Alright guys we’ve done this on bleach Q’s channel so now it’s my turn what’s going on everyone back with another episode of stuff in things I am here today with Zach from plate HQ. We are somewhere near Atlanta for blade show 2019 as the blade show going, it’s been crazy but good good worried about you man. I know you’re interviewing people all the time. So I appreciate you taking the time to let me do that. I appreciate beingon man. We love the challenge.
Appreciate that on blade excuse channel little while ago they had me on for a knife banter where I gave some of my top five EDC knives they were knives that were kind of special to me but I could also recommend to people in my opinion, there are a lot of good knives there. Now you got a couple in front of me and I don’t know a whole lot about these because I mean I’m into knives not like you’re into knives not like a lot of people at blade shower into knives. So walk me through your selection of your top five knives that you carry you have some kind of connection with and just give a little story behind them. Cool. Sounds good man.
Starting with the gateway, the gateway knife the knife that got you into Yeah, yeah, we all got a gateway right? Whether it’s a knife, a gun, a bike, whatever, right? We all got a gateway. So So this was this is my gateway I’ve been I’ve been carrying knives for a long time. Like ever since a little kid. Right? And, you know, my grandpa Claude, he was like an old cowboy. And one time he was like shooting a horse or something. And he asked me for pocket knife and I’m like, you know, shooting. Like what?
He did that too. But like, this is a different time. He’s a shooting a horse and he needed a pocket knife. And I was like, hey, and he’s like, he’s like having your pocket knife. I was like, I don’t got one grabbing. You got a pocket, don’t you? So I’ve always had a pocket knife. Okay, but this knife right here. This is what made me fall in love with knives.
So this is the HK mini access at the time was made by Benjamin. So it’s a great great design got the access lock and all that stuff D to steal 10 handles, and this thing. I don’t know what it was, man, I’ve been carrying it forever. And there’s just something about the action and stuff. It’s just awesome. I mean, you can’t go wrong with that access lock. Yeah, it just it’s the same across all their knives. And we’re kind of blade Steelers. So you did too. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. So it’s like it’s not so a lot of guys now kind of harsh the YouTube, but I don’t know what they did to the heat on this. But this is like full on working knife and you can see the tips missing just a little bit. I mean, you ground it back a little bit.
I try to put it back a little bit. But yeah, this thing as you can see, seen a lot of love. And this was this was the thing that made me fall in love with knives. Very cool. Yeah, you can tell this one was carried a lot. Yeah, my gateway one was the Gerber paraphrase. So yeah, this is my first night But well, I remember going in and buying this too. It was like it was this was like, I mean, it’s like $180 950 I don’t remember it was it was money right at the time. And I remember being like, Am I really gonna pay this much for a knife? And then I didn’t. I’m like, Boy, am I glad I did. Good, I made a purchase this morning, which I’ll show you guys later.
It’s a good one. It’s a good one. All right, let’s move on to the next one. This kind of segues into the next Yeah, so so this one. This next one. I’ve handled thousands of nice HQ and a lot of really really great knives. There’s only one knife that has like felt like home has felt like that mini access. And it’s this Chavez return to this thing man titanium my carta I think it’s S Yes. 35 vn blade, and just to finish the Tonto everything about it, man. And the action on this thing is just stupid. So this was one that after my recent knife collection video, I said pick my next knife. Yeah, and a lot of people I haven’t got I should actually go through and see what the comments said. But a lot of people said to get the Chavez and I went past their booth yesterday. And I don’t know I don’t know if it’s for me.
Yeah, like I do the action though. I can really appreciate Oh, gosh, it’s so good. But man and I haven’t tuned it haven’t nothing like this was out of the box out of the box. Perfect man phosphorus bronze washers it looks like but I mean, killer blade shape on this one as well. Yeah. And I’m a big fan of like the Tonto blade style. Yeah, I am as well especially even though it has that little bit of belly in there. It makes it way easier to sharpen. So this would be I mean, this would be a great knife. Maybe I should pick it up because a lot of people would probably like to see a review you really should man I can introduce you to remote.
