Strider Alternative

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by firefighterguy, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. firefighterguy


    Sep 30, 2014
    What’s out there that’s American made that has a reputation as a “hard use knife” with the cutting performance of a Strider? It’s my understanding they run about .0015 behind the edge. What other brands out there are getting this kind of cutting performance with a thick blade stock?
  2. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Platinum Member

    Mar 15, 2016
  3. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
  4. onionfan


    Nov 29, 2008
    I'd look at a Hinderer xm-18 fatty or xm-24, a Microtech socom elite, or a Medford of some kind.
  5. firefighterguy


    Sep 30, 2014
    I’m not looking to turn this into a Strider bashing thread. I’m just looking for recommendations.
    How’s the cutting ability of the fatty?
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  6. onionfan


    Nov 29, 2008
    Not going to slice like a thin ffg Spyderco, but still a very usable knife. I had mine reground by Josh at REK. Works better now, but really just depends what you're after.
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  7. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
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  8. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013

    Medford knives without a doubt. Hard working honest people. Ive met Greg 3x iirc and that company has come a long way. Very transparent company, just watch the youtube channel lol.

    I have no doubt he will get my $$ some day as his knives are becoming more refined.

    Greg and his crew sure know how to grind a blade.

    Then you have the usual suspects

    CRK, RHK, TSF, Grayman etc.
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  9. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
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  10. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Carothers Performance Knives and SurviveKnives. I've had two of Nathan's smaller fixed blades, and about twelve Survive Knives over the years. Pretty hard to beat either one, IMO.
    Nathan Carothers is VERY high up on the list of VERY DESIRABLE; without a doubt. Beautiful knives.
    Survive Knives have gone out of favor due to their failure to be able to produce and ship their knives within a reasonable time period. BUT...that does NOT lessen the value of their blades.
    I still have a GSO 3.5 and a GSO 4.1 that are beyond reproach...and you can find them on the Exchange, reasonably priced, quite often...
  11. jumpstat


    Mar 9, 2007
    Hinderer XM18 3.5" with the spanto grind.
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  12. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    IMO the SnG will always be one of the greats. It has so much going for it. My recommendations would be one or all
    three of CRK Lg. Inkosi, Spyderco Paramilitary 2, &/or a Hinderer XM-18 Non-Flipper Slicer grind.
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  13. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Another option. Zero Tolerance are made in the USA. As one of the cheaper alternatives in this thread, plenty of room in the budget for a regrind from Josh at Razors Edge. You could get the exact edge/angles you want.

    Just not sure if they are thick enough for you.
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  14. loug


    Feb 5, 2007
    Hinderer or Busse
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  15. loug


    Feb 5, 2007
  16. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    Spyderco Shaman
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  17. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Candidly, I would not buy a S?K product for the same reason I don't buy Striders.
  18. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
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  19. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Are you looking for a fixed or a folder? How thick do you want the blade to be?
  20. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    Hinderer, Spartan, or Carothers Performance Knives.
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