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Knives you don't hear much about that other people are missing out on

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Kaizen1, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    I feel like the title could be more concise, but I don't got no better words for it. Whether other people are "missing out" is clearly highly subjective. I'm thinking of knives you've been thoroughly impressed by that you don't see much talk about. Hoping to focus in on these knives and give them some well deserved attention.

    One of the knives that comes to my mind is from a relatively new company, Dutch Blade Works, called the Xerxes. It's a collaboration design by two customer makers, Tashi Bharucha and Gudy van Poppel, and it's manufactured by Reate Knives. This knife is incredibly smooth and the closer you look at it, the more you see how much thought was put into the design. @NickShabazz does a great job showing that in his review.

    More pictures in another thread in the Gallery


    Notice how closely the ti scales are to the blade when closed, even as the blade tapers toward the tip
  2. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    That's a nice looking knife!
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  3. Pinemoon


    Mar 25, 2005
    Moki knives
    Various French knives (search le thiers)
    Mucusta knives
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  4. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    Few talk about the white river backpacker.
    R13, CanadaKnifeGuy, herisson and 3 others like this.
  5. Razor

    Razor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 1999
    Steel Will makes good knives!
    19-3ben, HKGuns, AshesFall and 3 others like this.
  6. The Aflac Duck

    The Aflac Duck Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    Guardian Tactical
  7. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    I just got the 2 massdrop Tashi Bharucha knives made by Reate in the past couple weeks and they are outstanding, so another vote for Reate Tashis over here

  8. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    The entire Victorinox line of kitchen knives are great.

    I started using their paring models as dive knives about 20 years ago.

    They also make great EDC/utility knives once you add a decent kydex sheath.

    If you lose or damage it, they can be replaced quickly and inexpensively.

    It's really hard to go wrong with these.
  9. ridnovir


    Mar 12, 2012
    TRC Knives
  10. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Anza knives. I got my first one around 1982, at a motorcycle swap meet, long before I had any real enthusiasm for or knowledge about knives.

    They do not get a lot of attention, and do not fit into the categories that seem to be popular here. They are just tough, hard-working knives with an odd style of their own.

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  11. kaos 13

    kaos 13

    Apr 30, 2019
    the kabar shorts I think are unrated iv used two for a long time and they are not to everyones tasts but i think thay get sum bad reviews for no reason iv beat the tar out of 2 and there good small fixed blade IMO both kraton handles and clip points plain edge iv striped the coating off one and acid etch it and the others still got most of its powder coating just surprised there not more popular that the acided etched one and a custom sheath
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  12. Polzeyboy

    Polzeyboy CHEEKY BUGGER

    Jan 9, 2020
    Fairly new brand Manly; Bulgarian and making great knives mostly out of S90V for bargain prices.
  13. The Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8" Chef's Knife is actually a perennial budget pick for a lot of "foodie" publications like Cook's Illustrated and the NYT Food section.

    For me, Tangram (Kizer's budget line) has been very much overshadowed by the success and acclaim of Civivi (WE's budget line). As great as I think my $40 Civivi Praxis is, I was also impressed with my $30 Tangram Vector. Not quite as nice in terms of finish, but it also cost 25% less than the Civivi. And it's a button/plunge lock, which is different than the endless parade of liner and frame locks.
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  14. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    All of the knives made by Bob Dozier!
    And most of the knives made by Bark River.

    But probably the least appreciated of the truly great knives is the Spyderco Military.
    Feca10ne and HKGuns like this.
  15. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    New Hogue designs
    Guardian Tactical
    Boudicca flipper
  16. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    smatchet: A smatchet is a short, heavy fighting knife / sword 16.5 inches (42 cm) in overall length (including grip). It was designed by William E. Fairbairn during World War II.
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  17. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    David Boye Ti alloy boat knife.
  18. Ourorboros


    Jan 23, 2017
    Even in J-knife circles, the Victorinox Chef's knife is the budget recommendation especially for non-knife people/beater knife.

    The Saleh knife gets little love.
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  19. AshesFall


    Jul 16, 2019
    The karambit.
  20. steelhog


    Jul 2, 2009
    This is so true! I just picked up a few Victorinox pairing knives and they really are fantastic, razor sharp and super inexpensive.
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