The Ultimate Guide to America's Biggest, Baddest Folding Knives: Medford Knife and Tool
If you’ve been in the world of Medford folding knives for any amount of time, it comes as no surprise to you how intimidating and enormous their product line can be. For those of you completely new to the Medford brand, understanding all of the nuances can be a bit confusing. With this blog post, we’re setting out to teach you about Medford’s incredible line of American-made, folding knives.
From the large and in charge Medford Fat Daddy, to the discreate and elegant Gentleman Jack, this guide will highlight Medford Knife and Tool’s current folding production models. Sit back, pour a drink, light a stogie, and enjoy this blog post going through America’s quintessential line of folding knives.
Medford Fat Daddy (Two versions: TFF-1 Full Thickness, TFF-H Hybrid)
With a name like “Fat Daddy,” it comes as no surprise that this knife is one of Medford’s biggest, badest blades in their product lineup. This 9.5” beast blurs the line between folding knives and fixed blades. The full-size, TFF-1 Medford Fat Daddy features a .260” thick blade just like its Praetorian “Ti” counterparts. The handle is exceptionally ergonomic, constructed of solid .187” titanium scales and is held together with an oversized six-shooter pivot that the 4” blade revolves around. For those who think fixed blades are superior to folding knives, this is the Medford folder for you. Pro-tip: wear a sturdy belt because this knife is an absolute monster!
Note: There is a Medford Fat Daddy TFF-H (hybrid) with an identical form factor, however, the thickness measurements are slightly different. It’s still a phenomenal carry, offering a much lighter weight with the same bulletproof build quality and incredibly tight manufacturing tolerances. The blade on the Medford TFF-H Fat Daddy is .190” thick and features .125" titanium scales. This combination equals big, slicy, and very lightweight.
Medford USMC Fighter Flipper
Capitalizing on all the successes of the Medford Fixed Blade Fighter, the USMC Fighter Flipper brings an entire new level of precision and portability on a famous classic design. Coming in at a massive 9.5” overall length, the Medford Fighter Flipper is arguably the best folding companion on the planet. This beast rides on silky smooth bronze washers that wrap around an oversized six-shooter pivot. The massive .190" thick razor-sharp S35VN blade has a smooth action that only improves as it ages—much like a fine wine. As a nod to old school design, the titanium scales feature retro milling as a throwback to its predecessor while adding a titanium pommel that functions well in any impact-oriented task. The milled titanium clip is a work of functional art allowing easy placement and removal from the pocket without tearing your pants. This is a truly one-of-a-kind knife up for any task you can throw at it.
Note: There have been some dealer exclusive 3V runs of this knife but be on the lookout as they are rare!
Medford Marauder H (Hybrid)
The Medford Marauder H is probably one of the most recognized, quintessential knives within the Medford Knife and Tool product line up. Sweeping curves and solid lines meet to create a design premises of less is more. Named after the A-26 Marauder of WW II repute, this knife is a robust piece measuring in at 9.5” total length, with an expertly heat treated S35VN blade, solid .187” thick titanium scales, oversized six-shooter pivot, and titanium pocket clip. Though it’s typically featured with S35VN blade steel, the Marauder H can be found with a 3V steel for those wanting penultimate strength and hardness.
Note: There is a full-size, full thickness Marauder that is still in current production. You won’t be able to order this from Medford’s website, but authorized dealers, such as myself, receive them from time to time. These beasts feature a massive .026” thick blade and solid .187” thick titanium scales just like their Praetorian “Ti” counterparts. The full thickness Marauders arrive in a near endless amount of scale customizations and blade finishes, including Vulcan.
Medford 187DP (Drop Point)
Truly an American-made beast, the Medford 187DP gets its name from the solid .187” thick titanium scales that this knife is composed of. The hollow ground D2 drop point blade measures in at .190” thick and glides effortlessly across bronze washers. The 187DP blade also features a stylish thumb hole for easy opening and addictive flicking sessions. A work horse through and through, this is one knife you will not want to put down.
