Military or Wegner??

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Chiro75, Apr 11, 2000.

  1. Chiro75


    Feb 4, 1999
    I am interested in getting a folder for lighter outdoorsy type chores. I have a myriad of heavy fixed blades, but I am looking for that "do-everything" folder. I have a couple Spydercos already, but they don't seem to fit the bill: Calypso (blade is way too thin), Endura (good candidate, but not a huge fan of the Zytel handle), Jot Sing Khalsa (awesome knife, but not for this). Anyway, I was looking into the Wegner, Wegner Jr. and Military. I really like the Wegner stuff, but how thin is the edge? I want something balanced right between sharp and stout. Both the military and the wegner have huge followings, so I guess the ideal responses to this post will be from folks who own and have used both. Thanks in advance!

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  2. shootist16

    shootist16 knife law moderator Moderator

    Dec 25, 1998
    I have two Militarys and two Wegners (both models in plain and serrated). I have used both. I don't think you could go wrong with either, but I favor the Wegner. It is the most comfortable production knife I have used. The spine is thicker than the militarys. The blade is definately stouter, but just as sharp. This knife really begs to be used. I am not exaggerating when I say it feels like an extension of your hand. It is ravor sharp (have you ever seen a Spyderco that wasn't?). For a general purpose, outdoors type knife the Wegner cant be beat. Let me tell you, this is one tough folder. I believe someone said that Lynn Thompson, of Cold Steel, was impressed by both the design and the lock strength of the Wegner. That says alot to me. Have you ever heard Lynn say anything good about any other brand?

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  3. Rugger


    Jan 27, 1999
    I'm a Serious Fan of the Wegner- although I must admit I don't know much about the Military...

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  4. Brian_Turner


    May 13, 1999
    Hey Chiro -

    Picked up a Mil at Badger, and between then and now, it hasn't ousted the Wegner at the top of my list.

    Much more comfortable, and better blade/handle ratio.

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  5. pse-link


    Mar 5, 2000
    Wegner is the only way to go. Excellant blade thickness and edge retention. Have skinned several large wild boar without having to touch up the edge, there isn't much that this folder couldn't do in the field. Never leave home without it. And with a little practice, you can really make a fast presentation if required. Smooth. [​IMG]
  6. CUTIGER 3


    Mar 31, 1999
    I remember asking the same question [​IMG]. You will end up getting both so, I suggest getting the full size Wegner (plain edge) first, for using outdoors and then the Military (plain edge). The small Wegner looks to be outstanding also.
  7. Clay Kesting

    Clay Kesting

    Oct 10, 1998
    Guess I'll be the dissenting voice here. I have both (plain edge) and prefer the Military. I like the blade's flat grind and that large hole makes it the easiest knife I have to open, even wearing gloves. Also the combination of the choil and large handle allow for more hand position options, i.e. it's not as easy to "choke up" on the Wegner. Although I appreciate the heft of the Wegner, the Military's light weight makes it much more comfortable to carry despite it's size. I carried mine IWB to work today and forgot it was there. Besides I don't feel comfortable carrying a tip-up linerlock IWB no matter how good the ball bearing detent is. As always YMMV [​IMG].


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  8. lshay


    Feb 22, 2000
    I would have to vote for the Wegner also. I prefer the appearance of the Military and think it probably has a better edge. But the Wegner has the wonderfully thick blade and I don't know if it's the stainless liners or what but the sound and feel of the lock up feels like the bolt closing on a pre'64 Model 70. I open and close mine just for that sound. SWEET!
  9. highrent1


    Jan 6, 1999
    I would have to say the Wegner, plain or serrated is the best of the bunch.

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  10. Aries59


    Jan 8, 2000
    I have both, and for everyday carry I would go with the Military.
  11. Paul Rhodes

    Paul Rhodes

    Aug 2, 1999
    I have both a Wegner plain edge and a serrated Military. I find the Military ends up in my pocket more often. The Military seems to have a better lock up and is lighter.
  12. Heyns van der Merwe

    Heyns van der Merwe

    Mar 3, 1999
    Skip the formalities: get both!! You wll end up buying both anyways. Just look at the replies - it will tell you that you CAN'T go wrong with any one of these.

    I prefer the fully serrated Military (CPM440V) myself, although I own both the serrated and plain versions of both models (and even the Wegner Jnr.). I suppose it depends heavily on your application. You'll just have to figure it out for yourself!! [​IMG]
  13. cut finger

    cut finger

    Sep 20, 1999
    If you want a skinning knife, get the Wegner.
    It was designed for that and would be far better than the Military. The Military is more of a folding Bowie utlity/fighter. It would make a better filet or cooking knife than the Wegner. Both would be strong for general utility.
  14. chaz


    May 18, 1999
    Military,just one great all around knife for almost ANY situation !!!!!!

  15. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod

    Mar 15, 2000
    I have the Military, and I can attest that it is a great knife. It's the reason I began buying Spydercos.

    I've ordered the Wegner Jr. since it was discontinued. I thought I read somewhere in the Forum Archives that it might be coming out in an exclusive run of VG-10. Anyone know if this is correct? The VG-10 in my Calypso is really nice stuff. Sure wouldn't mind a Wegner Jr. in this steel.

    I don't have the full size Wegner, though I really like the looks of it. Will its steel remain ATS-34?

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