Disliked knife brands?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by _glitch, Feb 28, 2017.

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  1. _glitch


    Jan 5, 2017
    So i was thinking, is there brands out there that's generally disliked by the knife community?

    We all have our bias and i have had plenty of these kind of discussions in the IT community.
    I am new at collecting and EDC knifes, so i am just curious to hear what you guys have to say.
  2. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Cutco, CRKT are the two that come to mind.
  3. kaozer


    Apr 22, 2016
    Any company who makes clones is usually quite hated around here.

    As for IT field i know what you mean, i was called an intel fanboy because my main rig has an intel cpu :confused:
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  4. Blind Donkey

    Blind Donkey

    Feb 28, 2017
    I'm new here so it might be taboo to even mention frost cutlery, but I recently purchased one of their bulk deals. The folding knives that came in that set were the cheapest things I have ever seen. I literally couldn't have even imagined how light and cheap the handles on these things were going to be. I would be afraid that the thing would snap in my hand if i put even gentle pressure on it. Luckily I was able to get my money back plus some by selling the swords and bowie knives that came in the set.
  5. GermanyChris


    Feb 18, 2015
    I'm going all red I have a Crosshair VI Hero and 1700x on order to replace my Gaming 5 and 5675c. When Vega drops I'll give my 480 to my kid and pick up the lower end of that.


    Not a Strider fan
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  6. needler420


    Apr 29, 2011
    Benchmade. Worst customer service and warranty process I ever went through. Since then it has become a brand I avoid.

    I have taken interest in cold steel lately. At least I know what to expect.
  7. marcinek

    marcinek Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    This won't end well. :)

    But, let's go with Quartermaster (or however they "spell" it).
  8. spykez


    Feb 13, 2017
    I really dislike those made-in-China blades that have a rat tail tang spot welded on. On the other hand, some made-in-China blades are quite good value.

    I think one just needs to do a bit of homework first to pick the diamonds from the rough.

    Ok, I was talking China here, so maybe Cubic Zirconium from the rough may be more apt.
  9. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    clones/cloners - Ganzo, aliexpress, dhgate etc. people sell them as the real thing and rip people off. steel is always whatever they have laying around regardless of what they say. poor quality usually. use other designs to sell there stuff.

    crkt - bad quality and gimmicks

    boker - bad quality

    SOG - junk

    Gerber - junk

    Bark River - Amazing looking knives - grinding that affects the heat treat (look up cliff stamp)

    quartermaster- lies bad quality made in China but they print USA made on it and lots more issues

    Mantis - same junk as quartermaster but bottom of barrel quality and marketing lies

    benchmade - due to poor fit and finish at high prices

    cold steel - bad warranty and often break despite there heavy use marketing lies to sell the knives.

    Medford - a prybar made by someone who doesnt use knives

    Strider - the knife blade is actually really well built and put through paces, but its not pocket friendly and lets not forget stolen vaylor

    Microtech - stolen several knife designs, makes them "art" and has bad warranty

    Brous - i like some designs that are legit, but he has cloned designs also.

    Ken Onion Design - recurves - its like they are almost all re-curves, i hate sharpening recurves. the other half are made in china at low quality from various manufactures. (not all are hated tho)

    probably a few more. most anything made in China at low quality. (I like high quality original designed Chinese made knives tho)
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  10. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    My friend here is right.

    I dislike ANY company that makes clones, Cold Steel.......
  11. 353

    353 Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 20, 2015

    I think it stands for Ztabby-Tactical or something like that.

    I just can't stand the looks them, how they have managed to make all those models and no good looking ones is an achievement in itself.
  12. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    There are probably no universally disliked knife brands. If such a thing were possible, it would only last for a brief while, then the company would go out of business and we would be back to the original statement.

    So for every brand that some people dislike, there will be some number (perhaps even a significant majority) of people who like that same brand. Even blatant cloners, who are generally despised around here, have their ardent fans. Though they usually get run out of town if they try to talk about it.

    I don't have a brand that I have personal experience with that I dislike. I like some more than others but none fall to the level of dislike.
  13. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    The closest brand to being universally disliked is probably Quartermaster, for the unique blend of scuzzy ownership, deceptive advertising, goofy designs, and dumb naming. They're the new Dark Ops.

    Cold Steel and Strider both have a lot of detractors on this forum, but also a fair number of fans, and even among the detractors, you'd have a hard time finding someone who thought that Cold Steel didn't at least have a few good models or that Strider knives aren't good even if their basic design philosophy doesn't float your boat.

    CRKT is honestly a niche brand on this forum- I'd call them and Kershaw the top-of-the-line box-store blister-pack specialists. They're knives for people who don't want to carry a gas station bulk pack special but aren't actually 'into' knives. You see a lot of that from soldiers, cops, or outdoorsmen who are users of knives but not necessarily hobbyists like the people here.

    I respect both brands for what they are. I doubt I'd ever buy any more of them, though.
  14. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Strider - due to Mick Strider being a worthless sack of dishonorable crap (with bonus lock rock, terrible CS communication and timeliness, etc.)

    Microtech - maker of the ZT 0777, er, Matrix (idiotic triangle screws for bonus points)

    Brous - design thief extraordinaire

    MKT - makes silly sharpened bricks that are supposed to be ultra-tough, then warns that if you maintain them in any way--including using a lubricant--they will self-destruct (bonus: Greg Medford probably has an IQ lower than the temperature of the room you're sitting in right now)

    Quartermaster/QuarterMantis/QTRMTR - Lies about the provenance of their knives, their factory, their security, having a museum--scratch that, lies about everything (bonus: steals designs)
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  15. gusnuts

    gusnuts Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 7, 2015
    Boker and SOG for me
  16. hudak

    hudak Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    Benchmade and ZT for forcing dealers to all charge the same price.
    Bark River for selling expensive knives with burned edges.
    Microtech for terrible service and refusing to sell replacement springs and bits for their proprietary fasteners.
    Quartermaster for dork ops inspired designs and lying about made in USA.
    Strider because Mick Strider (not his real name) lied about being a combat veteran and used that lie to create an aura of special forces awesomeness around knives that had poor quality control and ridiculously thick edges that didn't cut.
    There are also a plethora of custom makers who are terrible human beings as well.
  17. Eliteone2383


    Jun 26, 2015
    Cold steel because I find them to be obnoxious.
  18. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    I am sure Benchmade is thrilled you are avoiding them........and I don't blame them.

    Any company making clones.
    CRKT......horrible builds of great designs.
    Quarterwhatever.....lying thieves.
    Boker.....see CRKT above.
  19. 15mtyler

    15mtyler Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Quartermaster, crkt, kershaw, boker plus, Gerber, and pretty much any chinese knife. I stick to american made, with a few exceptions (enzo, lionsteel)
  20. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I can't believe we made it this far without anyone bringing up Mantis.
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