Dear Mainstream Knife Companies,
You are in serious trouble. As you shift from fundamentally good and new designs to a catalog chock full of rehashes, iterations, and sprint runs, the upstart brands are innovative, pushing, and creating great knives. I don’t need a third, teal-handled version of a knife I already own twice. Make new knives please.
The Internet Knife Community
From TRM to Quiet Carry, some of the best and most interesting production knives are not coming from the Big Six (Benchmade, Spyderco, CRKT, KAI, SOG, and Cold Steel) but from brands that didn’t exist ten years ago. When you add in the trend towards designer produced blades, it becomes clear that we are in a different market than we were 10 or even 5 years ago. There is no better symbol of this sea change than the Quiet Carry Drift in G10. This is an astoundingly good knife at a shockingly fair price. It is the anti-TFF. And it is damn good.
How good? Keep reading, but as foreshadowing, you should get your wallet out.
Here is the product page. All Drifts on the market are 2nd generation versions. The Drift in G10 costs $250, an odd price, which I will discuss below. There are three G10 models—ones with black, orange, and gray G10. There is also a frame lock version for $300 or $305. There are four versions of that knife. You can get plain or knurled handles in either a stonewashed or satin finished blade. The extra machining on the knurled version costs an additional $5. Here is a written review. Here is a video review.
Quiet Carry Knives are made in Taiwan. Which is a major bonus, though reflected in the price.