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Old 02-26-2013, 01:19 PM   #16
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I carry a Spyderco Paramilitary 2

Made in America - not that I care where it's made but the attention to detail on this one is evident
Plain edge - love the full flat ground blade
Don't need assisted opening, this thing opens fast with ease/control with the big thumb hole on the blade
Also because the clip is 4-way adjustable, I can carry it tip up and open it as it leaves my pocket without changing grip
CPM S30V metal - whatever that is it seems durable

The best is the ergonomics of this thing! Good jimping on thumb rail and big grippy handle, it feels lightweight but solid and it fits so natural in your hand. Your thumb and index can grip on to the blade so you have so much control

Can't say enough about it and it's an amazing value for the price. I'm not a big knife fan/collector, but I wanted 1 good one and this is what I found. I also carry a SAK in my pack and a Gerber multitool on trips

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:27 PM   #17
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I'm partial to a really small pocket knife for EDC. I've been carrying this since my late father gave it to me the Christmas before he passed in '95.

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:21 PM   #18
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I usually carry a Boker Subcom. Fits perfectly into the "key pocket" of a normal pair of jeans. Small enough not to freak out my office co-workers and the AUS8 steel holds an edge pretty well. I've had the same one for over 5 years and it's still in great shape.

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I have a couple of SOG automatics that I carry sometimes, too, and a Leatherman multitool that is usually either on my belt or in my backpack.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:30 PM   #19
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I love the Zero Tolerance line, as well as Emerson Knives. For the budget minded, check out the Kershaw One Ton, 3/4 Ton and Half-Ton models
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:07 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by SloMo228 View Post
... not to freak out my office co-workers ...
srsly? A sidearm's one thing, but a pocketknife?
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:23 PM   #21
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I have carried (not managed to loose) Benchmade 551/BK (back drop point) dual surface blade. The serrations are enough that if I ('if' -- usually) don't keep it sharp enough, I can still use the serrations. And I never want to not be able to cut something when it's an emergency -- like a seatbelt, etc).

So requirements:

Non-skinning type blade (drop point or tanto for example). Even a stabbling type blade (not anti-social, but this knife is for doing work now, not after I kill and hang an elk).

Comfortable handle while working with the knife (I do appreciate the flat sided units if it makes it so you will carry it).

Traction on the scales (handle sides). If I am working in the rain, mud, blood, etc, I want it to stay where I grip it.

NO metal scales -- they get to hot or too cold.

Some sort of finger/thumb stop (the Spyderco style is hard to beat). You do not want to slip onto the sharp part of the blade!

Reversible pocket clip. Being left handed, this is hard to beat.

Some sort of opening device (stud, thumb hole -- as Spyderco does). Assisted opening devices are an issue in some states, and are something else to break. I used to like liner locks, but they are easy to inadvertently release when using the wrong hand (you have to try it to see -- usually using your left hand deflects the lock, and a couple of close calls and not much blood later, I pay attention).

My 551 has a 3 1/2" blade. Legal in Colorado, probably in most states where people are allowed to think.

And yes, I prefer non-Asian knives (US when possible). Plenty of good ones from Asia, just never sure which ones.

My favorite, all this aside, is a Schrade cliphanger ch7s. Similar features in the blade, liner lock, flat sides, quick removable lanyard that clipped to a belt loop and could hang at your side when you had it open (IE, cutting cord/string). Though that should make it hard to loose, I lost a couple or 3. The knife end of the lnyard was also quick removable. They were even reasonably priced @ $20. Even dressed an elk with one (I was pushing it, but had a more appropriate knife handy if it had failed). They made a couple of sizes, blade styles, etc. And were made in USA.
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:58 AM   #22
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I carry a Leatherman Rebar on my belt at work, and I too like to have a dedicated knife clipped to my pocket. I have probably 30 or more knives, from Spyderco's to Kershaws and a couple of Buck knives. What I have been carrying lately is one of my KA-BAR Doziers in foliage green. Light weight, wicked sharp, opens easily and it doesn't cost much. My favorite though is my Ontario Rat-1. Love that knife, but it is a little large for the work environment.


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Old 02-27-2013, 04:36 AM   #23
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I always of my friends, who are working in mountain rescue service since probably 25 years (he are "on foot" party) always said, that (just example, not precise numbers) out of 100% of knife addicts 97% do not REALLY need anything more than Swiss Army, then 1% really needs multitool, 1% need mid size any good quality EDC + gloves and 1% need to use proper tool for a job - fixed blade knife and axe and stop messing about

I tend to believe him. I been carrying SAK all the time and multitool on the bike and only occasions I had to use my (I did not buy it - present about 8 years ago) Buck Alpha Hunter is when I have to do some woodwork in garage and when just once I had to do full service on one of deers, that my friend shot and I foolishly agreed to help with.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:30 AM   #24
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benchmade 9050 is what i carry at work. very solid knife. love it. if i have to get another... i'll buy a benchmade.

had a leatherman when i was in the army. it was stolen. go figure.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:14 AM   #25
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When casual, I usually just have my Gerber w/ its assisted opening, but in a suit I dress it up a bit and carry my CRKT Delegate.

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:35 AM   #26
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Kershaw Skyline: Light, thin & affordable.

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Old 02-27-2013, 08:03 AM   #27
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Carbon steel takes a sharp edge quickly.
Wood handle looks good, feels good and I guess is less threatening.
Lock mechanism different but works well.
Many sizes to choose from. I like a #6 for EDC.

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:22 AM   #28
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^ I have a number of knives (can't help it), at a number of price points, but I find an Opinel in mypcoket more often than anything else . . . .

I simply works, and works well, and I find myslef enjoying it's simplicity more and more . . . .
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:51 AM   #29
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:10 PM   #30
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