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Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Baron Mind, Jul 31, 2019.
Gayle Bradley 1 if you can find it. It’s miles ahead from the GB2 imo.
I'd also point out, that in the $250 price range, lurk in the custom makers for sale and individual customs for sale forums here.
You can find real deals on customs solidly below that price range.
Yup, where it falls down is not an issue with the hollow grind, though. I love the Southard, but too thick is too thick and it definitely suffers from tacticool bulk getting in the way of performance at times.
@OP this thing is hollow ground and I'm loving it so far, it's much thinner and lighter than I expected, but it's feels really strong in hand at the same time:
Buck vantage has a thin hollow grind. Are they still producing them?
The Buck 110 gets my vote. Thats my favorite hollow ground knife probably, theyre just great.
Boker Exskelibur is a hollow grind at around $140+. I will hold on to my GB1. I find more and more I like the hollow grind because of cutting ability.
Second on Boker Exskelibur I.
Great great slicer.
The construction and F&F can be a lot better for the price, though.
Regarding sliceyness, Case Sod Buster Jr. is hard to beat in production knives.
G10 chaves ultramar redencion if you can find one, or a used one in any other handle configuration
I’m quite happy with Spyderco’s Bradley folders.
What Banter said is so totally true. The Rectifier is such a useful blade. Also check out the Massdrop/Ferrum Forge Gent manufactured by We. Its a saber grind, but everything about this knife is amazing (including the sometimes criticized clip), the blade is a cutting machine, and it is $100. I'm always blown away by it.
You'll have to look on the secondary market for this one.
Spyderco Manix2 4V steel, hollow ground, carbon fiber scales.
Bucks are hollow ground. For $250 you can either go fancy steel and exotic handle. Or in standard configuration 4 different models to cover all the bases.
^^^ This. Hollow grinds are great done right. I slice an apple every day in break room at lunch with the rest of the staff, and they were shocked at how effortlessly my Medford Praetorian T push cut thru a Granny Smith. While it's obviously well above the OP's price point, it really is a great cutter, despite the looks of the blade.
IMHO any Buck is a good slicer.
They hold an edge and are easy to touchup if needed.
A thick wedge like that wil cut the apple, but also will break it as it cuts because a crisp apple is rigid the lateral pushing will push too far. Not saying it couldnt be hollow ground, but youd definitely want thinner stock. I prefer a wide flat for that type of rigid cutting material as not to crack it all apart. Next time you have a chance, cut a 1/4 inch slice with a chef knife, then the medford. You will see the medford creates cracks and "fault lines" as is cracks the apple. The flat thin blade will make a smooth glassy cut as you would want.
The Kizer Ursa Minor has a nice deep hollow grind that slices really well, great ergos too.
As I said in the post you quoted, I do this daily with whatever knife is in my pocket. And I also do it at home with a 10" chef's knife that is very thin, so I know very well what you are saying. And I am telling you that this Praetorian did a better job than many of the thin slicer's you all are familiar with. Of course the chef's knife was better at it, but it really was a surprise to me how well the Medford did.
While I used to think I would never prefer the GB2 over the GB1, it just carries so much better.
What, in your opinion, makes it miles ahead? Not disagreeing just interested.