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Quality knives

Postby chrismjx » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:43 pm

I'm buying gifts for my groomsmen and looking for a quality, utilitarian knife. Not a Leatherman or Swiss Army knife, but a locking blade preferably made of durable materials... My hometown had an amazing, dedicated knife store, but Google doesn't yield any immediately recognizable wisdom on the topic for Denver...

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Re: Quality knives

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Re: Quality knives

Postby aaronmojica » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:55 am

I have been very happy with Columbia River Knife and Tool. Particularly the M21-02

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Re: Quality knives

Postby jasperson » Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:18 am

Kershaw makes fantastic folding knives.
As previously mentioned, Spyderco are very good as well.
SOG and Benchmade round out the top 4 for me.

Do you have a particular price point, features, or look/style in mind?

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Re: Quality knives

Postby Cruiser » Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:38 am

Kershaw Leek FTW! Get the knives engraved with each guys initials.

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Re: Quality knives

Postby Theodore » Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:36 am

Benchmade and CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) are in the Portland area... Portland seems to be a mecca for knife manufactutrers. What's your price point? I carry a Benchmade 707S everyday and have for years. It's held up great and I have no complaints with it. Benchmade has 4 different line depending on how nice you want to go... You can spend $50, or you can spend $500. There are some other good high end brands out there, I also have an Emerson Commander that I'm very happy with, but it's a bit big for daily usage. Microtech is another good one. knifecenter dot com is a nice website to browse, maybe take a look there, figure out what you are interested in, then head to your local shop to talk. Good idea, a knife is 10x more useful than most groomsmen gifts.

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Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:50 am

<3 my KABAR

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Re: Quality knives

Postby steelfrog » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:09 am

Call guys. They have all brands and are very helpful.

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Re: Quality knives

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:37 am

Fletch wrote:Benchmade is what many SWAT teams use (look in their law enforcement section). Very high quality stuff. Out of Portland I think. I have one of their hunting knives and its almost too sharp. Like a Samurai sword... Congrats on the wedding!

I lost BOTH of my Benchmade knives on my trip to Mount Hood a couple weeks ago; one captured by TSA on the way out - hidden in my pack (I forgot it was there). Then on the way back TSA snagged my other, older, Benchmade as well because I forgot to put it back in my checked luggage. Face-palm, and a couple hundred bucks in "lesson learned" about planning.

I vote Benchmade, too.
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Re: Quality knives

Postby skiwall » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:49 am

I'm thinking about getting a Benchmade for my fiance as a wedding present! :)
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Re: Quality knives

Postby painless4u2 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:51 am

If you want a really special, quality handmade knife that you're still going to carry and use, take a look at William Henry E-series. My wife gave me an E-10 as a gift, and I love it. ( If that's too much $ then I agree with the Benchmade brand. Unfortunately, I lost mine. :(
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Re: Quality knives

Postby Theodore » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:59 am

If you want to go smaller boutique-ish brands, Chris Reeves and Rick Hinderer also make some very nice ones.


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