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A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects 4466

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A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« on: February 25, 2007, 09:03:53 PM »
I'm going to post something that I posted over at the edcforums because I respect you guys' opinions.  I bought some A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives with fancy Bolsters & Scales, & I'm not sure whether the workmanship is up to par on the scales.  I'm concerned that there is a bit of chipping around the screw holes.

Here's the original Ultimate Pen Knife with VG-10 steel & titanium scales.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007, 09:04:22 PM »
Here's the 2.5 Titanium Lockback Folder for comparison.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2007, 09:04:58 PM »
Here's the Abalone model.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2007, 09:05:36 PM »
Problems on the front of the Abalone model.

Notice the chip on the second picture - bottom left.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2007, 09:06:44 PM »
Problems on the back of the abalone model.  Pretty rough around screws.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2007, 09:07:44 PM »
Black Pearl chipping on back.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2007, 09:12:16 PM »
Here's the original model with bail & a dime for scale
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,370 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2007, 11:50:07 PM »
I have looked at those a few times as I kind of like super tiny knives.  One of my favorites was always an Opinel #1 which many people mistakenly thought was a cigarette butt that I kept sticking in my pocket!

As for the issues with the finish, I wouldn't be overly pleased myself, but given the number of them that you purchased, and the percentage that have problems, my guess would be that it's a standard thing, and common to many, if not all of them.  Additionally, MOP and Abalone (as any decent git-fiddle player like yourself should know!) is a pain to work with, and for the cost of these little knives, I don't know if I would have expected too much.

That having been said, AG has built his business on customer service.  I'd strongly suggest sending the pics in to someone there and discussing the problem with them. 

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2007, 12:41:24 AM »
Thanks, Def.  I have written them & sent pics, & I imagine I'll hear from someone in the next couple days.

I'm gonna check out that Opinel #1 too.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2007, 12:55:30 AM »
Def,

That Opinel #1 is hard to find.  I have only found the #2 so far.  What other tiny knives do you like?
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,370 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2007, 02:29:52 AM »
Most of the tiny knives I am into nowadays revolve around the Victorinox 58mm series or Wenger's equivalent 63mm series, as well as many of the key-chain tools offered by Leatherman, Gerber, SwissTech etc.

I was quite fond of Kershaw's Baby Boa as well but I don't consider it to be in the same catagory.  SOG's new Fusion Micron also deserves a closer look I think.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2007, 04:05:16 AM »
I posted these pictures of my SOG Fusion in another thread awhile back.  It's a nice little knife.
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2007, 04:05:36 AM »
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2007, 04:05:55 AM »
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2007, 04:22:38 AM »
How's that Fusion holding up for you Cach? Have you gotten to use it very much?

In order to be certain of having the right tool for every job.........one must first acquire a lot of tools
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Re: A.G. Russell Ultimate Pen Knives Defects
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2007, 04:30:13 AM »
It really hasn't done much other than trim paper and cut up a meat stick :)  So it is holding up excellent!  It is so small I forget it's in my pocket and it doesn't get much use.

 

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