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Hinderer Firetac?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BK14, May 2, 2018.

  1. BK14

    BK14

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    Sep 13, 2016
    What does everyone think of the new model? I’ve never had a Hinderer but I like it a lot. I think my next purchase will either be that or a CRK Large Inkosi with micarta. Thoughts?
     
  2. Owen K.

    Owen K. Gold Member Gold Member

    677
    Sep 9, 2016
    unexcited. I would go CRK way before the firetac.
     
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  3. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp The Looking Edge Sharpening Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 30, 2016
    Steel Will Resident - D2/CF/TI ~$85
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    Hinderer Firetac - 20cv/G10/Ti ~$425
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    I'm underwhelmed.

    Maybe 30% better in terms of blade steel and overall build quality(guessing) for 500% the price.
     
  4. Mikel_24

    Mikel_24

    Sep 19, 2007
    That's a good looking knife T.L.E. I have the feeling you are about to cost me money! Could very well fit the role of elegant folder (for me, at least).

    Hinderer looks good as well, but doesn't look $425 good, for me, again.
     
  5. 115Italian

    115Italian

    Nov 13, 2015
    When I first saw pics of this knife I assumed Hinderer was making a smaller cheaper knife to offer. I thought maybe, based on the look, a price tag of $250.
     
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  6. shinyedges

    shinyedges 5 axis machining/wheelie riding knife guy Platinum Member

    Jun 5, 2012
    It looks like an elongated griptilian. For 400+ bucks... Nope.
     
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  7. tussery

    tussery Gold Member Gold Member

    180
    Jul 20, 2007
    The Firetac is actually one of Rick’s earliest designs and predates the XM-18.
     
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  8. mongomondo

    mongomondo SUPPRESSING FIRE

    Sep 17, 2006
    The production Firetac looks like something ZT would make for $150
     
  9. Gravy

    Gravy

    292
    Dec 16, 2014
    I have no doubt its a great knife, but it's a pretty boring design IMO, very generic. Also that G10 is pretty underwhelming for $400.
     
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  10. MattWRog

    MattWRog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    My impression of Hinderer knives business model now is making mostly basic "platforms" to accessorize with various other Hinderer farkles after the purchase of the knife. Nothing wrong that, great for the guy that likes customizing his knife but it also means more dollars after the sale. Perhaps like car dealerships that make most of their profits from parts and accessories. Quality knives and very customizable but overpriced and uninspired on many of them for me.
     
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  11. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I would have liked to see an inlay in the scale(like the originals) rather then the outline of where the inlay belongs. The scale seems the weak point of what I am sure is a great knife like his others IMO. Chances are that there will be other scale offering in time.
    I still would buy one since I like his non-flippers
     
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  12. Jordan@DLT

    [email protected] Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

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    Jul 22, 2014
    I got to play with one here at the shop and its my new favorite Hinderer model, feels really good in the hand and the action is really nice.
     
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  13. Mrgauth

    Mrgauth Gold Member Gold Member

    740
    Mar 12, 2016
    I have to echo the general sentiment. I really like it and want one but it is just not compelling enough to pay that much. At $100 less I would be looking for one but at that price I would just a bit more and get a CRK
     
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  14. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 6, 2013
    I like the look of it personally. Does it feel as well built, tight tolerances as xm series?
     
  15. BK14

    BK14

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    Sep 13, 2016
    I had heard this, I just meant newest production model :)
     
  16. Mrgauth

    Mrgauth Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 12, 2016
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    As far as those two choices, it’s ez. Inkosi all the way for me. Sitting here flipping my CF Inkosingo as I type this. Awesome, and in many ways not too different from the knife in question.
     
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  17. razor-edge-knives

    razor-edge-knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2011
    That is interesting... looks nice but it is plain. too bad Rick didn't get permission to add a wave from Erni lol

    I like CRK's but I can't get over the thumb stud... too pointy and uncomfortable for me. Although I may pick one up and switch it out :D
     
  18. ccoast36

    ccoast36 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 16, 2017
    I see this as an attempt at competing for a share of the CRK market. I do like the look of the Firetac, but that is a steep price. I would like to see a comparison between the Hinderer and a CRK in terms of fit and finish, materials, etc.
     
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  19. Mrgauth

    Mrgauth Gold Member Gold Member

    740
    Mar 12, 2016
    Totally agree with that and love the slimness, weight, blade shape. I have no doubt I will try one someday but only if a micarta one hits. Red linen micarta would be awesome.
     
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  20. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    He has had the red micarta on customs-seems like he made a batch semi recently. He likely will make these scales in the future. He seems to like selling scales. I am sure the scale will be an additional cost to the knife.
     

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