Who is buying these old-timey knives that don't even lock?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Motega, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. Motega

    Motega Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    The "no locks allowed" post makes the most sense to me- maybe there's a state where that's a law? I doubt Chinese are buying knives from us like this. I just don't get who these guys amassing $100(0)?! worth of variations each year are and what they get out of nail clipper sized blades. Scraping corrosion off or splicing telegraph wires? Cutting tonight's programming out of TV Guide or "Laughter is the Best Medicine" out of the latest copy of Reader's Digest?
    I'm poking fun, but the number of these knives still being produced means I am obviously wrong about something. I presume that it's not a TSA thing or something else that makes sense. Fast forward 50 years I have to believe these are going the way of the dinosaur, how many people under 40 are buying these knives?
  2. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    You must also be confused about why humans would collect anything at all....
  3. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Assuming you are not just trolling...
    May I ask how old you are? You seem puzzled by the fact that many people like a different style of knife than you do. Age may be a factor, since many of us grew up in a time when the word "pocketknife" meant one of these non-locking traditionals. I live in a state where I can carry any kind of knife I want, and I like both modern locking knives and old timey slipjoints. Isn't it great there's something for everyone?
  4. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Because opening Geritol with a Microtech looks completely inappropriate.;)
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  5. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    It's hard to explain, but maybe when you get 40, you'll understand.
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  6. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Who says locking folding knives are the "best"?
    No lock mean easier to close.
    No lock means no lock rock.
    No lock means no lock to wear out due to use.
    No lock means not having to clean the mechanism or it will fail.
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  7. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I don't think you'll ever get it and you are "obviously wrong about something". Continue buying your thick bladed flippers or auto knives and go on. There are many people under 40 buying these knives. You should get a fairly good one and give it a try with an open mind. I suspect they will still be making them 50 years from now and they will continue to sell and be used. There is a lot of style going on with slip joints.

    How do you feel about SAKs?
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  8. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    The OP just doesn't seem to get it.
    As someone who normally carries a "tactical" folder, and owns crazy things such as Smatchets, I also have a number of the confounding knives with no locks. ;)

    Hell, I'm the guy who made the beast in this thread...


    ...yet I still get why a knife with no lock can still be used.

    Check this thread:


    I do generally prefer knives with locks though.
  9. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    I love them old timey knives but I gotta agree that the ones that look like boots are probably only carried by degens from upcountry :p
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  10. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I've seen a huge upswing of this one recently, especially in the EDC thread.

    I have several old traditionals and slip joints and the GEC 86 is beautiful. But, at the same time I've been spoiled by modern day locking folders, and pocket clips. So, while I keep going back and forth about purchasing one, at the end of the day I'll probably just admire from afar. All I need to carry everyday is a folder and my classic SAK, and that is usually only for the toothpick, scissors and nail file.
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  11. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    @Cscotttsss I don't get interested in every one, but the 86 does click most of the boxes for me. I don't think I have seen this much interest since the Improved Trapper #48 came out. I actually own two of the 48's but that is not the norm for me in terms of buying more than one variation. Next year I hear that GEC will be making trappers. That's good as it's my favorite pattern.
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  12. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Who buys 'em?
    People who have class.
    People who know how to use a knife as a knife to cut stuff, and don't need a locking blade.
    People who want more than one blade on their knife.
    People who are not trying to "impress" strangers on how "bad arse" they are.
    People who don't need or want "tactical".
    (when was the last time as a civilian you had to take out an enemy sentry, for example)
    People who know that without considerable training, a knife is a really bad "weapon" and a horrible choice for self defense.
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  13. AdamFuzzyballs


    Mar 16, 2015
    They all look the same... as opposed to the hundreds of black or tan g10, titanium framelock modern folders that come out every year
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  14. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Oh my gosh that's disgusting. Where, where is this upcountry?
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  15. Planterz


    Mar 26, 2004
    Just wait until this guy hears about Swiss Army Knives.
  16. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    There’s a number of things a big chunky knife can’t do because they are to big. A small slip joint traditional such as a 303 Buck can fit in some close confines and still do the job. I carry one all the time and they’re good for digging a splinter out, doing some delicate trimming, precise cuts making a gasket. Lots of different things. And it doesn’t take up much room in pocket. I also carry a large vantage pro or a 110 slim pro for the heavier work.
    When hunting small game a trapper works nice for dressing a rabbit or squirrel. Cleans a fish good and proper. As does several other traditional pocket knives. There’s a world out there just waiting to be discovered and many old timey non locking knives have been doing it for at least a few hundred years.
  17. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
  18. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Or fixed blades
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  19. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    If one is too inept to use a non locking knife for appropriate tasks, the one should avoid them.
    Others appreciate their design and construction and their elegance is very desirable to many who appreciate old world craftsmanship and ingenuity.
  20. strokednbored

    strokednbored Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2015

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