@werehatrack I still have a couple of the Kershaw knives from 2015. They’re handy to clip to a pocket while working outside and are easy to open. But - are nearly impossible to close while wearing gloves. And since I’m not usually working outside with saws and knives without gloves, I find that little “design feature” to be less than stellar. I’m sure the ManlyMen of CRKT would just close it with their teeth or something. I still have to take off a glove.
@stinks that’s true…I guess they spent more time talking about what ‘kind’ of guy would use this knife rather than showing what the knife can actually do (it certainly wasn’t the same knife chopping that big stick, lol!) It was just amusing to me.
Yeah…I don’t really want to spend a lot, so I’ll keep an eye on slick deals. My boys got really nice folding knives from their troop leader when they became Eagle Scouts, so they don’t really need one, but I really wouldn’t mind finding one for my daughter. I’d expect she’d lose it within a year or so though…
@k4evryng@phendrick Wow, that guy is nothing if not thorough! Why am i not surprised that, in the details section, he links to reviews of coffee with names like Full Throttle, Octane Booster & Jump Starter? Probably cuz it seems like he partakes in at least a few oversized mugs per day!
@k4evryng I recall a magazine ad run by Gerber (the knife co, not baby food) like 20 years ago that was basically a closeup of a dude pointing to his incisor with a caption along the lines of “explain these, vegetarians”. The irony was revealed in a marketing trade blog, where the artist couldn’t find a model with sufficiently impressive tooth for the client and so had to photoshop it… Brands doing macho posturing is even weirder than when humans do it.
@k4evryng Btw, speaking of girly girls, the Smith & Wesson model mentioned in @phendrik’s post comes in a lovely lavender option for us “little ladies”! On the other hand, it’s the least expensive one that the guy reviewed & he liked it. Good news, it does come in black for only a couple of bucks more, for those who are over the Barbiecore trend!
Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Folding Knife, Purple (SWA24SPCP)
@k4evryng good brand in general & a good knife here for the money. Not a typical crappy $25 knife, if i didn’t have a dozen too many already I’d jump on this for sure. No it’s not some custom $350 knife, but for 99% of people this will be excellent.
@ircon96 thanks for the link! I kind of like the lavender option…more for ease of finding it in a purse than anything else, lol!
Dang that guy talked fast…and now I feel like I know more about pocket knife brands than I ever thought I needed to know.
But he did a good job explaining, and I think for $13/15, the S&W would be ‘good enough’ for anything my daughter would likely throw at it while fishing or whatever (she’s waaaaay more outdoorsy than I am…which I’m so glad about! ).
@ircon96@k4evryng I learned decades ago that the really good tools tend to go walkabout if not watched like a hawk; but if they are pink or lavender, they are more likely to stay home. I have paint and tool dips in those colors to keep my good tools from “wandering off” with visitors. I also have a tool bag and a toolbox in hot pink, even though I don’t like pink. I even had one neighbor ask if my tool bag was made in any other color. It isn’t.
Wow, today’s copywriter hit the nail on the head with the “tree-bros” comment! Way to alienate 50% of your potential customer base with one swinging-dick ad. A company that’s so obviously insecure in its masculinity might want to reconsider naming itself after the world’s most harmless insect, though. Just sayin’.
@ShotgunX Lol… Back in those days, the “premium” channels were blocked by a bunch of squiggly lines on the screen, but you could still hear the audio, so really desperate guys (or kids who were underage) would tune in & try really hard to see through the squiggles. Ahh, the good ol’ days!
@ircon96@ShotgunX Back in the 80’s, the cheap cable boxes used by our local supplier just injected a 60Hz signal into the premium channels to scramble them. If you knew which wire to clip, you could get all the channels sans squiggly lines with just the basic cable box/rate. The boxes were also assembled with special “security” screws that required a proprietary tool to remove them (IIRC the screws were also left-hand threads - sneaky devils!). My buddy modified an old pair of needle nose pliers to use for removing the screws.
Ah, simpler times.
One night, when I was about 14 or 15, my best friend was sleeping over (early 80’s), and we were watching tv. For whatever reason, the scramble on the Playboy channel was showing things pretty clearly that night, and she and I were watching (and giggling) in the living room. My mom and dad had gone out for the evening and we didn’t hear them pull in the driveway.
Suddenly, the front door started to open and I (of course!) panicked. We had one of those old zip channel remote controls, so I just quick zipped it to ANY other channel. A Phillies game appeared on the screen just as my dad walked through the door. I’m sure we looked incredibly guilty as he looked at me and my best friend knowing there was not a chance in hell we were sitting there watching the game. He smiled and said “you guys are watching the Phillies? What’s the score?” We, of course, had NO idea, and we about died right there on the couch! That moment will forever be burned in my memory.
I miss the old days of early, scrambled cable. Now kids can just go online…they don’t even have to work for it!
@macromeh my dad got a little descramble thingy that would unscramble a few channels (including the Playboy Channel I just mentioned above). You could just screw it between the line and the box when you wanted to watch and then take it off again.
Man, that commercial. I generally like CRKT knives but that commercial was a lot. It left me with specific questions. Like this is a knife for car mechanics who wear bright white coveralls to work on busted old Hondas?
I’m also curious, in what rugged Chinese province do we think the guy with a belt grinder and a cowboy hat that “makes” these lives?