Medford On Belay
Whether you're going for a night on the town or slicing through ropes on a ranch, the On Belay pocketknife from Medford Knife and Tool does it all. It’s flowing curves are reminiscent of a sports car, creating a knife that’s hard not to show off to your friends. This 9.25” long pocketknife features a shaving sharp 4.125” hollow ground blade in stainless S35VN steel. For easy opening, the Medford On Belay features a stylish thumb cut-out on the blade for quick deployment at a moment’s notice. Like many of the larger Medford Knives, the On Belay’s handle is composed of .187” thick titanium scales, an oversized six-shooter pivot, and milled titanium pocket clip for easy pocket carry.
More often than not, these knives will have a PVD treated blade for added durability and corrosion resistance. If you haven’t had a PVD coated knife from Medford yet, you’re missing out—the finish is classy and bullet proof. Please don’t shoot your knives! *Joe*
Medford Praetorian Ti
This is it: the king of all Medford Knives! The popular design that set the market to flames, the Medford Knife and Tool Praetorian Ti is a knife every collector should have in their pocket. It’s named for the Praetorian old guards of Rome—a badass elite group of fighters chosen to protect the emperor. The Medford Praetorian Ti knife is the perfect name’s sake for these champions on old. This big, bad series of pocketknives come in three sizes: The Micro Praetorian Ti, Genesis Praetorian Ti, and Full-Size Praetorian Ti.
Each of these massive knives share the same extremely tight build tolerances which include .187” thick solid titanium scales, massive hollow-ground .260” thick blade, an oversized six-shooter pivot, hardened glass breaker, and titanium pocket clips. The Medford Praetorian Ti knives are drastically different in their overall lengths when unfolded. This is highlighted in more detail below.
Medford Full-Size Praetorian Ti
The Full-Size Praetorian Ti is just under 9” in length, measuring in at precisely 8.93” long end to end. Whether you choose the drop point or tanto blade shape, the cutting-edge measures in at 3.75” long. When closed, this hearty beast measures in at 5.25” making it pocket-friendly for its large size. Lastly, the full-size Praetorian Ti features the signature Medford “M” titanium pocket clip! The is the only Praetorian Ti knife model with this specific pocket clip.
Medford Praetorian Genesis Ti
Long considered to be the “Goldilocks” of the Praetorian lineup, the Medford Praetorian Genesis Ti is perfect for those wanting something that’s not too big, and not too small. It measures in at a robust but palatable 7.5” overall length with 3.3” being the blade alone. When closed, the Medford Genesis Ti comes in at 4.35” shut, or just under an inch shorter of the full-size variant.
Medford Micro Praetorian Ti
Like a small stick of dynamite, the Medford Micro Praetorian Ti packs a huge punch for its size. This beefy little monster measures in at only 6.75” total length, with 2.8” long blade. When folded shut, the Micro Praetorian Ti is an extremely pocketable at 4” in length. While looking at this knife, it initially appears small. With that being said, the feeling of this knife in hand is substantial due to the massive .625” overall thickness. It fills the palm of your hand without the hot spots typical of thicker knives on the market.
Medford Praetorian T
Within the Medford Praetorian knife product line, there can be a lot of confusion about the Praetorian T versus Praetorian Ti. When it comes to the Medford Praetorian T knives, they have nearly identical measurements as their thicker Praetorian “Ti” counterparts. Where these manly tactical folding knives differ is in the thickness of the titanium scales and blade. The Praetorian T series knives feature .190” thick blades and titanium scales that are .125” thick. That’s it! The thickness of materials used is the biggest difference between the Praetorian T and the Praetorian “Ti” folding knives! When it comes to blade lengths, total lengths, and folding dimensions they are on par with their “Ti” brethren.
Medford Full-Size Praetorian T
Sharing an identical footprint as the full-size Medford Praetorian Ti knife, the full-size Praetorian T features the same overall length, blade length, and folded length while still including the meticulous tight tolerances and attention to detail that Medford Knife and Tool is known for. The Medford Praetorian T includes a thick .190” drop point or tanto blade and solid .125” thick titanium scales. Best of all, the full-size Praetorian T is still considered to be a perfect canvas for Medford’s incredible custom options like hand-sculpting, laser etching, and mesmerizing anodizing.