He’s an awesome dude. Okay, he’s an awesome very cool the one thing that threw me off is that I was gonna get to it that he talked about you know, here’s here’s, let me get a closer Yeah, this is the thing that threw me off the pocket clip I understand it in in certain eyes. But this one for me. I was just like, man, can it just be the dislike round? So here’s the thing. I don’t like I don’t like loud pocket clips.
Full on. I don’t like a lot of pocket clips. And I but I handle this. And I was like the action is so good. And I knew Ramon Yeah, right. And like this is on brand for him. Like this isn’t tough guy stuff. This isn’t this is full on this is just who Ramon is. And so I was just like, I’m going to do it. And so even when I want to have the knife like people look and they’re like, Oh, he’s carrying a knife, because it’s so lousy. Yeah, I don’t I don’t even care because the knife. Is that good. I don’t care. Well, that that says something for it. Yeah, no, it’s amazing knife all the way around. So yeah,
Travis, maybe once upon a time, I would warm up to something like that. Yeah, yeah, you really should. So I’m moving into a different category. Yeah. So like on a whole nother spectrum. Yeah. So this is the way knife co scamp. So also has 35 vm blades kind of titanium handle? It’s got this like kind of like, brushed bronze deal on the whole knife. Yeah, that’s all done by hand. Okay, so it’s not a custom. This is a production knife. That’s just how they do it in their facility. I thought a lot of their stuff was just like mass produced. Yeah, I didn’t know they did anything like that.
Yeah, no, like a so it is like, it’s all production stuff. But they everything they put out is like first off super high quality. I’ve never pulled a knife. I don’t like all their designs, but the action and stuffs incredible, okay. And then they always put like little touches like that on it. And that’s kind of like a common misconception because they’re a Chinese company. So everyone’s like, Chinese, this and that.
But that’s very cool. So this is a traditional folder. Yes, yes. Yeah. So this is a slip joint. And the reason that it’s the reason that it’s here is this is kind of like, like my top five knives right now that have like, opened my eyes to different knives, right. And so the reason that this is here is I’m not I carried some toys as a kid. I’m not a slip joint guy at all, until I got this. And you can feel the walk and talk on that when you close an opening. It’s just stellar. It’s very defined it is man and it like it has a nice like full clothes shutting and just I love this knife.
I love the profile of it too. It’s just super slim, like a sort of like a gentleman’s folder. But so when you carry this, you just drop it in your pocket. Yep. or anything. Yeah. And that was another reason that I don’t like carrying slip joints is a lot of times. You know, like I love case knives. I love Victorians knives. They’re great. But a lot of them are kind of smaller. Yeah. And so you throw in your pocket. I feel like you like sit down on the bed or whatever. And boom night is gone. Yeah, yeah.
But with this one being a little bit longer like no problems probably like Nestle’s in the bottom of your pocket and you’re good to go. Exactly. So just really good knife and then then again, just like that action, man. Like it just feels so good. That’s something that I need to add to my collection to just like the I think you guys did a video on like a modern traditional modern traditional. Yeah, the the Chris Reeve. I can’t remember the name. I’ll top my head some with an eye the agenda? Yeah, I saw the the cut through model of that.
That thing is sweet. But it was also come with a hefty price. Yeah, this is a little bit. All right, moving on to another one. Alright, so this one is kind of a newer knife. And I got this as kind of an advanced sample from benchmark. It’s a bench made Outlast. So you’ve got kind of your standard blade here. I’m trying to remember the blade. So this is an S 30 blade here. But then it has a secondary blade look good.
It has a secondary blade that’s a serrated blade with a pro tip and this is three v. Okay, I didn’t I didn’t even notice that when I was sitting here on the table. I had no idea. Yeah, so I got this as an advanced copy from Hong’s at bench made Okay, and I carried it for a while dude. I felt this is a big knife for me. Like I’m not a big knife guy is a big knife.
But I fell in love with this because that secondary blade I just used to beat up everything cuz I’m hard on my knives and like a hard use guy. And then keep this one nice and intact. Yeah, exactly. And I’m sure that’s even pretty beat up. But you know, again, my first impression of this is it’s a lot lighter than I thought it would be for having two blades in there. What is this g 10? I think it is a G 10 on that.
