What Custom Folder Should Be Given A Production Treatment?

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What custom folder do you think
has a chance, or SHOULD have a
chance at becoming the next big production folder? Benchmade,
Spyderco, CRKT, REKAT, Emerson, whatever...

In my opinion the Mel Pardue 8 dagger (link below) needs to be given a production treatment above all else. I like symetrical pieces (that's why I adore my 350 and Auto-Spike), and this knife looks almost like it may have something to do with the BM 3500 & 350.

Here is a link to the knife, as seen on KnifeArt.Com.
http://www.knifeart.com/knifeart/i
nlap.html

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I think Darrel Ralph's Apogee has a good shot at being a great seller for Outdoor Edge. The knife combines smooth styling, great looks, and is downright useful.

One folder I'd like to see mass produced is Ken Onion's Avalanche design. It's the same knife as Kershaw's 25th Anniversary Knife model 1525. Would like to see one in that polished G-10 and CPM440V steel. Yessir, it'll be one heck of a user
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Knives by Brian Tighe and Greg Lightfoot are in the design/prototype stag with CRK&T.

Forget which custom knife do the factories want. They want all of them. One factory or another is currently talking with every tactical folder maker you ever heard of.

You know if the custom makers would all get together and say no. Well that would never happen.



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Ditto Dexter on the Apogee. Custom makers generally have the ability to be more innovative than production companies in the technology they incorporate due to the lack of expensive tooling.

It's a lot less risky for a custom maker to bandsaw out a titanium integral lock, than a production company to invest in the automated machinery and fixtures to do the same, if the project might not be well received by the market.

Darrel's using a very high flat grind, the integral lock, and very robust large-diameter posts to secure the handle slabs (versus the tiny screws and pins used by production companies) and puts it together in a visually stunning (non-tactical package).

Those are all great features that aren't too prevalent in today's production knives. I'd love to see more knives like the Apogee break through the ranks of the production companies. If the positive response to pink Delicas and Crickets on the Spyderco forum is any example, there must be other people like me out there who want to carry and openly use hi-tech knives without being labelled as "that Rambo wannabe".

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IMO, I like it much better when custom makers team up with a company to design a new piece (a la Spyderco's Collaborations) then when they merely translate one of their pieces into a cheapened-up production copy. Just my $0.02.

For the question, Gilbreath is long overdue.

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While it will do the custom maker good to have his name exposed to the general public through a major factory deal the quality of the product resulting from the collaboration is critical to the maker's reputation in the long run. I would be reluctant to allow my name to be used unless I could control the quality of the finished product.

Most definitely Greg and Brian deserve the recognition. They have worked long and hard to reach the level that they are at now.

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Sorry, I'm sick of Tactical this and serrated that. I like the the Tony Bose/Case collaboration. BTW if you're looking for something that will get more valuable over time I'd consider stockpiling a couple of these, though at $300 a popo that could be expensive.
 
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Sorry, I'm sick of Tactical this and serrated that. I like the the Tony Bose/Case collaboration. BTW if you're looking for something that will get more valuable over time I'd consider stockpiling a couple of these, though at $300 a pop that could be expensive.
 
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Good one Dexter! What are you, psycic(I can NEVER spell that word right...)? Darrel Ralph's Apogee looks exactly like something Outdoor Edge would produce.

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I agree with Les on this one. How many custom collaborations can there be??

Personally, I want to see the knife companies R&D come up with an original idea, instead of "renting" the idea from a custom maker.

Just my thoughts on the subject.
 
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Stompy - OE is working on their version of the Apogee right now
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One of Scott Sawby's classy-looking folders -- with one of his own locks -- should be productized as a knife gents' knife.

More importantly, someone needs to get one of J.A. Harkins amazing-looking Japanese-influenced folders on the market. His knives are striking. A Harkins folder was the first custom knife I ever bought, and to this day it's still the one that gets to most attention when people look at my knives!

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Thanks for the votes!
I agree with the comments on collaborating with companies to come up with new unseen knives . I do enjoy having models choosen to be reproduced.
I feel you will see some unseen folders in the future on this end of things :]
As for Lightfoot and Tighe .... both are great makers and I think you will see some of there knives in the furture from production companies..

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With only 1000 Bose/Case being produced they are already gone.I had to scramble to order 2 and believe me if I could have gotten more I would have.I firmly believe these are going to sky rocket in value.
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Damn. Almost got it in before anyone else. The Sawby Combat/Utility folder with the Sawby self lock is individual enough to stand out from the crowd, while being a sound enough design to be very practical. Don't know about the mass production implications of the Sawby lock, though.
 
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