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    Default Help me pick a cool Marfione!

    First of all I do not go to Blade forums because they are just not very nice over there IMO.

    There Are Marfione knives absolutely everywhere. which makes picking one for someone Anal difficult. I have been collecting EDC stuff for 30+ years now. I have some Marfione's. I wanted a new flipper with no nail nick. Blade under 3.5". Under $4,500. M390 blade. I just can't choose there are so many. I do not care where I get it as long as it is in the USA. Would you folks kindly pick out for me some you like? Hint: I prefer users, not jewels. I do not mind fancy but better take a beating. That is why no Damascus. Damascus is 154CM at best. This one is going to be my new EDC to go with my new(used) Hanko. I was just hoping you folks could link some within my parameters "you" thought were "cool". There are so many for sale, once again cannot choose! It is not poor little rich boy either. I saved for about 50 years. I figure I might as well enjoy my retirement. I did not previously have these things. When I say collected 30+ years I mean Buck, Case. In fact even a used one would be good if it saved me money. If not like flashlights that appreciate. I know there are plenty of other great makers but at least I narrowed that part down! Thank you

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    I can't offer any advice right now- i love blades but never looked past small shop fixed blades. I just wanted to congratulate you. On you're retirement, on having saved diligently (Many retirees i deal with in my practice barely survive on a small SsI check!) and on making a splurge!


    Congrats!!!!!

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    Dang you. Dlt trading and smkw.... I like the lower bling options - just saw an all black anax w2 with tit handles at smoky mountain!!! And some other really blingy stuff that would be awesome too!

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    Thank you bignc. I always saved. I don't want his blingy stuff. I think it is too out there. I want a user. M390 blade no engraving or jewels ETC. Just a plain flipper of titanium or whatever. I do not like the black DLC because it chips off. I want a polished blade. I will try smkw I trust him. azck is too expensive. On the plus side I see my S30V sebenzas went way up of all things. honestly I found a knife I like and it is not even "expensive". It is a Viper Lille with the Damascus liner framelock in blue! A guy near by has the cheapest price around by far but his shipping is BS. I have to see if he will let us stop by. It is not a store but rather an office.

    Yes, I know many did not look to the future and that is a shame. Even at a regular job if you put away $100 a month and when you get to $10,000 invest you could have done very well back then. I bought bonds. See back then they were paying about 15%! I am by no means rich but I have enough to live on.

    On that note the knife I am looking for is not even 4 grand, more like $1,500 I think. Please look at that viper though. I know nothing about that brand but it is custom in Italy. It is a pretty knife and for the price I would be paying I would not mind to carry it. Although Damascus is no M390. I do not mind sharpening though. I actually sharpen on a wet stone. That Ken Onion machine is very bad news, YMMV. You burn out the heat treat IMO. This is why I do not go to Blade Forums. Too many arguments. Can't have an opinion.

    I appreciate it, you two!

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    How about Marifone Strider?

    https://www.pvk.vegas/Marfione-Custo...2mck-msg3f.htm

    This is just one example probably not my favorite but very nice.
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    Thank you. that is on my list. I like Mick Strider too. what is Marfione about it though? Plus the price is very easy to swallow. Marfione prices all over the map. I see about $550 to $20,000! I want something to use, not spend too much. I thought 4 grand was his entry but I was wrong. Forget Viper. Pretty knife but they are just cheap production knives. Their most expensive knife is under $300. Most are $75-$125. That Strider will take a beating for sure. I kind of wanted more of a Matrix but maybe too much money?
    smkw agr knifeworks etc. I am looking. Wish I was in azck league. Or knife purveyor. I like Damascus but it is not hard use by any means. It used to be great but now we have the likes of M390, S90V, ZDP189. A very basic William henry is okay but most are for posers IMO. Unfortunately most times I wore a suit was at a funeral. Strange, I did not go to that many weddings. that leads me to, there is not longevity in my family. that is why I am doing this honestly. Watch me live to 110 and run out of money! I do not think it is crazy, I use these tools. How many times have I heard people complain about their $5 flashlight? Yet they refuse to get even a Fenix.

