Foster Knives

ARtsig1

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Anyone have one of these? They are making a Lake folder and one that has 1911 grips. It is the 1911 gripped one I am interested in seeing if anyone has one. They come in a black body and in a hard chromed version. Looks like a pretty neat knife but it is a new one so............... Here's a web site, www.fosterknives.com
 
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The website is sadly out-of-date, with information like this, "FOSTER Knives will be available in May of 2004." That was six months ago...

The Lake Classic is very interesting. But I'd want to see one in real life before buying.
-Bob
 

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They're made by Warne, a company that has a long history of making high quality scope rings. Not exactly complimenting products but if the quality of the knives is anything like their rings and mounts they should be up there with other high end manufacturers.

Unfortunately I won't own one of their folders until they ditch the stupid LAWKS and commit to making a knife that doesn't need a crutch.

The Fears Survival Knife" looks promising though, as does the Weishuhn Hunter.
 
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Greetings Everyone.

I hope it's not taboo to reply on a forum as a manufacturer. If it is, please forgive me.

Just wanted to add a quick update.

1911 Folders and Weishuhn Hunters are currently shipping. Lake Folders should be shipping this next week. Fears knives will ship as soon as the sheaths are complete. Unfortunately we don't have a firm ETA on that.

The LAWKS is one of the "love it" or "hate it" deals... If it's not your thing, I certainly understand.

At this time all of our linerlocks will most likely have the Lake Walker Safety Lock. However, we may look other other locking systems in the future, which will of course not feature the safety.

Sorry for the out of date website. That should be completely updated this coming week.

Thank you all for your interest.

Best Regards,

FOSTER Knives.
 

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FOSTER Knives said:
Greetings Everyone....

Hey, nice to see you here. It's always nice to have manufacturers represented on the forums, if you check with Admin you may be able to arrange for your own forum.

Good luck with the knives!
 
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I have a Foster fixed blade, the Weishuhn Hunter - Expedition Grade. The fit and finish IMHO are not up to most other knives at this price point. The blade grinds are uniform and sharp. But the thumb notches on the choil and blade top are not machined square and crisp, their slots exhibit a slight taper side to side.

The finishing on the micarta scales is rather rough, not lining up flush, or evenly with the tang. The handle corners could be radiused a bit more for my tastes. The thick micarta scales contribute to a definite handle heavy bias.

It is a solid feeling knife with a satisfying heft and hand filling handle.

The sheath, although nicely formed and executed is of rather"light" leather (6-7 oz.??, 2.25-2.5 mm thick). A wax bath added to it's sense of security.

Overall I'm satisfied with the knife and am glad to see a new player enter the market place.
 
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Thank you dullone. We appreciate the input.

As we move forward we will always seek continual improvement.

If the micarta is off, you are certainly welcome to send it in.

FOSTER Knives
P.O. Box 6088
Portland, OR 97228-6088

Thank you for the kind remarks as well.

Best Regards,

FOSTER Knives
 

ARtsig1

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I'm glad to see you folks here also. I really like the profile on the 1911 folder and hope to be able to handle one soon. So, WELCOME!! :D :D :D
 
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It's always good to see a new manufacturer come along. Welcome to the forums. :)

Paul
 
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I received a 1911 folder in the nickel finish for Christmas (told my wife I was buying it for myself). The word that comes to mind when I look at and hold this knife is, “substantial”. From the width of the blade, to the thickness of the titanium liner, to the way the scales feel in the hand. This is a large knife and is perfect for the sportsman/hunter/shooter market that it is targeted for. This thing is built like a tank and is by no means a “gentleman’s pocket folder”. Although the fit and finish are good, it is no William Henry and should not be compared to one. The blade on mine came “hair shaving sharp” out of the box. It is perfectly centered between the aluminum handles. Once broken in, opening and closing the blade, which rides on bronze bushings, is very smooth. I know the LAWKS is a touchy subject, however the lock up on this one is good enough and the titanium liner thick enough, that I would trust the lock alone without the LAWKS. But the LAWKS is there and implemented well so I would be a fool not to use it. The double-diamond cocobolo grips are what sold me on this knife. The grips are checkered and finished as good as on most 1911’s I’ve handled. One thing I would like to see is if I can get a pair of grips to match the ones on my Para-Companion or have the ones on the knife stained to match the ones on my Para.
 
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I may be wrong, but I thought I read that he was at Gerber for 7 years as a product or design head. His material looks good to me and I hope to try out one of those folders sooner rather than later. Need a good folder.

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Thanks Knivesnsuch for the high marks and to everyone else for input.

I was not in charge of knife design for the entire 7 years I was at Gerber. To let that stand would take credit away from some great folks, including Doug Hutchens, who was the marketing manager and had a tremendous amount to do with the knives will I was there and long before that. He is currently the Marketing Manager at Lone Wolf Knives, and one of my good friends.

The last postion I held at Gerber was Product Manager-Knives. Before that I served in various capacities in the marketing deptartment, and was the resident hunter/shooter in the office. This led to often being asked for design input before finally becoming product manager.

Hope this answers some questions.

Best,

Matt Foster
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Hi Matt,

Is there any way of obtaining a set of scales for my 1911 folder to match the ones on the gun in this picture?

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That was a great article that Dexter wrote up in Blade Magazine. I would like to have seen some more shots of the 1911 folder though. Can you post up some pics?
 
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Artsig1, I'll try and post using the method I've used on a gun related forum...hopefully it will work. If not, check out the website at www.fosterknives.com

Knivesnsuch, in what way do you want the grips to match? Color? The cocobolo will have a tendancy to darken a little bit with use, age and exposure to sunlight. The grips on your 1911 Folder will most likely end up looking like your Para Companion (nice gun by the way).

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Thanks for clearing that up Matt. At least I had the Gerber part right.

Cerberus
 
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No worries Cerberus. You got it mostly right.

Artsig1 asked for a photo or two. Here's a 1911 Folder we'll be introducing at SHOT show in a week or so.

Best regards everyone.

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ARtsig1

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Love it! Is that DLC'ed? Whats the handle material? I'm getting more and more turned on with the 1911 folder. How soon will the "Tactical" model be released for sale, and which dealers will get them first??
 
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