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

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

  1. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    I certainly understand the convenience of opening a knife with one hand. I like switchblades, myself, especially stilettos. Haven't bought a "modern" yet, though. Spyderco seems to me like the Glock of the knife world: innovative, of high quality, and kind of ugly but hard to stop looking at! MAYBE someday I'll buy one.

    I am glad there are so many options available. It's a shame that many places (cities, states, countries) have lots of knife restrictions. Also glad I live in Texas.
  2. jmh33

    jmh33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    I like them all.. And carry them all.. Why limit yourself??:D
  3. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    When I know I'll be on a ladder, I take it even a step further than a modern folder. I've got an old beater otf that is my dedicated ladder knife. The convenience for me is unparalleled, even by a fixed blade.
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  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I was just being a bit tongue in cheek but of course I failed to make it obvious.

    Traditionals are 100% my preference these days but I do have an appreciation for pocket clips and thumb studs regardless of the fact that they're no longer my thing.
    They're popular for a reason, as a teenager I loved them for those reasons, and they're not going away.
    If I couldn't carry a fixed blade at work I'd have to have one for sure.
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  5. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    That's unhelpful when having a discussion to counter a myopic point of view, especially when you fail miserably.
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  6. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    @Motega, here is my answer to your question. There are many of us who are pulled to a simpler way of life and an earlier aesthetic. Any or all (and many more) might apply: Our 4-wheelers are horses, our knives might rust if they don't get oiled, our trucks have carburetors, our tactical rifles are stamped "U.S. RIFLE CAL. .30 M1", our razor blades have two edges (or fold into a handle), our watches wind up and tick, we drink coffee that comes off the stovetop, we light candles with matches, we occasionally hunt and fish for meat, we grow fruit and vegetables, we plan our lives with paper and pencil, we write thank yous on nice paper with fountain pens and put them in the mail, and we hold our partners when we dance. Locking knives? Sure, I have many: Buck 110s and 112s, a Mercator, a dozen Opinels, a Le Thiers slipjoint with a liner lock, two ring-pulls by CS, and for my most tactical a Gerber Harsey Air Ranger II (great knife BTW, but I haven't carried it in years). It's not like we're Luddites, though. We're using the internet, right? Hell, I even use a Fiskars plastic hatchet for camping! But there's a lot of pleasure to old things, old styles, old ways; and pleasure is why we pursue this hobby. It sure isn't out of practicality. I have far too many knives for that excuse!

    Pick yourself up an old timey knife with nice fit and finish, some good looking scales, and maybe even a carbon steel blade. Give yourself a month to slow down and enjoy it. Take a breath. Look at the world. Chew your food a bit more slowly. Enjoy your hard won civilian life. Use two hands to open and close your pocketknife and take your time doing it. Your blood pressure will come down and the corners of your mouth will go up. The world will look a lot better, I promise. All because of a knife. ;)

    Old timey stuff:


    Laguiole by Le Sabot (about 25 yo, not their best work, but sharp as all get out, a spring like the aforementioned bear trap, and ready for work); 1937 Brazilian army contract S&W M1917; Breitling Aviator 8 Day Date 41mm automatic. <<Disclaimer: Guns and alcohol don't mix!>>

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  7. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    I have a couple. Yes, it's just an excuse to post pictures.

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  8. Fisher1573

    Fisher1573 Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    I just fell in love with that Boker.
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  9. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    All the way from the second page.

    I started losing interest in modern folders when I was all of 38. I didn't believe that just spending more and more on knives would get me more satisfaction, and I decided that I wanted to explore alternatives to the go-to option for mid-tech, mid-price folding knives. Slipjoints are a different niche, although I'm still hanging on to some of the modern touches.
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  10. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    Boker Slack. There's a Cocobolo scale version, somewhere around page 3 or 4 (?).

    I'm not sure if the Slack is being made anymore, and if you fancy picking one up, you shouldn't wait too long. It's about $80, so it's not a big risk, money-wise.

    I should consolidate these posts, somehow....
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  11. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Then here's a more helpful one.

    They're as much as I need in a knife, they cut very well, they're very attractive, and they're a great value.
    The steels are fine for me too, I've been using a 1095 GEC H20 fixed blade all day at work today ( on lunch ) and I just strop it a few strokes on my pants leg before putting it away and it's not getting dull yet, also hepls clear it of tape residue.
    Oh and if you get bored with current production stuff there's the past 120 years worth of knives to look Into.
    Plenty of good vintage or even " antique " knives out there, of course they might not be for you if fancier steels are your thing.
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  12. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Strop leg syndrome.

    Sometimes my angles are a bit too steep.


  13. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Simple....This guy!
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  14. Justabulletaway

    Justabulletaway Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 17, 2019
    Sometimes it is nice to have a gentleman's folder for formal events.
    I recently picked up this modern slip joint.
    New materials yet classic.

  15. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Lucky you weren't palm stropping!:eek:
  16. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    "Palm stropping" sounds either uncomfortably hardcore, or a subject for a very different kind of forum!
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  17. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 1, 2013
    Tell that to Blade Smith Jerry Fisk. He palm strops his Bowie Blades ..
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  18. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Platinum Member

    May 14, 2012
    ^ :)
  19. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    Well, there is some part of me that stopped maturing at 12. Hang on now, I'm going to have to do some reading.....

    Edit: Huh. Pretty easy to find some information. A fella named Joe Calton on the 'Tube, who advocates palm stropping as a way of cleaning the edge, if not strictly for dressing the edge.

    He also sounds like Nicholas Cage, which was puzzling, at first. I guess it's a regional speech pattern....?

    I wear cotton fabrics most of the time, and I have the feeling that stropping against them is going to be more effective than the palm of my hand. Safer, too. But if Jerry Fisk says it works, my dumb ass isn't going to argue.

    Also for what it's worth, there is a thread over in Traditionals about this. Some similarly middle-school humor there, so I'm at least in good company. I'm going to zip my yapper now, and either allow the thread to wander back on topic, or allow others the opportunity to continue derailing.
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  20. Houlahound


    Aug 2, 2017
    Funny thread topic for a knife nerd forum.

    Haven't read the posts yet, was the OP trolling?

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