Knife that didn’t live up to the hype.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Cloudstrife, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. scottyj


    Jan 29, 2009
    Maybe, but The Randall Model 14 that I got from an authorized dealer is a sad/poor example of a hand made knife. Like an apprentice, or a student made it. There are other makers of hand made knives out there that are stunning in quality and craftsmanship. I'm actually embarrassed to show it off to my friends/family because of the poor quality. When you buy a Randall sadly you are just buying a name.
  2. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    So, like a normal Busse then. Ah.
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  3. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Buck 110
  4. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    I had to reflect on this subject for a while before replying.

    As an avid reader of this forum and others with regard to cutlery, I have not experienced too much in the way of knives that showed me something that I didn't already expect or know might be a foible.

    That said, I will go with the Strider SNG - while not a bad knife, it really didn't seem like a great knife, and that is what the hyperbole might lead you to believe.

    It was well centered and had smooth action, but it was blocky and not comfortable in my hand. It had good blade steel (XHP) but didn't endear itself to me, and thus was sold out of my collection.


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  5. Hurrul

    Hurrul Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2017
    Too true.

    I tried some Busse models, too. While none of them had the primary grind alignment issues, none of them had serviceable edges for what I would need them for. Granted, they might have been great for splitting rocks or turning a car body into scrap and what not, my overall experience was an education for me as to how a manufacturer could sell a knife with out a working edge (or a sheath) and claim it was a finished product. If this had been a single occurance, fine. But, this inconsistent edge finishing was consistent through out my experience with these two brands so as to make it appear as an acceptable practice of their quality control.

    While I knew I was purchasing a blade with out a sheath, it grated on me a bit after the above circumstances. I tried one more Swamprat (Rodent Solution) and while the primary grinds were aligned, it was not a cutting tool until I reground the edge bevels.

    Somehow, the Scrapyard Rodent 3 and 7 I purchased had even, serviceable edges.....out of the same manufacturing facility.

    Go figure.
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  6. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Emerson has already caught a lot of heat here, so I'll just say a company that rhymes with Shmemerson.

    Part of it was my fault. In my teens I had a mentor/friend/martial arts instructor that carried an Emerson Combat Karambit and it was The Coolest Thing I Had Ever Seen, so of course I saved my pennies and picked up a CQC-8. Great ergonomics, fantastic blade shape, wave worked wonderfully, grinds were on point and stonewash was just dead on gorgeous. Nobody mentions it, but I think the do the best stonewash finish in the the industry.

    Unfortunately, the lock stuck so bad you needed something to help leverage it over to get it to close, the scales were lopsided, the pivot screw backed entirely out within a week of use and it had extremely gritty action. I was legitimately crushed. A couple more times I gave them a try thinking I had gotten a lemon and neither one was as bad, but they certainly weren't good, so I gave up on them entirely.
  7. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    IMO, it was the BM Bugout.
  8. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    The Bk9 was one for me. Great knife but it just didn't fit me quite right and I find I gravitate to either slightly smaller (7-8") or a lot bigger (12-14"). It was good, just not as impressive as the very high hopes I had for it. I think the Becker handle just isn't for me after trying a few now. The tweeners, 100% good to go.
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  9. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    Emerson was the first to come to mind. I carried the original Benchmade version of the CQC for years and loved it. When I lost it I was absolutely overjoyed to find out Emerson had started making production versions...what a hunk of crap those turned out to be. I tired 7 or 8 from 2010 - 2015 and everyone was worse then the one before.
    Also Hinderer just was a disappointing experience for me but that wasn’t the knifes fault. Amazing quality just didn’t fit my hand well and I’ve found I’m not a flipper kinda guy.
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  10. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Well, I mean, you have not stopped talking about your Mini Tuff Lite, so I'm not sure you're someone who should be attempting to infer that the personal experiences of others are somehow invalid. Furthermore, people are posting literally all the time right here on this Forum about issues with fit, finish, poor design choices, and other issues with the knives they buy. I know, I know, it's crazy, right?
  11. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I could never see the use of the BK-9 in my world. I know it's a good knife. The handle is too fat for my hands unless I'm chopping and that goes for the BK-7 as well in terms of the handle. I do like the BK-7, but I hesitate to ever carry it in the woods. It just isn't "me". For chopping, I want something bigger than a 9" blade unless I'm just making do.
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  12. Garrett Ferrell

    Garrett Ferrell

    Oct 5, 2019
    I didn’t like the BK-2 either...the blade is too thick for its length IMO
  13. Danny Dossett Jr.

    Danny Dossett Jr. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2020
    I got a buck knife one year for Christmas and it was a big disappointment after using it.
  14. bobobama


    Jan 15, 2017
    Emerson- I was so disappointed given the hype about how crappy they are. I bought one thinking that all the naysayers would be correct, and it turns out to be one of my favorites knives!

    Sooooo disappointed (with all the naysayers that is- they just don't live up to the hype they think they deserve).
  15. Danny Dossett Jr.

    Danny Dossett Jr. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2020
    It is all in the eye of the beholder bobobama. That is what makes the world go around each one of us liking something different.
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  16. bobobama


    Jan 15, 2017
    I commend you for a very gracious response, and thank you. Not always what you get here:thumbsup:.
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  17. MeritedEdge


    Jan 3, 2018
    Anything from Benchmade. Ive purchased numerous models and Ive always been disappointed by the QC but always gave them another shot. Not anymore.
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  18. Forester_01

    Forester_01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2018
    • All benchmade models---The axis lock felt quite flimsy to me, and it also took painfully long to disassemble and clean compared to spydercos
    • Hinderer gen 6 xm-18---Solid feeling knife but didn't enjoy the ergos, and the detent was a bit too strong. Also, I didn't enjoy look of the knife particularly with one side being full ti and the other g10.
    • Northarms skaha 2---Thin liner lock paired with linerless g10 handles made the knife feel a bit cheap. Great action though.
  19. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Nothing ever lives up to the hype, not even Excalibur. That’s not to say that there aren’t excellent knives out there.

  20. george65


    Dec 21, 2008
    I don't get the hype around GEC.
    they just seem like warmed over Queens IMO.
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