Do you have any dealbreakers?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Smiling, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    As simple as it is, do you have any dealbreakers when it comes to buying a knife, and what are they?
    "No full tang"
    "Double edge blade"
    "Non stainless steel"
    "Scandi grind"

    For me it is:
    1. No guard or finger choil
    2. Mystery steels, especially "Surgical stainless steel"
    3. Anything 440 or 420...
    4. Really thin blade

    I personally don't think I'm too picky, but I might be wrong, I'll only know after I hear from you :D
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  2. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    Tip down only.
    Owen K. and Deinos like this.
  3. theallix

    theallix Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    Chisel grinds
  4. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    metal handles
  5. spoonrobot


    May 1, 2004
    Titanium liner locks
  6. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Recurve blades. Half serated blades.
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  7. SteelPanther


    Nov 9, 2019
    these days...
    liner locks
  8. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Sheep's foot blades with belly
    Scandi grinds
    Super steels
    Overly thick blades
    Colors I don't like
    Serrated blades
    Made in China
    Made in Taiwan
    Made in Pakistan
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2020
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  9. cnm123

    cnm123 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    Chisel grind
    Tanto *** but the new bailout might change this one***
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  10. Accelerator

    Accelerator Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 16, 2010
    Chinese made
    Chisel grinds
    Tip down only
    overly thick behind the edge
  11. Halfneck


    Jun 30, 2005
    Bad ergonomics
    Thick blades
    Lee D likes this.
  12. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Off Centered • Half serrated blades • Recurve • 1/2 stops • Full Ti

  13. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    Spyderco-thin blades, although my Boker Slack is ground very thin. I admit to rationalizing a bit, here.
    The Spyderco thumb ramp bothers me, but thumb ramps in general are getting less appealing as time goes on.
    Poorly-placed thumb studs. I don't fault manufacturers for this, because the population has such a wide variety of hand sizes.
  14. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    • Recurves
    • Combo edges
    • Assisted openers
    • Clones
    • Most American tanto shapes
    • Tolerances not tight enough
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  15. Megawatt308


    Dec 15, 2013
    Expense. If it’s too expensive that is a deal killer faster than anything else.
    DocJD, DB_Cruiser, Korean Hog and 5 others like this.
  16. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    Only 3.75” blade length or bigger
    4.5oz or heavier
    Any form of tanto blade
    Tip down only
  17. wroughndt

    wroughndt Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    Coated blades on folders (DLC is the one exception)

    poor/cheap sheaths on fixed blades
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  18. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    When someone insists on using PayPal F.F., I’ll pass on one every time. The other pass on no matter how much I want the knife is flippers that ask too much, but that’s just me. I do see some willing to pay the stupidly high price.
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  19. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Coated blades
    Recurve blades
    Very thick blades
    Mother of Pearl, stag, bone or similar scales
    420, 440 ,AUS or VG steel
    Chisel grinds
    Poor craftsmanship
  20. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I can’t say any of these are truly deal breakers 100% of the time:

    Assisted opening
    Nail nicks
    Metal scales
    Combo edges
    Overseas production
    Alphabet steel
    Poor heat treatment
    Chisel grinds
    Black finish on blades

    Just most of the time.
    I own(or have owned) at least one of each of the above. I am avoiding buying more.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2020
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