Yeah, so that’s some pretty cool texture to it. And then the, I’ll say the normal blade, the right side blade has a thumb stud and then the opposing blade has this sort of like foam hole. Yeah, so you can you can actually like Spidey flick that and that’s so that’s it’s also fun to play with. Right, I got down and dirty with that tip.
I would do the same thing. I mean, that’s what it’s for. That’s exactly it.And then the the other cool thing with these situations, this is separated, even though it’s like an edge situation. Yeah, so it’s still cuts, but it’s like razor sharp, you know, a lot of situations. It’s like a sawtooth. So you kind of have to try to cut Yeah, but if you ran your hand cross that cut you, okay, so it’s kind of a really neat, neat situation. something a little bit different.
That is pretty cool. And these are in production now in production now. Yeah. So you got the deep carry pocket clip last break around the end. And then the other red thing is it’s got a seat belt cutter.
Again, I didn’t notice so you know, it was designed obviously for like paramedics, Leo, that type of thing. First responders. I don’t really have any use for the CBOE cutter to be on it right, but just the double blade action, and then the fact that it’s running on an axis lock with two blades. I’m super read. I get a lot of questions from first responder type of people and they’re like, hey, what kind of knife would you recommend?
I would prefer a seat belt cutter. Yeah, the one that I was wanting to was a CR k t. and 16. Whatever it is. Yeah. They have like a million in 16 variations. But they do have a couple with the sequel. Yeah, that was that was one that I had. But that is definitely one that I can add to my list to recommend to people. Yes. It’s great man. And then do you carry pocket clip? So even though it is a bigger knife, it goes all the way in the pocket. So it’s not like bulging out or huge plus on that for sure.
Cool. Cool. All right. You know what’s funny is we didn’t line it up this way. But it’s kind of like every other knife is like way different. They are different. Yeah, I did that on purpose. Yeah. with you there. Yeah. Yeah, no, this wasn’t on purpose. I just I guess I got very tastes. They’re actually all different locking mechanism. Totally cool. Um, so so this one here. This is the folk micro switch. And you probably know him from like, gun groups stuff. Yeah, we will you and I both went by the booth that Josh Oh, yeah.
Yeah, so super solid dudes love love Neil over at home all the whole crew. They’re all awesome. We actually did a shop tour with them. And that’s when I picked this up. So we toured the shop they have in California. Everything’s USA made lifetime warranty, all that jazz. And then for the second part of the video, I actually hitchhiked from Nevada back to Utah. We in the video. Yeah. And I have not. You gotta check it out to watch it. And I like traded knives. Like for rides.
Really? So like, so we justput a thing on Instagram. And we’re like, we’re like, Hey, who wants a knife? And people were like, sure. And so like, I got people to drive me all the way from Nevada all the way up to Utah. I don’t know. I’m not Yeah, I’m gonna leave a little credit video right up there in the corner. That sounds super interesting. Fun. I slept in a concrete pipe and everything.
That’s some stuff that I would do. Yeah, it was. It was dope. So So I got this knife from Neil. When we got to the Nevada facility because also facility in Nevada where they do all their autos. Okay. So we got this from your home. super great guy. And Dude, I put this thing through the paces. Like, it’s like, I mean, you can even see the end. Like I’ve hammered with it. You’re rough on you’re not dude. I’m not. I am rough on my knives. But yeah, somewhere to it. Do you know the price point on these?
I want to say that they go for like, whoo, man. That’s hard. I want to say in the hundred 50 ish range. I could go but I think they’re in the hundred 50 ish range. So I mean, that puts it pretty competitively with a lot of other night. Oh, yeah. in the same category and if you feel the action on it, I mean, you’ve been carrying that protect. Yeah. and protect protect has a very defined very, very specific type of fire. These homes are nice. Yeah, this this is not bad. Yeah. And they got a whole line of other knives.
But I like this one. It’s a little bit smaller. And to be honest, this was my first like real auto. Okay, so I had plenty of like, you know, gas station. Yeah, yeah, yeah, everybody needs one of those. But this was like my first real auto and at first this safety actually turned me off. I was like, Nah, man, I know. I was the same way with your five I don’t care about the safety but yeah, legitimately I slept out that night in the pipe in this video right you guys check it up. But I slipped out and I want to keep the knife in my pocket. You know, just in case right? And, and I was like, Well, I don’t want the auto to go off. I was like, wait a minute.
