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    I have never bought a "major" knife. I think the only knives I have ever bought was a Swiss Army and a Rapala fishing filet knife. Sometimes I read some posts in this section, and I try to figure how I would use a nice knife. It's hard to imagine having it in my pocket all the time, and I can't imagine using it as a defensive weapon....I'd surely poke my own eye out somehow. I'm more of a run than fight kind of a guy, and have never been in a fight in my life.

    Do you guys get them to a large degree as an admiration of the quality/workmanship....almost being like a shelf queen?

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    I have a (extensive? larger then my light collection!) collection of custom, handmade (although use of the term is a controversial one in this area) knives of all types...straight, lockbacks, slipjoints, interframes...the list goes on and on.

    I have styles referred to as fighters however I don't ever plan on using any of these as any kind of defensive weapon---hand to hand combat wiith a knife requires specialized training--something of no interest to me.

    With all of the knives I have---all possible belt carry in sheaths or pocket carry (folders)--I carry a Swiss Army knife and an expensive small two-blade Congress-style slipjoint with me all of the time--my EDC knives. The Swiss Army knife gets all of the hard use and the Congress, the more precise work so as not to dull it to the point of having to sharpen it. This may seem odd--not wanting to sharpen a knife--however, sharpening significantly reduces the value of a knife just as marring the exterior of a light will reduce its value. Much better to buy a $50-$100 knife if you want to use it on a daily basis and never have any intention of selling it as a collector.

    All that being said, I do carry a rather large lockback (folder) in a custom case on my frequent hikes--I guess as some last ditch form of protection--along with a stout 6 foot bamboo shaft--the bamboo being of much better protection if you ask me. The knife is a $500+ knife so, anyone wanting a piece of me might well rather swipe my knife rather than a few bucks I might be carrying in the woods!

    I have collected knives primarily to admire the fine workmanship of the many, MANY builders of knives.


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    I imagine that you can understand how a light can a sort of extension of one's personality and how one derives a bit of satisfaction from the use of same. Knives are sort of the same. Think of it this way: cheap knife vs. good knife is the same as stock Mag Light vs. Mag Light w/ Malkoff drop-in. And yes, there is a pride of ownership factor as well.

    Fact of the matter is that the knife is probably the second oldest tool (hammer i.e., rock being the oldest). It simply makes sense to carry one day in, day out; both for convenience and emergency use. Having carried one daily all of my adult life, I can't imagine walking out my front door without a blade on me.
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    For me its basically its like my sig line says. Certainly there is appreciation of workmanship and quality with high end stuff. There is also the feeling of having a really good tool in your hand when you need it.
    I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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    Knives and fire are what separate us from the animals.

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    Some of mine I have as users, others as shelf queens.

    Funnily enough, my XM-18 (easily the most expensive in my collection) is my hard-use knife. I can admire the work that went into its design and construction, and quite happily use it for the harder tasks that I have.

    I suppose a viable comparison would be my LS20. I can admire all the work that went into its design and construction, and still happily use it, despite the fact that it's the most expensive item I carry, barring my laptop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuxLuthor View Post
    I have never bought a "major" knife. I think the only knives I have ever bought was a Swiss Army and a Rapala fishing filet knife. Sometimes I read some posts in this section, and I try to figure how I would use a nice knife. It's hard to imagine having it in my pocket all the time, and I can't imagine using it as a defensive weapon....I'd surely poke my own eye out somehow. I'm more of a run than fight kind of a guy, and have never been in a fight in my life.

    Do you guys get them to a large degree as an admiration of the quality/workmanship....almost being like a shelf queen?
    I guess it depends upon what you mean by "major" or "nice" knives. For me, I admire the engineering, art and craftsmanship of every knife I own, and I have more than a few. I like to carry a small knife with me everywhere and I find uses for the small Swiss army pocket knife I EDC many times every day. Along with the small pocket knife I also carry a Leatherman Skeletool pretty much everywhere, and use it for any task at hand.

