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Maelstrom Behavior

Joker188 Sep 3, 2019

  1. Joker188

    Joker188 Little Member

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    Good afternoon,
    It's been awhile since I've posted but I'd like to ask the community for their input on a topic I haven't found much material on.

    I'm curious about how the maelstrom behaves as a flipper's knife. I've enjoyed two versions of the Basilisk and an Alpha Beast. I also use a Rhapsody as a trainer.

    I've thought of the maelstrom to be more of a collector's knife considering the unique Harner grinds but how does it weigh in for comparison and anybody know if it's extremely blade or handle heavy? I imagine this varies by the piece but I'm looking for a general feel when someone picks up the knife.

    Thank you for the input and advice,
    Joker
     
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  2. TheChemist

    TheChemist JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    I too am interested in the maelstrom but have found limited information.

    Is this a show piece only or does it have functionality?

    Also, how does one get in on the HOM midtech collaborations such as the maelstrom? Is there a list or first come/first serve?
     
  3. twirl

    twirl Hom Designs JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Doing any kind of flipping with it, it has to 100% be the hand-rounded satin versions. The non-rounded handles are still rounded on top but they're very thick and tank-like. The knife is overall a heavy knife but it still has titanium spacers and handles so it's still nothing like a stainless knife. I had one at the Blade show booth with rounded handles and a hollow ground weehawk-ish blade sans the latch and everyone loved the way it flipped. But it isn't a featherweight.

    There's a decent amount who have them and flip them, such as lovinsbalis on IG. His Maelstrom isn't rounded but his feedback is similar to the above. That's about as objective as I can get with it!
     
  4. Joker188

    Joker188 Little Member

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    The chunky handles are one of the first concerns that crossed my mind. Thank you for the input.
     
  5. AnthonyTheAbyss

    AnthonyTheAbyss Godzilla Size Member JDBA Official Member

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    It functions as a knife.

    ***You're welcome
     
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  6. TheChemist

    TheChemist JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Thats good i guess. i do like knives. Does it cut things or is it more useful for buttering my toast?
     
  7. AnthonyTheAbyss

    AnthonyTheAbyss Godzilla Size Member JDBA Official Member

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    You'll have to ask Twirl. But I think all his knives are meant to be used for stabbing the computer screen when he losing in DOTA.

    ***Great knifemaker but not very good at gaming
     
  8. Joker188

    Joker188 Little Member

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    Ha! I enjoy flipping a gold Basilisk, AB, and Rhapsody daily. I feel like I prefer the full size Ti knives. Hom is my number one knife maker and I seriously doubt he would compromise function for aesthetic but I just wasn't convinced that these maelstroms are as flipper friendly as the Bas R. I still appreciate anyone's input who has thrown these knives around.
     
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  9. TheChemist

    TheChemist JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    A different question, which maelstrom grinds is best ?

    Currently thinking the LST

    (Not trying to high jack your thread joker)
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2019
  10. Ryan Rehmann

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    If you can get your hands on a maelstrom, rounded handles makes all the difference.
     
  11. TheChemist

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  12. crogers

    crogers Magnus advocatus diaboli JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    We're glad that you are eager to participate in our beloved forum, butt* we DO require that EVERYONE post an introduction before anything else. I notice that you have failed to do so.

    Please go to the Testing the Waters. New member introductions forum at http://www.jerzeedevil.com/forums/testing-the-waters-new-member-introductions.34/ and tell us a little about yourself.

    Otherwise, [​IMG]
     
  13. bradenwright

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    I'm not a very good flipper but have owned a lot of top notch flippers. Comparison to the Ti Basilisk-R / AB, its a better flipper than the Bas-R and right up there with AB, hard to pick.

    The handles are perfection, I absolutely ove them! I like bigger handles. First noticed on Pale knives having a wider knife helps them lock in when doing vertical moves, etc. They are super comfy with the satin finish and the rounded handles are great. I will say look of handles isn't my fav, but I don't dislike it either.

    Weight wise the I prefer the TI spacers over the SS spacers in Bas-R. I always found Bas-R spacers to be too heavy and had some full length Ti made. Which I love the weight now, but handles on the Mael are just perfect. Weight wise I do wish they were full length Ti (although not all solid, something like the EX10 full length spacers to add just a little more weight to the rear). But I do like a little more junk in the trunk, like I love AB weight dist. It's so close, I'm not even sure if I will try to have custom ones made or just have it as a more neutral flipper. I'm really glad that the spacers are Ti and not SS.I have the Bowie blade, picked it mainly b/c I was worried other blade profiles maybe too light, especially out towards the tip

    I'd say most moves I can do equally well on my AB and Mael, but vertical moves are easier on my Mael, and things like helix's/behind 8-ball are a little easier on AB b/c it has a little extra momentum in rear of handles and tip of the blade.
     
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