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Old 11-09-2018, 03:28 PM  
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My new Kizer Knife

As you know--and I make no secret of it--I have three favorite brands of knives.

If I was running for my life in Kenya with a 700 pound lion after me, I'd want a Bradford 4.5 Guardian fixed blade. At some point the lion would stop and see what I had and just run away. Brad and his wife make the finest fixed blades I've ever seen, I don't even check the edges.

When looking for a folder that does not dull, abide corrosion, slip from you hand or fail during a survival course, there's only one choice. That would be the TOPS Mil-Spie 3T. Made from cobalt stainless steel, I doubt all you'd have to do getting home would be the scrubbing.

Then there's my true love of folders, a Kizer. These knives are made to be perfect. Parts are shipped to a special assembly company and built like a Swiss Watch.

They are also indestructible. My knife is a Maddox, five inch handle with a four inch blade. The alloy is one of my favorites, the S35VN. And when I say the blade is thick, I mean thick. My guess is that it's between .20 inches and .25 inches.

And the liner lock is set perfectly--all the way to the left, 50% on the blade, 50% in reserve.

I played with it a bit, and I didn't remember the knife coming as "assisted opening." It's not. But the KVT pivot it comes with makes flicking it open a breeze.

Not to be a snob, this machine comes with solid titanium handles. I've never owned one like that before.

Oh, there is one problem. I felt the edge, and I doubt it will ever go dull in my life time...

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Nice looking knife Chico, enjoy it.
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I needed to balance my pants, too!

The Spline will be in my right front pocket, the Kizer in my left front, and my modified Barge will be inside my left vest inside pocket.

With that trio, all I need is a hammer...
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Oh, there is one problem. I felt the edge, and I doubt it will ever go dull in my life time...

Hmmmmm. Hit it with a hammer?



HA! And there you go! Between typing and posting my msg -- you answered me! (SPOOKY!)
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OMG, Chico, you have to stop posting this knife porn, I think I need one.
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OMG, Chico, you have to stop posting this knife porn, I think I need one.
I agree Chuck. I was pricing them online! I have enough knives
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Well, guys, knives have always been a part of my life. I got my first one when I was 8 years old, and I still have it.

Then you have to realize that Wisconsin was almost the last state to get CCW. You carried a knife or nothing.

Of course, polishing became my job, and just about every make and model has slid across my work area. I've seen some real junk, and then some true treasures.

I fell in love with the Maddox when I saw the ad and read the nomenclature.
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Been busy still unpacking but have to make a correction in your first scenario.
You donít need to have any knives to conquer the lion. Just someone who runs slower than you!
Nice choices though.

Chuck: I know what you mean. Iím not a knife guy. But heís turning me.

Chico: Iíve been using my Barge that I sent you for boxes, strapping and so on. Other than tape glue which annoys me. Its still sharp and I keep telling my wife after she grabs it to be careful and keep it closed till needed. Many thanks! You are truly a master sharpener/polisher!!!



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I'm glad it's working for you.

My wife is heading to Milwaukee this morning to see her mother--and I am not going outside! I do have a few knives to polish.

Maybe that's why I like Bradfords and Kizers. No sharpening necessary. Open the box, and stick the knives in your pockets...

(Those guys make the best kirinaga edges I've seen).
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Oh, I'd like to add one thing about knives--they are a very personal possession.

For example, way back when, even before that mastodon knocked over our bird feeder, I started buying ZT knives. I started with the 300 series, and ended with the 350s. These were the days before they hired good grinders.

They had a VP of sales named Diane, and we became buddies. She would say, "Hello, Chico" just as soon as I asked "Diane?" She was even livid when she saw a full back cover ZT advertisement on a knife magazine they had paid a fortune to post. The knife was laying on it's spine and a very crooked bevel was the centerpiece of the ad.

They improved through years 3 to 5, but by then I was onto something else. My clients never knew they were buying a ZT knife with "gumba" edge. I had to fix every one of them.

I bought my last ZT knife, and it was the best of the breed. But somehow it was like taking back your divorced wife. It sat in my knife closet, and I never used it.

However, one member here loved that knife. I think the "serial number" on the blade made the knife a keeper. I boxed it up and shipped it.

Here's the moral of the story. I showcase lots of knives, and I try demonstrate a wide variety. But to this day, nothing has set the cutlery world on fire like the Barge I hope it gets "Knife of the Year."

Oh, and the client and myself. He loves the ZT, and I'm glad it's gone and not wasted. We all have our favorite jeans, and I think we should all have our favorite knives. What I carry might be dead-wrong for you.
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