How many Wegner's do I really need?

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How many Wegner's do I really need?

Postby Jeff/1911 » Thu Sep 05, 2002 12:00 am

A rhetorical question I know...but I'm asking myself this after a visit today to my local Spyder-shop.



I currently own a large, plain edged Wegner...a Wegner Jr. combination edge (Thanks J Smith)and a Wegner Mouse. I really like each of these knives - a lot.



So there I was at the shop, and lo and behold they have a large, combination edge Wegner (C48) in stock. Just for fun I asked to see it and picked it up; opening and closing it a few times, and admiring the perfect marriage of smooth plain-edged ATS-34 and aggressive, perfectly ground teeth.



Now it probably has something to do with the fact that I just recently acquired the Wegner Jr. with it's combination edge and the realization of just how very useful and attractive this design is on the Wegner…but I absolutely fell in love with this knife.



It is also the single most perfectly built Spyderco knife I've had the pleasure to handle. It is flawless in every respect; from the super smooth opening feel, to the lockup of the liner 1/3 of the way across with no play whatsoever in any direction, and not a single mark or scuff on any surface of the knife or blade and finally...picture perfect grind lines on the edge. My plain edge Wegner is great, but this specimen is even nicer.



Do I sound enthusiastic? I now just have to undertake the relatively simple and by now well practiced:



"Spyder-pre-purchase-justification-process"



to seal things up and cement my resolve. I know that SMKW still has these models on sale for $59.99 U.S, and this one will cost me a bit more than that, but it is a perfect specimen. To be able to handle the knife ahead of time like this is really great, so if I give in to this temptation I will definitely buy this particular knife locally.



So fellow Spyderfans…can you help me out with the justification end of things? Dennis, are you out there?



Thanks, Jeff/1911.



Edited by - Jeff/1911 on 9/5/2002 9:49:01 PM

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Postby cmassicotte » Thu Sep 05, 2002 4:35 pm

Jeff - Lets see here... You are looking for an assist in the justification department -- correct?

-Because it's there...
-Because you can...
-Because it will be lonely without you...
-Because it NEEEDS you...

-And perhaps the most honest reason of all.... Its the best, most perfect, most flawless Spydie you have ever handled. For that, above all othrer reasons, you should get it.

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Postby Al » Thu Sep 05, 2002 7:19 pm

Jeff ~ I have one, traded from Jeff S for an Olive Drab Endura. There's nothing I can say about this knife that you haven't already said. I would ask if Linda could get one from SMKW's for you, $60 is a great price.

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Thu Sep 05, 2002 9:56 pm

Chuck, Al...

Thank you for your words of support. You're right of course, and I now am merely trying to scrape together the necessary fundage. Chuck; I agree with that rationale regarding the "perfect knife" because I realize that if I don't buy it I'll always wonder about it and perhaps wish I had.

Al, it is very tempting to pursue one of the SMKW knives, but by the time it arrives here in Canada the price has approximately doubled (in Canadian dollars) including shipping, etc. and duty can then be added to this; the amount of which seems unpredictable.

The main point here is that this particular knife has grabbed me, so it should be the one I choose even if it ends up costing me a bit more. It's great to hand pick the knife, and pay cash for it then take it home the same day.

Jeff/1911.

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Postby glockman99 » Thu Sep 05, 2002 10:21 pm

We only live once, so if you WANT it, and you can afford it, buy it. I have had 4 Wengers myself (two of 'em I bought PERSONALLY from Tim Wenger at his "Blade-Tech" shop in nearby Tacoma, WA.).

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Postby J Smith » Thu Sep 05, 2002 10:22 pm

Last time I was at SMKWs I was going to get a replacement,they only had 2 left and both of them had linerlocks that went over half way across the blade so I passed them up.

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Thu Sep 05, 2002 10:38 pm

Dann, this is what I've been thinking, Thanks.

Jeff, I appreciate your giving me the skinny about the ones at SMKW; makes my decision much easier.

All the best, Jeff/1911.

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Fri Sep 06, 2002 11:42 pm

I called up my shop and had them put the "perfect one" aside for me. I'll write back in a few days once I've got it and had a chance to fondle it some.

Thank you all for your encouragement; it was a great help and I really appreciate it.

Jeff/1911.

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Postby cmassicotte » Sat Sep 07, 2002 8:02 am

Jeff!!!!! "Fondle?" This is a "family" forum!! <img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0><img src="tongue.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0><img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Sat Sep 07, 2002 10:41 am

Chuck,

Yes well, er...what I meant to say was manipulate...uh, stroke, oh boy...Hmmmmm.

Let me try again. Once I have had an opportunity to activate the tool and to cycle it's action, I shall promptly repair to my keyboard for an indepth study of it's relative performance.

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Postby Al » Sat Sep 07, 2002 12:26 pm

LOL!...Chuck you're not a <img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0> collector if don't admiringly "fondle" your <img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>'s every once in wee while.

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Postby chinook » Sat Sep 07, 2002 7:04 pm

I forget who called it "knifesterbation" <img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>
Much better than "flicking your Bic"

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Sun Sep 08, 2002 1:13 am

Oh Chinook,

You're hilarious! I sure like that image.

Jeff.

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Postby java » Sun Sep 08, 2002 5:30 am

Chinook,

ROTFLMAAOBPO!! Nice visual there, Big Guy!! Who's yer male parental unit!

Jeff,

"How many Wegner's do I really need?" Answer:
How many are there? Go for it Bro!

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Mon Sep 16, 2002 10:46 pm

Well, I go and pick it up tomorrow - the "perfect one". I'll write back and let you know how it works once I've had a chance to put it through it's paces. Thanks to you all for your supportive words.

Cheers, Jeff/1911.

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Postby sam the man.. » Tue Sep 17, 2002 2:06 am

its hard to beat the habit if you are a Wegner-holic.. <img src="tongue.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Tue Sep 17, 2002 8:25 am

Yes Samo,

That's what I've found alright. I really didn't think I'd ever desire the combo edge Wegner after acquiring the plain edge, but such is not the case. In fact, the blade design is quite possibly exactly what I will find most useful for a combination of field dressing, skinning and all around camp chores this hunting season. That's what I'm telling myself anyway. Besides, the plain edge will be tucked in my other pocket anyway in case it's style seems better at some point. Finally, I intend to bring along the Mouse to try a little too, just to see how it works.

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Tue Sep 17, 2002 2:26 pm

Well, I have just returned from picking up this knife; the large Wegner with combination edge. It is fabulous! As smooth as butter with perfectly tight lockup, and I really like the appearance of the combination edge. It should prove to be a wonderful, versatile knife. It sure feels good in my pocket. I really like the way the Wegner's curve to the outside of the pocket, and away from your hand as you reach in for other stuff. Very well thought out design, very well built.

In awe, Jeff/1911.

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Postby cmassicotte » Tue Sep 17, 2002 10:51 pm

Jeff - The knife of your dreams. I am so glad you love it now that you have it in hand.

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Wed Sep 18, 2002 12:03 am

Chuck,

I sure do. It's one of those designs that looks far, far better in person than in pictures. Something I find particularly appealing about this knife is it's aggressively deep teeth. Perhaps they are similar to some other models, but they look huge. To reiterate, I think the combination edge on this model is done extremely well.

Thanks for sharing in my excitement. You know...I think this could be "the one".

Oh, who am I kidding? But, it certainly is "the one" for now, and won't be leaving my pocket for a long time.

Jeff/1911.


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