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If you could choose only one knife from each brand....

Discussion in 'Knives' started by doby34, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. doby34

    doby34 Loaded Pockets

    Jun 6, 2009
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    If you were building a knife collection, and decided to choose only one knife from each manufacturer, which knives would you choose and why?
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  2. northwest

    northwest EDC Junkie!!!

    Feb 5, 2014
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    *Decision impossible - shutting of brain for safety measures*
    I don´t even know every knife maufacturer. And even if I did, I couldn´t decide what knifes to collect. ​
    I think I would choose the most classic knife from each one if I was going to. A classic is always a safe choice. :)
  3. bpeezer

    bpeezer Loaded Pockets

    Feb 26, 2013
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    Can we choose discontinued models that we can't realistically get our hands on?
  4. doby34

    doby34 Loaded Pockets

    Jun 6, 2009
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    Absolutely. Anything that could show up at a knife show, secondary market, etc is all inbounds.
  5. O_G

    O_G Loaded Pockets

    Nov 12, 2013
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    Spyderco - Southard Flipper
    Benchmade - 940
    ZT - 0561
    Kershaw - Thermite
    Buck - 55
    Chris Reeve - Umnumzaan
    Victorinox - Manager
    Boker - Gnome
  6. JustinJ
    • GITD Manix 2XL Owner

    JustinJ Loaded Pockets

    Jan 1, 2013
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    Here's my list of makers/manufacturers I can think of, the knife I'd want from each, and whether or not I have it.
    Spyderco - Spyderfly. discontinued, don't expect to ever see one beyond pics on the internet
    Benchmade - 42. same as above.
    Bradley - Mayhem. done!
    Protech - flyfather. doable, but no interest at this time.
    Brous - silent soldier flipper. done!
    Chris Reeve - large sebenza. done!
    Kershaw - OD1. discontinued, no expectations of getting one.
    Medford - Praetorian or mini-praetorian. doable, but low priority.
    Emerson - A100. doable, bot no interest at this time.
    Curtiss - large F3. low interest, and his books are usually closed when I look
    Will moon - mark 7. same as curtiss
    Jake hoback - kwaiback. got one ordered. This has bumped a lot of the expensive doable knives to low priority.
    LEatherman - micra. done, but needs replacing (the scissors aren't as springy as they used to be)
    Boker - boker plus federal. doable but no interest at this time.
    ZT - 560. done.
  7. bpeezer

    bpeezer Loaded Pockets

    Feb 26, 2013
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    ZT 777 (with the composite blade, of course :D)
    Spyderco Domino
    Benchmade 940-1 (ok, it's not out yet, but it WILL be soon)
    Buck Marksman (also not out yet...)
    CRK Ti-Lock
    Kershaw RAM
    Emerson EDC-1
    Boker Kwaiken Flipper
    Lionsteel SR-2
    CRKT Ripple
    Gotta agree with MrOG on the Vic Manager
    Mora Companion (my only fixed blade)
    ESEE Izula folder (if it ever exists :rolleyes:)
    Hinderer Full Ti XM-18 3.5" (I don't think I could ever part with this)
    Curtiss F3 3.5"
    Why the heck not, Shirogorov model 95 with MRBS (a guy can dream)
    John Grimsmo Norseman

    ...I'm gonna stop here, I'm starting to salivate thinking about all of these deliciously awesome knives :D
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  8. doby34

    doby34 Loaded Pockets

    Jun 6, 2009
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    Strider - SnG, S110v DGG spearpoint
    Emerson- Commander, kryptek
    CRK- Sebenza, carbon fiber scale
    Benchmade- Grip, Wilkins sheepsfoot
    Sniper blade works - DMF, 1095 hamon
    Spyderco - EDCF Moonglow Manix
    Microtech - Scarab, d/e, ff/fs
  9. NOT-A-FAN

    NOT-A-FAN Loaded Pockets

    Feb 7, 2014
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    i already have most of what i want from the major manufacturers, but i need them all ;)

    Spyderco, dragonfly either g10 or zdp189
    Cold Steel, well ave most of what i want from them, just waiting to see what 2014 has in store
    Benchmade, Grip and mini Grip Mel Pardu design
    Microtech, hell any of em will do
    HTM, same
    case, sod buster. hey im a simple man
    schrade, any old timer works for me
    Bark river, Fox river or Bravo 1. havnt decided yet
    ka-bar, navy survival knife. i just love that blade size and shape
    anything from fiddleback forge

    i guess thats my little list for now. as always, more to come
  10. Nevada

    Nevada Loaded Pockets

    Jan 22, 2013
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    Bark River Bravo 1.5 Blue/Black G10 or Tigerstripe G10
    Benchmade Triage (orange, not sure what specific variant)
    Leatherman MUT

    Those are really the only "Grail" knives for me at the moment. I plan on getting a Buck Bantam B?W in Orange Blaze that's larger than the one in my pocket at right now, but that's not really a "Grail".

