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Tactical Folder Under $700

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by payj, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. payj

    payj

    42
    Jan 4, 2008
    Hello!!!!!!

    I am looking to get a custom tactical looking folder. I already own the "big three" along with a curtiss f3 3.5". Who else should I be looking at? Direware looks cool but kind of big and heavy? I prefer a clean look too. Simple looking is good.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!!!!!
     
  2. JDunn709

    JDunn709

    Jan 7, 2009
    LOTS of options in that range!

    Maybe peruse the 'customs for sale by individuals' and see what grabs your interest!
     
  3. marthinus

    marthinus KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 10, 2006
    You are spoiled for choice in that range. Browse the for sale custom area or look at the makers on the forum.

    I am partial to tactical knives with a gentleman appeal and therefore like our South African knife makers such as Andre Thorburn, Andre van Heerden etc.

    This is Andre Thorburn. The first is available at BladeHQ.

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    Collaboration between the two Andres:

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    My Andre van Heerden model 16

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    I like this one for $595 from Andre van Heerden. Still available at Bladegallery.com

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    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  4. DrOpPoInT1110

    DrOpPoInT1110

    Jan 28, 2009
    If you're after a simple looking tactical, you should definitely consider a Terzuola. They're generally a bit more pricey than $700 but you never know what kind of deals you can find. I can't say enough good about my ATCF...it just works and does it well. Fit and finish is superb and it's the smoothest knife I've owned that rides in washers. Bob is considered the father of modern tactical folders. Another good choice would be Kirby Lambert who is another one of my favorite makers. Like Terzuola, he just knows his stuff and consistently puts out fantastic quality especially for the money. The Snap and Incinerator are my personal favorites from him but you can't go wrong with anything from him.
     
  5. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
  6. payj

    payj

    42
    Jan 4, 2008
    I reaaallly like that carbon fiber andre thorburn. Any idea where to purchase it?
     
  7. payj

    payj

    42
    Jan 4, 2008
    Thank you for tbe othrr suggestions! I have held the eagle, while it does meet the criteria, there is something about it I do not like...keep them coming!
     
  8. marthinus

    marthinus KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 10, 2006
    Unfortunately I have no idea.
     
  9. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Spartan Blades Akribis with Meteorite Gray (ZrN) blade (S35VN at 58-60 HRC) & handle plus CF on the scales is as good as advertised with fit & finish and overall quality as good as or better than CRK Sebenza.

    It's even smoother than my Sebenza and Umnumzaan (actually a Wilson Combat StarTac version as seen in the pictures below). I especially like the Zirconium Nitride coating for the gray look all over and protection but it's also a fingerprint magnet. The S35VN blade is awesome. The extra thickness of the CF actually gives me a better grip since it has a pretty narrow profile.

    This is an extremely impressive folder. Fast deployment. Looks good in jeans or dressy pants.

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  10. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    There are also many of the MicroTech folders specially the LE ones.

    Also, the Zero Tolerance 0777-M390 or 0777-M390BLK with light & strong CF handle and M390 blade.
     
  11. payj

    payj

    42
    Jan 4, 2008
    I really like that sparton blades very sebenza like and I like it. I emailed them about lead time...how would you say the sparton compares to the scott cook lochsa quality wise? I was thinking of that one as well.
     
  12. Lycosa

    Lycosa

    Aug 24, 2007
    Pohan Leu, Daniel Fairly, Mikkel Willumsen, Charles G.
     
  13. brancron

    brancron Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    What are the "big three"?
     
  14. sechip

    sechip Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2013
    You can contact him directly, just google south african knife makers or SA knifemakers.
     
  15. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I don't have a Lochsa.

    I think both BladeHQ & KnifeCenter have the Spartan Akribis in stock. Perhaps not the one I have (Grey Pain Blade, Grey Titanium/Carbon Fiber Handles) which I think is the nicest looking one. They also come in black blade, G10 instead of CF and FDE instead of Gray titanium.

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  16. payj

    payj

    42
    Jan 4, 2008
    Ram, how does the grey dlc coating hold up? I found your exact model in stock somewhere, but am leary on coated blades. I appreciate stonewash, which hides marks well.
     
  17. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Honestly, I don't know how it'll hold over time. I know the blade is extremely sharp. I haven't used the folder since for that size I use one of two flippers right now: Eagle & Southard.

    Other than aesthetics there was another reason for picking the meteorite gray coating. It's Zirconium Nitride which is super tough (tougher than the Tungsten DLC Flat Black coating). Spartan actually coats all metal surfaces:

     
  18. payj

    payj

    42
    Jan 4, 2008
    Thanks for the info. That knife is a contender. Im a little concerned about weight though. How does it compare to a sebenza or your eagle?

    I forgot to add that I want something fairly light.
     
  19. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I have to weigh the Akribis when I get back since they have only one weight of 5.2 ounces. Perhaps the CF weighs less than the G10.

    Here are some published weights:

    Spartan Akribis: 5.2 oz.
    CRK Sebenza 25: 5.2 oz.
    CRK Sebenza 21 Large: 4.7 oz.
    Wilson Combat Star-Tac (Umnumzaan): 5.0 oz.
    Wilson Combat Eagle: 4.8 oz
    Curtiss F3 3.5": 5.1 oz.
     
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  20. chester22

    chester22

    Feb 1, 2012
    I'd get a Kirby Lambert Flipper
     

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