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NJBillK

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Congrats bud!
Is she your first?
 
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I bought my first expensive folder. Spyderco Jojimbo2. I love it but still am having a hard time feeling like it was worth $120. That amount and more on a fixed blade does not bother me. I'm very impressed with the Spyderco though.



I put this picture on my Instagram. One of the people who liked it was Darrel Ralph DDR. It was the real one, he has 6000 pictures and 24,500 people following him.

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I bought my first expensive folder. Spyderco Jojimbo2. I love it but still am having a hard time feeling like it was worth $120. That amount and more on a fixed blade does not bother me. I'm very impressed with the Spyderco though.

I'm struggling with that, too. I've been carrying a Leek or Buck Vantage Pro for a long time and have been looking at going with a higher-end ZT or Spydie. It's tough to pull the trigger, when I know how many other cool fixed blades I could have at those prices.
 

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I bought my first expensive folder. Spyderco Jojimbo2. I love it but still am having a hard time feeling like it was worth $120. That amount and more on a fixed blade does not bother me. I'm very impressed with the Spyderco though.
I'm struggling with that, too. I've been carrying a Leek or Buck Vantage Pro for a long time and have been looking at going with a higher-end ZT or Spydie. It's tough to pull the trigger, when I know how many other cool fixed blades I could have at those prices.

I have 2 folders, totaling about $220 between the 2 of them, that I carry around. Sometimes the less-expensive knives don't mesh with your carrying style like the slightly upgraded ones. Also, if you'd spend that on a fixed blade, and sometimes you can't carry a fixed blade, why not spend it on a blade that you *can* carry everywhere, or everywhere that a knife is allowed anyways. There's many folders for around $100 that are quality knives with great designs which feel expensive, you just have to find the right one.

I'd recommend Benchmade's Rift, I've yet to find a knife that can beat its overall usability/price ratio.
 

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Such a cutie. Congrats dad!
I will ditto this!

Nice Yogi and picture! I've been recently hankering for a new folder, was thinking of trying out a Spyderco.

Just like King said, sometimes it's easier to carry a folder. For me, I can justify the price because I can carry it every day. Some fixed blades I just can't :(. My problem is I just don't want to sell off any of my old collection for space for new. Which is a problem when you start on the expensive folders :( it also makes it really hard when you choose the ones you want to carry that day :D
 

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Ahh, new Snark thread.... Can't keep up with you guys anymore... Do have something cool to show you though. Several months ago I was contacted by the Jackson County Historical Society (the county I live in, Indiana) turns out 2016 is the year not only my county but the state is turning 200 years old. In celebration, there will be several events throughout the year. They wanted a commemorative piece from me. It will be raffled off later. But besides the laser engraving that's going on the blade, I got my part pretty well knocked out. Shes a beauty, I will have a post on my subforum later when I have time. With all of the details and pics on how I made it.





 

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I bought my first expensive folder. Spyderco Jojimbo2. I love it but still am having a hard time feeling like it was worth $120. That amount and more on a fixed blade does not bother me. I'm very impressed with the Spyderco though.

Fixed blade has 6 parts and you need a sheath.
Folder has a dozen or more, with precision fit machining required and needs no sheath. $120 is a good value for a good folder with quality design, steel, and frame/handle materials. I love my S35VN/G10 Native-5.


TODD! You are an animal! that handle is amazing...
 

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Todd, that is one of the prettiest knives I've ever seen. Wow...
 
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I'm struggling with that, too. I've been carrying a Leek or Buck Vantage Pro for a long time and have been looking at going with a higher-end ZT or Spydie. It's tough to pull the trigger, when I know how many other cool fixed blades I could have at those prices.

Every time I read about someone possibly buying a ZT, I think about Expat's Guide to Knife Culture...the ESEE forum version.

BF Version
http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/s...highlight=Expat's+Guide+to+the+Knife+Industry

ESEE Version
http://jungletraining.com/forums/showthread.php?43225-Expat-s-Guide-to-the-Knife-Industry

Quote:

"PS. ZT KNIVES

Everyone wants to hear comments on ZT. Guys, their egos can't stand it! I didn't pick on those not able to take it. When the ZT owners find out that their $300 folders began life as a Bear Grylls Gerber fixed blade that was broken off, then reground by a $4.95 knock-off Harbor Freight Dremel and then thrown in the middle of some plastic slabs, I don't want to be responsible for the fallout from that. Same reason I don't walk into Kindergartens and explain to them that there's no way Santa could fit down their freakin chimney. Like those that believe we actually landed on the moon or professional wrestling is real, some guys you just gotta let dream.

Yeah, they have a titanium slab on one side, so I'm guessing ZT has probably $15 or so into the knife. For $15, you can get a Victorinox that can actually saw a tree limb and doesn't scream, "I'M NOT WELL ENDOWED!!!"

Leave the ZT guys alone. They are harmless enough."
 

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That was a good read :)

ZT actually makes really nice knives if you like the designs. Their quality is way up there with Spyderco and Benchmade, and their blade steels are a bit more modern compared to those other 2. I've owned a 0566 and an 0561, if I had liked knives with flippers and framelocks I'd probably still own them. But I don't, so I don't.

I own a Spyderco and a Benchmade, the ambidextrous locking mechanisms make my left-handedness less of a burden, and the designs make me happy every time I use them. ZT never really did either for me, thick blades and metal framelocks never felt very comfortable.

That post seemed to be biased towards Becker, it was pretty accurate though.
 

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Todd,
That is a real good damn 'nuff good looking blade . . . and sheath. i

I have said before . . . no one does curly maple like Todd Hunt. And you keep proving it!

Nice work.
 
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Every time I read about someone possibly buying a ZT, I think about Expat's Guide to Knife Culture...the ESEE forum version.

BF Version
http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/s...highlight=Expat's+Guide+to+the+Knife+Industry

ESEE Version
http://jungletraining.com/forums/showthread.php?43225-Expat-s-Guide-to-the-Knife-Industry

Ha! Thanks for the reminder. I had completely forgotten about that, but it's gold.

As much as it sucks to re-buy a knife, I think I'm getting another Vantage Pro. The steel is fantastic and had it not been stolen, I'd still be carrying it without ever thinking of any other options. I always felt like it was a mini-Yuma in my hands. Only other things on the radar are something like a PM2 or maybe a fresh Griptilian / mini-Gr

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Vantage Pro in the premium steel version is a superb value.
Mini-Grip requires $65 in aftermarket scales to make it feel like a $100 knife. I carry my customized one most days, but with those lousy factory grips it's not a good value. (gift certificate, baby!)

Kershaw has some competitors in the Vantage Pro/Mini-Grip price/performance category. I think most of them are ugly, but the quality is there.
 
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I know what you mean about the Mini Grip scales. I have a very well used one with a D2 blade that I haven't carried in ages. The blade was excellent, but the scales were not.
 

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Damn Todd that's beautiful!



Lol funny read on the ZT knives there. Can't say it's entirely accurate tho. My only complaint about the ones I own are the edges are a bit thick. A regrind by someone with skills while turn them from good to amazing.

And we all know that an individuals taste in knives is as particular as their taste in fine liquors or women. We can agree most things look nice, but all of us feel or taste them different.
 
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