Custom Folder Recommendation

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  1. lpr3

    lpr3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 30, 2005
    Can anyone recommend some custom folders that have a thumb stud / thumb hole and bearing system? Or, just a smooth fast action. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. finaccty

    finaccty

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    Dec 27, 2019
    Andrew Demko just released the AD20 with a Shark lock a couple weeks ago. It is very smooth, fidget friendly, and incredibly strong. The customs are $825 I think and the MG(machine ground) blades are $425.

    https://www.instagram.com/demkoknives/?hl=en

    He also developed the Triad lock for the AD10, and the Scorpion lock on the AD15. You can't go wrong with any of his designs.
     
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  3. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    What's your definition of custom? I'd suggest any of Chris Reeves' folders, like my Sebbie 21.
     
  4. lpr3

    lpr3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 30, 2005
    Custom or semi custom. Was looking at CKF evolution and just looking for something similar action wise.
     
  5. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Brian Tighe, Matt Bailey, Alan Davis...
     
  6. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Enrique Pena makes some interesting knives
    & some Laconico customs may also fit your criteria
     
  7. NorthernSouthpaw

    NorthernSouthpaw Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    In the custom world all those things are quite readily available on just about any makers model.

    The real question is how much are you willing to spend?
     
  8. lpr3

    lpr3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 30, 2005
    600-1600 price range give or take.
     
  9. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Take a mosey through the makersmarket here and see if anything tickles your fancy...
     
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  10. NorthernSouthpaw

    NorthernSouthpaw Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    Guys that may have spots open who I would recommend. All are on Instagram. All do really nice work.

    Mark Roe
    Keanison knives
    Dan Koert
    Taryn Collins (Wind River Wild)
    Mark Varga
    Sean O'Hare
    Jamie Simeon
    KC Gray
    Jesse Jarosz
     
  11. lpr3

    lpr3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 30, 2005
    Will look up those guys. Thank you!
     
  12. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    I must learn what this newfangled Instagram thing is lol
     
  13. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    I just looked at an Alan Davis flipper in feather Damascus. I don't know about the OP, but you've sold me on it!
     
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  14. ShadyMethods

    ShadyMethods Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 9, 2016
    You have a lot to choose from in that range. I would trust anything from Jon Graham or Eric Ochs. They make non-flippers sometimes. Dalibor and Jason Guthrie only make non-flippers last time I checked. They're on washers but they have that smooth action you're after. Rogovets make some models with Spyderholes and bearings. I'm not the biggest Pena fan but his knives are built very well. Rod Olson if you're after a button lock. I've also had some great stuff from McNees, Gavko, Nova, Grimsmo, Kramer, Demko. The list goes on and I'm probably forgetting someone but that's what comes to mind right now. Here's a McNees Tanjun

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  15. ArchVV

    ArchVV Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2015
    What style of folder are you interested in?

    Chuck Gedraitis does very nice work priced in the middle of your range. Kirby Lambert, Matt Diskin, Andre Thorburn, Cheburkov, Patrick Doyle, and Tobin Smith are also great options to check out.
     
  16. lpr3

    lpr3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 30, 2005
    I have an old spear point from Kirby Lambert. It isn’t smooth at all unfortunately. I like his style minus the recurve blades. Currently carrying a Shirogorov F3 and like that style too. Pokey slicing blades.
     
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  17. GlockMonster30

    GlockMonster30

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    Nov 19, 2008
    Jake Hoback.
     
  18. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    The CKF Evolution looks a bit like a Homer Zhu Hero maybe?
    He makes customs at great prices.
    I've been procrastinating buying one for like a year.:(
     
  19. NorthernSouthpaw

    NorthernSouthpaw Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    You should check it out!
    ALL the cool kids are doing it..
     
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  20. NorthernSouthpaw

    NorthernSouthpaw Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    It is pretty similar. Never heard of the maker. Very nice!

    The Evolution is from Rotten Design (Jon Sorensen). Damn near impossible to get a custom from him.
    The knife actually takes a whole lot of design cues from Strider knives SnG & SMF models.
    Even though he is quite the polarizing figure here, I should mention that there are quite a few Mick Strider customs out there that may catch your fancy. Especially if you love the Evolution design
     
  21. tyyreaun

    tyyreaun Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 26, 2017
    Enrique Pena - particularly the Mula model. Also, a Jason Guthrie Scout.
     
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