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Title: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on April 17, 2016, 07:14:19 AM
I'm currently using a Gerber paraframe folder for everyday cutting use, but the blade hinge is getting sloppy.  What can you recommend in the 3.5-4.5" blade range.  Spend limit is under $45 for the right tool.  Lots of cheap junk out there!  I want simple with a pocket clip.  Tacticool ain't.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: mxvet57 on April 17, 2016, 07:42:01 AM
I wonder when TSA will chime in.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Mr. Whippy on April 17, 2016, 08:09:26 AM
For the price, Swiss Army Knives are top performers year after year.  The blade steel holds an edge fairly well, and unlike "supersteels" sharpens up relatively quickly.

Spyderco makes a lot of relatively inexpensive excellent knives in that size.  One hand opening on all of them (if that's important to you).

Columbia River Knife and Tool also has a huge selection in that range. 

Pick what you like, they're all at least as good and most of them better than the Gerber you're using now.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on April 17, 2016, 08:11:40 AM
I have two that I always have one of. My fave is the Kershaw Cryo.
http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Cryo-1555Ti--11101 (http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Cryo-1555Ti--11101)

Kershaw customer service is great. They've replaced the pocket clip (I broke it) and sent me two springs when one broke after a year of every day use.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on April 17, 2016, 08:58:04 AM
I wonder when TSA will chime in.


The only flying I do is on two wheels.  They'd really be pissed to see what's in the holster.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on April 17, 2016, 09:19:26 AM
I have two that I always have one of. My fave is the Kershaw Cryo.
[url]http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Cryo-1555Ti--11101[/url] ([url]http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Cryo-1555Ti--11101[/url])

Kershaw customer service is great. They've replaced the pocket clip (I broke it) and sent me two springs when one broke after a year of every day use.



You delivered, Cookie.  This is not going to be cheap as they sell some nice stuff.  I think the Kershaw Volt II will fill the need.


--Thanks!
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Loki on April 17, 2016, 09:49:14 AM
I have two that I always have one of. My fave is the Kershaw Cryo.
[url]http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Cryo-1555Ti--11101[/url] ([url]http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Cryo-1555Ti--11101[/url])

Kershaw customer service is great. They've replaced the pocket clip (I broke it) and sent me two springs when one broke after a year of every day use.



You delivered, Cookie.  This is not going to be cheap as they sell some nice stuff.  I think the Kershaw Volt II will fill the need.


Cookie delivers? Cool, bring out some crab and lobster.....I suppose a small delivery charge will be added?

Thanks,

--Thanks!
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: miles on April 17, 2016, 10:37:34 AM
I was going to recommend the sale section at bladehq.com but it looks as if you've already got it sorted.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on April 17, 2016, 11:04:28 AM
I have two that I always have one of. My fave is the Kershaw Cryo.
[url]http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Cryo-1555Ti--11101[/url] ([url]http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Cryo-1555Ti--11101[/url])

Kershaw customer service is great. They've replaced the pocket clip (I broke it) and sent me two springs when one broke after a year of every day use.



You delivered, Cookie.  This is not going to be cheap as they sell some nice stuff.  I think the Kershaw Volt II will fill the need.

--Thanks!



Cookie delivers? Cool, bring out some crab and lobster.....I suppose a small delivery charge will be added?



We should have hooked up with Ted and gone to Buffalo for lunch.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: misanthropist on April 17, 2016, 11:08:20 AM
I like the Kershaw Emerson collaborations, and the cheap Spydercos.  I used to carry expensive knives, but I lost a couple and now I'm done.  I just go with stuff like the above mentioned K-Es, and the Spyder Tenacious etc.

A friend is using the Boker S2 and really likes it, if you want something a little weird.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on April 17, 2016, 11:26:17 AM
I like the Kershaw Emerson collaborations, and the cheap Spydercos.  I used to carry expensive knives, but I lost a couple and now I'm done.  I just go with stuff like the above mentioned K-Es, and the Spyder Tenacious etc.

A friend is using the Boker S2 and really likes it, if you want something a little weird.

My other one is the Spyderco Tenacious. For a less expensive blade it retains its sharpness well.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on April 17, 2016, 12:06:56 PM
Just got this. (lurves me sum Damascus folders). Bone scales, lock back, puuuUUUuuuUUuuurty. It was near your range (which I just saw after typing all the below).

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Still have my 2 Spidercos that I got more than 20 years ago. Back when they were all metal with square corners. They are rock solid and Spiderco will sharpern/tighten ("tune") them up free for life. Got them for $60 each and handed them out to men folk one year for xmas (bought 6 - kept 1 - got one back when my Step-Dad passed).

Also have a Benchmade that I think the pocket tang is sitting too low on the body. It makes the knife set too high up when hooked into the pocket. It has a way to put the clip on the other end which will allow it to sit lower because there's no pivot to avoid (just checked and it takes a #6 torx bit).  Other than that, it's robust and keeps an edge pretty well. You might have issues in some jurisdictions that might classify it as a switchblade but no problemo here. Daily wear for about 3 years until I got my most recent one above. Only had to sharpen it after going to town breaking down a whole lot of cardboard boxes one week. My box knife was in the tool chest 10 feet away (doh) Similar to this:

http://www.benchmade.com/9052bk.html (http://www.benchmade.com/9052bk.html) (I sure didn't pay THAT price for it though)

[Note: Benchmade is the one who makes blades for H&K.]
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: misanthropist on April 17, 2016, 12:44:41 PM
I like the Kershaw Emerson collaborations, and the cheap Spydercos.  I used to carry expensive knives, but I lost a couple and now I'm done.  I just go with stuff like the above mentioned K-Es, and the Spyder Tenacious etc.

