Why would you ever carry a traditional pocket knife? Great Eastern Cutlery 74

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Matt K says:

Have you seen the Lionsteel Roundhead? They’re sold out now but I’m lusting after one now, and it’s got me looking at traditionals…

Fadain Tariq says:

Sorry if I missed out, but do you still have your American Lawman? I was expecting it to be here.

Nelson says:

“would you ever look at traditional pornography?”

Troy Hill says:

I do carry traditionals and I usually carry it as a second knife for situations where I’ll run into sheeple that might be scared of my larger folders

jelkel25 says:

With me there was just lots of traditional type knives about when I was a kid and maybe what is most important…..I could get my hands on very few of them for one reason or another. So it’s down to years of coveting. When I get a traditional type knife there’s bags of character to it and a much bigger buzz to the process. Even if there’s elements of disappointment with knives like the occasional A. Wright folder, it’s still an A. Wright and it still has bags of character!

Robin Andersson says:

I carry a Case Trapper in cv steel. But for most of the day I also have a fixed blade on my belt.

Ronnie Durbin says:

That Tidioute answers the question. You carry a traditional knife for its beauty and simple functionality. Modern folders are fun too, of course.

Innt It says:

There’s a bunch of modern traditionals out there, e.g. LionSteel Shuffler, CRK Mnandi.

john treadway says:

I like the lion steel round head.

EDnaut says:

I struggle to get excited about knives that I can’t open one handed and securely lock (for fighting off terrorists while free falling from exploding helicopters) but I have seen a couple reviews lately of wood carving multitools in that traditional style, and they totally do it for me. It is the perfect function for such a whimsical (lame ass) old school form factor.

kayok07 says:

Traditional knives have character because they are usually made by hand thru most if not all the process that gives them a little more sole and story which I love. Being a little newer to the knife world as far as being a critic steals seem to me to be more of a fickle (snobby)thing most traditional knives are made of the same steal they used 100 years ago when knives were truly EDC gear and put thru lots of scenarios performing just fine.Not just used to open boxes and a few camping trips like most including me use them for. I enjoy both styles, but this is one of those things that make me wonder about the steal making a knife.As far as rapid deployment in the free world or not I’ve never heard of a guy stopping terrorists or criminals with a knife. Also GEC and Queen have made Northwoods which subcontracted its knife builds they are usually built on one of their knives with just a different material and blade.

Alan Jones says:

That first knife is beautiful

Paul'ie 4X says:

Say Heah Cedric, Put a Zero Quench or Cryo (similar) and you get a pretty good stainless blade. I like that on a Traditional Pocket Knife, Simply because of it’s minimal maintenance. Important to me. I recently got a C. S. Machinac Hunter, Yeah, It’s defenetly a knife to use in the bush, For food prep, small game, fish like wood work to moderate. It all depends on the hinge. C. S. makes a good one. Yeah, It’s a single blade, but a good size and not too big, just right, I got a pretty good price at Opticsplanet.,,.

BigKen_NJ says:

I recently started getting into traditional pocket knives. I picked up an old Boker/Tree Brand 92/29, I carry it every day. It doesn’t get much use because I also carry a ZT 0562, which tackles most edc chores

Matthew Bernier says:

I started really far away from traditionals, because Mr. Fancy Nutterbutter from YouTube told me that what was most important was quick deployment, one handed deployment, one handed closing, a lock that made it impossible for the knife to fold (because knives are basically bear traps, always threatening to snap shut on your fingers if not held open), rust resistance, and if you could afford it, supersteel.

My own use has totally reversed my tastes. Most important to me now are blade shape, blade thickness, and handle ergonomics that allow for a wide variety of positions. Traditionals have every modern knife I’ve used beaten badly in those categories.

I live in Maine, so my knifes never rust. I’ve only ever had locks fail on me. (2 lockbacks and 1 axis.) Slip joints have to move about 120 degrees or so before they snap shut. (Unless they have a half stop, which I’ve actually found to be a safety hazard, not a safety feature.) I can’t picture a scenario where I wouldn’t feel the knife closing well before it cut me. I feel safer with them, these days. And supersteels? Well, I’ve used S30V, D2, VG10, N690, 14C28N, 12C27, and 154CM, and liked none of them as well as good 1095. I never had to sharpen any of them less, and some of them I had to sharpen more. I could try the real crazy modern steels, but here again we get to my biggest priorities, blade shape and thickness.

So they definitely have a place for me. I’ve given away my Benchmades and Spydercos and Kershaws to happy friends.

Bob FromBrisbane says:

Great GEC knife, love the walk and talk action of he knife. Where is the best place to get one here in Australia ? I need one asap.

Cheap Finds says:

Check out this $7 Sanrenmu 7065 https://goo.gl/fnnpTH

Martijn Beckers says:

Love me some traditionals! GEC makes some handsome looking tools that are fully functional and very people friendly, always something to keep in mind in EU as well.

