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Anyone use a cleaver style folder? Sell me on it

Discussion in 'Knives' started by karlito, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. karlito

    karlito Loaded Pockets

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    I've just read a short article on Everydaycarry regarding pocket cleaver folders. It mentioned that they are more robust and better for heavier task including chopping, although I don't think chopping with a folder is a good idea in general. The blunted and generally flat blade shape has me intrigued - mostly the novelty of the blade shape I think.

    Does anyone carry one as their edc blade? What are your thoughts? Why do you (or I) want to carry one as opposed to a more tradition knife? I am probably just looking for an excuse to buy another blade, so sell me on one.
     
  2. Daveho

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    Often I find myself at an impromptu Chinese bbq and cutting up an entire cooked duck on my edc wood block is mandatory
     
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    @Daveho: an edc WOOD BLOCK? Really? I'm speechless!

    新年快樂!

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  4. Journo

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    I am interested on this one too!
     
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    I don’t own one, but here’s my pitch (or at least my theory on why they exist).

    Imagine a knife maker or in-house designer. They spend their working day thinking about knives, but really, knives are simple objects - blade, handle, pivot, lock, etc. We can all rattle these components and their various designs off the top of our heads. Imagine drawing/conceptualizing hundreds or thousands of different knives. I would soon become bored of designing typical EDC’s - like 3 inch liner lock drop points with G10. I’d look around for inspiration. Several years ago, maybe I’d find a flipper design that would excite me. A few years ago, maybe a new harpoon-shaped blade would get me going. Last year, it was probably a cleaver.

    As repeat consumers, we go through something similar. I’m not interested in buying a new 3 inch liner lock drop point G10 EDC knife - I have a bucket full of those. Ooh, but that cleaver looks cool.

    So a cleaver probably shouldn’t be your first knife. It probably shouldn’t be your primary EDC. But as your 13th or 32nd or 56th knife - yes, get something different.


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  6. The Last Crow On The Wire

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    Agreed
     
  7. Moose

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    If I ever get so jaded by drop point G10 liner locks that I'll buy a 'folding' cleaver for an interesting change of pace I'll know it's time to close my cutlery drawer for good. I can't stand this current fad. I think its very much a symptom of a saturated market trying to part us from our money with a literally pointless folding knife innovation. Better then an ice-skate on a desert island, but beyond that.... No. I'm not a fan.

    But then again, that Firebird cleaver is very reasonably priced. And looks to have good ergos.
    Hmm, maybe I need to rethink my position... :)
     
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  8. Daveho

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    You don’t EDC a chopping board?
    How weird, what do you chop on..
    Nah honestly I love the idea of a cleaver but I just can’t justify one lol
     
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    I saw Castaway - that ice skate was very useful!

    A folding cleaver is not a good all-around do-everything EDC knife. It's a specialty blade for a specialty task (I have no idea what that task would be, but I bet it's perfect for something). I imagine it's almost as useful as a hawkbill for EDC (which can cut some things, but not a sandwich).

    A full size heavy cleaver can be great in the kitchen, but I can't conceive of a situation in which I'd EDC one of those either.
     
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  10. Moose

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    I agree with absolutely everything you just said :)
     
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    Hey I’m new to knives, just bought my first knife of more than $8 just 2 months ago, ZT0055. That got me hooked. Since then, I got an ADV Butcher
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    Kinda cleaverish And it’s awesome but this is my favorite knife so far:

    VDK War Admiral
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    I wouldn’t get another Butcher but I would definitely get a Battle Cleaver one day from ADV and I would get another War Admiral in a heart beat. I. Fact, I tried trading my Butcher on Facebook for 2 Admirals but he changed his mind. He wanted one that isn’t carried or used.

    The VDK Impaler is another one I’d love to own soon or the Something Obscene Cleaver

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    They’re not practical as my friend says but I really crave them. Just love how mean they look.
     
  12. karlito

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    Dang. If not for the price, you definitely would have sold me on cleavers. Those are some seriously good looking blades!