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    When I was serving in the US Navy, the small arms on the submarines I was attached to included the M1911A1 .45 ACP pistol, .45 ACP Line Throwing Gun, M14 rifle and 12 gauge shotgun. I qualified on all the weapons but I really loved the pistol. I did very well with it too. I won a shooting competition for my ship against all the other ships in the sub group (I know, that and $5.00 will get you a cup of tea from Starbucks). But those who have fired a Navy .45 know what a great weapon it is. To comemmorate this legendary handgun, Foster Knives has designed a beautiful folding knife that resembles the1911. I just got mine but I have no camera so you'll have to settle for this photo:


    · Inspired by the most popular pistol
    in the world, the 1911
    · Premium 154CM blade
    · Titanium Liner
    · Lake-Walker Safety Lock
    · Machined aluminum handles
    · Genuine rosewood grips
    · Stainless steel pocket clip
    · Checkered thumb stud
    · One-hand opening
    · Two Models Available -Standard
    • <LI class=specnorm>Checkered cocobolo grips
    • Black hard-anodized handle
    -Custom
    • <LI class=specnorm>Checkered cocobolo grips
    • Matte electroless nickel finish handle

    1911 FOLDER

    Product Specifications:
    Blade Length: 4"
    Overall Length: 9"
    Weight: 5.7oz
    Blade Material: 154CM
    Rockwell: 58-60Rc
    Handle Material: Machined Aluminum
    Handle Finish: Black Anodized (Standard)
    Electroless Nickel (Custom)
    Scales: checkered rosewood




    Part# 1911FB
    Black laminate grips
    Blackened 154CM stainless steel blade
    Blackened stainless steel hardware
    If the grip shape is good enough for the most popular pistol in the world, it's certainly good enough for a carry knife. Inspired by the famous design of John M. Browning, the 1911 Folder is the perfect compliment to America's favorite sidearm and a superb knife in its own right.

    The 154CM blade is heat and cryogenically treated for maximum durability and edge retention. The checkered thumbstuds on both sides of the blade allow for instant opening in an emergency or for convenience. This one-hand opening knife has a pocket clip for maximum versatility. The handle is made from machined aluminum. The handles are hard-coat anodized a matte black (Standard Model) or plated with electroless nickel (Custom Model). Both models have checkered rosewood grips adding classic appeal and a secure grip.

    Now available, the 1911 Folder is proudly made in Oregon USA and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

    The one I got resembles the left hand photo but there is something very special about mine. It is a double-action folder.


    A "double action" folder is a knife that can be opened manually (in this case with the thumb stud which looks just like the magazine release on the pistol) but is also a switchblade with a cleverly hidden release mechanism. Just slide the beautifully checkered left hand cocobolo scale toward the back of the knife and the four inch blade fires out and lock up with great authority.

    Anyone who loves that great old .45 pistol would be proud to have this very well made Foster knife. There are many configurations so if you don't want the double action, you can save some cash by getting the manual folder.

    Lake-Walker
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    The Patented Lake-Walker safety lock prevents accidental disengagement of the liner. Once the knife is open, simply push the safety button forward. This positions a locking plate into the recess where the liner spring rests when the knife is closed. This physically prevents the liner from unlocking the blade. Developed by Ron Lake and Michael Walker, FOSTER Knives is one of the few companies allowed to use this truly innovative design.

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    How could you post something as beautiful as this and not add a link to purchase shame on you.

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    My apologies Damon. I have been buying my upscale knives from Tiny's in New Hampshire: Foster Switchblades Automatic Knives
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    Vey nice this is another item that we cant have in the UK.
    I do seem to recall that we can collct these but not USE them,which does make it a shame, becaause all good knives & razors should see at least some use.Paul

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    It certainly compliments he 1911 style. The specs are petty good too.

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    nice knife and a great site too thanks for the link

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    Hi Icedog,

    I rarely ever get sucked into threads regarding knives.....I am kind of a recovering knife idiot savant. Yeah, I went through a phase many years ago of learning lots about em, and then buying some (of course). There were many makers whose works I admired, but I was only able to acquire a very few pieces. All were under $500, so no masterpieces............heh.

    In the mid to late 90's, a large knife show would be held in Chicago every September. Hundreds of dealers, makers, and reps would be in one huge building.......tables brimming with wonderful toys. Man.......I'd buy a two day pass for that show, and enjoyed the hell out of walking around and handling things I'd only seen in magazines. Lots of autos, with many charming ways to activate em. Double actions were available also to play with and buy, and those tended to be a bit pricey. That annual show ended when 9-11 occurred.........security or something like that. Really a shame.

    I found the double action knife to be quite a delight. Yeah, they're real sleepers, which is part of their appeal. Plus, that mechanism is a PITA to do correctly, from what I understand. Looks like yours seems to be kind of a scale release. Most of those types will work differently than yours, but it's a similar idea. Very nice. Actually, now that I think of it, yours may be more of a button release than a scale.

