Review Manly Folders: Comrade, Peak, Wasp. Fixed Blades: Patriot and Drugar, Made in Bulgaria

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Gary W. Graley, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Thanks.
    Very nice knife, too :)
     
  2. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    One of the thinnest ground folders I own, wicked cutter!
    G2
     
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  3. Dean51

    Dean51

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    Aug 30, 2014
    I just ordered a walnut handled Patroit from amazon in D2.
    It's my Christmas present from Me to Me. :thumbsup: :D
     
  4. Sergeua

    Sergeua

    May 1, 2016
    Waiting for my drugar. Went with the Christmas theme, military green :D.
    Already bought some cold steel sheath clips for it. They are like g-clip
     
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  5. Sergeua

    Sergeua

    May 1, 2016
    Got my drugar today. It's really cool, I'm digging this green g10, it's nicely grippy.
    Very ergonomic, I just want to keep touching it lol.
    I'm a bit annoyed though, I thought it's going to be thinner at the edge. Can just pinch it with fingers and tell right away.
    The site says .4 mm BTE and this thing is .6. It's very even I must say.
    I just want to give up... Is there anyone out there who actually got a thin behind the edge drugar?

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    The edge is beautiful. But at .6 bte, I don't believe it's 15 degrees advertised either.
    This is drugar by Wagner, whatever that means.

    Update:
    Stock checked and site is adjusted.
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  6. Sergeua

    Sergeua

    May 1, 2016
    Merry Christmas!
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  7. rubberdog

    rubberdog

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    Mar 12, 2008
    Having moved to the UK recently I thought it was justifiable to purchase a Wasp. I got the 14c28n version:

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    My initial impressions: it’s very well put together, I like the stiff spring and the blade shape. A bit of a gap between the back spring and scale on the one side and the spring sits a bit proud in both closed and open positions but other than that the fit and finish is great. Overall I’m thrilled with it!
     
  8. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    At almost 120,000 views and nearly 600 replies, this thread ranks in the top 5 for knife reviews in both views and replies, that is quite a lot of interest of Bulgarian blades :) speaking of which, I just got in a new to me Manly Peak in S90v steel and quite the slicer she be.

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    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    I don't know if there are many dealers lately for these knives, but from the interests shown and the knives they make, you would think there should be several.

    G2
     
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  9. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    I wish there were more dealers in the US carrying their products, I bought a Wasp a few months ago (great knife :thumbsup:), but I had to hunt for it more than I usually do when I find something I want. I’d REALLY like to pick up a Peak.
     
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  10. POCEH KOCEB

    POCEH KOCEB Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Nov 21, 2013
    Well, let me pour some oil in this "Bulgarian" fire... :D

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    Great thread, Manly are good knives, Garry - outstanding pictures Sir ! :thumbsup:
     
  11. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Oh my :) nice addition to this thread, thanks and some excellent looking knives there a few must be just for the group in Bulgaria looks like?
    G2
     
  12. POCEH KOCEB

    POCEH KOCEB Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Nov 21, 2013
    Thanks Gary, all of those are made by Manly, I believe all are forums editions, including the tradicional at the bottom :thumbsup:
     
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  13. POCEH KOCEB

    POCEH KOCEB Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Nov 21, 2013
    Here is a rare-one, an auto made by Manly for the Bulgarian Militaria-BG forum, one of 100 made only:

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  14. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks, very very cool blade there, the handle looks like it might be a bit on the sharp side? where the metal drops down
    G2
     
  15. POCEH KOCEB

    POCEH KOCEB Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Nov 21, 2013
    It's not that bad Gary, after all this is just a curio piece, not intended to be a hard use knife or sort of weapon.
    The legend has it that the design came from some famous Russian prison and the "original" was designed to be put together just by sliding the components that interlock to each other with only one or two screws. I guess the Russian fellows in BF can chime more on this...
    I cannot say if it's true but if you look at the Manly version, the whole frame is one piece of metal, folded in two for the mechanism and blade housing. It is very ingenious but effective design IMO.
    There is a interesting thread in one of the Bulgarian knife forums, concerning the developing of this particular knife and Manly's execution of the order.
    For those speaking/reading Bulgarian, here it is, courtesy of Metal Blade and their Mod "plambi" who is handling the thread from 2012: https://metalblade.eu/viewtopic.php?t=242

    Here is a drawing of the mechanism:

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    This is one of the computer models from Manly:
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    ...along with the mechanism:
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    Further on in the thread there is a YT video from one of the forum members - "iivetsa", showing how it opens and closes.

    It is definitely interesting knife with plenty of history behind the project, it used to cost less than $80 with less than 120 made if I remember correctly, now not only I can't find one but it's easily few times more expensive if whoever have it, decide to sell it...
    I consider myself very fortunate to grab one while they were still available, didn't even remember how much I paid for it :D
     
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  16. Mikel_24

    Mikel_24

    Sep 19, 2007
    And so did I in August! Well, actually my GF gifted it to me for my birthday, but I ordered it from an online dealer. At the very same time I ordered an identical Peak but in D2 with black handles as a gift for a friend of mine. He is not a steel noob and does not carry everyday, nor he uses knives in a daily basis. He just wanted a nice one hand opening folder for backpacking, etc.

    And I must say this thread here in BF is what got me interested in Manly knives. Slipjoints are ok, but once I saw this particular model with the hole in the blade... I was all over it.

    Mikel
     
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  17. FCCBCT

    FCCBCT

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    Jul 23, 2014
    Hi yeah they make great knives for sure. I had the pleasure of filming a "factory tour there once. Great people, (I actually love the food LOL).
     
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  18. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I am sure if I were to have spent a longer time there, I would have grown to appreciate the food also ;)

    It would have been great to visit the factory as well, but I was not on my own time frames and had to work and then get back home to travel to another glass factory.

    G2
     
  19. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Spyderco rip-off knife in that picture. Not sure that's a "good" knife, but is a good reason to eschew Manly knives.
     
  20. Mikel_24

    Mikel_24

    Sep 19, 2007
    Brownshoe, are you talking about the Manly Peak? One in the top picture that sports a hole in the blade for one hand opening?

    That hole is not round like Spiderco's, but oval. It resembles the oval hole in the Victorinox one hand opening models.

    Are you talking about that feature or do you consider one of the Manly knives resembles a Spyderco design too much?

    Mikel
     

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