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    Thread: Daily carry pocket-folding knives...time to replace.

    1. 11-23-2014 11:19 AM #1
      Okay,

      Been carrying a nice Benchmade folder for the past 6 years or so. It still works fine, but the finish is worn and it's just time to replace the old gal. I'm looking for a pocket folder, preferably sub-4" blade (around 8" open is fine) in the $150-200 range. Been looking at Emerson knives and Benchmade knives. Any other genuine suggestions? Preferably G10/Micarta handle.

      I prefer combo edges and a tanto, but that's not super necessary. No autos or assists please (don't like them).

      This is what I'm carrying now - but with a combo edge and black blade/beige handle:


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      11-23-2014 11:21 PM #2
      zero tolerance zt 0350, in my pocket everyday
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    3. 11-24-2014 06:01 AM #3
      I know ZT makes a good knife but they're comically over-sized to me...at least for what I like to carry.

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      11-24-2014 06:40 AM #4
      No more spendy knives for me... Left a Benchmade Auto Stryker in a gun locker at the ATC - never got it back.

      I'm carrying a CRKT M16 folder now. It was $20 on Amazon.
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    5. 11-24-2014 08:17 AM #5
      Always been happy with kershaws.

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      11-24-2014 12:27 PM #6
      I carry a Benchmade 722SBK. I send mine in for a tune up about once a year... it's one of many things I love about Benchmade.



      I've looked at the Emerson 7K for a but, mainly since it has the wave feature. Not sure if it has the combo edge you're looking for...



      There's always Fox Knives (with the Emerson Wave), but I've heard mixed reviews about their blade quality... And maybe not the best choice for EDC uses (I generally prefer a drop point or tanto blade)

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      11-24-2014 02:16 PM #7
      In your price range, it's tough to beat Emerson & Benchmade.

      Striders are twice the cost & just above that, you're in Chris Reeves territory.

      The Buck/Strider knives are nice, but I don't recall if they do a tanto.
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      11-24-2014 06:18 PM #8
      I just buy something that won't make me cry when I lose it, which I inevitably will. I'm on my third Kershaw Ken Onion Leek this year. I probably should get a different knife that I won't lose so easily.
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    9. 11-27-2014 11:25 AM #9
      Yep,

      I carried a cheap knife when I was in the patrol (for fear of losing it in the desert). Now I don't mind carrying a nice knife, but I'm not looking for collectors style stuff. I'll probably end up with another Benchmade or one of the Emersons. I'll post back when I make up my mind.

      I also liked one of the SOG knives which was a good bit cheaper...

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      11-27-2014 11:41 AM #10
      Griptilian?
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    11. 11-27-2014 11:43 AM #11
      Never ever liked them. Good knives, but I have to at least have a passing appreciation for the look of something I carry.

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      11-27-2014 12:07 PM #12
      Emersons are cool but have a terrible reputation for quality per $. They mostly come in chisel grind which, isn't idea for EDC use. (IMO)

      Benchmade ftw

      I have and would suggest:
      [Benchmade 940S Osborne]Aluminum handles, S30V blade ~$182.75

      [Benchmade 300SSN] G-10 Scales, 154-CM blade ~$153.00

      [H&K AXIS/14715BK] G-10 Scales, D2 blade ~$104.95

      [Spyderco Paramilitary 2] G-10 Scales, S30V blade ~$119.95
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    13. 11-27-2014 04:55 PM #13
      ^The second one is lookin' pretty good to me - particularly if I can find it in another finish (don't like bright blades).

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      11-28-2014 07:15 PM #14
      ZT Hinderer 0566BWCF:



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      Elmax steel is getting great reviews

      CF scales

      $168 on Blade HQ's website
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    15. 11-28-2014 07:20 PM #15
      You had me until carbon fiber scales.

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      11-28-2014 07:29 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Elbows View Post
      You had me until carbon fiber scales.
      Picky bastard.

