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Thread: Greatest Kitchen knife makers (bit of fun)

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    This would be easier for me if this were a thread on the greatest knife makers ever. So at least for me here it is;

    Buster Warenski is the greatest knife maker of all time. He once made a knife that sold for a million dollars. He could do it all, engrave, carve, inlay, his knives were perfect.

    Tony Bose is the greatest slipjoint folder maker.

    Ron Lake is the greatest lock back folder maker and the originator of the interframe folder.

    Daryl Meier is the greatest damascus maker.

    Don Fogg is the greatest sword maker, along with most creative, damascus and knives.

    Michael Walker is the greatest for his influence on folders (liner locks).

    Bob Kramer is the greatest for bringing kitchen knives to the next level. Without him very few of us would be making kitchen knives.

    Two of my favorite makers are Herman Schneider and Bill Ankrom.

    Thanks to all those makers who have pioneered the way for the rest of us. Thanks to all the new makers pushing us old makers. Thanks to all the educated buyers who are willing to pay for what we make. Thanks to the forums that bring us together.

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    How many people do you know that have given the best a run? How many "qualified" people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty dog View Post
    How many people do you know that have given the best a run? How many "qualified" people?
    Who are your favorite makers? You have owned more high end knives than anyone I know.

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    I'm also not qualified to rate this, but it's a fun idea.
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    Its rather funny that none here can answer, when magasines like askmen, fhm and even newspapers like NYC times can draw a picture of what is best or not.
    Of course its highly subjective, but hey: its a knife. Not a spaceshuttle.

    Is a Devin Thomas custom better than a Global?
    Well all about preferences, and when someone asks its often to get some directions of where to buy a knife. If I enter a car lovers forum, I would get some ideas of what is the best and yes I rather own a Ferrari than a Trabant, at least should I dream more about owning a ferrari.


    When asking for the best out there, it would more likely be an expensive knife rather than a 5 USD Victorinox. And if some you dont have the ability to tell if a knife is good or not when using it, then Im shocked. I have my preferences, based of how the knife preforms under my use. I like the way I can hold it, and I can spot rather fast if I like the profile or not.

    Anyway my top list based on experience and expectations (and in no particular order):

    1. Devin Thomas

    For me Devin is the best damsus maker out there, doing a huge range of different patterns. I like his logo, and I like his profile and geometry. As Devin also experience with lots of different steels makes him rather unique. I also like his sanmai, and his eager to become better. I like devin as a person to, as he is polite and listen to his customers. I would recommend Devin to anyone. He also experience with lots of different handles, and I love his bolsters. For me a DT is a great knife, maybe one of the best Ive ever tried.

    2. Bill Burke

    The true master of sanmai and 52100. Bill is known for his HT as well as making really great knives. I first noticed him by Colins Knife and the review he did on it. I wanted one of my own and will next week hold a BB for the first time. I love Bills handles and expect them to be one of the best Ive hold. I love his profile on his customs and expect high on his geometry. Probably one of the top makers, however I need to try before I can tell for sure. But based on what Ive read and seen, I got some insane high expectations. I also like Bill as a person and have had the pleasure of talking with him for a couple of years now.

    3. Murray Carter
    The pimp providing the girls you like to go dirty with. I have one and its an amazing cutter. Murray cant make a good handle, but his lowend knives does the work for me. And I need those slutty girls to do the real dirty jobs. You get what you pay, a great cutter for low price.

    4. Marko Tsourkan
    Amazing profile and geometry. He makes some awesome handles as well, and the knife preforms beyon most top makers out there. I love everything about it.
    omst likely the one that gives most bang for the bucks atm.


    I dont buy from others.. and Im fine with that

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    I love Oivind's Murray Carter / slutty girl analogy!
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    I think you could come up with some ways of thinking about the criteria that would be useful, mostly based on the idea (stolen from art criticism) that the knife needs to at least fulfill it's own intentions. So it might be considered a 'mistake' to not match up hardness with function; a slicer - not intended for rough treatment - maybe should take a harder and sharper edge. This minimizes the personal preference aspect. Aesthetics are more difficult. I think OP is looking at 'standing the test of time' which I think has less to do with personal preference than it has to do with the question of whether there are innate rules and criteria of design versus fashion which is molded by marketing and politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinT View Post
    Buster Warenski is the greatest knife maker of all time. He once made a knife that sold for a million dollars. He could do it all, engrave, carve, inlay, his knives were perfect.
    Even Buster's plain Jane using knives were amazing. I bought a no frills hunter from him in Vegas around 1970. Despite being the least expensive knife on his table, it was absolutely flawless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oivind_dahle View Post
    If I enter a car lovers forum, I would get some ideas of what is the best and yes I rather own a Ferrari than a Trabant, at least should I dream more about owning a ferrari.
    I was curious as to what a Trabant was. "Is is a really expensive, hand-made car or something? I'm expecting to see one fantastic looking car!" I googled it and laughed a bit; I'm sure it could be a great car, but it looks 'cute'



    Also, I'm saving Devin's post up there. Really good material to study from; that damascus is unreal!

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