    Hehe, I always figured the perfect knife for CARRYING would include a few little 'options'. Yeah, you don't wanna get popped for walking around with an automatic........that's a Federal deal(and a big one) in most states. However, a little tweaking and voila!!!!!!!! See what you think.

    First, I'd use a Swiss Army knife as the basic design. Then, I'd add the double action release, either scale, bolster, or other methods of releasing the blade. Nice and inconspicuous so far eh?

    Then..........have you ever seen those custom knives with the secret compartments built into em? Yep, it's about the same shape as something that would hold a cigarette, but it's hidden from view. I'd like that in my knife.........just for the heck of it.

    There, that should do it.........just a couple minor adjustments is all that's needed and my dream knife for everyday use is ready. So innocent looking, and yet so amusing in it's own way.

    Good luck with your new knife..........very handsome.
    Martin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp&Shiny View Post
    Vey nice this is another item that we cant have in the UK.
    I do seem to recall that we can collct these but not USE them,which does make it a shame, because all good knives & razors should see at least some use.Paul
    The blade can be openend by a spring. You are not allowed to have those in the UK if the folks of britishblades.com are to be believed.
    They also lock, which makes it a double whammy. Locking knives are not allowed either.
    And the blade length is > 3", which makes it a three pointer. No can do either if I recall correctly

    I asked their advice before I visited the UK a couple of months ago.
    I had to resort to carrying a swiss 2" blade, non-locking penkife if I wanted to carry one.
    My regular carry (locking spyderco delica) would have me thrown in jail as soon as I went through customs.
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    Here's another addition that is just an awesome new tool. It is the Columbie River Knife and Tool (CRKT) Kommer Fulcrum. I have said before that I only carry knives that can be opened and closed with one hand. It isn't very often someone comes up with a new way to open a pocket knife. Usually when there is a new design it is gimmicky crap. This CRKT Fulcrum is all new and tres cool! Check out this little video:



    Just when we thought we had seen every way possible to open a folding knife, a prototype arrived from knifemaker and inventor Charles Kain of Indianapolis, Indiana, that demonstrated his new Fulcrum™ Action (patent pending). It didn’t take us long to purchase the rights to this surprising new lock for use in CRKT production folders.
    We felt the Fulcrum Action was perfect for a sleek design proposed by knifemaker Russ Kommer, and so we put Russ to work integrating it into his folder, which we call the Fulcrum™. We also worked closely with our manufacturing experts to develop a production lock with smooth action and tight, wiggle-free lockup.
    So here it is, one of the slickest-operating lightweight personal folders we have ever seen, and that includes custom knives, too.
    To open the Fulcrum, simply press the left side of the frame down with your thumb. The blade swings out to the 90-degree position. Then pull the left side of the frame back, gripping with your index finger at the choil, and the blade continues to rotate open and lock in the open position. After a few openings, you can do it naturally in one continuous, fluid action, or “fulcrumation.”
    To close the Fulcrum, simply release the stainless steel locking liner. One-hand closing is also fast and easy.
    The build uses our high-carbon steel InterFrame with a steel pivot at the back spacer. Scales are injection molded of tough CPL composite, and the swirls on each one are unique. The stainless steel bolsters have a diamond pattern.
    The 2.75” blade is a modified drop point style with a high hollow grind, made from premium AUS 8 stainless steel.
    We’re offering two models. For traditionalists, the base model 7403 features a satin blade finish, vibratory frame finish, and gray/black swirled scales. For the more adventurous, the deluxe model 7404 boasts a black titanium nitride blade finish, deep blue titanium nitride frame, and wild blue/black swirled scales.
    Both models come with a removable stainless steel pocket/gear clip.
    Archimedes once said if given a lever long enough, he could move the earth. We don’t know if our new Fulcrum will cause the earth to move, but if it just sends a little tremor through the world of knife enthusiasts, we’ll be happy.

    The Fulcum was awarded a prestigious IWA International Knife Award at the 2008 International Trade Fair for Hunting and Sporting Arms, Outdoor Articles and Accessories, held March 14-17 in Nuremberg, Germany. The judges stated, “The jury presented the Special Innovation Award to the Kommer Fulcrum™ Model 7404, whose totally new mechanism is not even revealed to the expert at first glance. This knife is opened unexpectedly by sliding the handle grips, a concealed opening mechanism that earned enthusiastic praise from the jury.”
    It was also voted the Imported Knife of the Year at the 2008 Blade Show in Atlanta.
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    Fulcrum™

    7403: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Satin Blade, Vibratory Liners, Gray/Black CPL scales
    MSRP U.S. $69.99
    Buy now from Shopatron

    7404: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, Black Blade, Blue Liners, Blue/Black CPL scales
    MSRP U.S. $79.99
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    I generally don't like modern styles in knives but that is one neat knife!

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