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Winkler Knives...what's the opinion?
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:06:56 pm »
Every time I make my usual rounds, one of the shops (Jim's in Fayetteville) is one of the very few retail locations that stocks Winkler knives and every time I find myself checking out their Winkler collection.  They look like really well made knives that are more than suitable for everyday use and even some occasional hard use.  They are higher priced for a production blade, but from what I understand they are actually produced one at a time in a small shop, not a factory setting like the major manufactures so it's more like a custom blade but marketed as production.  What I would like to know is how they stack up to comparable priced blades (300-500 range), their durability, edge retention and overall "respect" in the blade world?  Anyone here own or owned one? 
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    Re: Winkler Knives...what's the opinion?
    « Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 10:52:52 pm »
    I've never owned one but its not because I have any doubt about the quality of Daniel Winkler's blades.  He's been doing this since the mid to late 1970's so I imagine he's pretty much got it figured out.  In the early days it used to be just him and his wife but I think the operation has expanded some and now its a small full custom/semi-custom shop with a few employees.  Maybe wander mover to the web site and have a look see around if you've got the time.  www.winklerknives.com
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    Re: Winkler Knives...what's the opinion?
    « Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 11:07:26 pm »
    I've never owned one but its not because I have any doubt about the quality of Daniel Winkler's blades.  He's been doing this since the mid to late 1970's so I imagine he's pretty much got it figured out.  In the early days it used to be just him and his wife but I think the operation has expanded some and now its a small full custom/semi-custom shop with a few employees.  Maybe wander mover to the web site and have a look see around if you've got the time.  www.winklerknives.com

    I love the look of those! It's been quite some time since I've had a blade speak to me, but I love the traditional lines and utility look to just about everything on his website. The price makes me cry, though. I just couldn't justify that at this point in time in my life.
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    Re: Winkler Knives...what's the opinion?
    « Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 11:42:35 pm »
    I did peruse his site a few times over the past month or so and tried to get some background on him/his business, but first hand experience with his blades is what really I'm looking for.  His Hunter knife is more along my speed/price range (350.00 or so) but if I'm going to drop that much $$ on a knife I need to be sure I'm getting what I paying for.  They are expensive, but after spending 1200.00 on an authentic Japanese Samurai wakazashi (ca. 1650) I don't mind spending a little bit on something that I can actually use and not just look at.
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    Re: Winkler Knives...what's the opinion?
    « Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 06:56:12 am »
    Winkler knives are well made. The “production “ winklers, also known as winkler II, are a semi-production series that are workhorses. The designs work really well just don’t expect them to be tomato slicers as the edges are fairly thick. I’m not sure if they have added any steels to their line up but they were initially made out of carbon steels instead of stainless so there is a potential for rust if you don’t keep them wiped down

    Personally, I like them. You just have to understand that they are more robust than a kitchen knife
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    Re: Winkler Knives...what's the opinion?
    « Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 07:44:23 pm »
    Thanks Ken, that's pretty much what I wanted to know.  It would be more of an "everyday use" blade with the occasional deer/hog gutting.  Kitchen knives are kept in the kitchen & if I'm looking to perform surgery then that's what the Havalon Peranta is for.  I did read that because they are high carbon blades that they will need to be oiled/cared for otherwise they can get corrosion.
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    « Reply #6 on: February 10, 2018, 09:45:04 pm »
    Thanks Ken, that's pretty much what I wanted to know.  It would be more of an "everyday use" blade with the occasional deer/hog gutting.  Kitchen knives are kept in the kitchen & if I'm looking to perform surgery then that's what the Havalon Peranta is for.  I did read that because they are high carbon blades that they will need to be oiled/cared for otherwise they can get corrosion.

    If you can get one in 3V it will hold up a little better as far as corrosion. While 3V isn’t a true stainless, I have found that it’s close

    On a personal note, I prefer the wood or micarta handles as the recycled rubber ones smell pretty strong
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    Re: Winkler Knives...what's the opinion?
    « Reply #7 on: February 11, 2018, 06:17:11 pm »
    I like the maple panels myself as they are pretty sexy.  I find that the Winkler knives have a vintage or antique look to them and to me that's appealing.
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    « Reply #8 on: February 12, 2018, 10:26:39 am »
    I dig his style, simple to a degree but also functional. It's like allot of hand made stuff when you start to get your own style it's recognizable and sometimes that just lines up with what you like;) I'd say his stuff lines up with what I like, not too tactical but functional.

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