Tashi Bharucha Rowdy HiTech CPM-154 Frame Lock
Tashi Bharucha Rowdy HiTech CPM-154 Frame Lock
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Designed by Tashi Bharucha (one of the industry’s most respected designers), and brought to life by Gerry Mcginnis (one of the industry’s most sought-after craftsmen), the Rowdy HiTech brilliantly combines form and function, fit and finish. The thick 3.5-inch clip-point blade is made from CPM-154 stainless steel: a benchmark steel in the high-end sporting knife category Read More

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twelvehourpowernap323
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Jul 5, 2019
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I really, really want to buy one of these. What are the odds of another production run?
Jul 5, 2019
Bknguyen
683
Jun 19, 2019
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I know I was lukewarm on this knife when I got it, but man has it grown on me the last few months. I know EDC purists probably wouldn't agree but I love the heft on this thing, and how the substantial blade flies open and locks with authority. The action has also broken in nicely to a smooth as butter drop shut that's completely unlike any other knife I have, making fidgeting very addicting. It really is unique in my collection and it really has an endearing made by hand feel to it. I find I'm reaching for it for day to day more than any other of my knives. If this thing comes back, buy it!!
Jun 19, 2019
Bknguyen
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Feb 20, 2019
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Got my knife in and noticed on the box that only 240 of these were made. I also noticed a hand engraved number "092" on the inside handle beside the milled model name/steel. Does anyone know if this is a serial number? Here it is, kind of hard to see:
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And here's my current Tashi collection. Might have to add the Heatseeker when it drops tomorrow!
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Feb 20, 2019
Bknguyen
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Feb 20, 2019
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Shoutout to @DougFLA123 for the suggestion
Feb 20, 2019
DougFLA123
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Feb 20, 2019
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👊🤓
Feb 20, 2019
Kellen187
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Feb 6, 2019
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Nearly this entire feed of comments reinforced the intuition I had and have that MOST Massdrop customers and members are budget knife guys that usually buy Benchmade, Spyderco, and that price range around $75-$150 and have never experienced an actual great framelock flipper on bearings with an awesome designer and some of the best quality control, fit, and finish out there until they spent $90-$125 on their gent or falcon and thought it was the cat's meow especially for the same price they bought their Benchmade bugout lmao. Let me let u in on a secret, Ferrum Forge is not Tashi Bharucha, WE is not Gerry McGinnis, and this knife was not cut out and totally made on a cnc by a recent community college graduate out of Yiangianling China and it wasn't inspected by his grandmother that got him the damn job! Do some research people! Figure out the market, knife values, and what's a good or great deal. Yeah I love the Ferrum Forge collabs as well, yeah they're a great value, but if you can afford it and are willing to take a chance and step up to the next tier, then you're gonna realize this is a better freaking value and offering than any of the Ferrum Forge x Massdrop collabs can or will ever be. This is like getting a damn Crux for $75 not $125. Gerry McGinnis had his hands all over your new knife, and little Chingwao's grandmammy didn't inspect it either. I love what Massdrop is doing for the knife community and what they're making available to us but some of us need to realize that sticker shock can still be a great value if you have and are willing to spend the money. And if you took the chance and did buy the knife, you probably just realized that u didn't only step up to the next tier of knives, you took two steps at the price of one bc it was an awesome f***** deal and poor Mrs. Chingwao wasn't accidentally pricking her fingers with the tip of your new knife. No offense either, love my awesome Chinese knives,, #qualityisnotgeography. Just had to let a little rant out to wake some people up on this thing. Ik it's too late, but maybe next time they'll buy a new Corvette for $40,000 and realize they saved 40% if they had the money to do so
Feb 6, 2019
Vbmoore
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Mar 29, 2019
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Great rant spot on,this knife is worth every penny and one of my absolute favorites.I bought this because it’s very close to having a custom made for myself.Mine is satin and orange backspaced.
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Mar 29, 2019
Slickab
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Jan 17, 2019
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TrailBlazer
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Jan 14, 2019
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Anyone have a weight on this bad boy?
Jan 14, 2019
14themoney
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Feb 6, 2019
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I am sure that I would have a weight if I had purchased one. I'm still weighting for one that's in transit.
Feb 6, 2019
Bknguyen
683
Feb 20, 2019
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Depends on the handle style but one without a hole is around 5.2 oz. The 5 holes is the lightest at 5 oz even.
Feb 20, 2019
Bknguyen
683
Jan 14, 2019
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@DougFLA123 you get in on this?
Jan 14, 2019
Bknguyen
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Feb 20, 2019
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So, a lot of patience and 34 CAD in customs later, I got the knife. It's a very nice knife but I'm honestly a little disappointed. For reference, I'm comparing it to my other higher end Tashi knives, the Prism and the Starboy. I know we're talking about production vs. midtech, but I'll elaborate why below: Pros:
  • Amazing action; took a few flips to break in but it keeps getting smoother and smoother
  • Nice, solid, heavy feeling flick
  • Good ergos
Cons:
  • Huge billboard logo that looks cheap and a bit bled out up close. Here it is compared to the crisp logo on my Starboy; the disparity in detail is disappointing to say the least:
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  • Uneven blade sharpening
  • Sharp edge at the end of the lockbar that can be a hotspot depending how far pushed up your hand is
  • Lack of hardened lockbar insert. I was aware of this when purchasing, and I've yet to see any lockstick, but still a disappointing thing at this price point
Overall, a very nice knife. Solid feel in hand, heavy blade, and great action. However, some of the details are disappointing for a midtech, especially compared to the Reate production knives aforementioned. I was hoping this thing would blow them out of the water but it's really just reinforced in my mind that Reate is a great manufacturer.
