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Rdubya18 wrote:
That model 555 looks comfortable. Thumbs Up

thanks for commenting
yes, the hole makes it really easy to open, and the blade is a Joy to use.

The grip shape is nice and hand filling.. I went over the grips with 600 grit emery paper, followed by a Sunshine polishing cloth, just to soften the bite of the knurling..

This one is a gift for my son, for use as a camping knife.

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I just got this pretty little Case Teardrop , Redbone with PVD coated blade. This is the first knife I have seen with this coating . It gives the stainless a look of a old carbon blade patina.


thanks for taking the time to share photos.. thats a beautiful knife

here are a few more fancy handles.. they are GEC Barlows…
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Those GEC’s look really nice ! I’ve just bought my first GEC , a Barlow at that ! Hoping it arrives sometime this upcoming week .

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I’ve just bought my first GEC , a Barlow at that !

congrats, I hope you enjoy it.. I look forward to a photo Smile

I just got a 555-1… G10 scales, upgraded steel, 20CV… the bottom knife

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Benchmade Mini Griptilian Sheepfoot model 555 w 154CM steel and Hollow Grind.. its a classic!

Amazes me how much the Griptilian looks like a Spyderco knife. And I mean that in a good way. I don’t own a Benchmade as yet, though the Griptilian has been tucked somewhere in my acquisition list. I’d long pined for a 940… but too pricey for my blood at this point.

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My main complaint is that most of their models run thicker blade stock than I want for an EDC folder.
I have passed up a lot of knives on Aliexpress for that same reason. I like a thick, heavy blade in my large outdoor knives, but not my pocket knives.
Same here. I’ve bought a couple of knives from AliExpress sellers, always with over 97% feedback. Not bad value overall, but man… the weight. So many of those EDC folder knives for sale come with thick blades and heavy bodies. I make a point of checking weight and always consider relative to the weight of knives I own. I’ve passed on so many because of that.
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> I’d long pined for a 940

there are 940 clones from DHGate for $20 ..

I just watched a comparison video, and the size and weight match the original, only the steel is different.. I think D2, need to verify that..

I like sub 3” sizes..
unfortunately there are no clones of the Mini Osborne 945

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I just received another, fancier Mini Grip, with gray G10 scales, model 555-1
the bottom one:
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the top knife is a Doug Ritter Mini Griptilian, has been with me for many years..

compare and contrast the two sheep:
1. a Mini Grip 555-1 w 20CM steel and G10 handle scales.
The blade is 0.9” thick (2.3mm), FLAT grind, the knife weighs 82 grams, carry weight with clip.

2. a Mini Grip 555 w 154CM steel and FRN handle scales (very aggressive knurling)
The blade is 0.8” thick (2.0 mm), and HOLLOW ground, carry weigh 69 grams

both knives have excellent action. The 555-1 feels noticeably heavier. The blade is thicker, and the G10 grips are heavier too. The handle scales on the 555-1 feel nice and smooth, I like them a lot.

The long deep carry clip of the 555-1 is my personal favorite. I ordered a spare long deep carry clip, to put on the 555.

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Imo the 555 w 154CM, has a LOT going for it, and is an favorite. It has the lowest carry weight, the thinnest blade, and is HOLLOW ground.

I reduced the bite of the 555 grips by going over the whole handle with 600 grit emery paper, followed by Sunshine Polishing Cloth. They feel very nice now.

Loving the Sheepfoot blade with spydie hole, both in operation and looks. Also like that the hole does not interfere with a deep cut, the way studs do.

Although the Axis lock is touted as very secure, I find the buttons bite into my fingers more than I like.. I sand them down lightly..

fwiw
The new 555 w S30V blade steel, is FLAT ground and uses the thicker blade..

Fortunately I can resist the new 555, despite the fancy steel. They lost me at NOT Hollow Ground.

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> I’d long pined for a 940

there are 940 clones from DHGate for $20 ..

I just watched a comparison video, and the size and weight match the original, only the steel is different.. I think D2, need to verify that..