    And finally, for the REAL Grail blade, I'd love to have Excalibur. Not sure about the whole becoming King of England thing though.... might be a bit of a bother.
  11. cowsmilk

    cowsmilk EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Dec 1, 2007
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    Benchmade - Mini Dejavoo (745)
    CRK - Small Sebenza Insingo with CF inlays
    Hinderer - XM-18, 3", blue stonewashed titanium framelock and scale, bronze accessories, stonewashed custom FFG blade.
    Strider - MSC PT CC
    Bark River Knives - Rising wolf with CF scales

    more to follow
  12. Ironside

    Ironside Loaded Pockets

    Nov 6, 2013
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    Keychain: SAK Manager

    SAK Director
    CRK small Sebenza 21 classic Ti scales
    Spyderco Dragonfly ZDP189
    FTR V3 CPM154 - wow
    TAD Dauntless
    Karroll EDMW
    Hinderer XM18

    Kershaw Skyline
    KaBar Mini Dozier
    Alox Cadet
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  13. sungame

    sungame Loaded Pockets

    Jan 9, 2012
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    Neither do I. However, with a possible exception for Enzo, I don't think I would have much of a problem choosing only one from the ones I do know.

    • Enzo: Borka. Possibly the best outdoors folder for yours truly. Good looks, perfect size, a Scandi grind and what seems like a good steel for the purpose.
    • Benchmade: H2O Griptilian w/ combo edge. I am not usually very fond of serrations, but this knife would be a special for boating/sailing/canoeing/surfing and other water related activities where cutting rope and cord quickly could be important.
    • Chambriard: Le Thiers Compact. Classy, beautiful, non-threatening little knife for those dressy moments.
    • Victorinox: Pioneer (already own this one). Probably the best EDC SAK out there today.
    • Buck: 110 Alaskan guide (already own standard 110). A modern take on a timeless classic, in S30V.
    • Chris Reeve: Small Sebenza 21. I guess I don't have to explain this one.
    • Helle: Brakar. Superb laminated steel, good looks and a beefy blade. And a Scandi grind, of course!
    • Bark River Knives: Grasso Bolo II. I don't really need a machete. But I want one. This one!
    • Survive Knives: GSO 6.0: I don't really need this one either, but it would be great to own a really heavy duty, full tang knife, and this looks like it fits the bill.
    • GEC: Bullnose. Nice, simple and useful little folder.
    • Spyderco: Dragonfly SS. Because sometimes, less is more.
  14. z0mbiSl4y3r

    z0mbiSl4y3r Loaded Pockets

    Sep 9, 2013
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    OK, you asked. This was a hard decision to make being only one of each maker.

    1. Buck- Strider 889 SBMF
    2. Benchmade- Doug Ritter Mini Grip with Wilkins Ti scales
    3. Kershaw- Starkey Ridge Ti
    4. ESEE- That mythical folder they've never put out
    5. Ontario- Zancudo
    6. Boker- Minos
    7. Bark River Knives- Bravo Gunny
    8. ZT- zt0801 (by far one of the best knives I've ever owned)
    9. Strider- Any of the "lego" styles with digi-cam blade
    10. Case- any stag handle canoe will do
    11. Northwoods- Camel Bone Fremont Jack
    12. Brous- Bionic (blue or orange)
    13. Fiddleback Forge- ASP
    14. Ka-Bar- Zombie War Sword
    15. Sniper Blade Works- Mini LPC tigerstripe camo
    16. Tops Knives- Lil Roughneck
    17. Becker Knife and Tool- Becker Necker
    18. Arno Bernard- Titanium Folder with Carbon Fiber inlay
    19. EKA- Classic #5
    20. Emerson- CQC-14 BC
    21. Fallkniven- P3Goakc- Sea Drowned oak folder in 3G steel
    22. Great Eastern Cutlery- #79 in stag bone
    23. Dan Koster knives- Scout in 3V steel Ranger green
    24. Queen Cutlery- Joe Pardue cotton sampler
    25. Scagel Knives- Fruitport Wharnie in Ram's Horn
    26. Schatt & Morgan- Kentucky Shiner single blade in Sambar stag
    27. William Henry knives- B06 Android Ventana
    28. Al Mar- SERE 2000 in digi-cam G10
    29. SOG- Facet
    30. Hinderer- XM18 with a scale of any of these colors (OD Green, digi-cam, orange)
    31. Cold Steel- Lawman 3.5
    32. DPx Gear- HEST T/F Milspec Folder in OD Green or Orange
    33. SAK- Explorer
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  15. suburbDad

    suburbDad Loaded Pockets

    Jan 31, 2014
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    ok - dumb question. Just looking at the BEST knives from EACH brand is not the best thing because there's too many overlaps in functionality. How about (not to totally high-jack the thread) a portfolio of knives instead? Like since there are multiple categories, who would make the best from which brand:

    best folder
    best full-tang blade
    best neck knife
    best machete
    best parang
    best throwing knife
    best kukuri
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  16. z0mbiSl4y3r

    z0mbiSl4y3r Loaded Pockets

    Sep 9, 2013
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    Best type of knife by maker is a loaded question IMHO... one guy might hate ZT's while another hates Spyderco's... then it becomes a what brand is better thread and not what the OP was asking. My list is majority knives that I've actually used with the exception of the super expensive makers. Your suggestion would make a great new post tho.
  17. Nick4305
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Nick4305 EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Jun 6, 2013
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    The one that ' i haven't yet.
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  18. NOT-A-FAN

    NOT-A-FAN Loaded Pockets

    Feb 7, 2014
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    i reject my list and adopt yours as of now. :D
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  19. Alnamvet68

    Alnamvet68 EDC Junkie

    Jun 19, 2013
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  20. Rockclimber

    Rockclimber Loaded Pockets

    Jan 19, 2013
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    SAK climber
    Spyderco lum tanto sprint
    Benchmade shotshow griptilian
    Boker prymate
    Buck strider
    Zt 0880
    Kershaw zing
    These off the top I am sure I could add more later