    I also have several pocket knives that are works of art, made out of materials such as ZDP-189 blade steel or fine Damascus with ZDP-189 core, wooly mammoth bone, iron wood, fossilized walrus ivory, or other "artsy" scales, mokame frame, niobium frame, and the like. These knives are so precisely crafted, like a fine swiss watch. I often carry one of them, but I use them very gingerly/carefully, so as not to mark them up in any way.

    I have a number of Tactical knives that are again, very finely crafted, and I admire them for the craftsmanship and engineering.

    Interestingly, there are some very close business ties between some of the Tactical and some of the "artsy" knife companies.

    Anyway, just as you can't carry more than a couple of flashlights at once, the same is true of pocket knives, so when they're not being enjoyed on my person, they make a great collection which can be admired as such.
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    wow

    I think everyone has answered here to cover just about all facets of knife ownership

    as a Knifemaker and collector and carrier
    I relate to all these answers

    I'm glad to see TH232 uses a high quality knife that many ppl keep as a safe queen... good on ya mate

    I have many knives that vary from cheap to very expensive ($1000+)

    all knives get use by me but the dearer they get the more care I take with regard to potential damage, mainly scratches
    you do not start chopping a chunk of hardwood with a unique custom folder ...you use your camp knife or an axe etc

    and most people have a decent keychain or pocketknife for all the general stuff,cutting boxes,open letters etc
    and then a really nice backup

    if you let any knife sit in storage for too long it might get rusty or mouldy so it is always wise to circulate all your knives occasionally


    this is all very similar to our edc flashlights
    we all have favourites
    we all use certain ones for certain jobs etc


    I recommend this if you want to buy knives...
    don't waste money on cheap stuff

    a factory made knife with quality steel and good materials can be had for little more than $100
    $200-300 will get you a very good knife that will last years and be a pleasure to use
    after that you're starting to get choices in quality custom made territory and the sky is the limit there


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    Agreed, owning a good quality knife (And light) give peace of mind and pride I guess.

    Like flashlights, knives can get ridiculously expensive while giving diminishing returns after a certain price point.

    Like flashlights, less favored knives tend to become shelf queens as you collect more.

    My Sebanza gets used almost everyday. The light weight and quality has never failed me, yet.

    I' not a knife fighter, but my Emerson CQC10 backs up my "defense" carry package.
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    I have almost always carried a pocket knife. My dad carried one daily and I just assumed it was part of what a gentleman kept with him. My dad loved flashlights and kept a host of Mags in handy spots but given the relative lack of true pocket lights he didn't pocket one daily.

    What I carry is a bit different - I have been moving a bit toward fewer but higher quality items in my EDC. I currently have 4 Spydercos, 1 Benchmade and a few SAKs (alox classic on my key ring and alox Cadet that I do EDC, Spartan which is in my desk at work and gets apple slicing duty, and Camper which my father gave to me years ago and which I'm saving for my son). There is still some redundancy - I have a Spyderco Navigator which is my small knife, but the other Spydercos and Benchmade all fall into the roughly 3" blade size which is my favorite for most daily carry.

    I admit that I don't use my nicest knife, a Spyderco Sage 2, to chop wood and relatively speaking treat it somewhat gingerly - or at least don't abuse it and wipe the blade after use, etc... I do carry it regularly and open the mail, open packages, etc... with it like I do most of my EDC knives. None are really shelf queens but I have to admit that until they get a bit of "wear" on them I do tend to baby them a little. That first mark is sometimes a good thing as I'll stop treating it with kid gloves.
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    I appritiate the quality/workmanship, but don't collect anything (mostly). I won't buy something I won't use, and if something I have is not getting used it'll be sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post
    I appritiate the quality/workmanship, but don't collect anything (mostly). I won't buy something I won't use, and if something I have is not getting used it'll be sold.
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    How long are the knives that you guys always carry in your pockets? I'm trying to think how much I would use it during my day...and if it wears a hole in your pocket. Certainly being outside hiking/camping it would be essential. I'm still thinking about them. It's probably one of those things that once you have it you see more of a value in it. Not sure what model, length is most "practical."

