What is your "Icing on the cake" ?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by ms3902, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. Tilley Knife

    Tilley Knife I'm Daniel, I make stuff

    Jul 6, 2011
    A nice swedge combined with a long pull (non-match striker) :thumbup:
  2. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I'd have to say domed pins would be my "icing on the cake." I love the tactility of smoothly rounded pins rising just above the surface of the covers. A real sign of quality.
  3. Vaporstang

    Vaporstang Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2014
    Being able to attach a lanyard, be it a via A bale or a lanyard tube-pin....
  4. r redden

    r redden Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 23, 2015
    The OP got me thinking hard about what really was the "icing on the cake" for me. All of you have some truly great answers but I came to the conclusion for me it was a gifted knife. I have some fine knives that were made significantly better by the fact a fellow knife nut thought enough of me to gift it to me
  5. ms3902


    Jul 8, 2007
    Wow, you guys have brought up a bunch of stuff that could go on my list. A nice clip point with a long pull and a swedge is never a bad thing.
  6. SadSappySucker


    Jul 20, 2014
    Wrap around springs(like on the eureka jack), all steel construction, a really nice random jigging pattern, and a classic shield, any of those things would be worthy of being "icing on the cake".
  7. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I am becoming partial to cam tangs. Makes them much easier to open one handed. That is icing on the cake for me. Slip joints I can open with one hand.
  8. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    despite all of these things about half stops, i remember one of the most interesting things that keeps bringing me back to traditional is the ole silence of the lambs scene. "ready when you are Sgt.Pembry" in fact i had asked the question on the traditionals in movies thread of what knife it was and it was answered, cause it was what it looked like when i paused the movie. and for all my inclinations towards single blades, i did try to get a two bladed trapper today, lost all three auctions lol, all gec 48s in stag. but that's ok. funds went towards a vintage watch instead. (if anyone was curious, yes i do love Dr.Lector's knife choices, Hannibal is the only reason I even buy spyderco, bowels in or bowels out? :D, but that doesnt belong here in the traditionals well maybe, that model is a lockback)
  9. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    No one-handers, please.
  10. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    A smooth spine. When it all comes together just so and you can no longer identify liner or spring with your fingertips. Just one svelte piece of craftsmanship.
  11. RobbW


    Oct 15, 2003
    If icing means non-essential but delightful when it happens, then for me that means a nice tight blade configuration with no blade rub. Makes me smile every time!
  12. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    Smooth grip! That is; good seamless fit between bolsters and scales, no sharp tangs on closed blades when you are using the knife.
  13. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    I like the knife and can afford it?
  14. RDaneel

    RDaneel Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2000
    +1 :thumbup: Such a rarity it definitely seems special when it happens!
  15. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    Down here, we call that little something extra "lagniappe", and I have to agree with others about the flush springs in all positions and the long pull main blade. Those two things seem to add that something special to a knife for me.
  16. Macchina


    Apr 7, 2006
    Light shining through the springs: the more the merrier! Make mine the Grand Canyon!

    Sunken pins: where else would I put my lint and tarnish? I'll take every pin sunken, please! And sink the pivot pin while you're at it!

    Dull factory edge? Yes please, Ma'am! I have more diamonds than my wife and love to get them out!

    ...but when I get a new slip joint, I check 2 things: blade centered and spring flush when open and closed. Those two things are certainly the icing on my cake!
  17. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
  18. hank_rearden


    Jun 7, 2002
    i'll take meticulous old-style jigging on red bone over stag. a two-pin conspicuous shield will also do it.
  19. Wowbagger


    Sep 20, 2015
    Icing on the cake for me is not having to finish making the knife when I get it . . . to just be able to use it out of the box.

    In a traditional, for me, I suppose one bit of sweetness would be

    Sharpening bevel ground for cutting real world stuff rather than some of the obtuse nail chopping and brick chiseling edges that come on some blades . . . Victorinox I’m talking to you.

    I just plan on reworking most knives that I buy in one or more aspects but it is sweet when I don’t have to.

    The Case Trapper in Stag was really usable right out of the box. I am quite pleased with it.


    PS: this trapper's stag is no where near as ORANGE as it looks here. More browns, tans and black and white. I could not have been more pleased.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2016
  20. BearBug


    Jun 18, 2015
    If having cake means getting a new knife and the icing is what makes it great then I'd say walk and talk. I love that wife pestering "clicks" as she calls it when there's great audible and palpable snap. It's music to me and, I like half stops. W & T mean more to me than gaps and blade centering by far. My wife isn't a knife person, and I don't do it to annoy her, yet she was able to tell I was playing with one of my 77s on the main floor while she was upstairs. That's impressive!

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