…use it to crack all those annoying plastic clamshell packages
Please, for the love of Poseidon, don’t use a knife like this for such applications. That’s a sure way to score a trip to the ER as the pressed/pulled blade finds an unpredictable path into your hand or leg or some other soft body part.
There are other, safer tools to use for opening plastic clamshell packages (and boxes and such), like:
Nice looking knife. Would buy if it was a lower price. I do have questions though. WTF is GFN and Wharncliffe? And who is TJ Schwartz? How does this matter? I’m so glad the word tactical wasn’t used. That word triggers my temper because of all the idiots advertising crappy items like it’s supposed to make it desirable and good.
GFN is “Glass Filled Nylon”, it’s the plasticky material the handle is made out of. It’s very durable and temperature stable. Some don’t like the way it feels compared to other handle materials but it works, and is inexpensive without being cheap.
“Wharncliffe” describes the blade shape - the blade edge is a straight line like a razor blade would be, without any curve or “belly”. Some users like that shape because it’s useful for opening certain stuff. The straight line makes it easy to understand how a cut is going to go, and the force of a cutting motion will be consistent all the way through to the end of the blade.
TJ Schwartz is a custom knife maker who lives in Idaho. They are credited with the design of this product.
@k4evryng Hello there! I am so flattered that you would ask. I’ll do my best!
I don’t know the person’s taste, or I might recommend a specific item based on color preference or material. Price range can matter quite a bit as well, but these selections are all items which could be considered as known, well reviewed and safe choices from excellent manufacturers. I hope I’m not going too crazy by recommending you spend over $100 on a knife, there are great options for less than $100, but if you’re just getting one item to use, go ahead and splurge, you’ll be happy.
I don’t take any cut or affiliate link or commission from any of these (I’m just trying to be helpful, not a salesperson).
I think KnivesShipFree is an excellent knife retailer in the US; many of these links will go to their site as an example to see the product. “Knifecenter” and “BladeHQ” are two other major online knife retailers which are also quite trustworthy. Amazon is not that great for buying knives, but everyone’s familiar with them.
I think that my first recommendation for a true hunting knife would be an ESEE Ashley Game Knife, they come in a variety of color variations and cost between $95-$150.
Here’s the least expensive one I could find (It’s orange!): KSF Link
Here’s a few of these in different colors at another retailer: BladeHQ link
And here’s another quality Spyderco which is a bit rougher around the edges but packs even more value into $150. The blade steel on this one is not stainless but it’s got 21st century edge retention and it’ll break in over the years like the beloved family Toyota Camry.
@806D2701@k4evryng I was going to pipe up yesterday and say Morakniv makes excellent outdoor fixed blades at a downright cheap price, usually with handy sheaths with multiple carry options built in. But somehow I got sidetracked and didn’t complete that action. Not necessarily hunting specific but a good tool for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
@806D2701 Thank you so much!! Wow…so much to know. I just love how knowledgeable and helpful Meh citizens are!
I don’t think color matters to him as much as function and form, and if I can get a pretty decent knife for $100-250ish, that would be awesome, but I could go higher if needed. He’s hard to buy for and it would be a nice birthday gift.
He occasionally hunts deer (and wildfowl, which probably doesn’t require a very big knife? ), so a knife that works well for field dressing and holds a sharp edge is probably what I’m looking for.
Thank you again…as someone who knows less than nothing about quality knives, I really appreciate the guidance! I’ll check out the links you posted above. We live close to a couple of Cabelas and other big sporting goods stores, so I can always check there, too.
My favorite overall knife and everyday carry knife is actually a CRKT - the CRKT Squid assisted opener. They make it in a non-assisted version for states where you cannot have that. It’s a small knife with only a 2.3” blade but that’s the perfect length in my opinion.
It’s smaller and slightly more expensive but is my ideal pocket knife, I use it basically every day to open packages, cut tape, string, whatever. I’ve had them go through the washer with my pants, they’re fine (sharpen and oil after), I’ve lost them, not too much to replace.
I believe the technical model is the CRKT CR2493: Squid Framelock A/O
@Boot2thehead At least a Benchmade will reliably get snagged by a good magnet. Some of the all-stainless ones use allows that a magnet won’t grab. (Yes, they’re crap, but that doesn’t keep people from buying them, particularly when they are loaded up with all the “tactical” features. To me, that word is a warning flag that says “made to appeal to the inner 12-year-old of someone who probably doesn’t know what a decent knife can do.”)
This is not a Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) Tighe Rod. I own two of those. You would not get one at this price AFIAK - 32.50 was the best I saw except for a sketchy clearance outfit. Neither is this a Warncliffe blade - it is a modified-Warncliffe.
@djslack Easier for some of us than others. Right now, I’m using “no money”, “Not liking liner lock” and “have too much crap that I don’t have space for” as my reasons to avoid buying it. That seems to be working. So far.
@djslack@YETB I’m saving up to get a Benchmade that I can put in a locking display case bolted to the wall. Meanwhile, my EDC is a cheapass folding Husky utility knife with the lockback converted to more of a detent. One-hand no-hazard closing, instant sharpening, don’t care if the blade breaks.
@werehatrack you can’t beat a utility knife for, well, utility. Except for the liner lock thing, the Gerber EAB is an exceedingly excellent EDC adaptation as the slimmest and smallest blade holder I’ve found (save maybe the Hart sliding knife. But it’s not that great). Likewise a Stinger Magslide looks like a contender except they forgot about the dirt cheap part.