What are "The Big Three?"

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In the Eveyday Commentary review of the 0777, the author Tony suggested that the knife might surpass the "Big Three." What are they? Here is the exact text: I'd argue given its tortured release history, this knife could be even MORE sought after than the "big three."
 
I think their LEs already have. My 0560CBCF and 0600 compare very favorably to my XM-18 and CRKs, and my 0777 blows them all out of the water.
 
I think their LEs already have. My 0560CBCF and 0600 compare very favorably to my XM-18 and CRKs, and my 0777 blows them all out of the water.

I agree 100%

Fit and Finish of their limited editions (and the 0801) is as good or better than Mid-Tech...
 
I wonder if ZT will achieve Mid-tech status?

well I guess that all depends on how you define mid tech. I try not to label knives no matter what. One thing Ive learned is that the terms custom, midtech and even handmade really dont mean anything in regards to quality. Technically a prison shank is a handmade custom knife.
 
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well I guess that all depends on how you define mid tech. I try not to label knives no matter what. One thing Ive learned is that the terms custom, midtech and even handmade really dont mean anything in regards to quality. Technically a prison shank is a handmade custom knife.

Um, ok?
 
Theologically: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Subatomicly: electron, muon, and tau. Culinary: onions, celery, and carrots. Auditorily: Beatles, Stones, and Zepplin. Medically: Penicillin, opiates, and implants. Monetarily: diamonds, gold and spices. Monumentaly: Great Wall, pyramids, and moon landing. Technologically: opposable thumbs, fire, and the microchip.
 

someone wondered if ZT would ever achieve mid-tech status and I was just pointing out that it really depends on your definition. What I was getting at is that the term midtech, custom and handmade get used so much with little to no standard at all. As far as quality goes, imho ZT all ready surpasses many makers in all three categories. If your definition of midtech is a knife made by a custom maker using production methods then no, ZT being a production company employing a team of individuals who make things in an assembly line type setting they wont be considered mid tech. But if your idea of mid tech is a production knife that attains a higher level of quality than is normally experienced from other products in its price range then yes I think you could consider them on par with a mid tech. The problem is there is no set definition that it seems everyone can agree on. And because of that i dont think the term custom, mid tech or handmade really mean anything in terms of the level of quality needed to be labeled as such.
 
All I can add based on owning two ZT limited knives and a few Hinderer XMs is that the quality of my examples in terms of fit and finish does not beat a production XM
 
All I can add based on owning two ZT limited knives and a few Hinderer XMs is that the quality of my examples in terms of fit and finish does not beat a production XM

Agreed. Zt makes some crazy good knives, but having had both I would agree with this 100%. Love my ZTs though.
 
I was way off base! Rookie. I assumed by Big Three, he was referring to 3 top ZT models. Learned a lot here (I think???). Ha! Ha! Prologic even covered the whole life gamut. Why did I go to college?
 
I wonder if ZT will achieve Mid-tech status?

Looking at the 0777, 0600, 056CBCF, and the rest of them...it's pretty much done. The only thing they need is to claim the title. The quality is there, and the pieces look good and perform even better. Just my opinion. It seems that the leader in tolerances is CRK, then Hinderer. Keep in mind, ZT is a new brand, not been online as long as the other 3. Give it time.
 
Tough to beat the quality coming out of Chris Reeve Knives. After all, they have won the "Manufacturing Quality Award" at Blade Show 13 out of the past 14 years!
 
Theologically: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Subatomicly: electron, muon, and tau. Culinary: onions, celery, and carrots. Auditorily: Beatles, Stones, and Zepplin. Medically: Penicillin, opiates, and implants. Monetarily: diamonds, gold and spices. Monumentaly: Great Wall, pyramids, and moon landing. Technologically: opposable thumbs, fire, and the microchip.


When it comes to fishing, Ted William's book talks of Tarpon, Bonefish and Atlantic Salmon, on the fly, of course.

In my personal usage, the big three knife makers are Bob Dozier, Mike Stewart, and Big Mike, :eek: ...yes, I use my own knives.



Big Mike
 
Rockstead,CRK and Spyderco.Big three users for me.
 
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