What kind of folder do you carry?

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by JustinFournier, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Win Heger

    Win Heger Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2000
    I used to carry a Kit Carson small Model 21, that model has a coping blade. It's probably the best design for everyday use. Now I work from home and my EDC is a Spyderco Military, for dress a Reese Bose Wharncliffe Trapper.

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  2. Marl71

    Marl71

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    Oct 15, 2015
    Because of where I live and work, I usually stick with small traditional folders. Around the house or outdoors I carry a fixed blade +/- a modern folder. My latest folder purchase is the spyderco advocate, which has a lot of features that I would like to see in a CPK folder:

    Not-too-thick and not-too-thin 0.12" stock with a high grind.
    Narrow blade profile with a fine, centered, useful point & not too much belly.
    Lightweight considering the materials and size.
    Good overall ergonomics, at least for light use.

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    I can take or leave the flipper and the handle finish. Some things I don't like:

    Bad pivot design with tiny bearings. I prefer washers.
    Slim handle without much contour, and uncomfortable for my hand when gripped tightly.

    Overall, the materials and the design fit my needs well. Of course I would like to see a CPK folder that includes some of these features and design philosophy.

    But, you know, this spyderco advocate is just another of many modern tactical flippers. Just my opinion, and nobody here would complain if the upcoming CPK flipper is another standard modern tactical flipper. But I am really impressed by the two CPK knives I own, and I am excited by the possibility that you will produce something really new and innovative in this upcoming design.
     
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  3. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    my folder patterns seem to work out well for Bruce Bingenheimer, and I think this one's my favourite. We call it Roundhouse, (like the coastal 1st nations structure) and he gifted this one to me. It's a hell of a gift :)

    I've been carrying it, but not really using it. Sad! But I love opening and closing it, it's so smooth and snappy and it has a nice feel to it. Maybe it's the wood scales that keep me from using it, or the beauty hand rubbed finish. Whatever it is, I hope I get over it

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  4. Cobra5

    Cobra5 Gold Member Gold Member

    178
    Jan 3, 2016
    I'm really liking the design Lorien!
    It looks great, and I suppose it's no accident that the scales are similar to the CPK EDC.
     
  5. coiledwire

    coiledwire Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Awesome EDC folder!

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  6. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    Lorien, beautiful!

    coiledwire, that too is in my pocket these days. My cheapest Shiro by far, but absolutely mechanically perfect, smooth as glass and an amazing EDC knife.
     
  7. zmbhntr

    zmbhntr ̿' ̿'\̵͇̿̿\з=(•̪●)=ε/̵͇̿̿/'̿''̿ ̿ Gold Member

    Jul 28, 2014
    These are my favorites:

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  8. coiledwire

    coiledwire Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Not enough Ti. Fail. 👉👈

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  9. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Pardon my ignorance ZmbHntr, but who makes those folders? The one with the spear tip gave me a serious tingle!
     
  10. zmbhntr

    zmbhntr ̿' ̿'\̵͇̿̿\з=(•̪●)=ε/̵͇̿̿/'̿''̿ ̿ Gold Member

    Jul 28, 2014
    It' not ignorance at all, I should have listed what they were to begin with. I've collected folding knives pretty hard for the last year and have gone through quite a lot of them, and these are my favorites thus far. That being said, many days I carry my Chris Reeve Sebenza 25 or Benchmade 940 Osborne, because I don't mind abusing them. These ones are more special and don't see overly heavy duty use (although they are all built for heavy use minus the armor core San Mai blade on the JacksonSD). My tastes in custom knives tend to run more towards the overbuilt side of things.

    1. Dalibor Draco. This one is integral (the handle is sculpted out of a single piece of titanium).
    2. Borka Stitch
    3. Custom Chaves Redencion
    4. Cobalt Customs JacksonSD
     
  11. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Very, very nice and exquisite items indeed. Thank you for sharing that info although a quick Googliedoodledoo search showed me that I ought to firmly stay on my own financial lane :D
     
  12. zmbhntr

    zmbhntr ̿' ̿'\̵͇̿̿\з=(•̪●)=ε/̵͇̿̿/'̿''̿ ̿ Gold Member

    Jul 28, 2014
    Thanks. Yeah, secondary market prices are pretty crazy with these makers knives (as well as many other custom knife makers). To keep costs down the key is getting on the makers books, which is unfortunately not an easy thing to do either. I was on Ramon Chavez list for a couple years before getting my knife, and I just got lucky to win a FB lottery to get on Cobalt Custom's books.
     
  13. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    The great thing about forums like this one is that people are prepared to share their experiences and their information. I really appreciate all the tips and all the great friends and other contributors I have met both on the Carothers' and also the Survive!'s sub forum where I started from about a year ago. Thank you to all you guys plus JoJo/Ellie (the real pant wearing bosses) :)
     
  14. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
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  15. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    Casino, are those yours?
     
  16. Standard78

    Standard78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2015
    Nice collection Casinostocks!
     
  17. coiledwire

    coiledwire Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Still this one.

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  18. Standard78

    Standard78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2015
    Fancy pants
     
  19. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    You ain't seen nuthin' yet.
     
  20. Standard78

    Standard78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2015
    Uh oh! This should be interesting!
     

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