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post #241 of 1742
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I've used knifecenter.com and been satisfied with their service. They'll ship internationally, but with some caveats.
Super. Nice selection of knifes, and i can even buy me some good Real shaving there + a new flashlight. Damn, feel sorry for my wallet LOL.
post #242 of 1742
Anyone use the Columbia River Guppie?
post #243 of 1742
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Originally Posted by malldian View Post
Anyone use the Columbia River Guppie?
Tried one before, but it isn't all that comfortable to use as a knife. IMO, the Zilla Tool Jr. is much more ergonomic and useful in that price range. The Skeletool is even better, but is ~ 2x the price.

As far as the Subclaw, I can't think of anything in the same price/size range that will outlast it.
post #244 of 1742
Damn CRKT and their ability to make great knives! I've been having so much fun using the Thunderbolt 2 at work, that I went ahead and bought another CRKT: The Pazoda.



The Pazoda looks and feels in every way, as durable as the Thunderbolt 2, but it is lighter, thinner and smaller. It feels like its going to be a very good tool for light Slope duty while I use the Thunderbolt at home as an EDC. Looks like CRKT just made another lifetime customer!


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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post
At $21 the CRKT Thunderbolt 2 looks great!
It really is! I don't think I've managed to find quite as good a knife at quite as good a price.
post #245 of 1742
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Originally Posted by marvin View Post
Tried one before, but it isn't all that comfortable to use as a knife. IMO, the Zilla Tool Jr. is much more ergonomic and useful in that price range. The Skeletool is even better, but is ~ 2x the price.

As far as the Subclaw, I can't think of anything in the same price/size range that will outlast it.
Once my amazon gift card comes in i will probably buy that
post #246 of 1742
Mysteriously, I haven't got any knives of my own to show off (unless a Leatherman Supertool counts). So can I substitute these, instead?




post #247 of 1742
^ But will you ever use them?
post #248 of 1742
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^ But will you ever use them?
Well... pool noodles and milk cartons throughout the region fear me! Does that count?
post #249 of 1742
Having gotten back from a couple of weeks out in the wood in the last month, I've been in kind of a bushcraft frame of mind. Ordered a Mora 2000, a Grohmann Model 1 with black linen micarta grips, and a Bark River Kephart with natural canvas micarta grips (pix when they show up). It's pretty well accepted that the Scandinavians have something of an edge (pun intended ) in woods knife design. So I pulled out a couple of finnish blades I've had for years. Turns out they were both made by Hackman and both have some history, although I bought each individually because I liked the way they were designed and constructed.



The Tapio Wirkkala fixed blade was designed by the famous Finnish designer Wirkkala and are now going fo a 1500% premium over original price on eBay. Mine has been by desk knife for the last twenty-five years. The Hackman butterfly is of the type and series the CIA bought by the case as an issue knife for its operatives in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. They are going for 300% to 500% premiums among collectors. Mine rides around in a pocket of my field coat and sees regular use in the woods.



But seeing as how both knives are good practical work tools, I'm keeping them and continuing to use them regularly.

Next: AXE-FI photos to follow.
post #250 of 1742
Wow, those are some really nice knives, Old Pa! I especially like that Tapio Wirkkala!

So I thought that the bug had passed, And I'd be satisfied with the CRKT Thunderbolt II as my EDC and the CRKT Pazoda as a compact EDC for work on the Slope...How silly of me! I stopped by the local Sportsman's Warehouse to pick up some stuff for Slope Duty and I ended up stopping by the knife counter, which was being manned by a rather cute girl. We got to talking, and somehow, I ended up walking away with this:



Yup, It's another CRKT: The CRKT M16-14Z, to be precise. What are my opinions on it:

1. It's huge! At 9 1/4" in total length (with extended blade), this is by far the larges knife I have ever owned. That title was originally claimed by a cheap Tomahawk brand knife that was about 8 1/2" long

2. It's huge! The blade has a very deep belly and is built of very thick steel. This thing is beefy!

3. The Zytel scales on both sides of the hilt make a very interesting grip. I've honestly never held a knife with Zytel scales, so this is a first for me, but I expect this knife will be very grippable, even when wet.

4. The Carson Flipper: This is my favorite function of the knife in all. I saw the flipper in use on youtube being used to pop the blade open, and I honestly had reservations as to how well it would work in life, but am pleased to say that it works like a dream, one hard flick with the index finger and the blade pops right open.

5. AutoLAWKS: Owning the Thunderbolt II, I was familiar with CRKT's LAWKS safety system that locks the liner and prevents disengagement. While I love it, I have to say I definitely prefer the manual model to the Auto on the M16. It's a pain in the ass to disengage with only one hand. It can be disabled though, which is something I might do in the future.

More thoughts to follow when I get a chance to actually test this out. Damn, I really probably should just mail my wallet to CRKT!
post #251 of 1742
I still carry and use my Ritter Mini Griptilian Benchmade. I've always been considering a nice Chris Reeves Mnandi, but I'd be afraid to use it, let alone pocket carry it daily, it's just so nice looking.

Plus I'm really set on the axis lock system. I don't really like liner or frame locks that require your finger in the blade path for unlocking it to close. Not to mention Axis lock is ambidextrous.

-Ed
post #252 of 1742
Some of my Randalls

post #253 of 1742
An hour ago, I just got a strict reminder from the local police to not carry any kinds of weapons on school campuses, even if it's midnight and school is not in session.
post #254 of 1742
C38368: Trivium?
post #255 of 1742
Strider SW SnG





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