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    Knife is just like a flashlight for me. Have at least 1 of each with you all the time.
    They can be a tool, a toy, or a piece you just have so you can admire it close up.

    I think a blade length of 2-3 inches is good for general carry and when doing something specialized like camping or hunting the sky's the limit really, carry as big as you are comfortable with.

    Defensive weapon? If you try it you will both end up cut most likley. Getting stabbed hurts, every time. I'm at 3 so far. Personally I think it's faster and safer to leave the blade in your pocket and go at it with your hands. If he's already got a knife out you are in real trouble if you try to go for yours and fumble the draw in any tiny way. If it's a real concern go and get instructed in taking a knife away from someone. You'll still get probably get cut but not so much.
    Hey if running has worked for you this long, don't change - it's a good strategy. Just because a knife is sold as a particular style doesn't mean anything, it all in how you use it. My Strider butters a biscuit pretty well and could cut somebody if I need it to but I'd rather not try it with a folder no matter how tough or combat styled it is.

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    speaking of which, sarge.. I'm still EDCing the caly3 CF you sold me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuxLuthor View Post
    How long are the knives that you guys always carry in your pockets? I'm trying to think how much I would use it during my day...and if it wears a hole in your pocket. Certainly being outside hiking/camping it would be essential. I'm still thinking about them. It's probably one of those things that once you have it you see more of a value in it. Not sure what model, length is most "practical."
    I used to carry a 3 inch blade but have recently been carrying a blade under 2 inches for day to day use. I pocket carry my knife and light so I have been trying smaller sizes.
    I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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    Variable, but usually within the 3" range, +/-0.5". Knife clips are about the same as flashlight clips, so I'm getting some wear near the pocket's edge.

    Of course, if I'm carrying a small FB (thanks Gollum!) then clip wear isn't an issue at all.
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    LuxLuthor,

    I have had a knife in my pocket since 4th grade. I am of the era where it was not a big deal. Heck before 9/11 I flew from Michigan to Costa Rica and back with a 2.5" knife in my pocket. I have one well worn 3" flat full stainless steel lock blade that I have owned 25+ years that likely as not you will find in my pocket. When you buy a lock blade try to handle it before the purchase. Open the blade and with the blade locked in position grab the blade and see how much movement it has side to side. Check how loose it is. Not up and down like against the cutting edge but 90 degrees from the edge if you follow me. Some expensive knifes are "loose" and some inexpensive knifes are tight. Some knifes loosen up as they age. I was lucky in finding a knife 25 years ago that is still tight and it was not an expensive knife. Also be aware that just about all pocket knifes these days are made from 440 Stainless Steel. Its pretty, extremely resistant to oxidation, easy to fashion a blade from and does not hold an edge well. Its a good enough metal for a pocket knife but an old high carbon steel blade holds a superior edge in comparison. Those old boy scout knifes where high carbon steel and they held one heck of an edge. Last issue, you should do a little research in you state and read up on the knife carry laws. In Michigan you can carry a "folder" single edged blade of 3" or less length. It can not be of the "assist" self opening variety. The police in my state used to take and open your blade up and put the blade in the palm of their hand up near the base of their fingers. If it was longer than their palm you could be in trouble. Do not ask me how I know this. I always have a pocket knife and very small lighter on me when I leave my house and enter the world. I do not smoke but "being prepared" is the motto.

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    A knife is what you use to rip / cut open your flashlight packages. How can you be a real flashaholic without one?
    Seriously I've had a pocket knife of some sort for probably over 50 years. You will want to check your state knife laws if you are considering EDC'ing one as they differ quite a lot from state to state. I have carried a Benchmade Ritter griptilian for several years and it's fairly easy on the pocket (clipped inside) and probably use it 40 times a day (more now as I'm building a house) but I can't imagine not having this tool. BTW the Forbes list of top tools of all time (or something similar) listed the knife as the number one tool. I think Benchmades are a great starting place. I've got others including a Strider, Emerson and others. While Emerson and Spyderco's have a big fan base I really don't care for either of those brands. Strider however is a knife you know is a tool that will survive about anything. Just beware that if you think flashlights are a wallet drain you ain't seen nothin' yet if you get into knives
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuxLuthor View Post
    It's hard to imagine having it in my pocket all the time, and I can't imagine using it as a defensive weapon....I'd surely poke my own eye out somehow.
    LOL, you aren't a real "knife guy" until you deep cut yourself with a very sharp, high quality knife! I almost took my own pinky off with a new Spyderco Harpie back in the day.

