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I know the quality won’t be on the same level, but Kershaw makes two models (Link and Dividend) that they make in America out of aluminum and M390 (equivalent to 20CV) for $80. Again, I’d expect the fit and finish on this new collab to be of a much higher caliber, but you can’t really use the materials/‘made in America’ as justification for the tremendous cost here when Kershaw can do something similar for 1/3 the base price.
Frankly, I don't think you can say Kershaw and Ferrum Forge in the same sentence. Carry one and it's immediately apparent why one is justified in being far more expensive.
No I totally agree, I own an Archbishop (though I own nothing by Pro-Tech, as I’m not a huge fan of autos) and dozens of Kershaws have passed through my hands over the years, and there’s definitely no comparison. Just that several people have mentioned the step up from S35VN to 20CV and being made in America as explanation for why this drop is so much more expensive than the previous titanium “Made in China” massdrop collabs with similar levels of fit, finish, and precision. Of course that’s where the similarities between Kershaw and Ferrum Forge/Protech/WE knives presumably end.
Kershaw absolutely does not do anything similar to these, or rather their parent company does, but under a different subsidiary, ZT.
And this price is in line with ZT's 20CV models of this size range. It may not be titanium, but it's not a framelock and aluminum works fine for this style of knife. Just because Kershaw happens to be one of a small handful of options for a 20CV/M390 knife under $120, doesn't make it a good comparison. The raw materials alone is not what determines the cost or value of any knife.
The Link and Dividend in M390 for under 100$, and the Launch auto line up in CPM-154 under 100$ and made in America would beg to differ. That is what Protech uses mostly. CPM-154 and aluminum. My Launch 1 has been rock solid since I bought it when they first came out. Same with a lot of other people on theirs. So, evidently it kinda does make a pretty fair comparison. They can make good knives cheap with the same materials. It's also why I dont buy aluminum handles anymore. They are just too easy to beat up and I use all my knives. No queens, only tools.
I have the Launch 7. It's a great knife. It is probably my fault that it opens in my pocket. I have cut the crap out of myself a couple of times. I keep a bunch of stuff in my pocket and often times am crawling on the floor and in cabinets. I don't carry it anymore. I might buy a Launch 3 because I really like the looks and was very happy with the mechanics on the 7. My new Hogue has a lock button. Aluminum is not my favorite for handles. The slipperiness. I was thrilled when I picked up my Leek in CF here.