LARGE folding knives

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  1. Sandcut

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    I got a bug. I don't know from where it originated, but I got a bug just the same. I'm looking for a folding knife that is substantial in size and construction. Something equivalent to a fixed blade kind of substantial. I'd like it to be a slip joint or possibly a lock back. Somewhat traditionally styled, not tactical (although not out of the question). What I'm envisioning is if a Colonial C-1 Air Corps knife had illegitimate children with an alox Swiss Army knife and had jigged bone scales and a locking blade, that would be about what I'm looking for. I don't think such an animal exists. But I'm looking for other ideas.

    As such, please feel free to make suggestions, add links or add photos of your favorite or most lusted after large folding knife.

    PS. I already own a Case folding hunter. It's close, but not quite there.
     
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    The title of this thread caused me to invision Crocodile Dundee‘s pocket knife from the third movie.
     
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    Look through the AG Russell catalog. Some of their large folders meet your criteria.

    Steve
     
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    I've gone that route and eventually went back to a fixed blade .
     
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    Check out Coldsteel and TOPS
    Both have some BIG folders...

    TOPS new folding BOB is looking good to me...
     
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    SAK farmer and CRKT Kasper
     
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    I never saw CD III. I'll have to check that out.


    Some of those are in my "possible" category.

    i may have to wait until March until the one big gun show in the area to see if the one surplus guy has a Colonial C-1. I think I saw somebody on here that had one once. Possibly @556mp , but I could be wrong.
     
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    I have a Kasper. It's a nice knife and in the right size class, but it's a tactical folder. That's for when I'm in a different mood. :)
     
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    The Ontario RAT 1 is a beast of a folder for a cheap price. You could also look into some of the larger Opinels.
     
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    Have you looked at the 130mm series from Victorinox?

    I picked up one of these--really for the saw:

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    I found this knife along a remote stream years ago. I don't know how old it is. It's stainless steel.
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    I made the sheath.

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    Someone should do a quality remake of that colonial. That's a cool knife, never seen one be fore.
     
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    @Sandcut - The old USA made Schrade Old Timer 7-OT Cave Bear might be a fit for you. About 5" overall length with sawcut Delrin handles that were available in carbon steel or stainless blades. One can still find these for sale on one of the auction sites.
     
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    I know it doesn't fit all of your descriptions, but I recently got a Steel Will Druid 290. It's a huge freakin' folding knife with the most ergonomic handle I've ever felt. Feels like a fixed blade in hand. It's only a liner lock, but it's a very sturdy one.

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    If you truly want a folding fixed blade, as I did, the Hinderer XM-24 with spearpoint blade for cutter, or spanto blade for sharpened crowbar, is it.

    3/16th" thick blade, same overall size/weight as a Winkler belt knife, and close to same strength. 4" blade and 5" of handle on the Hinderer, 5" blade and 4" of handle on the Winkler being the main difference.

    1/4" diameter solid stainless blade stop pin transfers all lateral and vertical forces acting on blade, directly against front of 3/16ths" thick titanium frame. And I have a solid titanium opposite scale to install, if I thought it would ever need it.

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    But, the Hinderer folds to a 5" flat clip equipped package, something a sheathed Winkler can never do.

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    It is the naz.
     
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    Check out the scagle #10 that Northwoods knives use to make
    5" folding swing guard Bowie
    The new imported marbles mr416 is similar but made in China and 440 a stainless
     
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    Not traditional but big and awesome. Benchmade Crooked River. 4” blade of S30V.
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    on the low cost end of the scale - Cold Steel Pocket Bushman.
    basically an oversized douk-douk
     
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    I've seen one of those AAF knives in a museum, wondered if it was inspiration for this model...

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    I have one of these.
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    If you’re interested I can get you pictures . I would rather see it used than sit around.
     
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    Spyderco Resilience is a big honkin' hunk of bladesteel with liner lock, G10 scales, 8cr13mov with good heat treat. Mine carries well but I recently bought the smaller Tenacious and carry that now alongside a SAK Cadet. The Resilience is a big bladed, well made knife that will definitely turn heads when deployed. Slices through a head of cabage like nobodies business,LOL!
     
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    not sure it qualifies as giant or not, but man it's tough to beat the venerable old Buck 110 for a large folder....especially with some of the new steel and handle options available....

    that being said... if I personally were looking for a large folding blade ( an admitted addiction of mine, I own 30+ folders with 6+ inch blades ) I'd be looking at Cold Steel.... maybe something like a Rajah. ( folding kukri ) ......MANY times has been touted as a folding fixed blade knife. Its....Robust

    AG Russel as mentioned above makes a fine selection of oversized folders....and most are great quality fantastic knives.... just most are also OOP and a little hard to find.....I personally have been on the hunt for an AG Russel Sunfish for over 5 years now....

