BF2020 Knife from Maniago Poll

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by knifeswapper, Jul 20, 2020.

Frame / Blade Options

Poll closed Jul 23, 2020.
  1. Barlow (Clip, Spear, Sheepfoot) 3 3/4"

    109 vote(s)
  2. Swayback Wharncliffe 3 5/8"

    117 vote(s)
  3. Sowbelly Clip 4"

    68 vote(s)
  4. Bolus (Clip, Spear, Drop Point) 3 13/16"

    27 vote(s)
  5. Swinguard Spear 4"

    28 vote(s)
  6. Gunstock Clip 3 1/2"

    64 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
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  1. knifeswapper

    knifeswapper Knife Peddler Dealer / Materials Provider

    Sep 3, 2004
    Not wanting to offend anyone harboring very strict and eternal definitions of a Traditional Folder; I would like to gauge the interest in Modern Traditional from Maniago Italy. There are several exceptional makers there that I have worked with in the past and have ongoing projects. Although much like GEC from last year; we are now in July and anything I can offer will be a variant of an already scheduled run. But I don't foresee a custom etch being a problem.

    Also, I don't foresee there being any problems on the factory side - but that is always a possibility. So, my offer is to do my best. Also, the price will be over $100; but I do expect that I could make it happen for less that $120. Finally, they will not produce a run of less than 300pcs - so that is a magic number in this equation.

    So, let's just start at the very basic of details. The frame / blade combination that seem possible at this stage. The Barlow and Bolus are the only two that we could have a secondary vote for blade; so I left them one choice.

    If there is an obvious winner I can talk to the corresponding factory and gather details for future polls (if needed). Otherwise, things will need to become a bit more official to move forward than just me taking notes.

    Disclaimer: We are not deciding that this is the way we go here. Just gathering information so that I can offer an option. So please don't get aggravated if this is not the direction you wish to go.

    Each person can cast 2 votes, but your first two choices stick. Poll closes in 3 days.
  2. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    Mike, I just want to say thank you. I appreciate the hard work you are putting in, and the hard work every one else has put in in the past to get us these nice things. That being said, I kept mine simple. Single clip :D No surprise there :rolleyes:
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  3. sbh06

    sbh06 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2015
    Echoing the sentiments above. This is not a small undertaking and I am appreciative that you are willing to take it on.
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  4. JupiterPaladin


    May 4, 2016
    I'd say a single blade clip as well ;)
  5. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Very generous Mike.
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  6. Colt_Chad

    Colt_Chad Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 16, 2020
    Thank you for putting this together! I would want a single blade barlow with either a clip or sheepfoot. :)

    Edit: The swayback is pretty awesome too!
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2020
  7. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    This is very exciting news.
    Thanks for stepping up, Mike.
    Myself (and hopefully others) will/should refrain from the usual traditional/non-traditional arguments.
    I think we should just be happy to get this train out of the station and rolling again. :cool::thumbsup:
  8. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    I'm going to stick this thread to keep it visible, although I doubt it'll disappear anytime soon.
    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to have a knife this year, Mike.
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  9. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    My only strong preference is for a single-blade.

    This has really cheered me up :cool::thumbsup:
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  10. Pàdruig

    Pàdruig Live and Let Die Platinum Member

    Dec 1, 2016
    Thank you, Mike, for stepping up like this - it can be a seemingly thankless role that is rife with frustrations. That said, at this point in time, where everything seems uncertain, this is a breath of fresh air.

    I've been very, very happy with my Italian made knives and I think they would make for a superb forum offering. I expect some rather titillating conversation in the near future...

    For my part, one cannot go wrong with any of the choices but my vote goes to either the Swayback (an absolute favorite of mine) or the Sowbelly.
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  11. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Thank you so much for even considering this, Mike! Not taking anything for granted, but just the prospect of a 2020 forum knife -- in stainless! -- has made my morning. :)
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  12. CelloDan

    CelloDan Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Thank you so much Mike for your efforts. :thumbsup:
  13. sf fanatic

    sf fanatic Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 4, 2017
    Thanks Mike, I’m sure whatever is chosen will be cool!
  14. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Thanks Mike.
  15. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    I don't need another Barlow or Swayback but many of the other options are interesting.
  16. GE Jr

    GE Jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 29, 2015
    Pitched my tents in the Sowbelly and Bolus camps. I like clips...but that drop point Bolus looks nice also.
    Thanks Mike!
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  17. btb01

    btb01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2008
    This thread needs some photos! ;)

    I think I’ve got correct representations of four of the six options (photos borrowed from CK). Mike might have to help with examples of the swing guard and gunstock. (Also, Mike, if any of these are not correct for the options being voted on, let me know!) :thumbsup:



    Swayback Wharncliffe:





  18. Haegar


    Apr 28, 2020
    Mike you efforts are very much appreciated. I hope you can find a solution for international customers.:thumbsup:
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  19. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Thanks, Mike. :):thumbsup:
    (By the way, I voted barlow and gunstock clip.)
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2020
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  20. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    I voted Swayback or Sowbelly also. :D
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