      G-10:



      Pricier at $220
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      11-29-2014 06:51 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Elbows View Post
      ^The second one is lookin' pretty good to me - particularly if I can find it in another finish (don't like bright blades).
      That's the only one that comes up on Benchmade's site: http://www.benchmade.com/products/300
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      12-22-2014 10:34 AM #18
      I'm a big fan of Benchmade knives, but they cost a lot and I'm bad about losing knives. With that in mind, I got a bright yellow one. The model is a "SOG Flash II", there's a pic below. It was also on sale for ~$30. I hated the yellow color when it first came in and I almost returned it, but I've dropped it in bushes and tall grass several times and I've had no trouble finding it. Its also easy to find in the bottom of a pack or duffel bag. Its got a martensitic stainless blade that's pretty decent. It doesn't hold its edge like a high-end knife, but it sharpens up well and it was a tenth of the price.


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      12-22-2014 12:19 PM #19
      a year ago I bought the Kershaw Freefall. while it has the "speedsafe" assist, I don't find it overpowerful. it saves on the flicking of the wrist (and keeps the pesky CT at bay). at $25, I'd say it's a pretty decent value. blade looks and feels more solid than my other "big" kershaw: storm II.



      Kershaw and Zero Tolerance are imported/owned/distributed by the same company, KAI. In the kitchen, their brand is Shun knives. very nice. and I just saw they are producing the house Williams-Sonoma brand.
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    20. 12-22-2014 04:39 PM #20
      I've put this on hold...in order to divert that money to Christmas presents. However it's definitely still on the radar. Will let you guys know what I pick soon!

    21. 12-22-2014 07:44 PM #21
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      12-23-2014 03:13 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by GreenandChrome View Post
      a year ago I bought the Kershaw Freefall. while it has the "speedsafe" assist, I don't find it overpowerful. it saves on the flicking of the wrist (and keeps the pesky CT at bay). at $25, I'd say it's a pretty decent value. blade looks and feels more solid than my other "big" kershaw: storm II.



      Kershaw and Zero Tolerance are imported/owned/distributed by the same company, KAI. In the kitchen, their brand is Shun knives. very nice. and I just saw they are producing the house Williams-Sonoma brand.
      This is what I carry. Last year Walmart had a 2 pack w/ flashlight. Freefall and slightly smaller swerve which I gave the wife. Mine is all black with the little nubs on the sides of the blade. Reviews seem to indicate that Kershaw has a holiday special pack the last couple years. I may go to walmart tonight to see if they have a new combo pack. Finish is still holding up on the blade and frame well enough for a ~ $10 knife. $20 combo price. Needs to be sharpened but held an edge for a few months. I use mine every day at my office as well. I open packages, cut banding, and cut some of my designs apart with it.
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      12-23-2014 06:50 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by mrothwell View Post
      I'm a big fan of Benchmade knives, but they cost a lot and I'm bad about losing knives. With that in mind, I got a bright yellow one. The model is a "SOG Flash II", there's a pic below. It was also on sale for ~$30. I hated the yellow color when it first came in and I almost returned it, but I've dropped it in bushes and tall grass several times and I've had no trouble finding it. Its also easy to find in the bottom of a pack or duffel bag. Its got a martensitic stainless blade that's pretty decent. It doesn't hold its edge like a high-end knife, but it sharpens up well and it was a tenth of the price.

      This is what I carry, except in black. Found it on a job site w/ a broken lock. Sent it back to SOG and they fixed it for free (and sharpened it). I've been rocking it for ~2 years now. After I lost my third Benchmade Mel Pardue auto, I decided that I was done w/ high-end knives. The first thing I did though, was take that stupid safety latch out. My only real complaint is that it's a bit too thick. I wish they would have used aluminum scales and made it thinner. I also don't like the clip. But hey, for free, it's pretty good. It's also the only assisted opening knife i've found that I like.
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      12-23-2014 08:19 PM #24
      Gibbs Rule #9: Never go any where without a knife.

    25. 12-24-2014 01:43 AM #25
      What about the HK Axis?

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