It’s got a lock There you go. And like literally within a day of caring there’s like sold that was like when I was started trying to pro tech. I was like this thing fires hard. I mean, it’s a pro tech and I don’t want this thing going off my phone yet because that would not it would not be it would not be good.
So safety is pretty rad. And then this is a aluminum handle and CPM 154 blade. They some people don’t like the 154 I like it it’s a good working steel. I don’t mind it’s easy to sharpen honestly no complaints at all. But they are upgrading some of their skills. I think they’re moving to an S 30 years 35 or something like okay, a lot of companies are bumping up to as 35 that seems is becoming more and more affordable from crucible and that’s it’s a great skill because it’s all USA made.
You know, yeah, good stuff. But anyways, yeah, the hook micro switch. I freakin love that. And I love the micro switch. Yeah, next one. This one was also I think on the the night banner video people were yelling me to get this night. Yeah, we didn’t go that route, which that’s fine. It’s not really my style. But tell me what you love about this. Okay, okay, so this is this is the the giant mouse be able to and they do making the black t 10. So you might get a little more. I’m in my car to guy.
So this is a natural chemist my car to am 390 blade. It’s a yes, four boxes and yawns on. So design. That’s kind of who owns giant mouse. So it’s these two like really rad knife makers. They got together they were buddies, and they’re like, Dude, why don’t we just like make our own stuff? And so they started their own thing and like, that’s what they do. And they’re doing a good job at it. Yeah, doing a great job. So anyways, everything about this night, so if it’s really great, I mean, it isn’t it’s a liner lock, but it’s a nice liner lock. It’s got great action.
But the reason that this knife is here is because it’s m 390 blood. Okay, and so this was the knife that sold me on em 390 we use this for a camp video and we went camping it was like for like an I just want to write like we just testing out some nice we use it for cam video and like we did a bunch of whittling we made fires the whole nine yards and then this thing floated not this exact one but the 390 it floated around the Department for like two months and then I ended up picking it up again and it was still razor sharp.
And I was like dope.That’s like if you never want to sharpen a blade Exactly. The 390 this and L max there aren’t they comparable? Yeah, they’re comparable. L max is a little bit harder. Alright, so Max is now here’s the other thing guys like obviously it all depends on like he treat me absolutely and really all max tends to be just a little bit chillier than pretty cool ha to that too.
Yeah, I love the blade shape. It’s got a nice belly to it like it’s it’s a great blade and these guys are here I actually have to swing by their booth and yeah some of the stuff that they make you should go see them I think where you carrying this last night someone was carrying a knife with a wire pocket clip like this and we talked about it for a second but some people don’t like that.
I’m actually a fan of it dude I like the wire pocket but they work they’re they’re kind of it doesn’t screen knife. It’s subtle. Like you compare that to the challenges it’s a whole different whole different experience whole different type of knife or a whole different type of person but that’s cool. I mean to have both of those in your collection that’s some good choices there. Yeah, man I really like not we could talk about this all day but we do have to go back to the show. Yeah, we gotta I gotta like a bunch of a lot more stuff to film. So if you guys have any questions, let us know in the comments down below maybe you can jump on and answer some other shirts I don’t know a whole lot about these knives.
Yeah, but yeah, man thanks for sitting down me and taking the time to do this dude. Thanks for having me out and honestly it’s always a pleasure. So if you guys are new to this channel, consider clicking subscribe definitely go subscribe to blade HQ they’re pumping out videos this week for Jamie’s back at the convention center right now working on we got him locked in the closet literally literally.
So they got a lot of content coming out this is all you’re getting from me for blade show apologize. I didn’t show the knife I picked all you gotta show it I gotta show real quick before we end the video I finally picked up Medford Praetorian this is I mean obviously a lot of these are handmade. So this is titanium version and things thing is it so sick I know you’ve had and I’m glad you got one because like even like last shot show we were talking about you’re like man, I didn’t get it. Yeah, I was like that’s one that you kind of have to have in your collection. So finally I was just like all right, I need to do it. So that’s all I got a blade show. It’s a good one. Alright guys, thank you for watching and I will talk to you in the next one.