I don't mind Gerber for cheap decent knives...normally consider them throw-away knives. I used to carry them in the patrol, but kept my benchmades for off-duty carry. I'd rather lose the cheap Gerber than a nice benchmade, etc.
They work plenty fine, but I agree Benchmade makes a much nicer product.
Gerbers have really disappointed me for the last 15 years or so, I regret selling all my older ones.
There are a few decent Gerbers out there amongst the mess, such as the Chris Reeve / Bill Harsey designed LHR. The design is very similar to the Chris Reeve Pacific. If only Gerber didn't muck it up by giving it a horrible retention system.
Benchmade is one of my favorite companies, not just because I sell them
Picked up a new Benchmade at Bass Pro today, 556 Mini-Griptilian (556SBKOD).
I wasn't crazy about the olive handle at first but it's quite a bit darker than in the picture. Also, they didn't have a black handle with the coated blade, only the naked stainless.
I almost got a 530 Pardue because I liked how it was thinner and a tad longer but the action on it was a little awkward. Also I wanted serration and the ones they had in stock weren't serrated.
Turns out you can customize your own Griptilian and Mini-Griptilian on the Benchmade site, but it would have cost me an extra $6 + shipping. I'm happy with the one I bought.
EDIT: Some pics I took.
Last edited by Hostile; 08-13-2012 at 09:58 AM.
"Do you know the terror of he who falls asleep?
To the very toes he is terrified, because the ground gives way under him, and the dream begins."
FuNny thing is that I was ording some new ammo for my guns, checked in this Forum (I've been MIA for a while) saw this thread, my mouth started watering, so I could not help it with an impulse buy and got the little ESEE. While ordering, got a nicely weighed Cold Steel 12" throwing knife:
Then I just had to check my inventory, just to make sure I can handle the zombies!
Mid-Techs are a hybrid between fully handmade custom and pure production knife. The blades are mainly CNC mass produced, along with the handles (commonly Titanium). But the blade is often hand ground, hand sharpened, and hand fitted to the handles. The steel choice also gets an upgrade.
For example, Strider, Chris Reeve, William Henry, Hinderer, etc are considered to be Mid-Techs. Once you hold a Chris Reeve Sebenza in your hand, you'll know what I'm talking about. Also, I'd hate to bring more competition to a Friday, but check out Triple Aught Design's Dauntless series. TAD have a history of collaborating with custom knife makers and have recently introduced a line of production Dauntlesses that are very nice knives.
Here are some photos of custom Dauntlesses released periodically by TAD, with an average price of 5xx USD: http://dauntlessarchive.com/?portfolio=knives
Another thing, you shouldn't be scared off by the first appearance of the prices of custom knives. But we'll get to that point in another post
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From top: Hinderer XM18, Strider SnG in Digicam, and Chris Reeve Sebenza with Starbenza pattern
Hinderer and the Strider's handles are titanium paired with G10, where as the Sebenza is all titanium. Not sure which steel this Hinderer is made out of, probably Carpenter CTS-XHP. The Strider and the Chris Reeve are most likely to be CPM S30V. All three are considered worker knives (the Hinderer and Strider are more hard use oriented), knives that will last more than one lifetime with proper care, and when bought new, hover around the 400 dollar mark.
To put things in car terms, think of the Sebenza as a BMW, the Hinderer/Strider as a GMC Heavy Duty
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