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So you want to buy a custom knife?
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So you want to buy a custom knife?

Posted July 17, 2013 in Gear, Knives by Aaron Shapiro

So you want to buy a custom knife eh? Well, the custom knife world can be a difficult one to navigate, with its own etiquette and hierarchy that isn’t overtly obvious when you first start out. So, my intention is to offer a little “primer” of sorts to help you get started. Let me preface this effort with a couple caveats:
- See more at: http://www.alloutdoor.com/2013/07/17/buy...xHu9Z.dpuf
das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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I always loved knives. I don't know why I just love knives and always will. I could cruise bladeforums and buy a new knife every other day and still want more. There are so many that are cool for so many reasons. Some just look awesome, some have a shape that seems like it would be very useful as a tool, some are like art.

I don't have money to spend on such things so I don't frequent the forum anymore, but still everytime I do go look there's always something interesting. Wish I had the time to really get into it or knew a knifemaker or something.
Wasz, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Wasz;155900 Wrote:I always loved knives. I don't know why I just love knives and always will. I could cruise bladeforums and buy a new knife every other day and still want more. There are so many that are cool for so many reasons. Some just look awesome, some have a shape that seems like it would be very useful as a tool, some are like art.

I don't have money to spend on such things so I don't frequent the forum anymore, but still everytime I do go look there's always something interesting. Wish I had the time to really get into it or knew a knifemaker or something.

Me too, I have a ton of them, mostly folders, none of them real expensive or fancy, I just like having them, carry two on me most days.
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I also think that knives are really cool to own. I can't afford to collect them because of the prices of rifle guns and pistol guns.

Ammo is expensive also.
Wakie223, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Nov 2014.
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I never owned a very high end knife. I think above $250 you buy them more as artwork than as actual knives. I'd love to own one of the Strider folding knives, but they're just too damn expensive in my mind, I'd be afraid to use it and mess up the finish or something. I have had a lot of fun recently with a cheap-o Harbor Freight bench belt sander experimenting with fixed blade designs made out of free and super hard recycled railroad track steel in the form of bed frame angle iron, it's great stuff to learn on! I also do carry two knives all the time though I always have an assist folder of some kind for when speed matters or my car is flipped in a ditch or something and I always have some form of multi-tool for general utility. I recently picked up one of these double pistol mag pouches for my belt:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0072K8...8H59SW6AXX

It's super cheap and it fits either a knife and a pocket flashlight (the config I use) or two knives for those of you who carry two knives it's a great solution in general for easy access to your EDC items, especially if you work outdoors a lot in a non-office environment. It's perfect for EDC that doesn't leave you with bulging uncomfortable pockets. I'd highly recommend them for you guys that carry two knives as well.
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Good knives are not cheap, and cheap knives are not good. There are exceptions, of course; I recently bought a pair of folders by Sanrenmu that cost less than $20 each, and I've been using the shit out of them. Of course, I don't expect them to last long, either. The most expensive knife I have is a balisong, which ran for about $350.

Not all customs are meant to be users, but usually the maker will let you know that up front.

Wasz, if you want to go to a knife forum, check out http://www.jerzeedevil.com, the best damn knife forum on the internet, period. There are a shit ton of makers who are members, and post regularly, and are happy to talk with customers and potential customers about their work. Plus, gunsmiths, holster makers (kydex, leather), jewelry makers, and a whole bunch of other artists. Also, they have a subforum for naked women pics. Knives, guns, naked chicks. What else do you need?
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jahwarrior72;156178 Wrote:Good knives are not cheap, and cheap knives are not good. There are exceptions, of course; I recently bought a pair of folders by Sanrenmu that cost less than $20 each, and I've been using the shit out of them. Of course, I don't expect them to last long, either. The most expensive knife I have is a balisong, which ran for about $350.

Not all customs are meant to be users, but usually the maker will let you know that up front.

Wasz, if you want to go to a knife forum, check out http://www.jerzeedevil.com, the best damn knife forum on the internet, period. There are a shit ton of makers who are members, and post regularly, and are happy to talk with customers and potential customers about their work. Plus, gunsmiths, holster makers (kydex, leather), jewelry makers, and a whole bunch of other artists. Also, they have a subforum for naked women pics. Knives, guns, naked chicks. What else do you need?

Wow thanks for the reminder, i haven't been to that site in a long time!
Wasz, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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jahwarrior72;156178 Wrote:Good knives are not cheap, and cheap knives are not good. There are exceptions, of course; I recently bought a pair of folders by Sanrenmu that cost less than $20 each, and I've been using the shit out of them. Of course, I don't expect them to last long, either. The most expensive knife I have is a balisong, which ran for about $350.

Not all customs are meant to be users, but usually the maker will let you know that up front.

Wasz, if you want to go to a knife forum, check out http://www.jerzeedevil.com, the best damn knife forum on the internet, period. There are a shit ton of makers who are members, and post regularly, and are happy to talk with customers and potential customers about their work. Plus, gunsmiths, holster makers (kydex, leather), jewelry makers, and a whole bunch of other artists. Also, they have a subforum for naked women pics. Knives, guns, naked chicks. What else do you need?

The site sounds cool. I kind of look at the expensive knife vs cheap knife thing as a sort of Hi-Point vs Sig debate. Yes the Sig is higher quality and a better item in almost every possible way, but for someone who doesn't know guns they won't notice the difference besides that one uses nicer materials and stuff doesn't fall off when you shake it and for the vast majority of the time they do the exact same job as each other. Personally, I like being able to abuse my knives without having a lump in my stomach that I've fucked up a really good one by busting the point off or whatever. I've been known many times to use my old assist knife to pry open the frozen door on my truck some mornings during the winter. I busted the tip off at some point and just reground a new tanto sort of edge on it rather than trashing it or sobbing. I'm sure collectors get a lot out of it, but it's not for me for most intents and purposes.
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I admit that I'm not a knife connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I've had cheap knives that I've been able to sharpen very well. Granted, these are pocket knives and not "need it to save your life/skin an animal/survive a knife-fight" type knives.

Also, back in the 80s my older brother had a friend who bought one of those cheap $10 Rambo knives from a flea market, and using a bench grinder and some stones got the thing RAZOR sharp. I tried it myself with my own on my dad's bench grinder, and mangled it pretty horribly. Very sharp, but the blade was nicked and pitted pretty badly and cut more like a saw.
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