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    Do you guys get them to a large degree as an admiration of the quality/workmanship....almost being like a shelf queen?
    I used to be that way, buying knives for the engineering, design... beauty. Now-a-days I use them mostly as tools. The only knifes I carry daily are a Leatherman Charge Ti and a Stanley razor knife. Both nothing to defend with, but useful for me. I would never use a knife as a weapon unless it's kill or be killed. I've never had to resort to that as it never get's past the hand to hand phase.

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    I just like 'em. They are useful tools, fun to play with, and many are extremely well engineered. What's so fascinating about flashlights?
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    I am and have been a huge knife knut! I buy and use custom knives only, or the most part. (I do buy CRK & Strider's.) I love using my custom knives, no matter how expensive they are. I know I CAN send them back to the maker for refurb. Ahhhhhh, the joy of using a custom knife!
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    I've carried a knife since 13. Most important, if you use a knife for "self Defense" you are the one most likely to go to jail. Second,I'm not sure where your post is headed.I read it 4 times. If you are looking to buy a knife, go get a Swiss Army Knife. If you want to upgrade look at a Buck 110 or similar. There are lots of great knives out there, these two are good place to start.

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    Let me absolutely rule out using/wanting a knife as a weapon.
    Although it will probably gives you all a good laugh, here is my "grand" collection of the "knives" I use to open boxes, envelopes, cut rope, strings, etc. I probably use the Walkers the most because it is small, easy to close, and sharpens easy.

    The Rapala is for fileting fishing when I go out camping, otherwise stays in the drawer. Yes I use that Samarai Shark to sharpen all the ones in the middle, and all the kitchen cutlery because it's quick and gives a very sharp edge.

    I got that Fenix knife free with some light I ordered a while back, but have not used it, as I suspect it is not of good quality. It feels too small in my hand. I'm not sure where my Swiss Army Knife is.

    What would be a good pocket knife that I would enjoy having.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guyg View Post
    I've carried a knife since 13. Most important, if you use a knife for "self Defense" you are the one most likely to go to jail. Second,I'm not sure where your post is headed.I read it 4 times. If you are looking to buy a knife, go get a Swiss Army Knife. If you want to upgrade look at a Buck 110 or similar. There are lots of great knives out there, these two are good place to start.
    I'm really not crazy about my Swiss Army Knife, I always feel like I'm gonna break one of the blades/tools. The main blade is too thin, too rounded at the tip, dulls easily, and none of the tools ever seemed quite adequate for what I needed them for, and too hard to open most of them. I think I just figured out why I don't know where it is. LOL!

    I looked at Amazon & a couple other sites for the Buck 110, and it looks nice, but if I only get 1 or 2 knives I think I would rather get one that is more than $35-40 price range just so I have something to appreciate in terms of craftsmanship.

    I'm not jerking anyone's chain. I'm asking about these with sincerity. It is just an area that I never paid attention to, or took the time to learn about.

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    You'll find that levels of craftsmanship and variety of knives as broad an area as those aspects related to lights Lux...and I'm sure you've already realized that fact. You may want to try A. G. Russell as a catalog source of some very find production knives and picking up a copy of Knives Illustrated or Knives magazine will give you some basic ideas of what may be out there.

    No one knife can or will serve all cutting functions perfectly and personal preferences are many. While my EDC Swiss Army knife serves me for accomplishing most of my daily cutting tasks, it does dull easily in comparison to some of my other knives---but, it sharpens as quickly as anyone could hope with a few touch up swipes on my steel. Always a trade off. My field garb on hikes permits me to carry a sheath knife while the same carry choice in the office would draw undue attention, questioning of my stability and at worst, a visit from security.