    Traditional styled.... if that's important to you... I'd hit up The Bay and see what I could dig up in horn or antler handeled oversized hand made folders.... ALOT of options from over seas but tend to be fiddly to find due to limitations of the search function.

    one of my personal favorites... the Svord Giant .... fantastic steel, fantastic function... all around great knife.... blade is a touch over 8 inches....may be too big

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Svord-SVGP...:cOoAAOSwKF5bkj57:sc:USPSPriority!75428!US!-1

    The Navaja style knife typically comes....large....

    as does the Saca Tripas style knife..... both styles usually slip joint or friction folders of VERY non tactical styleing.... they have a very old world charm to them....

    Cold Steel Espada?.... not the black G10 handeled one, but the GOOD one with the silver bolsters? ......hell the MEDIUM has a 5.5 inch blade, 6.5 closed length and almost 12 inches long open...... the LARGE version is..... extreme. but its a darned good looking knife made of good steel ( S35vn ) with a good lock that does not look tactical to me at all.... could fit the bill....

    will watch the thread, I'm interested in seeing what you eventually end up choosing!
     
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    It would certainly appear so. Especially looking at the text in the ad on the post below yours.




    I think I would be interested in photos. PM sent.




    Keep up the suggestions, folks! Lots of neat stuff from the collective consciousness of the forum. Thanks to everyone who has made suggestions so far.
     
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    This is the Cold Steel X2 Voyager with 6in blade.
    I have one that is almost like new that I would trade you for a knife or something bushcrafty.
    Let me know.
     

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    My dad found this giant old Colonial folder in the yard years ago. It's a beast.
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    For years I've wanted to get an Ontario Hossom Retribution 1. But they're no longer made and hard to find.

     
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    These are what I consider the 'big folders' in my life, covering about 50 years of knife history. Shown with a SAK Farmer for comparison.

    Left to right: Carl Schlieper Eye Brand sodbuster pattern with saw blade; Kershaw 1050; Schrade LB7; Schrade 125OT folding hunter w/liner lock; Cold Steel Pocket Bushman; Real Steel Folding Bushcrafter.

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    The one I actually use the most: Real Steel Folding Bushcrafter
    The one I keep in a car survival kit: Cold Steel Pocket Bushman
    The one I love the most: Kershaw 1050
     
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    Wanted to add a picture of the Scagel #10. And one that might be easier to find a ZT 0560 IMG_20180911_171804.jpg IMG_20180911_171913.jpg
     
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    The Western 932 is a direct takeoff of the WWII Colonial referenced. Supposedly the Westerns were first made in '69, and up 'til Western was acquired by Camillus. Roundabout 6 1/4" closed, IIRC. Not light in the hand either.

    I've had the WWII piece, as well as a Coleman era Western, and the Western is much more nicely finished. The Coleman/Western was stainless and delrin. Blade split liner locked, saw was a slipjoint. The saw on my Western was pretty good, and a saw sharpener made it even better.

    It's a pattern I wish someone would bring back. It's not hard to find a Western, but you are competing with ageing baby boomer collectors, and prices show this.
     
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    Lol I was just about to suggest a case hunter!
     
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    Now that is a large folder.
     
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    And the description....
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    182A7AB0-B51C-4FB7-807C-568037EC1E1D.jpeg Here are a few of my larger folders. From top to bottom: Cold Steel Luzon, Opinel #12, CS Large Vaquero, Spyderco Resilience, SAK Swiss Bianco Tracker.
     
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    Harnds Viper

    It's not huge but it is a large folder that I don't think is to tactical looking.
     
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    There used to be very large Normark/EKA folding knives with black, plastic handles called the “Super Swede” or “Big Swede” that were sold at Canadian Tire, Le Baron, and most department stores in Canada.

    They were very inexpensive and utilitarian. I had always meant to pick one up but you can’t really find them anymore.
     
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    If you want a beast of a folding knife look at some of Queen’s Cutlery offerings. I have one of the their hunters that is around 6” closed and about 7 ounces which is a lot of weight to put in your pocket. The stag scales add a lot of weight too, but it’s a handsome thing.
     
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    581030F0-30DB-4C0C-A450-5DC0B8F60439.jpeg Probably not what you’re looking for, but I like my Esee Avispa pretty well. Pictured with a Companion.
     
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    You realize that you'll spend two years in purgatory for each time that you refer to a knife without posting photos, don't you?!

    Pics, man! Make with the pics!
     
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    LOL I don’t believe in that but I’ll be glad to snap a picture or two of it tonight for you.
     
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