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Offline Tom van Brits

Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2480 on: November 22, 2021, 02:28:10 pm »
I also have one of these Opinels in the kitchen and another one in my drawer at the office for slicing fruit and opening parcels. It's a very nice slicer but I do have one issue with it, the "lock-ring" that locks the blade in the open position moves while I'm using the knife allowing the blade to move while using the knife. It's not a deal breaker but it does irritate me. It is still a very nice slicer for very little money.

Then get Old Bear which is a ‘better Opinel’
It locks securely
 
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2481 on: November 22, 2021, 02:38:52 pm »
Nice  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2482 on: November 22, 2021, 02:48:11 pm »
Randall's Adventure & Training

Oh why oh why would you do this? This is a major step back.

Randall's Adventure & Training had a partnership with Ontario Knife Company and came up with the RAT1 and the RAT2 is a couple of configurations and I cannot praise those knifes more than I have. These are still produced, or I think they are - there is still stock out there.

However I think Jeff Randall bought a stake in ESSEE Knives and decided to make this knife. The Avispa.

It's a little bit of a let down actually (though I knew there may be some issues)
Please note this is an out of the box reaction(some knives do come out of factories dialed in better than others)

Lockup is good and there is no blade play but the action is impossibly stiff, no way can I get the knife open with the thumb stud. The factory grind is not fantastic. The knife just feels of lesser quality all round. I am not sure if the coating on the blade will even last a few box murders.
The blade shape I like, lots of flat and and the front of the blade is almost faux tanto(well application wise)

I will have to tear this knife down make a tweak here and there(nothing major) and see if I can get this knife to function well enough for me not to chuck it in a an obscure tool box somewhere.

    Full Flat Grind
    Frame Lock
    Reversible Pocket Clip
    Ambidextrous Thumb Stud
    Pillar Construction

Rather go with the collaboration with the Ontario Knife Company and the RAT1 and RAT2.
I will give some feedback on whether this knife lives or dies



 

 
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2483 on: November 23, 2021, 02:39:43 pm »
On the topic of cleavers... I found a tired looking cleaver in an antique shop in Hermanus last weekend.. was in a bin full of very tired kitchen cutlery and bought it on a whim.

On closer inspection I was able to read the makers mark which reads Briddells, Made in the USA... quick google search came up with this... Charles D. Briddell was a blacksmith/knifemaker near Crisfield, Maryland who served the watermen and boatmen on Chesapeake Bay in the late 1800s.In 1910, he bought a building in downtown Crisfield and opened a cutlery factory employing a good number of locals. Production was at the highest levels during WWII when he received a special award from the US Navy for excellence. After the War, his son sold the factory to Carvel Hall Cutlery

I put it through an afternoons worth of restoration work including a 2 hr de-rust soak in a DIY Citric Acid mixture... after that it was some elbow grease with 800 paper and then 0000 steel wool... happy with end result and the fact that the old patina is still there while rust is now gone.  Next is to sort the edge which will have to wait for the weekend  8)

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« Reply #2484 on: November 23, 2021, 02:48:26 pm »
Score!

Cant wait to see the end product!
Stroom op!
 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2485 on: November 23, 2021, 03:11:25 pm »
Cool  :biggrin:
 

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« Reply #2486 on: November 23, 2021, 05:33:51 pm »
Wow, what a beut Peter!!
 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2487 on: November 23, 2021, 05:34:32 pm »
Score!

Cant wait to see the end product!

Based on the average usage pattern from the regulars on this thread, the likely end product will be a sliced apple🤣. Very nice job
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2488 on: November 24, 2021, 08:44:29 am »
@mox show us a layout.

I'll gather some stuff

Here are the majority I think.
There are various multitools, Vitorinox, Opinels, Old Bears, Okapi, Petzl, Ontario RAT's 1 and 2, Civivi, Buck knives, Honey Badgers, Helle that I have not pulled out yet, also other fixed blades. There are also various destroyed knives.
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« Reply #2489 on: November 24, 2021, 08:45:06 am »
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2490 on: November 24, 2021, 09:02:59 am »
@mox show us a layout.

I'll gather some stuff

Here are the majority I think.
There are various multitools, Vitorinox, Opinels, Old Bears, Ontario RAT's 1 and 2, Civivi, Buck knives, Honey Badgers, Helle that I have not pulled out yet, also other fixed blades. There are also various destroyed knives.

Nice Collection of working knifes
 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2491 on: November 24, 2021, 09:08:36 am »
That Benchmade 765 mini ti monolock with M390 blade... :thumleft:

I regret selling mine ever so often...

Nice collection @mox  :thumleft:
 
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2492 on: November 24, 2021, 09:10:54 am »
Here is my collection of working knifes and tools.

Fixed blades and folders that I don't use like my Inkosi does not qualify to be on this pic as I am not a collector.

 
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2493 on: November 24, 2021, 09:19:52 am »
Nice collections Gents  ;)
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2494 on: November 24, 2021, 09:35:39 am »
Very lekker thanks for posting.
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2495 on: November 24, 2021, 09:37:05 am »
I have been carrying this little WE everyday for over a week now and I'm loving it.

I preferred bigger knives when I first got into them, these days I would rather go for a small Sebenza sized knife.
 
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2496 on: November 24, 2021, 10:25:45 am »
Damn that Hamilton strap looks sweet too.
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Most people say "Be like Elon" or "Be like Bill". I say "Be like Pablo" :biggrin:
 
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2497 on: November 24, 2021, 10:32:06 am »
Damn that Hamilton strap looks sweet too.

Good eye! I've been looking at those Barton silicone straps on Amazon...  :thumleft:

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2498 on: November 24, 2021, 10:56:17 am »
That Benchmade 765 mini ti monolock with M390 blade... :thumleft:

I regret selling mine ever so often...

Nice collection @mox  :thumleft:

I have the 761 (Full size) Great knife and one of my favorites.
 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #2499 on: November 24, 2021, 11:30:30 am »
That Benchmade 765 mini ti monolock with M390 blade... :thumleft:

I regret selling mine ever so often...

Nice collection @mox  :thumleft:

I have the 761 (Full size) Great knife and one of my favorites.

I wasn't sure if this was the mini...

I bought a 761 after selling my 765, but it just wasn't the same.

It had lockstick and just didn't feel the same in hand. This was more or less where I also realized I prefer smaller knives.

I have been wanting to pull the trigger on one of those Civivi Elementum's for a while now, how is the action and fit & finish on them?