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Old 07-27-2020, 02:38 PM
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Heres a few more from my collection. Both were designed by my friend and master knife maker Mike Vellekamp.

For awhile he owned Fox Knives U.S.A. until corporate decided they wanted to move states. He designed several knives for them while he owned the shop. The first is the Olympus.

He now owns Vknives, his own company.
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Second knife from my collection was also designed by my friend and master blade maker Mike Vellekamp. This design was from when he worked for Bladetech.

This is the I4NI (eye for an eye). He still gets royalties from this popular knife. Flipper design. I remember I helped him laser etch hundreds for an order for the Federal Officers banquet. This one is personally autographed for me.

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Don't think I have any unusually shaped knives. They're pretty standard. Got a tanto and a drop point.

The closest thing to an unusually shaped knife is probably my Wharncliffe'd Delica, but even then it's not that unusual, I don't think. It's a custom mod, so different than what Spyderco offers on their own Wharncliffe Delicas. I think it's a unique profile and really like it, enough that I've thought about having my other Delicas given the same treatment, or getting an Endura and having it done.

I have a Gen 1 Delica I had done very similar for carry in really restrictive areas like Chicago.

I also have a couple of Kabar TDIís which might be considered unusual. It took me awhile to warm up to them, but Iíve become a huge fan.
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I have a Gen 1 Delica I had done very similar for carry in really restrictive areas like Chicago.
That was the main reason I had that work done on my Delica, but I ended up really liking the profile that resulted.

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I also have a couple of Kabar TDIís which might be considered unusual. It took me awhile to warm up to them, but Iíve become a huge fan.
I keep wanting to try the TDI. I never seem to get around to it, though. Any thoughts on which blade length/shape/style?
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I keep wanting to try the TDI. I never seem to get around to it, though. Any thoughts on which blade length/shape/style?
I prefer the original model. Itís got a sub-2.5Ē blade and full grip. My reasoning is that I wanted something extremely quick to access, offered a solid grip and good retention and was difficult to foul the draw in a reactive close-quarter scenario and I think the TDI gives me that. I guess a bit similar to the concept of a snub revolver with full grips, which I also have an affinity for. They also just came out with an ďinvestigatorĒ model, which is smaller and lighter overall, but the grip is shorter and the blade is longer which going the wrong way for my use.
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I keep wanting to try the TDI. I never seem to get around to it, though. Any thoughts on which blade length/shape/style?
I should clarify that the Kabar TDI is still relatively very new to me. I was recently working with an old friend and DT instructor with more blade experience than I who convinced me of their usefulness. They do what they do pretty well, but could be considered a much more specialized and less versatile design comparatively. You have to consider why youíre carrying it and likely needs. Iím still playing around with it and analyzing potential scenarios to be sure itís the right choice. I very well could determine that Iím better served by something else or former choices, so I just thought Iíd add that perspective. New knives are always fun though.
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You have to consider why youíre carrying it and likely needs. Iím still playing around with it and analyzing potential scenarios to be sure itís the right choice.
FWIW, I don't carry a knife for self defense, but I do like the original purpose of the TDI, which was as a weapon retention tool in the event of a disarm attempt, and that would be my primary reason for getting one.
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FWIW, I don't carry a knife for self defense, but I do like the original purpose of the TDI, which was as a weapon retention tool in the event of a disarm attempt, and that would be my primary reason for getting one.
Thereís many ways to look at it. Trying not to open too big of a can of worms or completely derail the thread, but this perspective is worth considering in regard to civilian CC vs LEOís.

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