Strider Knives...Are they Bad Mo Fo's?

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Howdy all! Just a question to anyone here who owns or uses a Strider knife. What model do you own, and how does it compare with other knives you might have? I am thinking mainly about the folders ( SMF, SNG, AR, GB ). Any thoughts are greatly appreciated! :)
 

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Strider Knives...Are they Bad Mo Fo's?

Well....They use S30V steel, they use titanium liner and integral liner locks and the stock of the scales and blades generally runs fairly thick. They use larger diameter pivots than most companies. They generally provide camo-like finishes over the blade steel.

Like most other knives, they cut when sharpened properly.

Some people have gone so far as to shoot one of their folders with a bullet, FWIW.

The fit and finish is left intentionally rough.

There are several choices in this arena for competition, but I can't really think of a company that has sucessfully cultivated a particular "image" quite as sucessfully as them. In fact, their mission statement is:

Strider Knives is a privately owned and operated company devoted solely to the development and construction of edged tools designed to survive use in the
harshest of conditions.


I think they make tools that are competetive with other manufacturers in terms many areas of performance, and have a unique appearance that you cannot buy from anyone else.
 
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I have spent a lot of money on Strider Knives and customs by the owners.

Why? Because they make some of the best knives on the planet. In my opinion and mannnnny others, they also make the strongest, toughest, coolest knives out there.


That is my opinion. Again I spent a lot of money on their knives - because I think they are the best tactical knives. I think Emerson Knives makes the best fighting knives. Strider Knives makes the best tactical working knife. Which of course can be used a weapon easily.

Also their warranty can't be beat. YOU break the knife - They replace it no questions asked. They are a lot of companies with good warranties - however not many cover abuse.

Strider Knives makes edged tools - tools are meant to be used.


Beyond that the co-owners and co-founders, Mick Strider and Duane Dwyer were both in the armed forces. They are *VERY* good people and they know what they talk about and do.

I got more Striders then any other knives. It's going to be like that for a looooong time.

Bottom line: I love the knives, I love the Strider guys, I don't think they can be beat. They are my favorite.
 
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Striders Rock!!!!...hard use...sharp as hell...amazing company to deal with!!!!
Worth every penny..I owe, carry and use my SnG, SMF, AR, SA and MV....not all at once. :cool: :cool:
 
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Strider = Bab Mo Fo? Hell yea! They make a great hard working knife, that will stand up to whatever you need it to do. A Few weeks ago I used mu SnG w/ a batton to split some wood for a fire. Worked like a charm. This is the most work I've put a folder though and it wanted more. All it needed was some steeling when I got home and you'd never know what I had done to it. If you want one, get one you won't be dissapointed.
 

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Yep, they sure are some bad azz knives. They are overbuilt in every way, and built to survive anything you can put them through.

They are big and chunky, but actually feel comfortable in the hand, something that is hard to acomplish. I had an AR but ended up selling it for a couple of reasons, but I would buy a Strider again if I have the money. In fact I am thinking of getting one of the smaller folders such as an SNG, the AR was just a bit to big for what I needed.
 
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Strider folders are about as close as you can get to a folder that is as survivable as fixed-blade knife.

They lack the finish quality of Sebenzas - yet they're as or more expensive. They're big and bulky. I read of many Striders returned to the factory for tune-ups (mine went back too). They don't 'flick' well. Sheeple are terrified of them. New Strider-users suffer 'Strider Thumb' during break-in. Despite all of these 'problems', most Strider buyers become strider junkies.

I thought that my SMF would finally cure me of my knife-buying malady, but I'm fighting the urge to buy a companion AR.

The only way to understand the Strider phenomenum is to buy one.
 
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I used to buy all kinds of different brands of knives. I got caught up with the "flavour of the week" type knives. They were all good quality knives and I used them. About a year and a half ago I finally took the plunge and bought a Strider AR. It was love at first sight. Since that time I have bought 2 more Stider's and I have not bought any other brand. They are expensive but instead of buying 2 or 3 different type of knives, I just save a bit longer and get something I really want. Once you own and use one, all other brands pale in comparison. They are more than just hype, they are hard use all the way. The average person doesn't come close to giving their Strider's more abuse than it can handle. They are big and bulky but that is the type of knife I like. Take the plunge, you won't be sorry.
 
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Anybody have one of their HT models, listed under the concealable backup section of their site. They look like a really sweet little utility knife.

Lagarto
 
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Striders can slice and dice and cut Cold Steel's in half! :)

One Strider owner's experience...

"My D9 is a big 'ol chunk of steel that works great for cutting padlocks, chainlink fence, and on one occasion a Cold Steel Recon Tanto (in half)"


Striders are as :cool: as can be.


NO one should expect a Strider to be a Sebenza, in terms of fit and finish. That's kind of stupid. When was the last time a tank had the fit and finish of a BMW? Mercedes?

Strider Knives build war knives. Not your Sunday going to meeting knife. They are overbuilt, hardcore knives! I think the quality is amazingly good though.


This is what Duane Dwyer said once (co-founder and co-owner of Strider Knives)....

"The Military Folder's (SMF) pivot pin is the largest in the industry. It's custom made of hardened 400 series steel, and the the pivot pin is where folders fail when they have too much flex in them. We don't want this knife to move too easily, so we made it strong enough to be the closest folder on the market to a fixed blade knife when in the open position. When you're out there in a true tactical situation, the one thing you give up is the luxury of redundancy, so we intentionally built the Military Folder to be substantial."
 
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lagarto said:
Anybody have one of their HT models, listed under the concealable backup section of their site. They look like a really sweet little utility knife.

Lagarto
i had a ht then traded for a db
the ht had a small handle so when i placed my thumb on the spine it would contact the serrated top edge. the serrations were not sharp enough to cut rope but added to the looks of the knife

other than that i really liked the ht for an edc
 
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The top serrations on some of the fixed blades, are meant to cut paracord underwater.
 
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You guys are proving what I already thought! Strider kicks A**!! I just scored an SMF which should be here in a couple of days. I can't wait to get my hands on that Beast! :D I am really stoked after reading these posts and some posts on another site which I will not mention here.... :footinmou
 
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Fool4Blades said:
You guys are proving what I already thought! Strider kicks A**!! I just scored an SMF which should be here in a couple of days. I can't wait to get my hands on that Beast! :D I am really stoked after reading these posts and some posts on another site which I will not mention here.... :footinmou


You will enjoy it. They are great knives/tools. Start saving for your next.
May I suggest a GB?

John...
 
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