Pretty amazing video. Looks like the clones have gotten extremely close, with the actual steel quality being the last thing they likely lack. Can’t imagine M390 or S30VN used in those. Still, if it’s D2 that’s really not bad. They even have some with carbon fiber inlay scales, although in this linked one it looks like the backspacer is omitted. There’s an option for jade scales, which also includes the purple tinted backspacer—looks decent.
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afaict they all come with the coined backspacer

I do like the jade scales.. which blade color will you choose?:-)

on that listing the claim is that the blade is S30V… I dont know if that is accurate, but unlike other clone listings, there is no mention of 440C nor D2…

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Dang it . You really gotta know your stuff to be able to tell the difference. Silly

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Dang it . You really gotta know your stuff to be able to tell the difference. Silly

very true
cant trust the posted specs for weight nor blade thickness
and, cant know what blade steel is being used.. (unless you can tell 440C or D2 from S30V.. some people claim they can tell when sharpening)

its really a first world problem… 440C is still a perfectly adequate blade material, IF I was actually cutting stuff… instead of just fantasizing about how good the steel is in the blade Im carrying..

do I actually cut stuff so much that S30V would prove superior to 440C after repeated sharpening? … no, I cant tell… 440C cuts paper just fine.. LOL

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though the 20CV steel on my 555-1 cuts paper just fine.. the factory Benchmade grind looks very toothy.. nothing I would be proud of if I did it myself..

now Im getting ready to put a polished edge on the blade.. debating buying a guided sharpening system… vs using my Japanese Water Stones freehand..

of course, the moment I sharpen the blade, my “investment value” is ruined… so…. do I sharpen it, or just sell the knife?

first world problems:
investment value?
importance of steel type?
USA made price vs China made price?

clearly I have too much time on my hands.. lol

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I like to think I buy a knife to use . They are tools after all . I haven’t purchased for investment value , however I have been acquiring various vintage knives. Therein the dilemma you mention . If I use a 60 year old knife in mint , unused condition , I basically ruin it as a collectible item . I also must bare the guilt of taking an item which has survived in pristine condition, and being the dolt to screw it up because I got my hands on it . So I guess your not the only one with too much time on hand Wink

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jon_slider wrote:
very true
cant trust the posted specs for weight nor blade thickness
and, cant know what blade steel is being used.. (unless you can tell 440C or D2 from S30V.. some people claim they can tell when sharpening)

its really a first world problem… 440C is still a perfectly adequate blade material, IF I was actually cutting stuff… instead of just fantasizing about how good the steel is in the blade Im carrying..

do I actually cut stuff so much that S30V would prove superior to 440C after repeated sharpening? … no, I cant tell… 440C cuts paper just fine.. LOL

For most people, 440C and D2 would be ample performers. These higher end steels are more resilient with edge holding and rust resistance, but then they’re tougher to sharpen. You have to have the equipment and skills to get those M390, S30V, S35VN, etc. steels properly sharp… but that’s if you put knives through tough paces. Frankly, if you’re generally soft on your knives, some simple honing can help keep a nicely sharp edge for years. The only time I’ve used sharpening stones was on cheap knives that dulled too much for honing to yield decent results.

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though the 20CV steel on my 555-1 cuts paper just fine.. the factory Benchmade grind looks very toothy.. nothing I would be proud of if I did it myself..

now Im getting ready to put a polished edge on the blade.. debating buying a guided sharpening system… vs using my Japanese Water Stones freehand..

of course, the moment I sharpen the blade, my “investment value” is ruined… so…. do I sharpen it, or just sell the knife?

first world problems:
investment value?
importance of steel type?
USA made price vs China made price?

If you really like the knife, sharpen it and use it. As far as resale goes, if you tend to flip knives, but also like to use them, just be adept and doing excellent sharpening while preserving the aesthetics. If your buyer wants a knife to use, versus collecting, a blade that was properly sharpened would be welcomed, IMHO
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Some collectors want that untouched, factory edge . I have a few of those, and they are useless to me other than to look at . Not really what I enjoy with a knife. So I’m not buying those anymore . But What I did just get is this …

FINCH 1929 Nightcrawler Red Sawcut Bone . Second Finch I’ve bought . They are very well made and reasonably priced .

