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Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Dan of Bazz Clazz, Jun 17, 2017.
If it had been my wedding, we'd be having a fist fight right about now...
And a stupid person will beat you with experience every time. lol
Actually, I was referring to the knife posted by Evilgreg. Not sure why my reply didn't get connected to his post. Sorry about that.
Very Nice. Care to share the make & model? I don't recognize the TM.
or white flag of surrender. lol
I haven't handled a new china 33OT, but I've handled some other models and while they seem decent the handle color is just wrong.
I like the reddish chocolate brown that fades to caramel around the edges like the originals.
Either way the model / frame itself seems to be more gentlemanly in my eyes than a stockman which is meant for dirty work around the farm.
Now in today's world just about any smaller traditional pocket knife will seem so old timey and inoffensive to people compared to anything modern so they all make the cut.
Now 50-60 years ago though many pocket knives were recognized, carried, and used for their specific purposes , so things like trappers stockmans and sodbusters wouldn't have been seen as too elegant or classy.
It is a wierd blade. I do like it though even though it has a very unique style blade that is a chisel grind.
Very easy to operate with one hand and..very sharp
A true gentleman's knife MUST be a slip joint. It can be plain or elegant but must be a small knife. 2" to 2.5" blade or main blade is about perfect. My two most carried gentleman's knives are a red Delrin Case peanut and a Victorinox Alox Solo. A small 3 blade stockman will also suffice. Weight must be under 2oz.
For me there are 2 different kinds that qualify. You have the knives that people are comfortable seeing like a sak or peanut so they are all but ignored, and then you have the knives that are so aesthetically pleasing that they are admired by non knife people.
You pull out something small in Damascus with a nice dyed burl wood and people don't see a knife, they see pocket jewelery.
Dan (the OP),
I don't necessarily agree with your terms (I especially think you disqualify to many factors right off the bat) however I really enjoyed your writing style! Great thread!
I have two folders I consider gentleman's knives: small CF Sebenza 21 (high end, and note I've carried it to two weddings, one of which I was in and still carried it clipped to my tux left rear pocket ) and a Esee zancudo with a maroon micarta scale (low end but still pretty).
Personally I have less criteria but I do believe a gentleman's folder should be light and thin, ride low in the pocket (when clipped), be well refined and should absolutely not have any logos showing on the pocket clip if you are gonna clip it to a pocket.
Not mentioned in the first ~dozen or so replies I read would be an Enzo or a William Henry
Im not really carrying folders anymore and next time I need a gentleman's knife I'll be choosing from my FB's, I'm thinking a NorthArmsKnives Mallard in a horizontal leather belt sheath should fit the bill just fine and not net me any negative attention.
That's a William Henry, not sure the specific model
Being Gentleman is the most important thing , the knife doesn't matter ,the man and how he uses the knife is what makes it a Gentleman's knife.
Yes. Lone Wolf Prankster.
It's a William Henry E10-2. It's very light, ~1.8oz, especially for a knife with a ~3.4" blade. The best part of it is that it's a thin blade with a deep enough hollow grind to make it cut like an angry opinel. It may not be overbuilt, but it rocks at actually cutting stuff (it out-cuts pretty much all of the knives I regularly carry).
Great discussion! I see one as a lighter weight blade with more of an ornate design and with higher end materials. Nothing tactical.
I think of the Mnandi as THE consummate gentleman's folder.
Ditto, a small swiss army knife is a great gents knife. I EDC a GB but not when going to functions, etc. It really isn't what I would consider a gent's knife.
My little swiss army knife is perfect for such occasions.
I agree, which is why I don't own one I'm not a gentleman.
Gentleman's knife.... why a Buck 110 (or similar) on the belt of course.
My concept of a gentleman's knife follows along jc57'S line of thinking. For the most part it is a small knife that is thin in the pocket that is used for office type use. The cost of your chosen gentleman's knife will follow along with the deepness of your wallet and your concept of what works. The knife is very sheeple friendly overall, but it would likely bother a few regardless. A traditional peanut would work for me especially if it has nice scales.