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are strider knives really worth the xtra $$$

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by skippz, Mar 16, 2010.


  1. skippz

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    I own some good quality knives (or atleast I think so) such as benchmade, wilson tactical, spyderco, zero tolerance, etc but I keep hearing whispers that say strider, strider.... lol
    is there any owners on here who can vouche for the high dollar price tag?
     

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    I honestly say no, when i first got into knives I'm glad I did not indulge and go on a buying spree. Go on bladeforums.com it's a real good site that has great forum sections to learn about knives. My suggestion is to shop around read people's post knives are sometimes overrated and over priced! I wanted a strider MFS for some $200, glad i did not invest in it, check out the becker knives made by ka- bar specifically the BK-2 go to amazon and type in BK-2 or youtube. The knife is about $53 and you get a 1/4 thick piece of knife for use as a prybar or knife! Shop around.
     

  3. itstime

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    I have several and love them. Are They worth it? Probably not. Are they great knives? Yes and no. They are definately a great strong knife but the finish and quality is subpar to say like Chris Reeves.

    I don't know which model you are looking at but take a hard look at Zero Tolerance. Built like a tank and Kai really backs their stuff up. Even better than Strider.
     
  4. skippz

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    I have a ZT 0300 and I like it but I was kind of wanting a "tough as nails" folder or a really concealable fixed blade
     
  5. daddysnapmuffins

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    Striders are tough as nails. The complaints are with their fit and finish usually. They're supposed to have vault like lock up. People are usually split on Strider. Some love them and some think they're good but far too overpriced. For the money I'd get a Sebenza. In the end it's really up to you to decide if it's worth it.
     
  6. skippz

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    The sebenza is expensive too... I do like the looks & practicalitiy of it but those handles (titanium right?) seem like they would slip... am I right about this?
     
  7. Uglyguns

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    No, not at their current price. I would buy Bill Harsey or Chris Reeves.

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  8. p7k3

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    I think you have a tough as nails folder with the ZT! I have one & it's a tank.
     
  9. walkin' trails

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    I've only seen one Strider folder, but it was seriously heavy duty...the blade and liner lock seemed twice as thick as my Emerson Commander. It is a well built knife. Is it worth the money? It will probably not wear out if you carry it every day.
     
  10. stgha

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    Like many others I would say yes/no on if they are worth it.
    Kind of like a car, you are paying for name/reputation/materials and resale value.
    If you want a Strider to "have a Strider" (I have one) then go for it.
    Other than that, figure out exactly what you expect from the blade in regards to how you intend to use it (and some cases abuse it), and how much you are willing to pay.
    Don't forget to think about: Fit and finish (if it is important to you), how the blade feels in your hand, and the overall design of the blade (what the blade shape is designed to do)
    Then do some resarch, and I'm sure you will find one that will fit your needs.

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  11. sciolist

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    The only real answer to this question is that "worth" is in the eye of the beholder.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    My taste runs more along the CRK line in folders and Busse for fixed blades, although I do own 4 Striders. All of these knives are priced well beyond the point of incremental practical value. You are not going to find an EDC folder "3 times as good" as a ZT. One does not exist. There has to be something about the more expensive knife that speaks to you. If there is, and if you can afford it, then give it a try. All of these knives resell well. <o:p></o:p>
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    It’s probably also worth mentioning that, relatively speaking, these are not “expensive” knives. These are utility knives that have developed their way into niche markets with niche fan bases. Some people have $10K worth of knives in their EDC rotations. Some people carry $10K knives – two different things.<o:p></o:p>
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    Since it sounds like you are specifically talking about Strider folders, I will say that I have handled many of them over the last decade or so, and their Q/C is hit-and-miss. I would not buy a Strider folder without first inspecting it carefully, or if that were not practical, I would only buy from a known seller who would let me return the knife if I was not satisfied upon initial inspection.<o:p></o:p>
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    For a "nice" utility EDC, I prefer the Sebenza, and for a brute, I would stick with ZT. Of course that's just my own personal choice, and highly subjective.<o:p></o:p>
     
  12. Tito

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    Go to warriortalk.com and see what they think of Strider over there.:rofl:
     
  13. Reyn

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    They make a stout folder no doubt but not enough for ME to get one over a ZT. Strider, Chris Reeves, Extreme Ratio and Crusader Forge all make some tough folders but it just depends on what one likes. Crusader Forge are friggin tanks.

    As far as fixed blades i would take a Busse,Swamprat,or scrapyard over anything out there regardless of price.
     
  14. daddysnapmuffins

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    I just ordered a Scrapyard Regulator.
     
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    I ordered 2, along with a Ratmandu and Howling rat from Swamp rat. Now i have to find some money to pay for it. :supergrin:

    Im more anxious about getting the Regulator though. You cannot beat their knives and at that price it's a no brainer.
     
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  16. daddysnapmuffins

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    What do you think the primary purpose of the Reg is? Chopper, tactical, etc?
     
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    No they aren't I feel they are no better than any of the other amazing companies out there such as Emerson or Spyderco.
     
  18. SDforce

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    It all depends on how bad you want one. I have a Strider SnG and my Emerson Commander is every bit as good of a knife... except I HAD TO HAVE a Strider too. Don't get me wrong, they are nice, but I would never pay full price for one. Check out Ebay for deals.

    Strider's customer service, in my experience at least, leaves much to be desired. I have sent them emails, called them several times and have even visited the shop in person. They have YET to call me back or return any kind of contact. The dealer I go through has given up placing orders to restock because they won't return his emails/phone calls either. It's been over 3 months now... still no contact.

    I told the guy at the shop that I was sick of being blown off and was going to go with a different company.

    PS - S30V is powdered steel. So in essence, you're buying a MIM knife. Just hope it's properly heat treated (none of the new ones are done by Paul Bos).
     
  19. xm21

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    One other question you need to ask yourself is if you want to put money into the pockets of two fellows who have claimed false military credentials.The owners of the company have both been proven to have lied about their military records.