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xevious wrote:
jon_slider wrote:
> I’d long pined for a 940

there are 940 clones from DHGate for $20 ..

I just watched a comparison video, and the size and weight match the original, only the steel is different.. I think D2, need to verify that..

Pretty amazing video. Looks like the clones have gotten extremely close, with the actual steel quality being the last thing they likely lack. Can’t imagine M390 or S30VN used in those. Still, if it’s D2 that’s really not bad. …

Don’t get your hopes up. In a $20 counterfeit stamped S30V, you’ll be lucky to get 8Cr13Mov. There is an equally probable chance of 5Cr15 or even 3Cr13.

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And that’s what is messed up with that . You have no idea what your really getting. Even if it is what is stated , the heat treat is so inconsistent . One D2 is great , the next one sucks .

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Kizer Sheepdog mini with thumb flipper hole. Very nice little knife.

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agree with this “….useless to me other than to look at.”

therefore, for my recent acquisitions, it either works or it does not.
i sold several NIB on Craig’s List since i was never going to use them.

yes, people invest in art to “look at”, so knives might be the same.
rarity and resell value entice others, but not me. not anymore.

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Chronovore wrote:
Don’t get your hopes up. In a $20 counterfeit stamped S30V, you’ll be lucky to get 8Cr13Mov. There is an equally probable chance of 5Cr15 or even 3Cr13.
Yeah, you’re probably right. At that price, likely not even D2. But as Rdubya18 said:
Rdubya18 wrote:
And that’s what is messed up with that . You have no idea what your really getting. Even if it is what is stated , the heat treat is so inconsistent . One D2 is great , the next one sucks .
Yeah, just because they actually might use a metal alloy blend that qualifies as a specific blade steel type doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a quality one. That’s the thing too, about consistency… and that’s what keeps the clone market alive. All it takes is a few people hitting the “lottery” with a reasonably good rendition of the claimed steel, then other buyers think they’ll be getting that too.

Hence… brand importance.
Rdubya, that Finch looks really nice. I’d seen a review on that brand a while back and was impressed.

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xevious wrote:
At that price, likely not even D2.

agree
some of the clone listings show the actual steel:
for example, I ordered one of these Mini Griptilians for $16

that listing discloses
“Blade:440C stainless steel”

the one I bought of ebay for $90, I believe is the same $16 knife.. That one got mailed out of state, to my son, before I realized it was a counterfeit.

If Benchmade insists on him sending them the knife for verification, so they can shut down the ebay seller, I will give my son a different knife, probably the genuine 555-1 that I also bought last week..

the top knife..
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it has a genuine box, and genuine blade thickness.. I have learned how to recognize the genuine ones, thanks to my ebay seminar

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jon_slider wrote:
the one I bought of ebay for $90, I believe is the same $16 knife.. That one got mailed out of state, to my son, before I realized it was a counterfeit.

If Benchmade insists on him sending them the knife for verification, so they can shut down the ebay seller, I will give my son a different knife, probably the genuine 555-1 that I also bought last week..

it has a genuine box, and genuine blade thickness.. I have learned how to recognize the genuine ones, thanks to my ebay seminar

Yep… it’s unfortunate that we need to do this kind of homework but it’s worth it in the end to avoid getting scammed like that. And you’d think that Benchmade would invest in having an intern scan eBay sellers to report those selling fakes. They know their knives best and can immediately tell the difference in most cases.
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update
Benchmade requires that I mail the knife to them for Authentication. I will contact my son, who will be receiving the knife in the mail today..

Benchmade is not making any effort to look at the ebay seller, who has sold 15+ counterfeit knives. Ebay is also taking no action, until I provide a letter of Authentication from Benchmade.

I will probably mail my son the 555-1 w G10 scales, (bottom knife):
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that I bought after mailing him the 555 w nylon scales.. (second from bottom)

basically, hes getting a free upgrade, both in blade steel, and handle material.. while I wait for the wheels of justice to grind out the “Ebay Guaranteed” refund for my counterfeit 555.

this will take a few weeks..

