Vallotton Chameleon vs LCC D/A?

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I like both these knives, amd sometime in the future I would like a D/A with a hidden release. Does anyone have any opinions on these knives in comparison with each other?

Thanks, Steve

(I wish I could get DR Krait with the "Illusion" release, but it's way to expensive for me.)
 
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I don't own either, but have played with an LCC D/A. It was pretty cool, but I don't think it's fair to compare a factory knife to a custom. Just my opinion.

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Have owned both. Most Vallotton Chameleons are pretty much factory knives with plastic scales that feel cheap to me. The Microtech LCC/DA is a wonderful piece that beats the Chameleon by a large margin and is $100 cheaper. Would buy a LCC/DA at twice the price and be happy with it, of course, I might be biased.

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I agree with Chief 100%.

The V-Chameleon is a very nice piece, but compared to the LCC D/A, it simply pales in comparison. And yes, I have handled both extensively.

Furthermore, the Original V-Chameleon with the release under the Pocket Clip, later done on a Limited Run by MT was better than this latest creation in my opinion.

With any of these knives, someone will have to be familiar with them or be very lucky to figure them out.

I would put them in this order;
MT LCC D/A
MT Chameleon
V-Chameleon [OLD]
V-Chameleon [NEW]

What do you think Chief?

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What Chief said ! !
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I'm not biased.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Chief:
Have owned both. Most Vallotton Chameleons are pretty much factory knives with plastic scales that feel cheap to me. The Microtech LCC/DA is a wonderful piece that beats the Chameleon by a large margin and is $100 cheaper. Would buy a LCC/DA at twice the price and be happy with it, of course, I might be biased.
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Ditto, on all counts, except for the "twice the price" comment.

The Chameleon's blade is VERY thinly ground, feels like aluminum in terms of weight. Delicate. And the realease is very clever and concealed, but the LCC bolster release is also clever.

 

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Don,

Agree with your order. The MT Chameleon had anodized Aluminum scales instead of the plastic used on the Vallotton so it feels much better in the hand. Am really not wild about the button under the clip tho and in my opinion it might possibly fire accidentally if you had the knife clipped to your pocket and pulled it out. The Chameleon I had was one of the later Vallotton ones and it wouldn't have that problem as the release is under the scales. Was a little tricky to locate. There are some custom makers who make nice hidden releases, Larry Chew, Darrel Ralph, and Rob Davidson to name a few.
 
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Chief,

With the clip "perforated" to hit the release, I would think that it would take one hell of a bump against it for the knife to fire in pocket. Anything is possible though!
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I agree on the MT. She was solid, too bad there is not another run of those on the horizon.

And you better believe that Darrel Ralph has his stuff together...he rocks.

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