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    Don't know much about steels and how they do finishes on this one but its as blingy as I would go- looks pretty cool to me! At SMKW:

    Marfione Custom Sigil MK6 M390 stainless Steel Blade Gray Titanium handle

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    I Wanted one from him because I like his. I looked at many of them. I can't find exactly what I am looking for, or it is unaffordable to me. I saw one I love and it is not even very blingy for $13,000 LOL. Plus it is a huge folder. It might as well be fixed. I figured If I open my mind to all other makers there is an entire "world" out there. I do want an EDC though not a grail. I am pretty sure depending on whom the maker is I can get a great knife under about $1,500. I wil tell you folks a secret. Huge knives actually give me the jitters. Even in my own hands. I like to stay 3.5" blade and under. I have seen 8" blades on folders! I wish there was custom ZT. They are already nice knives IMO. I would carry my sebbie classic now that they are going up in value but S30V is way behind.

    I was wondering if anyone knows how ZDP189 at 67HRC stands up toM390 or S90V? When people say ZDP is not as good I think they are judging about 62HRC? I am not a steel snob but I use this hard.

    If anyone knows some good value makers for a flipper please chime in. It is good to look at azck but their prices are too rich for my blood.

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    I've always liked the Socom Bravo. This one's a four inch blade though.

    Marfione Custom Knives Socom Elite Prototype

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    That is along the lines of what I am looking for. Although 3.5" blade on a folder is my personal limit. I will do a 10" blade fixed though. For some reason I just have a nightmare about the big folders lock failing. I know a 2" is just as likely but it is in my mind. A frame lock is least of all locks to fail. At least I do not have to worry about laws out here. The only other thing is I find large folders hard to sharpen without scratching the bolsters. On a fixed you have the tang. I appreciate your looking however.

    You know what is odd? ZDP-189 knives cost more than M390. M390 is a slightly "better" metal for knives. It is currently the best metal. Leaving production Damascus in the dust. I enjoy to look at it though. It is even a lot better than S110V! I am not speaking out of my ear I know about this. Well, I mean I know how much I can cut with them. Of course a lot depends on who heat treated it too. I would say Tony has that accomplished That is why I want his M390. He does not make the Damascus blades. Chad Nichols ETC. It is just for show/collection.

    I actually like the Strider. It looks just like a Strider though? I could get a Strider for $450. Well, at least it is not "too" expensive.

    Thanks guys Any more keep 'em coming!

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    Either the Socom or Sigil. No need to worry about a Microtech lock failing!
    I ve got a few autos and no issues with any of em. If you get a Socom however get the manual not the auto.
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    I had a crash blocking in several Socom. Therefore, I have only Hinderer and Strider. Marfione has excellent OTF knives, extremely strong locks, especially the HALO series. And L-UDT also has a strong button lock (example https://www.arizonacustomknives.com/...s/1016198.html)

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    Quote Originally Posted by desert.snake View Post
    I had a crash blocking in several Socom. Therefore, I have only Hinderer and Strider. Marfione has excellent OTF knives, extremely strong locks, especially the HALO series. And L-UDT also has a strong button lock (example https://www.arizonacustomknives.com/...s/1016198.html)
    Crash blocking? Like malfunctioning?

    The Socom Elites I ve not heard anything bad about but the manuals are more popular than the autos. HALOís are single action and the other otfís are double action and will derail. The scarabs seem to be the more robust of the auto line.
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    Please don't hate on me. OTF auto kind of scares me. Guns don't. Although I am fine with side auto. I really wanted a manual flipper though. Any interframe should not fail. Unless you twist it to all kinds of abuse. I found what I wanted but it is long since sold.
    TBH there is a Matrix right now for $13,000 I would grab if I had that kind of money. Although not sure I would even spend it on a knife if I did.

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    Okay. At least now I know exactly what I want. I just have to find it, and find a great price on a new one.