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Sounds like pain in the a** . But hang in there. If more people would stand up for what’s right , a lot of things would be better for all . Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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Thanks for encouraging me to deal w the counterfeit situation. Today I sent my son the 555-1, along with a prepaid label to ship the Counterfeit 555 to Benchmade.

Benchmade informed me they will not return the knife, if they confirm it is Counterfeit. They will issue me letter of Authentication Failure, that I will then provide to Ebay… who will then supposedly issue me a refund…

in the end all will be swell.. lol

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xevious wrote:
jon_slider wrote:
the one I bought of ebay for $90, I believe is the same $16 knife.. That one got mailed out of state, to my son, before I realized it was a counterfeit.

If Benchmade insists on him sending them the knife for verification, so they can shut down the ebay seller, I will give my son a different knife, probably the genuine 555-1 that I also bought last week..

it has a genuine box, and genuine blade thickness.. I have learned how to recognize the genuine ones, thanks to my ebay seminar

Yep… it’s unfortunate that we need to do this kind of homework but it’s worth it in the end to avoid getting scammed like that. And you’d think that Benchmade would invest in having an intern scan eBay sellers to report those selling fakes. They know their knives best and can immediately tell the difference in most cases.

This whole situation stinks. Unfortunately, I’ve seen it happen too many times. I’m sorry to hear that rectifying this is so much work. It isn’t always. Hopefully, someone at Benchmade will step up. I haven’t heard a lot of good about their customer service lately but then again, my antennas might be biased. I’m still sour on Benchmade since I found out about their one-sided donations to the politicians that want to ban guns.

This kind of issue is why I try to only buy from trusted sources, whether actual knife stores like White Mountain Knives or known/certified sellers on eBay or AliExpress.

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I like your style.. thanks for the pic
my 945 Mini Osborne has displaced the 533 Mini Bug..

even though I like the form of the 533 better, the 945 cuts better.. and reaches farther..

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Sometimes new is good ! Thumbs Up

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Regarding counterfeit knives, the ones you know are counterfeit and branded with a copy of the makers mark, the best option is zero oxygen. Don’t buy them, don’t post links to them. Not saying they’ll go away, but it’ll help the genuine manufacturers like Spyderco and Benchmade if $16 clones weren’t being bought and sent for verification?

On a knife forum I used to visit, branded clones were a strict no. Unbranded copies (usually with design tweaks like the Sanrenmu, Ganzo, Navy knives), probably from the same factories were sort of ok to chat about as they didn’t pretend to be the genuine article.

I’m really liking those Finch knives, I’m off for a Google on those. Flippers are usually a bit menacing, those just look all cuddly.

Bought a Spyderco Military, it’s quite a bit bigger than I remember! The Digicam scales are coming off, the blade is being etched and tumbled, and I’m putting on some dirty micarta scales. I think I can make it look more of a beast than it is.:)

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This is a knife which I bought years ago but recently seem to have lost . I like it so well , blade profile , clean smooth handles , makes a nice looking dress knife . So it has gotten replaced before it’s too hard to find .

When the Eros came out it had a large and small and I had gotten both . The small one gets carried daily in a leather pocket pouch .

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I’ve long wanted a Spyderco Spydiechef, as a surrogate for the now insanely priced discontinued Slysz Bowie… but haven’t had luck on the used market. My aim was to get a Spydiechef at about $160 with minor signs of use. Missed a few at about that price (some even with the blue anodized scales). Brand new it’s $350 from Spyderco, and can be had from some resellers for about $240.

Then I learned about the Kizer Wanderer. It’s very similar in design. Some have called it the “poor man’s Spydiechef.” It was originally priced at about $250, but since dropped down to about $180. But then I found a place having a blowout sale for under $100. Figured it would be worth checking out.

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since Tramontina and other Big Knives
have been posted, might as well…..

Condor Tool & Knife CTK412-17HCS Parang Machete

apparently, Condor quit making these parangs,
which accounts for its low price on Craig’s List.

this is BUDGET Light (and knife) Forum.

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