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Pakistani Damascus knife is impressive!!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Viper2, Nov 9, 2018.

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  1. Viper2


    Mar 15, 2012
    I purchased a Pakistan-made Damascus knife from Amazon for around $60 and I’ve been very impressed with it for the price!! I use my knives hard at a rope factory I work at. Here are the pros and cons:


    * Has good edge retention. I assume it’s at least 58 HRC because it seems most Pakistan-made Damascus knives are described as having 58-60 HRC these days and I believe it!!

    * Built like a tank. I like how heavy duty and solid the knife is. No blade play.

    * It’s a beautiful handmade knife. Excellent fit and finish. I love the materials they use to hand make these knives in Pakistan.

    * Incredible value!! I assume this is because the American dollar is worth a lot compared to the Pakistani rupee.


    * No pocket clip. It came with a sheath instead. However, maybe sheaths are better anyways for heavy pocket knives.

    Here’s some pics of my knife. It has a 4” blade and apparently weighs about 12 ounces (I like heavy knives).

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  2. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    If it is performing well for you, then congrats and enjoy! :thumbsup:

    With all the anti-knife stuff going on, not gonna dump on anybody enjoying their knife!
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  3. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    Well, it certainly looks like someone spent a fair amount of time making it, I'll give you that. A little too busy for my non-sophisticated ways however.
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  4. scubisino


    Dec 4, 2015
    Beautiful knife! enjoy it!!!!!
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  5. wazu013

    wazu013 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    That's the beauty of knives. There's something for everybody's interest.
    Enjoy :thumbsup:
  6. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Zero pakistani knives are good at all. And Amazon doesn't support the forums.
  7. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Our friend @Viper2 seems to feel his is. Is he wrong, or lying, or something like that? :confused:
  8. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    • warning for insults
    Probably just ignorant about the subject matter. Nothing wrong with that. Or he's a shill. We all know the steel and heat treatment for Pakistan made knives is well below normal.
  9. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Wow. That's pretty rude. :thumbsdown: He's been around 4 years longer than you AND I see no reason, based on his previous posts, to call him "ignorant" or a "shill."

    If you don't feel Pakistani knives are of quality, that is merely your opinion.
  10. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    no one called him anything. It's a fact about pacastani knives are very low quality steel and heat treatment. It's not an opinion. Length of time on a forum doesn't mean anything. You know as much as anyone here that Amazon not being a vendor here and supporting bf. Rude or honest?
  11. katanas


    Jan 6, 2012
    The negatives are the same as the ones about Japanese goods years ago. :rolleyes: Although they were justified at the time, the bigoted/jingoistic comments continued even after the products improved dramatically. :mad: Maybe the Pakistani craftsmen are upping their game and, if so, should be encouraged not disparaged. :thumbsup: Amazon, by the way, is not a knife dealer just as Walmart is not; they just happen to sell knives along with a million other items. Apples and oranges compared to a knife seller.
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  12. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    It’s simply impossible to make statements like this. Every knife manufactured in Pakistan is in poor quality steel and has bad HT? Every single one? No. Those claims are unsupportable in reality.

    Besides, the OP uses knives at work, unlike many people here, working in a rope factory. I’d say the OP can be the judge of whether this specific knife, manufactured in Pakistan, is any good or not. I’m glad he has a knife he is happy with, quite honestly.
  13. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    1) You called him ignorant or a shill.
    2) It's "Pakastani"
    3) The OP does not agree with you on the quality of the steel. So it is an opinion.
    4) If you think mentioning Amazon and $60 without linking to it, or naming the make/model of the knife constitutes a deal spot, report it. My understanding this saying "Amazon has the Marcinek Stabinator 2000 for tree fiddy" is, but without seller/model/price it is not.
    5) Rude.
  14. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    And again, @Viper2, I hope you are enjoying your new knife!!!
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  15. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    I have a small collection of knives, similar to the ops. (Although his is nicer than the folders I have.)

    When you pick one of these folders up and examine it , you can see that someone is building these by hand and yet they all have a similar style of construction ( the filing work, brass liners, etc).

    Ironically, I watched a video the other night on youtube about Pakistani knife makers and just as I thought , these guys are making these knives with a minimal amount of automation. It was interesting.
    And although I can't say for certainly what steel they use for their Damascus, the blades are heat treated ( how well, I haven't a clue)

    I guess I have a soft spot ( no pun intended) for these knives because I collect regional knives from Italy and to me these are almost like a regional knife from Pakistan ( except I believe these are all made for the export market).
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  16. 19-3ben

    19-3ben Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2015
    Every one of them is bad? Look, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. The fact is, by fortunate accident or some other good luck, the OP got a good knife that he's happy to own.

    We all know that Pakistani knives from Amazon have a well deserved lousy reputation. But just like great knife makers can let a lemon slip out of the factory, I see no reason to reason to think that the maker in Pakistan couldn't have simply gotten one knife very right

    Regardless, if a well respected member of our community, one of our brothers, comes here to talk about knives, and is happy with a knife he owns that is not a clone or otherwise objectively objectionable, why crap on his thread? Does this benefit you or the community in some way?

    @Viper2, I'm glad you are enjoying your knife. It sounds like this knife is relatively new to you? If that's correct, I'd also love to hear about how it stands up to long term use. Inquiring minds are happy for you, and curious since you seem to have found a unicorn.
  17. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    If you like it, that is all that matters. First Law of Collecting: collect what you like, but like what you collect! Others are not carry nor using your knife.
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  18. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Nice looking knife, enjoy using it.
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  19. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016

    Wow! I learned a cool new word. (I’m serious. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it before.) I’m guessing I either overpaid or underpaid for college. :confused: :)

    Bladeforums University to the rescue! :thumbsup:
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  20. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Actually, it's "Pakistani".:)--KV
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