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Antonius posted:

Hello Everyone,

With Strider Knives closing its doors what other knife makers (custom or production) can match Strider's quality and toughness?

I'm interested in suggestions for both folders and fixed blades.

Thank you for your input.

Tony

For folders, if you want toughness, as I do, I'd go with Medfords, Direwares or my personal favorite, Crusader Forge.  I'm hunting for a certain Medford, have a Direware Solo V on order and just got my EDC Crusader Forge VIS-T folder back from a spa treatment.  These things are beasts.  They are large and heavy but I have found the CF easy to carry.  These would be lifetime knives.

 

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I carry a ZT folder daily (0556), for the $ they are hard to beat. Super beefy and hold a great edge, maybe the best bet for a mid price working knife?

I also have the Std LF knives...a Halloran (Seax), Joe Watson (Hidden Key) both are great builders and awsome knives.If you want something more in the Strider folder range I have a Hinderer XM18 (these are really amazing folders that don't get much press around here) that is a beast, he does a lot of collaboration with ZT.  

I am experimenting with a new Benchmade from Brad as well and if it goes good may be looking at one of the similarly styled  Colonel knives. There are a ton of great knives out there from other small builders if your into the custom stuff but that can get really expensive...quickly. 

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I'm sure I don't put my knives through the abuse that some of you do, I'm just a cake eating civilian. That said, I'll definitely put in a vote for ZT. I've got a 0350 folder that has served me well for two or three years. I've also got a 0121 fixed blade (I believe it was a Strider collaboration) that is built like a damn tank. I couldn't count how many deer its cleaned and I've never had to sharpen it. It could probably double as a pry bar. 

If you don't like ZT, my next choices would be Benchmade or Emerson. There's always customs, but I can't justify that expense for my uses. 

I finger fucked one of these the other day at a local dealer [plain edge version]

https://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details/C229G/1080

More stout than a Manix or Paramilitary.  Not necessarily a tank, but thought of this thread after messing with it. 

There’s some info out on the interwebs calling the Shaman a “Stryderco” and comparing it to Strider.  I can see that after the short handling I did at the store.

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Only things that I’d say it would need to change:  the G10 handle is pretty smooth and could be rougher, but still not slick like aluminum; and the choil interferes with the compression lock when closed preventing flicking like a PM2 (if you prefer opening this way).

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FMKD by Fox makes some very sturdy knives in N690, I own a Deimos and I am very impressed. I read on the internet that N690 is similar to VG10, my experience is that it performs far better. The only downside to the knife is that it is not the smoothest opening, but after two years of constant use and some abuse, it has zero blade play. It also has a safety button that I do not get the point of, silly really. But other than that great.

I have knives that cost twice as much, but that are no where near as solid. I find it a little big to carry inside the waste band with jeans, but with cargo pants it's fine.

 http://www.foxcutlery.com/n/en...eimos_fx-0110_m.html

My next purchase will probably be a Fantoni HB01 https://www.milspecmonkey.com/...ctical-folding-knife It seems like a lot of value for money.

 

 

 

 

 

Hooahmonster posted:

I finger fucked one of these the other day at a local dealer [plain edge version]

https://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details/C229G/1080

More stout than a Manix or Paramilitary.  Not necessarily a tank, but thought of this thread after messing with it. 

There’s some info out on the interwebs calling the Shaman a “Stryderco” and comparing it to Strider.  I can see that after the short handling I did at the store.

 nnllap

Only things that I’d say it would need to change:  the G10 handle is pretty smooth and could be rougher, but still not slick like aluminum; and the choil interferes with the compression lock when closed preventing flicking like a PM2 (if you prefer opening this way).

Bit of a necro here, has anyone tried both the Shaman and the ZT0562/562CF?

I have a ZT0562, but still only finger fucked a Shaman.  Hard comparison,  but both are very close. 

Major difference is point and lock.  Size,  build, weight are similar. The ZT may be a little thicker blade. 

Personally the reason I'm looking at knives to replace the ZT is I don't really like flippers. I'd say it's a toss up. 

I don't really nitpick locking mechanism and other knife stuff.  I do think the compression lock is just as good as a frame lock for normal folder use.  I also like the pointy Spyderco blade vs the ZTs bowie style. Also I like a coil like the deep ones Spyderco has. 

If it's a price thing,  one can get a Shaman for about $150 on Spydercos OpFocus program if you are military, veteran,  or LE.  And I've had remarkable customer service from Spyderco and their sharpening service rocks. I can't comment on the same from ZT. 

Damn ,  guess I need to get a Shaman now and do a comparison. 

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I think another worthy Strider replacement, ZT0393SW:

I REALLY intended to stop at the knife store to finger fuck a Shaman before buying from Spyderco. Ended up picking this ZT up even with my current distaste for flippers.
I haven’t been following knives too much for awhile, so I really didn’t know much about it when I bought it other than I really liked how it looked, how it fit in my hand and it was another one of ZT’s Hinderer collaborations.


From doing some reading there are many other iterations of this as both as 0392 and 0393 and it is meant to be a production version of Hinderer’s Eklipse, but there’s a few differences and the blade is much less of “spanto” than the Eklipse.


It is a frame lock with G10 slabs over the frame on both sides – differing from the Eklipse also (although there is another Hinderer with this design). The harpoon style blade is something growing on me. Its also supposedly compatible with a wide range of Hinderer accessories like clips, etc if you are into knife Lego.

The frame side is not as beefy as the 0562, but I’d say it’ll still get the job done. Typical ZT construction. The knife is a bit less bulky to me than the 0562 in the pocket, and in use. 

I’m also going to try ZT’s sharpening service on the 0562 which I consider in all my knife purchases now.

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Compared to a ZT0562

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