A discussion post for small, unique, fixed blades!
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reswright
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Feb 19, 2020
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Bradford G-Necker I thought long and hard about getting a Massdrop Guardian, and ended up passing after reading about the heat treat getting backed off on the Nitro V, but it always looked like a good design so I kept thinking about checking out the company. Saw this necker and it was too good to pass up. And it came today. Drop should source some of these!
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specs said 6 1/8" long, but to me it's closer to 6 on the dot. Fairly close.
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That's a full flat grind on that Elmax. It's kind of hard to appreciate the beefiness of this little neck blade unless you see it spine on:
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For reference that handle is 1/4 inch thick. Just the steel, but unlike a lot of all steel necker blades, there's nothing wrong with the ergos. Fits the hand like a glove. So yeah, it's a pretty beefy little blade. It's not refined like a Spydie or stylized like an Extrema Ratio -- but you can see the work that's gone into it, they've just chosen to keep things kinda rough. Someone might see the girth of it and wonder if it can slice. Fair question to ask whenever you see blades this chunky. Turns out it can!
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Is there anything wrong with it? $99 for a neck knife with a blade under 3 inches and a kydex sheath is a bold ask in some ways, in a world where the ESEE Izula already exists, is also US made, and costs half as much. You're paying $99 because of the Elmax -- but it turns out that's a decent price for Elmax, so it's hard to say that the cost is 'wrong'. And that's all I can come up with. If you're in the market for a neck knife, the G-Necker should be on your radar.
Feb 19, 2020
DougFLA123
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Feb 19, 2020
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The Massdrop x Bradford Guardian fixed blade has always intrigued me as well.
Feb 19, 2020
reswright
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Feb 13, 2020
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Kizer Twoze Kizer released two fixed blades recently that I picked up -- the Butcher, a collaboration with Macho Blades, and the Harpoon, a collaboration with Maverick Customs. The Butcher:

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It doesn't come with a lanyard but y'all know how it works around here.
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Decent steel and lovely Micarta:
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It's got a great grip:
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but if I were going to ding it, I'd say 'how can you make the handle that ergonomic and not jimp the choil and spine? Feet of clay for an otherwise nice blade that a lot of people will prolly pick up. Still, I'm happy with it. It has a little character and that goes a long way. The Harpoon:

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so this obviously is going to remind many people of several knives by TOPS, with that coloration, the black stucco blade finish, and the general lines of the knife.
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And, yeah, the steel too -- TOPS is well known for working with 1095.
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It seems kind of intentional, because the original Harpoon knife by Maverick Customs has a much more neutral look, and used stainless steel instead of a high carbon steel like 1095.
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Is it as good as the TOPS knives it's meant to look like? Mmmmno. The ergonomics are fairly generic by comparison, and the handle has no sculpting to it at all, no liner either. And there's no jimping on the steel. I'm kinda Johnny One Note when it comes to jimping, but I don't understand how you put that thumb scoop on the spine of the blade without giving it some additional traction. On the other hand, it's about half the price of what you'd pay for a TOPS knife of the same size, so the comparison isn't 100% fair despite the fact that they themselves were obviously going for it. And the grip is still ok -- just not as good as that you find on the knives they're clearly trying to emulate with this build:
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Of the two, the Harpoon is probably more practical, but I'd rather have the Butcher.
Feb 13, 2020
reswright
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Feb 8, 2020
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LT Wright, Lil' Muk A2 steel and Micarta.
Feb 8, 2020
reswright
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Feb 8, 2020
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nah, that was me :)
Feb 8, 2020
reswright
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Feb 13, 2020
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It did come with a pretty nice leather sheath. Not a hideaway by any means but still, nicer than what you typically see on a fixed blade coming for less than $100.
Feb 13, 2020
reswright
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Dec 24, 2019
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TS-170 Jester

