André Thorburn one off custom

From South Africa, André Thorburn is in business for a long time now and generally recognised for his craftmanship and nice designs.
Two years ago I got the chance to get me a one off made by him. A button lock from the early 2000’s. The previous owner told me that André had told him never willing to make another because of the work involved.

andre thorburn

In fact it is not a button lock. It is more a liner lock with a button to move the liner outwards to unlock it. The knife is a kind of Gentleman’ish folder with a damascus blade, aluminum bolster and very nice polished wooden scales. Fit & finish is what you can expect from a knifemaker with the reputation and stature André is known for, Opening is done with the thumb studs and closing with the button. Action is very smooth. Below a video I made 2 years ago when I got this piece. Don’t pay attention to my English; I know it isn’t good.

Hogue EX01

My first experience with Hogue as knifemanufacturer was the EX01 4″ with G10 scales. A button lock designed by Allen Elishewitz. I bought it on the secondary market. The action was gritty, the edge was damaged and there was not a lot to love.

I took it apart and cleaned it thoroughly. A little lube and all put together. After some tweaking I got a wonderful smooth action without play and completely centered. Now I had a big, sturdy user completely according to my taste in that time. I carried and used it very often and it never disappointed me. Once in a while a little stropping and cleaning was enough to keep it in excellent condition.

Afterwards I bought a few other Hogue designs as well. All were very good. Whenever you have the chance to get one, try one if you like big sturdy hard use knives. The quality is there!

Hogue EX01 4″