questionsare there any good pocketknife retailers any more?

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probably more a function of the state you're in. in ny for instance - it's like that.. nothing in stores.

I go to the carolinas, and you can look at 16 different knives next to the kids candy at the counter lol

in terms of an actual knife - i can't help much... I like having a dedicated knife in my pack(s) - usually something from gerber or kershaw... but for day to day i've given up the swiss army style knives in favor of a leatherman or SOG multitool. I like the leatherman wingman, it has medium-small but has the essentials.

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Are there any old fashioned style hardware stores in your area? They usually have a decent selection of pocket knives.

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@goatcrapp: You might be on to something, although the stores I mentioned I looked at online and they generally told me the knives were order-only, even before specifying where I was (Target is especially an example of that).

As for Gerber / leatherman / SOG, I find all their knives to be too large for my liking. I want a pocketknife I can actually fit in my pocket. My Victorinox Tinker fits easily in the watch pocket in my pants.

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@hossdawg97: I just looked at True Value, and they do list a fair number of knives on their website but they seem to be order-only and their compare function is useless as you can select items to compare but not actually compare them. I checked Ace Hardware as well, but they didn't have anything on their website at all. Oddly enough a while back I had seen a few in store at a local Lowe's but they don't have them any more.

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@goatcrapp: You're correct. I'm in NC here and can walk into any ACE hardware store, bass pro, organder mtn. and have about 30-50 knives to choose from.

However, the big box retailers don't have anymore here than anywhere else. The have a few small gerber on the wall and some larger more expensive knives and multitools in the case but nothing of real quality.

If you're looking for a good knife that will last you need to look at Eye Brand knives they're made in Germany but they are kinda expensive. Boker and Hen and Rooster are other great German brands as long as they're made in Solingen.

If you want american made go down to your local hardware store, they should have a case or two. Nothing wrong with a nice looking Case knife.

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You should also consider headshops and tobacco shops. They tend to have a decent selection of knives/ pocketknives. Any shooting ranges/ gun shops will probably have a decent selection as well.

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lparsons42, I don't know where you are located but if you're near enough to get to Sevierville TN and Smoky Mountain Knife Works, you'll find what you want. Check them out at www.smkw.com They have 742 Victorinox products. They'll send you their catalog but the best bet is to visit the store; you'll find things not shown on their Website or in their catalog. It's by far the the best stocked knife store I've been in.

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@zuiquan: An interesting idea, there. Was that your review?

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@lparsons42: Nope, just a good review I found for it. I know it's easier to determine what's what when someone else opens it up and shows you all the stuff it can do.

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@nmchapma: Solingen does not automatically mean a quality knife. There are loads of blades made there that are absolute crap that are meant for the tourist and low-budget trade.

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@zuiquan: I'm glad it's not you're review, as that means I don't have to feel bad about saying it was so long-winded and boring that I stopped it at around halfway through (by which point he had shown only the lanyard and the philips screwdriver bit). Looks like a nice tool, but the review was not to my liking :)

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@lparsons42: Lol, if you think that one was tough to get through you should try some of the other top-rated ones. I think some of these guys have way too much time on their hands.

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@lparsons42: If you can find a locally owned hardware store (a rarity these days) they'll probably have some in stock that you can look at.

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@mewootin: That is definitely an impressive collection on their site, thanks for the link. TN is a bit of a jog for me to go to in person, though...

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Ross cutlery in downtown Los Angeles has a most impressive stock and is"OJ approved"

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Not sure if anyone mentioned these already, but REI comes to mind. I have compared and bought pocket knives there on multiple occasions.

Additionally any local "Mountaineering" sports store will generally have a good selection of utility knives, at least any one I've ever visited. Some other more mainstream locations I didn't see mentioned already are Cabela's and Gander Mountain. I have not shopped extensively at either nor checked out their pocket knife selection, but they strike me as the kind of stores that would have a selection.

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@zuiquan: True. but thats not what I said. I said if it's a Boker or a Hen and Rooster AND made in Solingen then it's a quality knife. Those two brands have knives made elsewhere that aren't of the same quality and you shouldn't waste time on a Boker made in Taiwan.

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@countdown: I second the REI recommendation. If there's one around, they'll have a case or 2 or just pocket knives, plus they have that awesome 'return it forever' policy.

I love me some REI

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@countdown: I am not currently near an REI, though I used to live near one and will be traveling near one in the not-too-distant future. I may try to stop by at one, thank you for the suggestion!