    A Warhound flipper handle and blade both DLC. M390 blade, titanium handle. You would think it is easy enough but not really. The only place I know has anything even similar is $2,300. I know I originally shot my mouth off about $4K because I did not know better. How about like $1,600? I guess I would take anodized some color instead of the DLC. That is pretty plain. I do not think it should be so much money? I apologize if I am becoming a pest. My money has to last the rest of my life now. I have SS and my pension but I am proud I saved a little bit too. I don't want to spend it all. Just bought custom Reylight and Hanko too. I need to watch it a bit. I hope you guys understand.


    Edited: changed "Hellhound" to "Warhound" my mistake. Had them confused.
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    That is exactly what I had in mind thank you. It is out of stock though which is what I am finding everywhere. However than I became worried about what "some" people might feel. That is an aggressive knife and all black makes it more so. "war" is befitting indeed. I decided to tone it down and I also know I said I would not shop here. So be it. I have nothing against him other than prices are high. Please do not show it to me for less! Yes, it is used but he said "untouched". I was a little worried it did not say "sold". Turns out he has 3 of them. So here is what I got. Once again I am sorry I cannot deal with pic host at my age. I get too frustrated. I Get it Thursday anyways. I do enjoy this site and rightfully "should" give the $50 but there is always something else. Now my furnace just quit! Quite frankly I could use to cancel the order now but then I am going to really be in the dumps.
    https://www.arizonacustomknives.com/...es/405829.html

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    You guy's are not stupid and I did not want you to think I am a jerk. Obviously you know I never got that knife. I did not mean for you to think I did. I did not lie to you. My credit cards security kicked in on it. He never notified me. I never check that email. I It did not show up and it slipped my mind as I was busy. Skip forward 4 days after missed delivery. Card was denied at Taco bell. Then I looked into it. R4eestored card but the heck with this guy. I did in fact get my EDC Marifione after all though. A local gun store had a virtually unused one. completely unused as far as I could tell. He was willing to trade it for a used AR15. I honestly thought the knife was worth more and I told him so because I am honest. He wanted the AR15. So be it, I certainly did not mind. It is a Warhound with a black DLC blade and Black carbon fiber over black titanium handle. I have no idea what it is worth but I imagine must be more than the AR15 I traded which was certainly used but not abused. I apologize for not clearing this up here sooner. I hope I have no bad apples or lost cred with you guy's. It was not my fault completely. This guy was either very busy or simply did not care. I did not get any email from him other than when I asked him why it did not say sold. Which was also odd because I tried adding two to my cart and it let me. I tried adding 500 and it let me. Odd. Nothing lost because I actually prefer the one I got. Only one thing. I did not realize it weighs 8OZ. I took off the clip and free balled it so it, along with the Hanko at about 4OZ is a bit of pocket drag. I wear dickies overalls so not like I feel it much anyways. I promise you If I figure out pictures for free you will be the first to see. Like there is anyone else Now I am just sad about the furnace. I am getting it Monday. I hope you guy's do not think I am a jerk. I came clean about it. I just forgot about it. So that is the end of this story, barring any pics. I apologize I screwed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usdiver View Post
    Crash blocking? Like malfunctioning?

    The Socom Elites I ve not heard anything bad about but the manuals are more popular than the autos. HALOís are single action and the other otfís are double action and will derail. The scarabs seem to be the more robust of the auto line.
    Yes, the manual version, with light vibrations, it could take shape on its own. It happens sometimes.

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    Well, honestly out of all of them oddly I think the his auto's are "lightly" built. Which is odd because it endures a lot of force. I imagine the blade ejects at hundreds of miles per hour. Just guessing, since a bullet is thousands of miles per hour. I imagine there is a lot of force applied to the frame. That model does not seem as robust as his other designs. Which is strange because it should be more robust. As I said I do not really care for them though. To me a gun is legit defense. That kind of is begging to go to jail even if you are in the right. As far as just admiring it, I feel it is an accident waiting to happen. You do not sit and dry fire your gun but you will sit and deploy this. I am not telling anyone what they should do, just my own personal feeling about it. I will not own one. I like the knife I got finally. I am sorry for what I did before. It was not entirely my fault. I completely forgot about it until my card was declined at Taco Bell. No, I do not sit at the door for UPS. It would have been nice if he sent me an email though. Instead he jived me and said he had 3, He must have thought I was a scammer. I can't knock security. It saved my butt many times.

