollow and man does it cut! I almost feel like I stole it... Such a great knife!
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  20. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Spyderco Southard has a ridiculous hollow grind. It isn’t a great cutter though.

    There are hollow ground BM Griptillians too.
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