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    I'm really not crazy about my Swiss Army Knife, I always feel like I'm gonna break one of the blades/tools. The main blade is too thin, too rounded at the tip, dulls easily, and none of the tools ever seemed quite adequate for what I needed them for, and too hard to open most of them. I think I just figured out why I don't know where it is. LOL!

    I looked at Amazon & a couple other sites for the Buck 110, and it looks nice, but if I only get 1 or 2 knives I think I would rather get one that is more than $35-40 price range just so I have something to appreciate in terms of craftsmanship.

    I'm not jerking anyone's chain. I'm asking about these with sincerity. It is just an area that I never paid attention to, or took the time to learn about.

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    The Buck 110 is an excellent knife LL. I would also suggest the Buck "Prince" series. The Prince has a 420HC blade that holds a better edge than 440. Also it has a Blade Length of 2.5". Most importantly its bolsters are SS or nickle silver. This is important because the Buck 110 has brass bolsters and well although brass is nice I do not like the smell brass gives off when it starts to oxidize. I think you can pick up a Price for just over $30. It is a small enough knife not to draw to much criticism form the boys in blue but has a large enough blade to get the job done. It is well constructed and "tight". I have one of them and was able to field dress a deer with it one season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuxLuthor View Post
    I'm really not crazy about my Swiss Army Knife, I always feel like I'm gonna break one of the blades/tools. The main blade is too thin, too rounded at the tip, dulls easily, and none of the tools ever seemed quite adequate for what I needed them for, and too hard to open most of them. I think I just figured out why I don't know where it is. LOL!

    I looked at Amazon & a couple other sites for the Buck 110, and it looks nice, but if I only get 1 or 2 knives I think I would rather get one that is more than $35-40 price range just so I have something to appreciate in terms of craftsmanship.

    I'm not jerking anyone's chain. I'm asking about these with sincerity. It is just an area that I never paid attention to, or took the time to learn about.

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    AGRussell is a good company selling great knives from many manufacturers. One of the manufacturers whose knives they sell that you might want to consider is Lone Wolf Knives. http://www.lonewolfknives.com/store/pages/home.shtml

    All of their knives are designed and manufactured in the USA of good materials, are VERY well made, and VERY reasonably priced. You would be hard pressed to find a better value.

    A few models you may want to consider:

    "Blackfoot," CPM-S30V, plain edge, 3.00 in. blade, checkered Ebano scales, Best Value Knife of the Year - 2009 Winner @ $121.99 MSRP


    “Longhorn®”, CPM-S30V, plain edge, 3.5 in. blade, checkered Ebano scales @ $139.99 MSRP


    “Paul® Presto” Burl-wood Folder, 2.4 in. blade, 400 Series high-carbon stainless steel, $149.99 MSRP


    Paul® “Defender™”, 154 CM, 3.9 in. blade, cocobolo scales, $219.99 MSRP - 2009 Overall Knife of the Year - Blade Show


    Lonewolf Designs – The “U.S.45” Rosewood folder, 440 C, 3.3 in blade, $99.99 MSRP

    Limited Lifetime Warranty on all of the above.
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    I like the idea of a pointed blade, and that last one is a great looking model. I'm gonna order that one. Thanks guys very much for your expertise.

    Oh one last thing....knowing nothing about sharpening....what is your advice regarding this knife?

    LOL....one more thing...going to that link I'm immediately drawn to that Defender 154 knife of the year, even at twice the price. I don't know the benefits between the two on a practical basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuxLuthor View Post
    I like the idea of a pointed blade, and that last one is a great looking model. I'm gonna order that one. Thanks guys very much for your expertise.

    Oh one last thing....knowing nothing about sharpening....what is your advice regarding this knife?

    LOL....one more thing...going to that link I'm immediately drawn to that Defender 154 knife of the year, even at twice the price. I don't know the benefits between the two on a practical basis.
    Both of the knives that you mentioned are excellent knives, but they are very different form one another in operation. The 45 represents a fairly conventional design, executed in top notch materials by top notch craftsmen here in the USA.