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Feb 20, 2019
DougFLA123
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Feb 20, 2019
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It’s always disappointing when you have high expectations that aren’t met. I think the thing that would bother me the most would be the uneven blade sharpening, but if it still passed the effortless paper slicing test along the entire blade, I think I’d be happy. It’s still a great looking knife that I’ll be tempted to buy the next time it gets dropped. The only problem is that all my favorite handles are gone and the pickings are getting pretty slim. Anytime I see a price tag of $300, I think, “Hmmm, I could get a Reate with that money”.
Feb 20, 2019
14themoney
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Jan 14, 2019
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Too rich for my blood. Kershaw Launch series uses CPM154; <$100. My Hogue EX -A05 was $160. All that aside, I think the logo is garish. The knife itself is good looking.
Jan 14, 2019
Kellen187
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Feb 6, 2019
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Lol blade steel does have some influence on the price of a knife but it's really not the end all be all of what it's going to cost. Design, machining quality, fit and finish, overall quality control, other materials, and the overall feel probably all count for much more. You can find knives under $100 with m390 or s35vn or just about any other blade steel out there and when you get it in hand you may think, man what a POS...yes there's definitely knives in every price range that most definitely suck. But when you pick up a quality knife, feel it, open it, close it, feel the smoothness, see the machining quality, the time it took to make the piece, then you'll most definitely know it. There's knives with the best blade steels out there that are "budget" knives that are total junk, and then there's knives like Jason Stout makes with d2 steel that regularly go for $1500-$4000 and will continue to hold and bring that value when taken care of. Not to mention in the end, cpm154 is still one of the best blade steels on the market and will most definitely do most anything u want it to do. Don't let the new hotness in blade steel sway your opinion of quality. Somewhere down the line, m390 is gonna be the new 8cr13mov, may be a long way off but it's gonna happen eventually
Feb 6, 2019
14themoney
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Feb 6, 2019
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I have a Leek in this steel. (Got is here.) I really like it. If M390 ever falls to occupy a place like 8Cr, what in the world are they going to use to process the Unobtainium? There is something out now, REX 121 that sits around 70. So I think we would be looking at something around 75-80. From what little I've read, knife makers shy away from stuff this hard because of production costs. I'd like to know what you think. Thanx.
Feb 6, 2019
darigo1981
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Jan 14, 2019
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Love this blade cpm154 is probably my favorite steel with titanium handles and a great design I’d definitely snap one up for $150 less $200 seems like my price point especially when there’s so many great knives even ones just as good for in the $200 range and I refuse to spend more than $300 on almost any knife unless it’s a sick custom that was worth alout more but being sold for fast cash
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Jan 14, 2019
Hatuletoh
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Jan 17, 2019
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One thing about we compulsive knife buyers, we're walking compendiums...no, that would be "compendia", wouldn't it? Yes: it's a third declension, gender neuter noun--ha! and my parents said I was wasting my time and their money taking Latin in college. Anyway, people who like knives know the prices very well of the ones they're interested in, so you can neither expect them to pay when something is over-priced, nor expect merchandise to stay in stock when it's even just a bit cheaper than usual, if it's in demand. I see this phenomenon when I sell a knife privately on our local classifieds website, and I've been esp fascinated observing the dynamic play out with some Microtech OTFs for sale at a number of shops. Instead of the usual all aluminum bodies, these Ultratechs' bodies are half G10. They call it an "upgrade" because the G10 is a bit lighter and theoretically gives more grip, but obviously G10 isnt as sturdy, and my first thought when I saw them was "why would I want any OTF with a weakened construction?" My second thought was, "oh hell no, I'm never buying one of these", because they are priced at about $350, or $75 more than an otherwise identical Ultratech w/o the G10. And so they sit, as they have sat, unsold for a year in some places. People didn't even buy them when every other Microtech OTF was sold out--they just feel too over-priced. Microtech doesn't ever reduce prices though, so I'm interested to see how this Mexican stand-off ends up. I double-checked my email, just to make sure I wasn't misremembering, and I was not--got an email from Steel Addiction in late October specifically noting a few Rowdies for $350. I wonder if that was a particularly plain batch, or if SA just figured they might as well kick the price up a bit to be in line with other sellers?
Jan 17, 2019
greyworlder
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Jan 17, 2019
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I do think there was a base-line price increase on the model last year, but even back in 2017 (when I first added the model to my list to buy), the one I bookmarked initially was over $450. Possibly they got ahold of a batch from an earlier production run at a bulk price? Hard to tell sometimes when there is that kind of price fluctuation. I don't know what happened otherwise, because I didn't see any obvious differences from the models we have here. Man, I definitely love my Ultratech, but I certainly wouldn't pay $350 bucks for a half G-10 model when I got my standard one for like $265 last year. Wish I'd taken Latin in school by the way. I took everything else it seems like, and Latin would probably have been both more fun and more useful than several of the other classes I ended up doing.
Jan 17, 2019
svtcobra00
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Jan 14, 2019
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No love for the lefties?
Jan 14, 2019
darigo1981
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Jan 14, 2019
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I just might it’s never good to make deals with the devil and give his minions weapons designed especially for them 😈
Jan 14, 2019
svtcobra00
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Jan 14, 2019
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Don’t forget Kizer as well 🤡
Jan 14, 2019
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