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    Maybe it is just me, but as a moderator I find your posts overally wordy and almost trolling. Not saying that is what is happening, but your posts are confusing.

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    I apologize. I didn't mean any harm. I just kind of came out of the "closet" after 15 years here. In a previous post just a few weeks ago I let everyone know I am mentally ill. Not an excuse just reality. I am not dangerous or bad. I just do not often make much sense. So I am sorry about that. I really do have the best intentions. I did really get a new knife like I said. The one I felt I had misled everyone about I thought I came clean on. I did not mean to disrespect that guy either. I am sure merchants get jaded with all the scams. I am honestly very afraid of auto knives. I hope you feel I told the truth as best I can. I never mean any offense to anyone here or elsewhere. Incidentally you can imagine I do not have many friends. Which I am sad about because I try my best. I just say stupid stuff because I do not think good. I actually recently retired and now things are even worse because I have nothing to do. I certainly do not expect pity. I do not have it bad at all. I am fine and content. My issue is I tend to offend others. I really don't mean to. I certainly hope I have not crossed any line. Luckily I don't have much more to say here. I got my knife and I am very pleased with it. Also, being honest it was used. This local store wanted to make an even trade for one of my AR15's. Quite frankly I think I got the better deal. For all I know I got ripped off but I like the knife. I am sure this was plenty wordy too. I just can't get around it. I mean no one any ill will at all.

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    Guy's. If you all are not mad at me could you please answer a question? I have a few M390 knives but I have not attempted to sharpen one yet. Can my Sharmmaker(Diamond rods) do the job? I was interested in that Ken Onion machine but my understanding has always been anything powered is bad news? Grind it to nothing, remove the tang, burn out the heat treat ETC. Onion says his machine is nothing like that "Chef" machine but of course he would. I think I better not buy that or I will be very sorry? Or am I completely wrong, it is good and much faster?

    I hope per the above post I honestly explained myself. I know I am "abrasive" but honestly I have only the best intent towards everyone. I am just not very good at explaining myself. If you could please keep that in mind hopefully no one will any longer be offended by me. I have been here 15+ years without being banned and I think that says a lot for me personally. I have used the best constraint I know how. I certainly do not mean to rub anyone the wrong way. That is not my motive whatsoever. I just have trouble saying what I really mean. Anyways, my apologies.

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    Donít buy one of the works machines. The belts continuously slide without warning and can eat your blade up. M390 is easy to sharpen as long as you donít let it go dull. Even just a minor stropping will keep it up. Itís a very fine grained steel and very wear resistant. You can sharpen it with anything from carbide to diamond. Like I said though the trick is do not let it go dull
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    Thank you. Since I have OCD dull is not in my vocabulary LOL. Therefore my Diamond rods might remove too much stock. I will use softer grit rods every week. I just knew that machine was bad news. Once I only had a $50 knife but I liked it. They were demonstrating an electric machine. I let them sharpen my knife for free. "here is your toothpick sir". I mean literally nothing left. Ruined my day. My understanding since then, and along the way gathering more knowledge was no electric. So Onion is no different. I am just saying this because you just confirmed it and I hope no one here suffers the misfortune. BTW, originally people said ZDP-189 was so hard to sharpen. I never had any problem at all. Since you are correct, do not let it get dull. I imagine reprofiling super steel is difficult at best. Chris Reeve switched to S35VN only because his tools last longer. S30V is not even anywhere near M390. It is good news I can sharpen it. I much prefer no one else touches my stuff. Always comes back ruined. One last thing, carbide? Isn't that bad news too? If not it sure makes quick work. A $5 set angle lansky sharpener would make life a lot easier. No joking, could I actually use something like that? We are talking about multi thousand dollar knives here. If I could seriously use that I would be elated. Sharpmaker is rather difficult for me honestly. I never even thought of using those but I see them everywhere. I appreciate your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pageyjim View Post
    im sorry but the price tag is just way too overboard, and not the greatest looking knife either IMO of course,
    is it me or are knives designs becoming bulkier and uglier and more expensive, what ever happened to nice simple classic gentleman knives

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