    The Paul Defender is a very unique and revolutionary design, also executed in top notch materials by top notch craftsmen here in the USA.

    See the Paul Pohlman instructional videos in the middle of the page below to understand how the Paul knives work.
    http://lonewolfknives.com/store/pages/products.shtml

    You will easily get more than your money's worth in either knife.

    “ Paul holds over forty US and Foreign Utility Patents and numerous design patents. Over 20 of these Patents are for folding knife mechanisms. Besides being a great inventor, designer and product engineer, Paul is also an extremely talented custom knife maker.”
    The term "Legend" is used to describe many people in the knife industry but Paul W. Poehlmann is the genuine article. He is one of the few designers who is both a highly skilled custom knife maker and a mechanical design genius.

    Paul W. Poehlmann has been interested in mechanical devices since he was a child. Paul followed this interest and trained to become a mechanical/design engineer. After graduating from university he worked on a broad variety of mechanical engineering projects. He designed tooling, production processes and products including harvesting machinery, bicycle components, aircraft escape system hardware, multi-purpose tools, two-position boat seats and a wine cork-extraction device plus many other interesting complications. With the experience he gained from this broad engineering background, he then moved into the aerospace industry. He worked for over 14 years as a mechanical design engineer designing many types of aircraft escape systems hardware. During this time period he held the positions of engineering manager, chief engineer and director of research and design.

    Paul has always been interested in guns and knives. He likes their overall design with primary focus on the mechanisms involved. In 1974 Paul started to design folding knife mechanisms as he knew there was a better way to lock a folding knife blade open and closed than what he had seen. During this time period he designed, developed and patented the "Axial Locking Mechanism" for folding knives. This new lock design was revolutionary in that it is durable and safe, locking the blade in both the open and closed positions while also bolting the side plates and blade together. The Axial Lock is so precise in its fit and operation that people are amazed at how smoothly it snaps open and closed. Knives with the Axial Lock were truly some of the first one-handed opening knives and launched a wave of product development efforts by major knife companies to achieve one-handed opening without violating Paul's patented designs. During this same time period Paul also built hand-made folding and fixed blade knives. These knives are extremely rare and are highly sought after by knife collectors from all over the world.

    In 1976, Paul contracted with Gerber Legendary Blades® to have production Paul® Knives produced. Gerber produced Paul® Knives from 1977 to 1986. These knives were very popular with knife enthusiasts and collectors sought them desperately after Gerber stopped production in 1986. A second edition of the Paul® Knife was introduced in 1996 and was produced for two years. This new Series II, Model 2 Paul® Knife had some design improvements over the original models and it soon became very popular. In spite of this, Gerber discontinued production in 1997. The Series II, Model 2 Paul® Knife also became a collectable item as soon as it hit the market.

    If I were to summarize what defines a "Paul" folding knife it would be:
    1. They are invented, designed and engineered by one individual, Paul W. Poehlmann.
    2. Each component of these knives is constructed from the finest materials as applicable to their use.
    3. All components are manufactured within a very close band of tolerances to assure longevity and more precise operation than any other knife available.
    4. All Paul Knives, handmade or factory produced, over the years have experienced an appreciable gain in value. A Paul knife is great to use, interesting and fun to collect and a further reward is that they are a very good investment that is continually appreciating.

    Paul holds over forty US and Foreign Utility Patents and numerous design patents. Over 20 of these Patents are for folding knife mechanisms. Besides being a great inventor, designer and product engineer, Paul is also an extremely talented custom knife maker. He is as good with his hands as he is with his inventive mind and this shows in all that Paul touches. He and Joanne are gourmet cooks and great hosts if you are lucky enough to be invited to a meal in their home. They live on a beautiful island in British Columbia, Canada. When he is not designing new products they travel, hike, kayak and garden. He continues to be a driving force for environmental protection and throughout his life has coveted the physical and natural beauty of the world.
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