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Re: Couple photos *PIC*
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david weaver
A terrible picture, unfortunately, but beautiful knives.

They look a little dirty because I have oil on them.

The left is the wall street knife, I'd have sold it to you before your binge started for original cost ($92), but must admit that the knife you bought is much more of a looker. This wall street knife is the best simple lockback I've ever used (my daily user is a bit dirty, but if it gets a spot of starting discoloration on it, I just buff or polish it off and 3+ years later, I think I'll have it for decades).

I've seen some unfavorable thoughts about the square ends, but I've never noticed any discomfort. If I did ever lose my first one, I'd immediately regret if I ever sold the second.

The cuban stockman (cigar shaped body), I didn't remember - I thought it was micarta or acrylic, but it's red jigged bone. Each blade is perfect in walk and talk, but I've never sharpened it. I think it was only about $110 about the same time (3 years ago).

I looked through my pile, I still have the older queen knife (which doesn't have wondersteel but is a better knife than the D2 version I had), the case stockman, a lockback "rough rider", and two boker stockman knives. (And another tidioute stockman in a container). In the shop, I use two "coast" lockback knives I got from home depot for $15 as a pair, or maybe it was $8. Either way, they are cheap and they make a great tool for scraping handles, etc, in areas where you can't get a card. There's no guilt in zipping them over the belt grinder and buffer to clean them up .

I think you'll find that your tidioute is just about the most ideal hardness for japanese stones, or a washita. Few modern knives are. They're softer. I hesitated to get my first one because I'm so cheap, but I've not heard George Wilson gush about another knife and when I got it (the wall street was my first one), I was boggled that it can be made in the western world at that level of finish for $92. For size reference, it's a bit bigger and quite a lot heavier (due to the handle) than the fallknaven knife, but slim and extremely comfortable in the pocket.

The boker stockman I think was probably sort of a waste even at $22 for the tree brand, and the chinese version was $12. It is surprisingly well made, but the blades are soft. I've ground the sheepsfoot blade on both to work as a marking knife, because I always like to have a marking knife in my pocket walking around the shop (if building something that's not just at the bench). My floor is my "biggest bench", and i hate to get up and down mid work to go fetch a marking knife, and the fixed blade knives aren't quite so safe to just stab in your pocket.

All that said, I really admire the look of the knife you just ordered. The look from above with the blades closed is super. I hope you get one of their best ones (though I've never gotten a bad one).

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