Medford Praetorian Genesis T
The one and only - OG - original gangster design. The Medford Praetorian Genesis T fits ever-so-perfectly in hand. It was Medford’s original Praetorian design, with the full-size option actually being the result of a printing fluke. Regardless of how it came about, the Praetorian Genesis T is a knife that’s easy to carry that handles extremely well for single-handed use, and is capable of even the most relentless cutting task. The Genesis T features a .190” thick blade, and .125” thick solid titanium scales, an oversized six-shooter pivot, milled titanium pocket clip, and hardened D2 breaker. As with the full-size and Micro Praetorian T knives, the Medford Praetorian Genesis T can be fully decked out with all of your favorite custom options straight from Medford Knife and Tool.
Medford Micro Praetorian T
Coming in at just 2/3 the size of the full-size Praetorian, the Micro Praetorian T packs a huge punch. Small yet mighty, this knife measures in at 6.75” overall with a 2.8” razor-sharp blade. The Medford Praetorian T is extremely comfortable to carry, weighing in at only 4.9 ounces and folding to a compact 4” closed. Like the other knives in the Praetorian T lineup, it includes a .190” blade thickness, solid .125” thick titanium scales, an oversized six-shooter pivot, milled titanium pocket clip, and hardened D2 breaker. This is possibly the perfect everyday carry Praetorian!
Medford Praetorian G
The Medford Praetorian G is one of the more misunderstood knives in the Praetorian line of tactical folding knives. It’s often confused for the popular M/P Scout liner lock knife. Though they share similarities like total length and G10 show side, that’s where the commonalities end. The Praetorian G measures at 9” overall, with a 3.75” blade riding on bronze washers wrapped around the six-shooter style oversized pivot. The show side scale is constructed of G10, which is well known for its grippy texture, toughness, and common use within the knife industry. On the opposing side of the knife, you’ll find a titanium scale that provides a frame lock typical of Medford knives. Both the titanium spring side and G10 show side scales are .187” thick providing a solid construction for this absolute workhorse knife. Similar to the Praetorian T knives, the blade is .190” thick and shaving sharp!
Praetorian Scout (M/P)
A huge departure from what you would expect from Medford Knife and Tool, the Praetorian M/P Scout is Medford’s one and only liner lock in the Praetorian product line. This knife was built from the ground up to offer the same brutal cutting force and dependability of the full-size Praetorian T but incorporates titanium liners and G10 scales for a lighter overall package. Considering the huge, razor-sharp 3.75” blade, tight build tolerances, superior American-sourced materials, weight savings, and hardened breaker, this knife might be the ultimate lightweight service knife.
Staring life as the Gigantis, the Medford Proxima was scaled down for those who prefer smaller, more convenient pocketknives. Though this is not a small knife by any means. The Proxima folding knife is a flipper-driven system, featuring a 3.9” spear point S35VN blade that glides effortlessly on bronze washers. The solid titanium scales have clean lines and curves, making this tremendously ergonomic when fully deployed. As with most Medford knives, the Proxima features an oversized six-shooter pivot, and titanium pocket clip. If you are looking for an everyday carry knife that rides in the pocket comfortably – this is your knife.
Medford M-48 Patton
Released in 2021, the Medford M-48 pocketknife is an incredible tribute to the M-48 Patton tank and its four-man crew of absolute badasses. This extremely pocket-friendly, everyday carry knife features a 3.9" drop point S35VN blade with Medford’s new Magnus tip. The Magnus hand-ground tip offers improved strength and rigidity to what is traditionally viewed as the weakest part of knife blades.
What pulls the design together is Medford’s impressively lightweight composite construction handle with sculpted tank tracks and the M-48 logo. This new handle features an anodized aluminum show side scale with an integrated back spacer and a full titanium lock side scales which includes an over travel stop. A deep carry, reversible pocket clip reveals an easter egg while also helping this powerful knife ride comfortably in your pocket.