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D2, can be had for around $40 from reliable sellers on eBay, looks like it's got slots for tritium rods. A little small for my grip but I can make it work. The sheath is fine, maybe a little too grippy. It'll wear in a bit -- grippy kydex wears down with use, some, but I might make a new sheath anyway. Sharp enough to cleanly push cut note paper at a 10% angle to the edge.
Dec 24, 2019
reswright
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Dec 26, 2019
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Dec 26, 2019
reswright
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Oct 25, 2019
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TwoSun TS61 in Sandvik Not A Folder :)
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One of Night Morning's earlier designs. Decent milling, decent ergos, fits my hand - my finger's right up on the choil, tho.
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Posh Sandvik.
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I'll want to ease the shoulders a bit and put a honed edge on it, but it doesn't look bad for OOTB. Will push cut post-its. That's acceptable.
Oct 25, 2019
reswright
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Oct 19, 2019
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Real Steel Connector in D2
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Badass little neck knife, collaboration with Poltergeist Works.
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Great balance! But you know what I like the best is the machining. They didn't overly round off the jimping. You can get grip on the spine like a gecko.
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Think I paid $44 or so for this. Real Steel has real chops.
Oct 19, 2019
DougFLA123
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Oct 20, 2019
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Hmmm...at first glance I thought it was a folder! : )
Oct 20, 2019
reswright
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Sep 21, 2019
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Sanrenmu S718 In Sandvik. $40.
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nice little blade, nice balance. Good steel, nice bit of jimping on it. I like SRM’s folders quite a bit. This is promising as a fixed blade.
Sep 21, 2019
reswright
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Sep 21, 2019
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The 'Zon :)
Sep 21, 2019
reswright
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Dec 26, 2019
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Handmade lanyard
Dec 26, 2019
Kavik
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Aug 27, 2019
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Got another one that might not be as small as some that started this discussion, but it's definitely not big lol
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Just a hair over 7.5" overall D2 and G10 with Kydex sheath w/a locking belt clip, all for under $45 (with LTK coupon at white mountain. Or like $48 at Amazon) Kubey KU230A Never heard of this brand till last week, thought I'd give them a shot. Can't find a single flaw in the fit and finish of the handle or the grinding, and this is probably one of the top 3 sharpest factory edges I've ever received. Only complaint is that I had to buy the polished version, because they were out of the stonewashed, and it's got that orange peel looking finish to it. Going to have to tumble or sand it at some point.
Aug 27, 2019
Kavik
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Aug 28, 2019
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Maybe if, instead of grinding further into the blade, if it cut further back into that guard that looks way too much like a flipper tab? lol I'll have to play with a sharpie and see if any modding would look good, then mock it up in cardboard or something to see how it would feel
Aug 28, 2019
DougFLA123
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Aug 28, 2019
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Yes, grinding away at the “flipper tab” seems like the way to go.
Aug 28, 2019
reswright
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Jun 17, 2019
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I'll ante up. Red Horse Knife Works Malice, D2 and pearled CF. I'll throw in a bottle opener.
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The Malice is -- well, do I gotta explain what it's for? Look at it. Kinda obvious really. In truth it was envisioned as a left handed reverse grip karambit for LE to draw with their off hand if someone started grappling with the gun in the holster by their gun hand. Ed Henderson, who is the one man shop that is RHKW, is retired LEO and that was the inspiration for the knife. Main idea is draw in a reverse grip directly into one or maybe two full strength biomechanical rending attacks across the assailant's torso and arm muscles - that should help incapacitate and give the officer the space necessary to clear then draw his service weapon and issue a challenge. The general idea is, someone attempting to take an officer's weapon is one of the few scenarios in which they can fully legally use lethal force but only to the degree necessary to buy the officer time and space to draw and challenge. That is the original intended use case for this knife. I've used it on some boxes. Little less dramatic of a mission there. You'll find that you cut things in a decided arc with this in your hand, just due to the biomechanics of holding and moving it. It's a little small for my hand for a full saber or even improvised grip but it's got a decent pinch grip. The reverse grip is what this knife was made for and it fits my hand perfectly, even though hammer grips or saber grips are a no go. So this will open things for you but you're going to need to think a bit in order to find peacable applications in which its form factor is a strength. It's well named.
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Oh, and the Bad Apple is for -- well, here.
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See? It's for openin' bottles.
Jun 17, 2019
moddy
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Mar 19, 2019
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How about an amsler mini Hurricane Razor
Mar 19, 2019
Kavik
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Mar 22, 2019
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The mini one you mentioned isn't toooo terribly bad. (I might even look at getting one some time) But some of the other versions get way overpriced for the materials real quick Up to $230 for a 6" bar of coated cpm154 with a stamped titanium clip and a small kydex sheath? I can't see every spending the much on this
Mar 22, 2019
moddy
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Mar 23, 2019
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That is why I went with the mini.
Mar 23, 2019
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