Been wathing this thread, fascinated by all the knives and the age of some of them.
Question: several people have told me, in the recent past, that folding knives aren't safe, exhibiting scars to prove it. I've not used one since I was a teenager (pre-Ark days) and so don't really remember what it was like using it. Everyone had one in those days - well, not "well brought up young ladies" but I was never one of them! - so I never thought about it. Obviously you all find them very useful so I'm thinking about getting one next year ... are some knives safer to use than others or is it all about using them correctly (as per all knives)?
Mine, pictured below, is a friction folder made by Joel Delorme (Jojo). These pictures are from his site so I hope he doesn't mind me showing them. My wife kindly bought it for my 37th birthday last year. The English Walnut scales have darkened somewhat and I've given it a few taps on the pivot pin to tighten it a little but no more than you would expect from normal day to day usage over the last year and a half.
She's a beauty, gets used most days and it would be a sad day indeed if I ever had to sell. Legal carry too.
My current favorites.
EKA Swede 88, 8 and 10.
Stainless steel and great ergonomics. No "tactical" look. Just great tools. The 8 and 10 has seen quite a bit of use. I am a little more careful with the 88. The 88 is a very elegant light weight slicer. The 8 and 10 are more robust bruisers.