What is your "Icing on the cake" ?

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

  1. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Square & Clean joints for me.
  2. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Yes, Flush in Three is rare, usually the preserve of Customs. The only production knife I've had with it is the CASE Swayback, but I'm certain there are others. The thing about any 'icing' is the buzz it gives the owner of such a knife, immensely satisfying :cool::thumbup:
  3. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Really gnarly stag, both on vintage knives and new,




  4. jrawk


    Jul 14, 2014
    Not a fan of stag, however the icing on my cake is typically the wood grain.
  5. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Fun to read guys!
    My idea of "icing on the cake" is nice stag and crisp (not buffed or rounded) swedges.
  6. traumkommode

    traumkommode Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    Icing on the cake for me, too, would include better tip grinding, and also satin finishes. High Polish buffing is prettyour, not sure about the fingerprints. Also, I appreciate a clean, unetched blade.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2016
  7. Long pulls and swedges. Icing on the cake.
  8. ms3902


    Jul 8, 2007
    I am really surprised to see so many people that enjoy a well done stag scale. I have to also agree with the flush springs, although I don't mind so much if it is not flush in the half-stop position.
  9. r redden

    r redden Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 23, 2015

    Man Gary that knife is just plain ole purty!! It looks like it might need a touch up though and if you will send it to me I'll be glad to do it for you but I must warn you our Post Office's return shipping is backed up a few years. :D
  10. Jody744

    Jody744 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Long pull with a swedge, gets me every time!
  11. Ratbert


    Jan 1, 2016
    I'm going to say a really nice shield. To have a sweet knife that's also topped off by a classy looking shield does it for me. I'm thinking of the recent GEC 92 Talons that sported the oak leaf...icing on the cake indeed!
  12. JustinR

    JustinR Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    A long matchstrike pull does it for me.
  13. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Randy, I carefully considered your offer, for about a nanosecond! :D
  14. Flush springs can be a little OCD for me. It doesn't prevent me from liking a knife, but it seems to jump out at me.
  15. Sabercat

    Sabercat Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2015
    When it fits perfectly in my watch pocket.

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    Jun 16, 2014
    My Icing On The Cake is Made in the USA, Pins are flush & no cracks in the handles. I've got a few knives where the delrin in cracked by one of the pins but it doesn't effect whether or not the knife will cut.


    Jun 16, 2014
    Sabercat, that's a good one. Years ago before the age of Smart Phones. My icing on the cake for a cell phone was that it fit in my watch pocket on my blue jeans. This was because it would not fall out when riding my Harley.
  18. fuzzylogic


    Jul 20, 2016
    Fluted or threaded bolsters; seamless transition between materials; long pulls; crisp swage grind lines.
  19. kenspen


    Mar 25, 2010
    Fluted bolsters - check. Long pull - check. Tight back springs - check. Smooth rounded tangs - check. Gorgeous wood - check. Nearly perfectly book matched wood grain - ICING ON THE CAKE! My crummy camera and even crummier photography skills don't begin to show how beautifully matched the covers are on this 26 but they are spectacular.

  20. willythekid


    Oct 19, 2011
    For me, this gets pretty close to the "icing on the cake..." too bad I like a lot of different kinds of cake.:D

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