Medford Nosferatu Knives
Out for blood, the Medford Nosferatu series of knives pays tribute to the 1922 German silent horror film, “Nosferatu: A Symphony or Horror.” These two extraordinary blades share a full titanium coffin-shaped chassis outfitted with a button lock and includes a matching titanium coffin-shaped pocket clip. Where the two Nosferatu knives differ are their astounding 3.5” blades and lightning fast deployment methods.
Medford Nosferatu Auto (Dagger)
The Nosferatu Auto incorporates a unique, 3.5” dagger blade expertly modeled after the famous German vampire’s fangs. The swedge isn’t sharpened but is ground in a way to provide superior penetration when used in a stabbing action. This American-made automatic knife uses an out-the-side action delivering blistering fast blade deployment, solid lock-up, and zero blade play—a rarity in autos. For the safety conscious, the Medford Nosferatu Auto includes an integrated safety within the titanium handle.
Medford Nosferatu Flipper
A first in many respects, the Nosferatu flipper knife carries Medford’s first Wharncliffe shaped blade in a folding knife design. This slicy new profile measures in at 3.5” in length and includes the classic hollow-grind they’re well known for. The Nosferatu flipper utilizes caged bearings to provide a silky smooth opening and drop-shut closing action.
Sleep on this knife and you’ll get more than a slap on the wrist! The Infraction from Medford Knife and Tool features modern rolling lines and clean curves when combined, bring beautiful ergonomics to this elegant little pocketknife. For the man who finds larger pocketknives cumbersome to carry, the Medford Infraction was designed with you in mind. The Infraction comes in at just 8” total overall length with 3.625” being the razor-sharp, drop point blade. Unique milling adorn the blade, which feature a thumb hole for easy opening and Medford’s well-known hollow grind. Milled titanium scales and pocket clip can be customized in a variety of finishes to add a personalized touch.
Medford Midi Marauder
Modeled after the design successes of the much larger full-sized Marauder, the Medford Midi Marauder is the scaled down version built for those who have smaller hands or want a more pocket-friendly everyday carry knife. The Midi Marauder measures in at 7.9” overall length with your choice of a 3.25” S35VN tanto or drop point blade. These expertly heat-treated blades have hand-ground, razor-sharp edges which make the execution of any cutting task easy work. An attractive milled fuller groove doubles as a functional thumb slide for easy deployment. Solid .187” thick titanium scales complete this build, creating a robust, clean, and functional knife fit for every pocket.
Medford Slim Midi Marauder
Breaking into new segments is the Medford Slim Midi Marauder. This business-class pocketknife reimagined the more tactical Midi Marauder completely by incorporating a very slicy .125” thick blade and incredibly slim .125” full titanium scales. This knife is for those who want to carry a lightweight Medford in their slacks, lingerie, or purse but still have the full-size Medford familiarity. One thing to note about this truly exceptional piece: at one time the Medford Slim Midi Marauder’s action was centered on bronze washers but now have transitioned completely to caged bearings providing quick, buttery-smooth action. This is a true everyday carry knife!
Medford Praetorian Swift Auto
Medford Knife and Tool’s very first venture into automatic knives, the Praetorian Swift Auto is a groundbreaking design for their lineup. It incorporates thick 6061 aluminum handles with integrated spacer and CPM S35VN tanto blade. For the safety centric, variations can be found with a sliding thumb safety lock preventing any unwanted deployment of the blade. When it comes to available color ways for the Medford Swift Auto, there are a wide variety of type 2, class 3 hard anodizing options that will last a lifetime. The Swift Auto is tied together with titanium hardware and pocket clip for a complete everyday carry combination. As with all Medford knives, you can expect tight tolerances and an industry leading action with zero side, radial, or axial play.
Praetorian Swift FL Flipper
The Praetorian Swift FL flipper knife is a sophisticated, more traditional take on the popular Swift Auto design. For those who live in states that heavily regulate freedom, in this case auto knives, you now have a Praetorian Swift FL Flipper that rapidly deploys at a flick of the flipper tab. The smooth action is thanks to Medford’s caged bearing system which ensures consistent contact and movement of the 3.37” S3VN drop point blade. Complimenting this build is Medford Knife and Tool’s composite chassis that combines an aluminum show scale, integral spacer, and titanium lock side scale for a lightweight yet rigid package. With a signature snap when flipped open, this knife measures at a useful 7.687” overall length. A spring titanium pocket clip completes this knife allowing an enjoyable, secure ride in the pocket.