Scott G says:

I have recently started to buy traditional knives again. In the old days, I mostly carried fixed blade knives. I learned that the “reverse Tanto” is basically a slightly restyled spey blade, which is common in the traditional. So, your beloved 940 (and mine) are spey blades. I guess one has to be careful when performing the procedure and the blade shape supposedly helps remove what you wanted to remove without as much collateral damage. Now, they say it is a skinning blade.. but, it is not called a skinner.

Jakub Fabisiak says:

Hey – check out enigma knives (www.enigmaknives.com) – they make a classic folder (actually made by Jakub Śliwka of Sliwkosky Knives) – US2000 stel @ 62hrc, grade 5 titanium liners, phosphor bronze washers, stabilised wood covers, 120 USD + shipping.

Canadian Metis Man says:

number one reason for me is I just like them they have a level of old world class and beauty. number two: I find them more useful than modern poket knives. number three: they don’t seem to scare the sheep nearly as much as a modern fast deploy poket knives. one day at work I was carrying one of my case knives I pulled it out to cut a coupon out of a coupon book (to make a clean cut) for an older customer (she could not rip it out due to her arthritis) and her eyes lit up and she said oh!! a Jack Knife my father carried a knife just like that everyday. I tell yeah that just made my day

R J says:

First, I accidentally walked into a courthouse with a Stanley pocket knife in my briefcase (Locking 1 1/2 inch, disposable blade) and I had a long walk back to the car with the stupid thing… I actually forgot it was a knife. Pretty much any knife will get you sent back to the car in the US.

Next… the real way that traditional pocket knives works (on a bad day) is you reach into your pocket to pull out your knife and you find the hole it passed out through… (on a good day) you look down and find a nice bone handled pocket knife just laying on the sidewalk or street. In the old days, as a kid, you pretty much lost one to to every one you found…. Lastly, as a kid I usually lost imperial knives and found case knives… Free upgrade.

Some people were smarter and had tiny leather sheaths made that attached to their belts or had lanyards, like watch fobs so they didn’t lose their knives as often.

Traditional knives are light and very useful. But they quickly wear through the bottom of your pockets and then they are someone else’s to lose. If you like your knife have a small sheath made for it. . I might be a little older than some folks around here… But when I was a kid a decent to good pocket knife cost around $5.00 US and it still hurt to lose it. I’ve seen the cost of some fancy traditional knives… and the best thing about losing one might be not having a knife to do yourself harm with when you realize just how stupid you were to carry your pocketknife in your pocket.


Charles Collier says:

The only reasons for me to carry a traditional knife are 1) avoidance of adverse response when I use it publicly, and 2) nostalgia. It is for precisely those reasons that I carry an SAK every day.

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Peter Galione says:

After watching documentaries about the wildlife that lives in Australia, I feel like you should all be allowed to carry spring loaded automatic machetes.

guncotton 1 says:

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Le Grand Fromage says:

Traditional knives are awesome

Grummash says:

That Tidioute is a stunner. I’m old-fashioned, as you know, so I’d take that over any of the others. If you’re going with a traditional it”s hard to do better than Great Eastern Cutlery 🙂

Moshe Rogoff says:

You should see if you can find even earlier types; I’m thinking for instance of Opinel or Antoninni (Old Bear); also Case Sod Buster knives have their ancestry in farmer’s knives from Germany, etc. Oh, two others, somewhat different: Mercator Otter ‘Black Cat’ from Solingen, Germany; also the French ‘Douk Douk’. All of these are what I consider peasant/workman’s knives. For that matter, Svord which are now made in New Zealand are based on friction folders going back to Roman times. You may enjoy at least handling them!

The Dude says:

I carry a traditional folder on a regular basis along with a Becker BK24 inside the waistband. That combo really works for me and it doesn’t violate any German law whereas one handed locking folders do.

paddys potato peelers says:

Thoughly enjoy you walk through your knives and think your new traditional is stunning.atb paddy

DavidV says:

I think my Casa knives are a little better than you suggest – good video.

macmurfy2jka says:

Those knife porn photos on Instagram are great!

csh 62 says:

I carry and collect Case folders because they are so good looking. I actually feel good looking at and handling them, like the feeling you get from hearing a song you really like on the radio. Some people experience this feeling from art work (not me so much). I prefer the thin blade for opening mail or boxes. Case makes many patterns but I co not like them all. Tidioute brand has some great looking knifes that are very functional, but are much more expensive than Case. Thanks for the topic and video!

Michael Carroll says:

What’s the second knife from the right?

Taylor Ung says:

Did u sell ur lightweight manix 2 in s110v?

CSGraves says:

I love my Tidioutes, they’re two of my favourite folders. In fact, I think if some omnipotent being told me I could only own one pocketknife (barring multitools, SAK’s) it’d have to be my Executive Whittler.
I’ve gotten back into modern folders lately, but I still like traditionals for two primary reasons: Aesthetic, and form factor. I LOVE the look of carbon steel with a nice deep patina. And traditionals often come in sizes that are more pocket-friendly than a lot of the overbuilt modern folders. Also, the blade thicknesses are often more reasonable on tradtitionals as well.

Ahmet Erdemir says:

I always carry traditional folders. Try Boker tree brand stag knives., made in Germany. They are one of the best modern made classical knives Boker 7588 is a good example.

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