EDC Knife?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Dynamik1, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. adcolor

    adcolor Adventurer

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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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  2. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

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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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  3. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    I always wondered...one 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 :lol3

    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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  4. b1pig

    b1pig Been here awhile

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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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  5. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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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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  6. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    Kershaw Skyline: Light, thin & affordable.

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  7. SpeedyK

    SpeedyK Lone Rider

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    Opinel.

    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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  8. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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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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  9. danwolfe84@gmail.com

    danwolfe84@gmail.com n00b

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    Opinel #6 for about 35 years.
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  10. Wlfman

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  11. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Well, I work at a university, so I already can't carry a blade longer than 2.5" due to the campus rules. Just not worth risking my job over. And yeah, I work with a bunch of college students, and they're skittish things. :huh I don't really get it, but a little blade does everything I need anyway, I guess.
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  12. ColonelDibsies

    ColonelDibsies Adventurer

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    Kershaw is my go to brand. Perfect balance between quality and price. My edc is a orange kershaw zing. It's great for an edc because of the color it's a friendly looking, or non threatening knife. Also have a crkt Multitool i carry if i need it, I.e. work. Not as many features as a leatherman but the tools it does have work great!
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  13. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Don't you be telling the boys they don't need a knife, now. :deal


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  14. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    there is a difference between "need" and "enjoy."


    ;-}
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  15. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    :nod

    I carry the small Leatherman. The one with the scissors. Sure is handy.

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  16. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    I guess going to college in Wyoming is a little different. :lol3 Keeping evil "babbykillers", be it sharp pointies or loud bangies, away from the arts/sci and education building was all you needed to worry about. I don't know that I ever saw anyone in the Ag building without a knife. :lol3 The gun range was in the gym basement right behind the union building. :dunno
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  17. PMC

    PMC riding rider

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    My everyday knife is a Benchmade Mini Griptilian with the non-serrated blade. Really nice little knife.

    I usually carry a full size Benchmade Barrage when I'm on the road or camping along with my Glock 30.

    My wife thinks it's funny but I use it way more than she'd guess and she never complains when she needs it.
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  18. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    The fact that there even is a gun range at the college tells the whole story! That would be nice to have here. :1drink
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  19. docwyte

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    Benchmade Griptalian. Springfield Armory XDM .40.:evil
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  20. blackripley

    blackripley Been here awhile

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    99% of the time I carry a Swiss army Voyager
    And 70% of the time I also carry a Kershaw leek
    I have had a knife in my pocket since before I had a wallet
    I have a daily use for one , I know when I'm without a knife before I know my keys are missing
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