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Lesser known quality brands?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by sogflash, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Mannlicher


    Nov 19, 2008
    I wonder if that is the same operation Jim Parker started there. I have an older lock back marked "Parker", Jacksonville, AL. A very well made knife. Looks much like a Buck 110, but more slender.
  2. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    I do like the design of many Bear OPS models, still have yet the pleasure of owning one though... They are on the list however... Maybe a December birthday present?
  3. jaredrg

    jaredrg Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2015
    From what I read, yes.
  4. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    My gosh, guys. The OP said "up to about $200...NOT $2000."
  5. Ilovetoolsteel


    Jul 28, 2003
    Mtech. No seriously. Not every knife they make. Definitely none of their folders. But a few of their fixed blades. I bought a drop point style hunter for about $16 shipped. It said "440 stainless" on the blade and the packaging. I'm assuming 440 a. The handles were that layered paper micarta that used to be called "Spanish micarta", upon inspection, full flat grind perfectly done. The edge perfectly centered. The bevels ground to the same depth both sides. (Something Gerber was dstill having trouble with on my 1999 vintage mk1). No stray tool marks. Nice sharp redge out of the box. So I put it to work for a couple weeks at the door shop. Cutting packaging open cutting up my lunch. It got dull as you'd expect but no edge rolling. It kept an edge as well ads other 440 a knives I've used 1000% superior to a bucklite I have made with 420 that goes dull if you think about cutting something with it. So after this I decided it deserved a face lift for being a high quality performer. I stripped the black coating off and found a near mirror polished blade under the coating. (I guess the black was to make it " Tacti-Cool"), I put some brown micarta scales on it with brass pins. Its a fave of mine now and it looks like a far more expensive knife.
  6. Ilovetoolsteel


    Jul 28, 2003
    I got a small moki folder years ago. It was my first zytel handled folder. I love that knife. I always wished they had scaled it up to like a 3.5 inch blade.
  7. Ilovetoolsteel


    Jul 28, 2003
    I've got a non catalog entrek I bought from a forum member. I don't like bead blast so I polished it out. It's like Ray's combat dagger but with a clip point. About a 7 inch blade. I thought the seller under priced it and gladly paid his asking price. Ray Ennis has a few videos from his shop on YouTube. I don't think her gets the accolades he deserves because he uses lowly 440c l personally think its a great steel.
  8. Ilovetoolsteel


    Jul 28, 2003
    I haven't seen Mora mentioned yet. You can buy 32 Mora companions for the price of one Busse Battle mistress
  9. USS Worden 352

    USS Worden 352

    Jul 27, 2013
    Chris Reeve Knives. ;)
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2015
  10. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    ...and it's worth 5000 of them. ZING!
  11. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Just about any of the makers from the Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
  12. DPC


    Dec 28, 2013
    VERY interesting.

    Both brands make knives that are pure sex though, so I dont mind very much.

    I wonder if they know eachother?
  13. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    Here are some I didn't see as I quickly browsed the lists. I own representative samples of each, and recommend:

    AG Russell
    Northwoods (the old fixed blades, different company than the new traditional folders of the same name)
  14. Allex


    Jun 29, 2007
    Pohl Design, Aitor ( the old company )
  15. Ilovetoolsteel


    Jul 28, 2003
    How will that work out if you have 32 people who need a knife?
  16. vilePossum


    Jan 14, 2015
    claude dozorme (very nice alternative to opinel and laguiole)
    sacha thiel (though he is kind of a mid tech maker)
    TRC knives (despite my recent experience, they have a very good rep over here)
    viper tecnocut (collabs with Jesper Voxnæs for example)
    extrema ratio (italian tactical stuff, also alledgedly supplies some military units)

    already mentioned:

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