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Limited experience, but here's my top 3:
2. Western States
3 .Schatt& Morgan
A.G. Russell. Quality, fair price and the best garantee in the world.
Reese Weiland - Jerry Hossom That would be my top 2. I could rave on about many others,but I'll stick with 2. I own knives from both custom knife makers.
Guy, neither one of those two makers are "companies". But they are AWESOME custom makers.
Alexander she said,It can be custom maker or a factory maker,any and all are welcome,That is what I still read. But I think she is leaning toward factory,I would go with Chris Reeve .
Sorry Guy, must've read right over that.
I will resurrect this thread for the new folks and add my choices.
JK Handmade Knives
Kai Knives (Kershaw, ZT, Shun)
Busse and Busse Kin
If I had to list just the top 4 that would be it.
I gotta say, my fav is Tuna Valley. The originals are so unique and rare that most people have never seen one in real life. And they have ties to early Case Bros manufacturing, which makes it even cooler. The new ones are made to the highest quality and have unique handle choices and pattern options. All are limited runs, and all command top dollar.
Schatt & Morgan would be my next fav, because they are high quality, and offered at a price so most any collector could buy 1 or 2 a year if desired.
And GEC is awesome for continually pumping out near perfect quality knives year after year after year.
1. Kershaw / ZT
Best bang for the buck, IMHO.
Well the two brands that I focus on collecting are Case and Rough Rider. I have more of those two than any other brand so they must be my favorites. I have never focused on Buck but I do have several Bucks. I would say they are my third favorite brand.