Got a nice knife? Let's see it.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Sniper X, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. Minnesota

    Minnesota Conform or be cast out

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    Perhaps I should clarify. I still carry the Swiss Army knife. Always will. I am looking for something bigger to supplement my EDC tool chest.

    I always carry the Swiss Army knife, some Chapstick, and a lighter in my left pocket. I don't smoke but having a lighter handy comes in, well, handy. In my right pocket I carry the Gerber piece of junk, a 3 foot tape measure, and any spare change I have on me.
  2. Minnesota

    Minnesota Conform or be cast out

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    I do like the looks of that Lake 111, and since this is supposed to be a photo thread:

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    And my Gerber, which I have discovered to be a Powerframe, not a Paraframe, as I incorrectly identified it earlier.

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  3. urbancowboy

    urbancowboy Vicious Cycler

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    i have the CRKT Lake 111 with no serrations. been carrying it daily for about a year or two after i found it on sierratradingpost for around $20.

    it's not really a good one hander, too stiff. and the stud gets caught on the fabric of pants pockets. other than that, it's fine. you can double lock it open, or lock it shut

    . it's not super stout, but it seems strong enough for every day tasks. i like it because it doesn't look tacticool, but i won't be too upset when i have to replace it.

    i've mentioned this spyderco before, and i think it's the best bang for the buck. i carry it at work. good handle to blade ratio, easy to control. had mine for a few years, no complaints at all.

    the sypderco persistence:

    http://www.amazon.com/Spyderco-Pers...002IWWYS4/ref=pd_sim_sg_6/176-3450471-8104533

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    for $30 bucks, it's hard to beat.

    if you need a bigger blade, the "tenacious" is a couple bucks more:

    http://www.amazon.com/Spyderco-Tenacious-Handle-Folding-Plain/dp/B001EI7578/ref=pd_sim_sg_2


    those spydercos are made in china and use cheaper steel, but i'm impressed. i bought one of their "Byrd" knives for around $20, and promptly returned the POS.
  4. Minnesota

    Minnesota Conform or be cast out

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    I'd like more information on the assisted opening knives. Anyone have more feedback on them?

    While Google-ing around I found this little gem too.



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  5. Minnesota

    Minnesota Conform or be cast out

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    More poking, more candidates.

    Currently strongly contemplating this one.

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  6. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    That was my EDC and absolute favorite until I lost it while on a moto trip in eastern Oregon. How much did you find it for?
  7. Minnesota

    Minnesota Conform or be cast out

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    $84.00
  8. McNeal

    McNeal Long timer

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    I've got an observation on the assisted opening knives that I'd like to offer. I have a Kershaw and Benchmade. I like the size of the Benchmade better as it's a little larger and fits my hand better, but the way the Kershaw opens is much better. The Benchmade has the assist when the knife is first being opened. While the Kershaw starts to assist about half way through the opening. I've found with the Benchmade that unless I'm real careful and give it just the right amount of flick. The blade doesn't complete the opening. Basically I've given up with the assist and swing it open with the stud. The Kershaw is the exact opposite. I give it a little start and pop it's open.

    I'm of the opinion now that the assisted opening knives are a gimmick. Others might disagree and that's fine. For me the requirements are simply to get the knife with one hand, often while sitting down, and open it with that hand. If you really need the assist I would try to look and see if you don't find similar issues with the assisted knives that help during the first portion as I have.
  9. Minnesota

    Minnesota Conform or be cast out

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    I'm glad to hear that because I bought the Benchmade 553bk this afternoon. Now I just have to wait. :D

  10. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    I'm not a fan of the American Tanto blade shape, but find the Griptilian series to be a great knife; one that can easily be opened and closed with one hand. I'm certainly a fan of the Axis Lock. I think it will meet your desire.
  11. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    It is a folding push dagger called the "Citizen" by C.A.S. Iberia. Paul Chen was credited for the design but clearly it was inspired by Ray Appleton's work. It has a 440C blade and damascus onlays.
  12. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I agree. Assisted Opening is sort of fun and cool (nothing wrong with that), but are folding knives really that hard and slow to open that "assistance" is required?
  13. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Kershaw Ken Onion Blur gets my vote. I've tried carrying a variety of cheapies for years, nothing worked out or felt right. Got this one for myself for Xmas and it's been in my pocket every day since. Clips in well, doesn't really get in the way, opens well, cuts well, not many complaints. I got mine for $35 with Amazon's promo, they hover around $50 normally. Many blade configurations (I have the serrated tanto), nice grippy handle, no big complaints. Worth the coin.
  14. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    I'll "third" that. Although not a deal breaker, I prefer my folders without assisted opening. Its OK with a flipper (Kershaw PackRat is cool) but with just a stud, I find my thumb too often sitting on the blade edge.
  15. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    I have the CRKT M-16 and a Gerber Paraframe. Here they are with two of my Swiss Army knives...

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    The Paraframe can be difficult to open and I have lubricated the action in the past with graphic powder when I knew I would be carrying it in work pants for a while.

    The CRKT is a far easier (read: quicker) opening knife. You can snap it open almost as quickly as a full on switchblade and once open, it's double-locked.

    Note that closing requires a little practice and I do so cautiously. It is a great knife and I would recommend it.

    The Gerber's not a bad knife per se as long as you realize the design will never lend itself to lightening quick opening.
  16. Snow Monkey

    Snow Monkey Adventurer

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    My higonokami that lives in my pocket. I have had and made many knives over the years but something about this simple, functional and very sharp knife just really appeals to me.

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  17. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    No assist needed.
    JUST CLICK THE PIC.

    Protech Brend 2

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    bill
  18. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    Can you close it with one hand, too?
  19. Squidward

    Squidward At home in my jammies

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    Knife selection for us who are left-handed is a bit of work as most assisted/auto/etc knives are set-up for right-handed people. I was very excited when I discovered Spyderco knives with the big hole. My Fred Flintstone fingers do not like the thumb stud style openers. Sadly, I lost it a while back. But Mrs. Squidward got me a Ken Onion Leek; yes, it's got a thumb stud but I never use it. It's every bit as a fast as the Benchmade and ambidextrous for us 'lefties'.

    Since no one can have too many knives, What other brands of knives are you 'lefties' carrying?
  20. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Let's just cut right to the chase, and get yourself a Kershaw Skyline. It's a "normal" knife - no assisted opening, no uber-steels, no big knobby G10 handles, no serrations.

    It's inexpensive, slim, light, has good steel, is hollow ground, comes sharp, is easy to sharpen, it has a "Carson Flipper" for easy single-handed opening, and the pocket clip can be oriented in 4 different directions to suit how you like to carry it -- or no clip at all, I suppose. And, I am pretty sure that it's made in USA.

    And, it's handsome, IMHO.

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