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Is this a C&J handgrade?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JohnMS, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. JohnMS

    JohnMS Senior member

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  2. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Definitely. I was looking at that shoe - very nice indeed.
     
  3. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It looks to me like this is the same shoe as the C&J Cardiff, which is not a Handgrade shoe. The shoe in the auction has channelled soles, which is a feature usually associated with Handgrade shoes; but C&J will make their Benchmade grade of shoes with channelled soles at the request of the buyer.
     
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    NoVaguy Senior member

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    I have to agree with jcusey - it does looks most similar to the offerings on the benchmade line, with a modified sole. The other factor is the last - the handgrades have rather elegant and elongated lasts, while the benchmades are a little more traditional.
     
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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    The toe pattern is different. By the way, I was going by the soles, and the fact that Boss probably would ask for Handgrade for their very expensive top of the line shoe. I could be wrong.
     
  6. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Medallion patterns are easily changed. Shoes from the benchmade line can have channelled soles. It's made on the 325 last, which isn't used on any Handgrade shoe that I know of and which is used on several shoes in the benchmade line, including the Cardiff. I can't be certain, but I'm pretty confident that it's a shoe made to benchmade standards.
     
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    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    Sorry to point out the obvious, but the auction says benchmade -- not handgrade.

    The also aren't antiqued the way a handgrade is. Nice shoes, though.
     
  8. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    some of us clearly need the obvious pointed out to us [raises hand]
     

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