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    Otter knives

    Spotted this brand the other day and wondered what people thought of them. Opinions etc, how they've lasted if you have one.

    I think a few of there knives are fairly good lookers.

    Any info is welcome.
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    Re: Otter knives

    I've seen the Otter Lambs foot. It's not unlike Arthur Wrights knives, as in, made to be functional without much emphasis on fit and finish. That said the one I saw was still much better finished than my Arthur Wright Lambs foot. The Otter had a very good carbon steel blade and strong springs. I like them. Sturdy, built to last and cut well.

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    Re: Otter knives

    Quote Originally Posted by Hattori Hanzo View Post
    Spotted this brand the other day and wondered what people thought of them. Opinions etc, how they've lasted if you have one.

    I think a few of there knives are fairly good lookers.

    Any info is welcome.
    I've got load of their Mercator knives which are (IMHO) excellent but i recently bought a sodbuster pattern which I'm not quite as impressed with-nothing spectacularly bad about it, just doesn't seem as well finished as their comparable products (e.g. small mercator) in the same price bracket-the rivets stand proud and the two scales aren't symmetrical and the metal work has a few sharp edges (where they aren't supposed to be). nothing that 10 minutes with a needle file and some emery paper won't solve though.

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    Re: Otter knives

    I sold one here the other day

    It's the second one down, very sharp knife extemely strong back spring.

    http://www.britishblades.com/forums/...urplus-folders


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    Re: Otter knives

    Quote Originally Posted by beach bum View Post
    I sold one here the other day

    It's the second one down, very sharp knife extemely strong back spring.

    http://www.britishblades.com/forums/...urplus-folders


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    that looked really nice... wish I'd seen it!

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    Re: Otter knives

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Steve View Post
    I've got load of their Mercator knives which are (IMHO) excellent but i recently bought a sodbuster pattern which I'm not quite as impressed with-nothing spectacularly bad about it, just doesn't seem as well finished as their comparable products (e.g. small mercator) in the same price bracket-the rivets stand proud and the two scales aren't symmetrical and the metal work has a few sharp edges (where they aren't supposed to be). nothing that 10 minutes with a needle file and some emery paper won't solve though.
    There sodbuster actually caught my eye. But they have a couple of traditional looking patterns with bone handles that look nice as well.
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    Re: Otter knives

    Quote Originally Posted by Hattori Hanzo View Post
    There sodbuster actually caught my eye. But they have a couple of traditional looking patterns with bone handles that look nice as well.
    despite my initial reservations, the sodbuster is growing on me now... I've got my eye on some of the others too now!

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    Re: Otter knives

    Where is everyone getting these particularly interested in a small mercator for edc
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    Re: Otter knives

    Quote Originally Posted by Hattori Hanzo View Post
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    Any info is welcome.
    The slip joints have rather strong springs and mostly non-stainless blades, stainless is also available. Otter is commonly recommended, not that quality as Luetters/Loewen-/Ankermesser. Otter is not that expensive as Luetters has become meanwhile... That's a real pitty. A really price-explosion has occured concerning Luetters. I have bought one 7 years ago for ~26 with steel bolsters, I don't know the item number. The same model does cost >50 now!!!

    Otters are simply worth their price and haven't been increased as Luetters have. They're made a little bit coarser than Luetters, may be you'll find some finishing compound or chips between the liners. Blade steel is standardly something between C60 and C85, there sholud be some models made of C45. But they do their job. Stainless is commonly a 420 or 1.4034. Handles are often made of bone.

    All in all it's an oldschool simple type of knife. You can fold it, it cuts, it stains and has to be sharpened regurlarly
    But the main advice is as follows: When you have any chance to buy one "live" you'll be better off than buying online due to a wide spread manufacturing quality that is not visible at pictures. This brand is a typical brand to be bought after handling and looking closer around the knife.

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    Re: Otter knives

    Quote Originally Posted by Corso View Post
    Where is everyone getting these particularly interested in a small mercator for edc
    This is the only place I've seen them for sale
    http://www.uk-legal-knives.com/otter...rmany-55-c.asp

    hope that helps.
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    Re: Otter knives

    Quote Originally Posted by Corso View Post
    Where is everyone getting these particularly interested in a small mercator for edc
    I got mine here (same company as uk-legal knives):

    http://www.handyniknaks.co.uk/mercator-knives-172-c.asp

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    Re: Otter knives

    thanks Steve will get in touch with them
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    Re: Otter knives

    Amongst others I have this one and really like it

    http://www.uk-legal-knives.com/otter...67k-1628-p.asp

    but as AndreasH mentioned already:

    "But the main advice is as follows: When you have any chance to buy one "live" you'll be better off than buying online due to a wide spread manufacturing quality that is not visible at pictures. This brand is a typical brand to be bought after handling and looking closer around the knife."
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    Re: Otter knives

    Quote Originally Posted by Corso View Post
    particularly interested in a small mercator for edc
    me too I seem to remember there was some talk of a group buy a while back anyone care to take it on??

    As the mercator in it's slip joint form is UK street legal I should have thought there would be some interest.

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    Re: Otter knives

    Quote Originally Posted by Corso View Post
    Where is everyone getting these particularly interested in a small mercator for edc
    Handy niknaks show the carbon steel version as in stock again.
    Delivery from them was within 24 hours!

    My only slight disappointment is that spring strength doesn't compare well with small Douk Douk.

 

 

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