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Smoothest Manual Folding Knife

Discussion in 'Knives' started by DropD, May 20, 2017.

  1. DropD

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    Based on your experience, what manual folding knife (non-auto, non-assisted) has the smoothest open/closing action? If more than one list best first.

    My choice:

    Ontario Rat 1

    I own many $200ish knives (Spydercos, ZTs, etc.) but I still think the Rat 1 wins for smoothness thus far.
     
  2. ThaMac

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    Really? CRK (large) Inkosi (or Sebenza).


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    William Henry. The blade has zero resistance yet no blade play. Pretty impressive.

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    I'm sure some of the more high end folders are smoother, but the smoothest I have personally handled is my Benchmade 707 Sequel. It is extremely smooth.


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    I couldn't agree more, love the Sequel.[​IMG]


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  6. Hangman
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    smoothest flipper on bearings - ZT 0392
    smoothest flipper on washers - Hinderer Eklipse
    smoothest non-flipper - Umnumzaan
    since you said open and close, my smoothest is really a BM Adamas, can't beat the opening/closing of a big bladed Axis lock
     
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    The smoothest manual I've had so far is actually my most recent purchase in the new 556 mini-grip. Once I dropped a little lube onto it, it's been nothing but axis lock deployments and retractions for days now. Much much smoother than my SOG Visionary 1. A joy to flip.

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    My Spyderco Chaparral CF is by far the smoothest I've ever owned.

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    For the money, either a WE or a ZT.
    Any price range, I've heard Rockstead knives have wicked smooth actions.


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  10. DropD

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    Yes, my ZT 0630 is probably my next choice for smoothest action.
     
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    I was thinking about my 620cf which is a very similar knife excluding the obvious tanto blade shape of mine lol
    I think it's even smoother than my 452cf which as I'm sure you know has bearings... Hinderer knives aren't snappy by any measure but they break in extremely smooth for being on teflon washers.
    I should probably mention I don't own an OKC R1 but my #2 is extremely smooth for the price point.
     
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    Spyderco tenacious. Even beats my zt0350

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    I'll second that!

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    Out of my hundred plus folders, the two that are a pleasure to open are my Spuderco Military, and ZT 0450. I swear, they're almost frictionless.
     
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    The 0450 is a flipper, but yeah pretty much. The question is, what you consider "manual". A flipper is manual, but old school would be slip joint or thumb stud/hole or such.

    This would even open a discussion about "smooth". Ball bearings, are they smooth? Or only the gliding of plain bearings? And is only a loose one smooth or can a tight fit be called smooth as well?

    For me smooth was plain bearings. If you consider balls bearings as well - alright.


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    You should definitely try the Real Steel Griffin.

    Button lock and so called needle bearings.
    Smooth but with the amount of control like with washers when you open it with the thumb hole, free falling when you press the release button.
    My "smoothest" knife so far.
     
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    My Spyderco Gayle Bradley 2 is my smoothest knife. Smoother than my Sebenza 25.
     
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    Soooo I was like "let's try" and went through some knives. Playing, trying, checking. Now I'd say "smoothest" is not something that's a thing.

    XM-18 3.5": Blade moves with absolut minimal friction. But as the blade is thick and heavy, would that work with a lighter blade? Still absolutely no blade play. Smooth?

    0450: Like a light switch, but when you hold the blade and VERY slowly move it, it's like you can feel the bearings roll. Is that smooth?

    Large Inkosi: There is some light friction when the detent breaks free. But when you move the blade there is zero feeling of, I dunno, grit or uneven moving. The washers do their job perfectly. Smooth though?

    Case XX 6143: That piece is at a minimum 53 yrs old. When I open or close the slip joint blade there is no crunching or any uneven feeling. It snaps into half and full position and back without any effort. Still there is zero blade wobble. Is that smooth?

    Those are only four examples of different kinds of smooth.


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