My Manual Folders!

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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Madmarco » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:03 pm

I received these 3 knives in today's mail fellas, and I got them from my friend Mark at SSK(Sharpnshinyknives)! There's a bit of history behind a couple of them, so I'll relay a little of it to you. The first knife is a Finka NKVD Russian folder that I saw about a year ago on a Russian knife website. They had about 6 different models all dependant on what embellishments one desired, ranging from US$170.-US$600.+, mostly due to which exotic steel you wanted. I very much liked the design of the knife but didn't want to pay that kind of money for one, so, I put it on my "Watch List" for future consideration. In the meantime I saw copies on some of the Chinese sites priced at about US$28., but being short of money at the time I didn't pull the trigger for one. Sure enough, when I was finally in a position to purchase one, they were sold out. I kept checking for them to be back in stock but always drew a blank. Then, about 2 months ago they showed up on ebay, priced from US$35.-$45.! Around the same time they were back in stock on a Chinese site, slightly cheaper, so I ordered one. I watched a YouTube vid of the knife in which the seller was pulling the blade from it's channel about 25 degrees and then "flicking" it open the rest of the way. This was cause for concern for me because, I knew from personal experience this was a favorite trick of Canada Customs, thus allowing them to seize it as a gravity knife. I was hoping against hope that mine would squeak through, but then the letter arrived from Customs informing me my knife had been seized as a prohibited gravity knife. RIDICULOUS, I agree! My wheels started turning and I realized that my packages from Mark came through a different Customs station than my packages from China, a much less anal location, so I asked Mark if he would order me one from ebay, and send it along with other knives I'd bought from him, which he was happy to do. As an added precaution I asked Mark to tighten the adjustable pivot as much as possible, just to ensure that should the "flick" trick be attempted the blade wouldn't budge, and he did. My added precaution turned out to be unnecessary as the package wasn't even inspected, but it made waiting for my knife a lot easier. The knife is an 8 3/4" OAL Finka NKVD Russian lockback folding swinguard/SS drop-point blade with blood groove floating swinguard and s/g mounted thumb-stud, SS bolsters liners pins and lanyard tube, adjustable pivot, and black+white ABS scales with Soviet symbol inlays on both sides. A hefty piece weighing about 5 oz.'s, and arrived relatively sharp. It's totally unmarked, but I know it came from China. A well-built clone for only a fraction of the cost of an original, and only made possible through Mark's generosity! The second knife also has a little history in that, I've had it on my radar to purchase for sometime now, and once again was received through Mark's help. This knife was an ebay auction item, and the seller wouldn't ship outside the US, so Mark bid on it and won it for me. An added perk for this knife was that Mark sold it to me at cost, because he wanted to show me his appreciation for being a good customer, a gesture I'll always be grateful for. It tuned out to be a lot smaller than I thought it was, and only recently discovered that this model comes in 3 different sizes, with the one I received being the smallest at only 6"'s. I will keep an eye out for the largest model to compliment the smaller, and I'll post it when I find one. It's a Kershaw 2410 linerlock folder that's 6" OAL/SS drop-point blade with thumb-stud, what is likely an aluminum body with black rubber cross-cut inlays, adjustable pivot, and SS single liner. This one's featherweight at only 1 1/3 oz.'s, but very sharp. Has a "kershaw" stamp on the front tang, and "2410/JAPAN" stamped on the back tang. This knife won't be new to many of you, but one I've wanted ever since I first saw it. And, the final knife today is the crown jewel of the 3, a beautiful Paragon lockback folder that's 8 1/4" OAL with a SS drop-point blade that has a thumb cutout for opening, SS liners and pins, and deep black Micarta scales that are gorgeous! Not sure of the weight of this one, but I think 5 oz.'s would be a fair guesstimate, and came razor-sharp, so much so that I immediately cut myself! There's the Paragon phoenix logo along with "PARAGON" stamped on the front tang, and, "SEKI CITY/JAPAN" stamped on the rear tang. I got this knife directly from Mark's SSK store, and he was kind enough to hold it for me until I could afford to purchase it. This knife is an excellent example of Japanese workmanship, and I wouldn't dream of ruining it by putting it to work! 8)
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:33 pm

I like that Mark, the stag on that looks great.
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Madmarco » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:05 pm

Thanks Mark! It's very similar to the other Spanish folder with staggered scales that I posted, but this one is much more streamlined and not as chunky as the other one. Especially nice since it appeared it was returned to sender! 8)
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by samb1955 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:31 pm

I'm liking it!

