Hinderer Knives: Overpriced, or Worth it?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Sharperthansticks, Sep 18, 2020.

Are Hinderer knives overpriced, or are they worth their sale price?

  1. Overpriced

  2. Worth it

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  1. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    "Your beloved object, is it worth the price?"

    Lol, these threads are great. As always, if someone pays it, and more than enough do, it us worth the price. If hinderers were my thing, I'd have no problem paying the price and considering it "worth it". They aren't do I don't.
  2. Mister_Punchy


    Jul 8, 2020
    I think that we had several opinions on this question, which made it interesting :)

    But I'm sure that after the nice photos that were posted, OP will shell out the bucks.
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  3. Sharperthansticks

    Sharperthansticks Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    (OP here.)

    Actually, after reading all the posts, I'm thinking that the knives are overpriced. And that weird G10 one one side and Ti on the other side really doesn't do it for me at all. (I know that some other manufactures do this mismatching, too -- sometimes with an inlay only on one side, and I really dislike it when they do it. There's at least one Kizer knife that I wanted to buy but didn't because of the mismatch of front scale and back scale, where the front scale had an inlay and the back scale did not. The mismatch of front and back really annoyed me with the Pilar, too. This is also one reason why I would like to see manufacturers move away from frame locks. It would make it easier to have both scales be of the same material.)

    Now that a fairly large number of people have voted, it seems that about 60% of voters think that the knives are worth it, and 40% think that the knives are overpriced. I fall into the 40%. I need to take some time to write up a full post about my feelings on the matter, after having read everyone's opinion and having done research, as well.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2020
  4. timberweasel

    timberweasel Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    The short answer is: no, Hinderer knives are not over-priced, or they wouldn't be able to sell any.

    A more complicated question to answer would be: are they over-priced, compared to what? Mileage varies.

    I have two RHKs and I have no regrets. They are well-built, high quality, good materials/design, made by skilled workers who get paid a decent wage.

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  5. Gideons

    Gideons Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 9, 2015
    Whether a product is overpriced or not is very subjective. One thing I didn't see besides that you collect some knives, is how do you use your knives? What conditions are you using the knives in? Are they work knives? Are you just a collector? Do you just open a few boxes with them? etc. If you could provide some insight into how you use your knives, I could provide a better opinion on whether I think Hinderer knives are overpriced or worth it for you.
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  6. Mister_Punchy


    Jul 8, 2020
    I don't want to change your mind which seems set, but I would like to point out that Hinderer makes some liner lock (some models from the skinny line) and that you can switch the G10+liner with a titanium scale to match the framelock side (which is insanely overpriced in my opinion, 200 bucks just for a titanium scale).
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  7. lex2006

    lex2006 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    I voted worth it
    I do not understand the comparison to the 0562, they are not the same. Buying one to get the feel of a Hinderer is a waste of time and money. Not the knife just the exersize in doing so.
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  8. The_Knife_Man


    May 30, 2014
    Any decent spanner tool that can be used besides the Hinderer's armorer? I hate to spend another 80 bucks on a tool that I can only use for 1 pocket knife.
  9. Ante Vukorepa

    Ante Vukorepa Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 28, 2020
    Any suitably sized split-nut or saw-nut spanner will work.
    Alternatively, you can file a split in a flat head bit or a screwdriver.
    You can also find readily made split-nut spanners in some bit kits (usually ones that contain weird stuff like tri-lobes, pentalobes etc.).
  10. Kmikaz3

    Kmikaz3 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 28, 2019
    It only takes 2 pennies occasionally even one. I owned the armorer tool and it is much more harder to undone the screw without leverage.

    edit: misread.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2020
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  11. ferider

    ferider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2018

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  12. ferider

    ferider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2018
    If you like larger knives, might want to check the Fulltrack. My first Hinderer, and favorite knife stiil. Relatively good cutter too, for a Hinderer that is.
  13. The_Knife_Man


    May 30, 2014
    Awesome man, I appreciate it!
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  14. Gilbert G

    Gilbert G

    Oct 3, 2019
    I remember when Hinderer's were a rare thing on the exchange and if they weren't you were lucky to find one under $500. This was way before the new Tri-way pivot system. I can't speak on those as haven't tried but can only assume they make the knife even better. This tells you something though as a fellow knife collector on here once said in regard to CRK's and Striders - "you think they are nice (ergonomic), wait till you try a Hinderer." Well like most novice knife hobbyists I was skeptical but took the plunge and forked over the dough for a 3" xm-18. It arrived and oh boy did it live up to the hype. It was a user so I used and enjoyed for a good while and then financial situations hit and had to part with it. Years later got back into the hobby and had many a knives since. Yet never forgot about the xm-18. When things looked on the up and up, the Hinderer was the 1st knife on my "gotta have" list. Once again luck struck and scored another user Gen 1-3. There it was, the holy grail. My life was complete. .....Of course we all know this can hardly ever be true so as time went on I pimped it the way I wanted, used it, loved it, but the draw for fast flipping bearing knives was calling. I thought "hmm if only I could find another knife in this same size and range with incredible smooth flipping then I'd part with the less extravagant xm-18." So the search was on and behold a McGinnis Proline mini Exo popped up one day on the doorstep. Holy smokes is this thing incredible. Hands down the most enjoyable, smooth (and USA made too) flipper of a lifetime. Even beat the Shirogorov IMO. Pretty much the exact same size, less hardware, and more cutting edge! I was set and sure to flip and move on from the xm-18. A couple times it almost happened even and nearly marked SOLD next to the listing. Fate would have it differently (and thank G-d). Still more knives came and went in the collection everything from super cheap to up to $500 ones with a good amount of focus on ergonomics. More time passed and not using the Hinderer. Then a few days picked up the old xm-18 for fun and put it to use. My gosh does it perform. Even after all glitz and glam and fancy locks or other features, there's nothing like the feeling of a Hinderer. Not just when you hold it but when you use it - that's the kicker. Somewhere I read it was even designed this way and to describe cutting with it is like using the least amount of bodily energy to achieve the most amount of cutting effectiveness. No other knife have I tried that feels like it was designed for the human hand so well and becomes a part of you.

    I case you haven't deduced, my vote is Yes. In fact if I could only keep 2 knives in the whole collection to own and use forever the Hinderer would be 1 for sure. It's built freakin strong, great steels, sweet upgrade options, comes in different shapes n' sizes, Made in the USA, and has been proven in the field. It may not flip worth a darn (with exception to the new Tri-ways) but nothing feels like it in hand. What I like to call near the most perfect balance between aesthetics and attractiveness and downright performance in a folding knife.

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  15. tgtodd


    Dec 19, 2015
    I use 2 pennies.

    My two cents...
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  16. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    As I read through this thread I realize the question is hard to answer since there is not « one » Hinderer but many variant

    ZT has proposed alternatives to some models/configuration with similar materials and lesser prices, but most models have no equivalent

    Something unique to Hinderer is the variety it provide: blade shapes, blade and handle thickness, Scales colors and materials, finishes, spare parts...

    i haven’t found that in other manufacturers.
    If you are not into that it clearly remove some value to the product
    But if you like options it really contributes to make RH knives more worthy

    i had a 0562cf and sold it, I have now 3 xm-18 3.5
    I have a 0393 that I like but it is clearly not in the same league as the Eklipse

    RHK are at premium price, they are not cheap and not everyone need/shall/can afford to get one but in their market segment IMO they are worth it
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