Gentleman's folder advice (modern or traditional)

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by smoothblades, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Check these out. They were at my local Japanese knife sharpener's today.
  2. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    Ohta is a great suggestion. (and Lapedog, if you'll tell me where they're at I'll buy a couple of those Ohta's.)

    William Henry would be good too.
  3. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    I am not allowed to advertise a vendor that isn't a paying member of the site. Also they are in Canada and so I imagine shipping will be expensive. They were quite pricey as is.
  4. JupiterPaladin

    JupiterPaladin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 4, 2016
    I'll have to join those suggesting the Lionsteel Euro-Barlow in M390 or a GEC in about any pattern. Doesn't get any more classy gentleman than those IMO.
  5. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    You can just send him a PM or e mail brother.

  6. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Maybe take another look at WH.
    This one is a manual button lock that’s as smooth as oiled glass in ZDP.
    Not fragile in any way. This model comes in a couple different variations and it is killer!!
    Good luck!

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  7. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    I don't have private messages but if you are interested in the Ohtas write your email on my profile wall and I will point you towards them.
  8. Deltadag


    Nov 16, 2002
    I tend to favor longer blades, but can offer you two suggestions based upon personal ownership:

    1. Rike Knife Thor4s titanium integral frame lock flipper. There are various solid handle colors (and color combinations) offered and you also have a choice between a satin Bohler M390 blade or one of Damasteel Damascus. Blade length is 2.4" and weight is just 2.1 ounces. Price range is between $300 to $450 USD.

    2. WE 605 titanium frame lock flipper. Various solid handle colors are available (purple is nice) and the 3.0" CPM-S35VN drop point blade comes in variations of black PVD and (not or) satin; the satin flats with black blade grinds is my personal favorite. Weight is 4.0 ounces and all variants are $242 USD.

    My single samples of both knives exhibit excellent craftsmanship and flawless flipping action. And, it may or may not prove to be important to you, but both also tend to elicit the admiration of non-knife people, mostly attributable to the handle colors I chose, and in the case of the WE 605A, the bold two-tone and stylishly ground blade.
  9. GermanyChris


    Feb 18, 2015
    @$450 you should be able to get a custom slip joint if that's what you're looking for.
  10. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    That's awesome, Joe.
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  11. notwen

    notwen Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2017
    Replaced my Benchmade 707 with the Arcform Slimfoot. For myself at least it qualifies as a "modern gentleman folder."

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  12. pyreaux

    pyreaux Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2015
    Wood inlay small sebenza is a damn investment dressier folder with easier one hand operation than the Mnandi.
  13. Goose 7279

    Goose 7279 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2015
    Here is a ton of my favorite pattern of traditional. The 77 northfield barlow and you would be able to buy a couple of them in your price range. By far the most aestheticly pleasing knife by my old eyes. But barlows in general are my favorite gentlemans knife. I have included a few different brands as well but all some of my favorites including gec,queen, robeson etc.









  14. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    What about Kansei Matsuno?
    Unique and modern gentleman's knives to me.
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  15. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Another vote for a custom knife maker here at BFs. Tobinsmith, Khall, Bailey, and many others are in your price range. If you don't see something that meets your specs, feel free to contact them to change the blade steel and/or handle material.
  16. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    I’d recommend Mcusta. Mine is pretty much perfect:

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  17. katanas


    Jan 6, 2012
    Mcusta knives are great, classy, very sharp out of the box and excellent F&F. :thumbsup: For something different, you should check out Chambriard; superb F&F, semi-custom (in that the file work is done differently by each craftsman), excellent selection. :cool:
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  18. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Ooh, just had a look. Very nice indeed.
  19. SV-97


    Aug 18, 2016
    If you want to go a bit cheaper and don't mind some modifying: Böker Plus Urban Trapper, very light, great action and a great canvas for mods
    Also the Fox/Bastinelli Dragotacs, best friction folders there are imo

    And of course GEC, most of them but I'd in particular mention 66,13 and 48
  20. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    In the $450 range was why I picked what I picked, there are just so many colours in the rainbow...(quote from Harry Chapin song ;) ) that the OP could easily choose from such a wide variety but that leads to what I call "Paralysis of Analysis " and you end up not being able to chose at all.

    Slightly above that $450 I myself would LOVE to get one of mr Halfrich's Rounder folders, simply an amazing design and execution....just out of my reach :)

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