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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Madmarco » Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:01 am

I was wondering where you were Sam! Thanks, they're pretty cool huh? 8)
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Madmarco » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:23 pm

After eye-balling, doing research on, and searching for a reasonable price, I pulled the trigger on this cool little folder 2 weeks ago, and it arrived this morning. I bought it from a Chinese site, and due to the quick delivery as well as the postmark and tracking info, I can only deduce that the seller has a Canadian warehouse. It's a CRKT 7096 CEO A/O linerlock folder that's 7 5/8"/SS clip-point blade riding on roller bearing washers, and thumb-stud, SS liners, screw construction, adjustable pivot, black G-10 scales, and pocket-clip. Very light at a touch over 2 oz.'s, and shaving sharp. Has "CRKT" etch on the front blade, and, "7096/CEO/RODGERS DESIGN" etch on the back blade. I paid CDN$24./delivered, and have seen them with asking prices of upwards of US$70., and even higher for the newer all-black and lime green bamboo models. This knife has the absolute smoothest opening action I've yet to feel on any A/O knife I've handled to date. It requires a bit of getting use to due to the knife being so slim and my hands being so big, but once I perfected it, I can open it as fast as any auto I own. Just a great knife, ::tu:: I suggest everyone get one! 8)
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:01 pm

That is a nice knife Mark. I looked that one up on Ebay and prices range from 39.95 up to about 69. I would say you got a heck of good deal on that.
That is one that I will be watching for in the future.
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Madmarco » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:43 pm

Thanks Mark! It sure feels like I got a good deal on this one since the ones you saw are in US dollars, so I'd have to add close to 40% exchange, in fact, I had to correct my price because it was CDN$24., not US$24.! The descriptions tout the knife as a "gentleman's" folder, and after seeing and handling it I certainly see what they mean. This one could be slipped into the pocket of one's shirt and it wouldn't seem like anymore than a pen you were carrying. Really glad I finally got one, you should too, you'll really like it! 8)
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by samb1955 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:36 pm

Another nice score for you!!!

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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Madmarco » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:52 pm

Thank you Sam! Due to the quality and the price it does feel like a "score"! 8)
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by samb1955 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:39 am

Nice weight to it, shouldn't be hiking up your pants much carrying that one. Two quarters and a dime in my pocket and my pants are saggin.

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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Madmarco » Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:32 am

It's extremely slimlined and lightweight Sam, no hiking up for this one should you clip it to the edge of a pocket, in fact, I added another pic showing how the blade completely disappears into the handle when closed, a trait that I've never seen on any other knife! 8)
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:41 am

Mark I just ordered one. Got mine at Bass Pro Shops online. Price was on the low end of what I saw and I had a gift card to use. I hope I like it.
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Madmarco » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:18 am

Good stuff Mark! ::handshake:: You have my personal guarantee that you won't be disappointed! It's extremely slim so if you have a little trouble holding it and using your thumb on the stud, don't get discouraged, it just takes a bit of practise finding the right grip for your hand, and then pushing on the stud until the A/O kicks in, at which point the blade will fly open and lock-up tight. Enjoy it my friend! 8)
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Re: My Manual Folders!

Post by Madmarco » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:22 pm

Madmarco wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:23 pm
After eye-balling, doing research on, and searching for a reasonable price, I pulled the trigger on this cool little folder 2 weeks ago, and it arrived this morning. I bought it from a Chinese site, and due to the quick delivery as well as the postmark and tracking info, I can only deduce that the seller has a Canadian warehouse. It's a CRKT 7096 CEO A/O linerlock folder that's 7 5/8"/SS clip-point blade riding on roller bearing washers, and thumb-stud, SS liners, screw construction, adjustable pivot, black G-10 scales, and pocket-clip. Very light at a touch over 2 oz.'s, and shaving sharp. Has "CRKT" etch on the front blade, and, "7096/CEO/RODGERS DESIGN" etch on the back blade. I paid CDN$24./delivered, and have seen them with asking prices of upwards of US$70., and even higher for the newer all-black and lime green bamboo models. This knife has the absolute smoothest opening action I've yet to feel on any A/O knife I've handled to date. It requires a bit of getting use to due to the knife being so slim and my hands being so big, but once I perfected it, I can open it as fast as any auto I own. Just a great knife, ::tu:: I suggest everyone get one! 8)WIN_20200916_10_52_20_Pro.jpgWIN_20200916_20_22_12_Pro.jpg
It was too late to edit my OP so I have to do it this way. Upon more research I've discovered that my stating that this knife has G-10 scales is incorrect, since in actuality they are GRN(glass reinforced nylon). The website that I purchased my knife from stated "G-10" scale material, but after reading Mark's(SSK)description as them being carbon fiber I was very curious about what exactly they are, and everything I'm reading says GRN, so I'm going with that! Although there appears to be not a huge difference between G-10, carbon fiber, or GRN, I still want to be accurate. My apologies for any confusion this may have caused. ::handshake:: 8)
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