Medford Praetorian Slim
Often confused with the Praetorian Swift series of knives, the Praetorian Slim actually shares more build traits with the Slim Midi. The Medford Praetorian Slim revolves around the idea of crafting a lightweight, everyday carry knife that disappears in the pocket while sharing a profile of its much larger and heavier counterparts. It’s among the slimmest knives in the industry, rescaling the Praetorian design to include a .125” thick drop point or tanto blade, and matching .125” solid titanium scales. A fuller groove machine into the blade creates a sneaky thumb slide for easy one-handed or two-handed opening of this knife. The traditional Praetorian breaker has been deleted from this design, though the blade has a hidden hammer-style functional breaker on the back of the blade. Whether you're in slacks, jeans, or gym shorts, the Medford Praetorian Slim is easily carried all day long.
Praetorian Slim Flipper
Using the exact same lightweight heavy-hitting design of the Praetorian Slim, the Medford Praetorian Slim Flipper is among the slimmest knives in the industry. The Praetorian Slim Flipper utilizes a .125” thick drop point or tanto blade and matching .125” solid titanium scales and is finished off with titanium hardware and pocket clip. The real difference between this design and the standard Praetorian Slim is the quick acting flipper-cam on the back of the blade. This flipper cam is perfectly positioned on the blade, after much research to provide optimal flipping action for truly rapid single-handed deployment. Riding on 18 bearings, the flipping action on the Praetorian Slim Flipper is silky smooth and incredibly addictive.
Medford 187-F (Flipper)
The Medford Knife and Tool 187-F or ‘flipper’ is named for the .187” titanium and steel used throughout the build. As a lower-priced entry into Medford folding knives, this blade packs a serious punch. The action is fast and smooth, as the drop point blade glides across bronze washers. The revolver inspired flipper cam offers the perfect amount of purchase and leverage for effortless flipping, while pairing well six-shooter themed titanium pivot. Like all other Medford Knives, the Medford 187-F is proudly made with all materials sourced right here in the United States.
Medford Gentleman Jack GJ-1
The Gentleman Jack is Medford’s first entry into the slip-joint knife market adding a modern spin on a traditional classic design. The build starts with all-American made and sourced components, utilizing .125” thick titanium for the sides and matching .125” thick S35VN steel for the blade. Fully opened, the Medford Gentleman Jack measures in at 7” total length, with 3.1” for the blade itself. A waterfall nail nick runs the length of the blade for easy opening and to create a classy overall look. Titanium hardware and spring pull the knife together, creating one handsome piece.
Medford Air Jack
Based on the successes of the Gentleman Jack slip-joint, the Air Jack features the same timeless design while incorporating G10 scales for a lighter, sophisticated feel. The build starts with all-American made and sourced components adorning a .125” thick S35VN drop point blade. When fully expanded, the Medford Air Jack measures in at 7” overall length, with a 3.1” blade. A waterfall nail nick runs the length of the blade for easier opening action while creating a classy overall look. Titanium hardware and spring pull the knife together creating one striking, everyday carry worthy pocketknife.
Medford Smooth Criminal
The Medford Smooth Criminal was Medford’s very first entry into aluminum chassis knives and was developed as a budget-friendly, all-American pocketknife. This button-lock flipper features a 3” tumbled S35VN drop point blade, tough 6061 aluminum type 2 class 3 hard anodized scales, and a buttery-smooth action you would expect of more expensive knives. When fully deployed, the Medford Smooth Criminal is 7” in total overall length, ensuring this knife is up for any difficult cutting task.
Ladies and gentlemen, that was a ton of great information covering the all the major details of Medford folding knives. If you’ve made it this far, you are a champ and I truly appreciate you following along. I hope you’ve enjoyed the article – don’t hesitate to refer back to it often to assist you in your Medford knife journey.
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-Jake (The Medford Guy)