Gentleman's folder advice (modern or traditional)

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

  1. arty


    Oct 18, 2003
    Once you are at $450, I would look at customs. For a less expensive alternative, check out Moki. I believe that they also make some of the Fallknivens.
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  2. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    I'm just parroting but Mnandi or Roundhead. It's a good suggestion to parrot. :D
  3. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    Ive always wanted a spyderco chaparral.
  4. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Thank you Vel! Great little knife. I kinda felt WH stuff was pocket jewelry only. I was wrong!
    Tough little knife that is super slim and slices like a pissed off demon!
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  5. smoothblades

    smoothblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2015
    i love Case knives, I just wish the steel was a little better. the toothpick is one though i have never tried.
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  6. smoothblades

    smoothblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2015
    The kiwi is interesting, I really like the bone variations they have/had.
  7. smoothblades

    smoothblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2015
    I have heard good things about the domino, but its just a bit bigger than what Im shooting for. I saw they make a Dice, that looks very similar. Have you seen this or have any experience with it?
  8. smoothblades

    smoothblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2015
    The Ohta knives look very nice and may really are drawing me in. I found a carbon fiber version that he has made and it looks great. Have you experience with his knives? how is the general fit and finish as well as the edge retention?
  9. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    I cannot speak for edge retention as I have not owned one, I don't know what steel he uses. My only experience with them is playing with them when I take knives to my Japanese style sharpener for reprofiling.

    That said these knives are SUPERB fit and finish. I don't have much experience with traditionals but from the ones I have handled the Ohtas are on another level.

    The quality is there. I liken it to the feeling of picking up a Sebenza for the first time and immediately noting the quality.
  10. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    As others have mentioned, the Ohta knives are beautiful. I have one and I feel lucky to have it...

    BUT...and here's the big BUT...if you've thought of a Mnandi, you probably won't stop thinking of one until you get one.

    I had to wear a suit tonight to the symphony and my Mnandi was a no-brainer choice. I looked at a GEC traditional and a modded Chaparral and the CRK kicked everything to the curb.

    I don't carry mine everyday but when I need a gentleman's knife, the Mnandi is the epitome of one. Spend a few $ extra and get one with Devin Thomas steel and exotic wood and you'll have an heirloom to hand down some day.

    One caveat: I'm more of a modern knife guy and prefer a clip and locking blade. If you're more of a traditional folder guy, find a limited release GEC and buy it super fast!

    Have fun and good luck!
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  11. maximus83


    Nov 7, 2011
    I haven't, but if you're looking for a bit smaller but still an elegant design, M390 steel, framelock + flipper, and bearings-based manual opening, take a look at the Lionsteel TRE folder. I can't 'recommend' as I haven't owned it, but I have laid hands on one and it is an elegant little knife, fits your specs and very lightweight.
  12. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    Its small so it sees small tasks that really do not dull the blade all that much. Theres a lot to look at on this one. Gorgeous bolsters. Brass or copper liners, not sure which.
  13. Boozoo Chavis

    Boozoo Chavis

    Oct 18, 2003
    ZT 0460 - 3.25" blade, 2.3 oz. Carbon fiber scale, titanium framelock.

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  14. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    What about that knife or the way it's presented in this image equals gentleman knife?
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  15. elnero


    Feb 25, 2017
    At that price range I personally would be looking at a Mnandi. For cheaper I'd be looking at the new Boos Blades Aero Mini.
  16. smoothblades

    smoothblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2015
    Im nearly at that point. Everything looks good but then the options become overwhelming.

    Can you recommend any makers that are similar to the Rounder that you mentioned, and within my price range?
  17. smoothblades

    smoothblades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2015
    Thank you everyone for the suggestions. Im still on the fence with the mnandi, something about it i love and something about it i just dont care for (i just wish i knew what it was). Does anyone know where to a good place to order an Ohta knife is? The only place I have really seen them is at forthenry knives, and it has me pretty interested.


    Another maker i found is Josh fisher, but I dont really know anything about him. Has anyone any experience with his work? The picture below is with damascus and is more than im looking for, but with regular steel and same checkering he quoted me $450, so in budget.

    The arcform looks nice but a bit bigger than the 3" im looking for, and i know that Chinese companies do make some very good knives (Boos knife by WE), but i am not ready to go down that path. For me mainly because all of them i have handled use the same standard plastic bearing races that Liong Mah, and CKF use (as well as Marfione on the custom sigil I had, which was a big let down).

    So as an added criteria for searching i think, either handmade, or USA made.
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  18. Durham68

    Durham68 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2015
    OP, have you looked at the Giant Mouse GM3?
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  19. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Olamic Busker

    2.25" and high quality craftsmanship?
  20. HST

    HST Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 2, 2015
    Office Carry: Mnandi with S35VN for cost and easier cleanling after use. You can use it a lifetime and pass it down when you’re done.

    I love slippies, but since the knife you’re changing from is a CRK, you’ll want another. Moreover, you can go clip-less and pocket or coat pocket carry.
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