A friend is using the Boker S2 and really likes it, if you want something a little weird.

My other one is the Spyderco Tenacious. For a less expensive blade it retains its sharpness well.

Yeah, and the broad flat grind makes it a great slicer.  Pretty much everything I want in a general purpose knife.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on April 17, 2016, 01:26:04 PM
I looked at the Benchmades.  Riiiiight.  For a daily use knife, I'm not spending half a week's take home pay.  They sure are nice though.  I'd worry about losing that sucker after I set it somewhere on a job.   :smiley_thumb:
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on April 17, 2016, 02:43:52 PM
Get something made in Pakistan. Cheap. Disposable. Everything you want.

http://www.discountcutlery.net/Pocket-Knives-made-in-Pakistan_c_4440.html (http://www.discountcutlery.net/Pocket-Knives-made-in-Pakistan_c_4440.html)

After a while, you can tell by the look of the wood and fixtures that they are Pakistani. I've had a few over the years and they are serviceable. You may eventually go with something that can last you a lifetime but you may not.

Heck. I have a folder that's just been sitting for a few years. Nothing fancy but lock back Pakastani belt knife. 4.25" blade with a 3.5" edge and a belt pouch. PM me and I'll send it to you for postage. Looks similar to this (a little nicer scales). No pocket clip but the price is right.

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on April 17, 2016, 03:25:28 PM
Thanks, but I ordered one from the website already and I've got a knife that looks just like that with no wear.  It's not ergonomic nor clips to my pocket for easy access.  Got a Kershaw on order.  My Gerber will last another week.  I'll try tweaking the blade hinge at work in the morning.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on April 17, 2016, 03:35:12 PM
Which Kershaw did you order?
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on April 17, 2016, 04:07:07 PM
Which Kershaw did you order?


Volt II in black with serrated blade.  I cut a fair amount of tie down straps.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: kneescrubber on April 17, 2016, 08:55:00 PM
Which Kershaw did you order?


Volt II in black with serrated blade.  I cut a fair amount of tie down straps.

Why?
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: CLAY on April 17, 2016, 09:17:05 PM
Late to the game here, but for future reference I've been carrying for 30 years.  It was always a traditional blade, starting with the Schrade my grandpa gave me when I turned 10 (still have it-nonstainless blades can get SO sharp...)- I just didn't carry it every day until I started driving. 

Anyway, I carried traditional blades until about 2 years ago when I got a Leatherman Freestyle. 
http://www.swissknifeshop.com/shop/leatherman/leatherman-pocket-size-tools/leatherman-freestyle-multi-tool (http://www.swissknifeshop.com/shop/leatherman/leatherman-pocket-size-tools/leatherman-freestyle-multi-tool)
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Despite the massive picture, it's small enough to easily fit in the pocket, one blade, and I find the pliers/snipper incredibly useful.  I'd have a tough time ever carrying anything else.  The pliers is just that handy- it has a clip on one side, but I carry it in my pocket.

When I am out working (not teaching) I have a Leatherman Wave I carry in a leather belt holster- I've had that for probably 20 years, but the Freestyle is an excellent EDC IMO.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: miles on April 17, 2016, 10:41:28 PM
Which Kershaw did you order?


Volt II in black with serrated blade.  I cut a fair amount of tie down straps.

Why?


It's easier than trying to deal with those damned ratcheting mechanisms.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Papa Lazarou on April 18, 2016, 02:59:20 AM
Victorinix and an inexpensive French pocket knife. I use the cheap one more often.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on April 18, 2016, 05:46:48 AM
Which Kershaw did you order?


Volt II in black with serrated blade.  I cut a fair amount of tie down straps.

Why?


It's easier than trying to deal with those damned ratcheting mechanisms.


Unloading new bikes from their shipping skids.  They're tied down with a complicated ratchet system requiring contortions to release and Harley puts new on every time they're used.  So, we cut them.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Mr. Whippy on April 18, 2016, 09:47:25 AM
Which Kershaw did you order?


Volt II in black with serrated blade.  I cut a fair amount of tie down straps.

Why?


It's easier than trying to deal with those damned ratcheting mechanisms.


Unloading new bikes from their shipping skids.  They're tied down with a complicated ratchet system requiring contortions to release and Harley puts new on every time they're used.  So, we cut them.

Hmm.

I think I would take a couple home and get so good at undoing them, I could do it in the dark.  Then I'd take all the used ratchet straps, group them in sets of 2 and sell them on CL or ebay.  Probably could pay for a Benchmade in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Max Wedge on April 18, 2016, 09:49:17 AM
Which Kershaw did you order?


Volt II in black with serrated blade.  I cut a fair amount of tie down straps.

Why?


It's easier than trying to deal with those damned ratcheting mechanisms.


Unloading new bikes from their shipping skids.  They're tied down with a complicated ratchet system requiring contortions to release and Harley puts new on every time they're used.  So, we cut them.

Hmm.

I think I would take a couple home and get so good at undoing them, I could do it in the dark.  Then I'd take all the used ratchet straps, group them in sets of 2 and sell them on CL or ebay.  Probably could pay for a Benchmade in a few weeks.

Few weeks? In a few days! "Genuine HD ratchet straps for trailerin' and towin' yer bike!" Gold I tell ya, solid gold.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on April 18, 2016, 09:51:28 AM
Yup. Good money paid for straps like that even if they were designed in the 40s and can't make it through a corner.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on April 18, 2016, 06:01:51 PM
The ratcheting portion is built into the skid.  All they replace is the strap itself.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: wibornz on May 30, 2016, 08:03:46 AM
Here you go, carry this.

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on May 30, 2016, 10:34:25 AM
The Kershaw has handled everything be thrown at it and cut it all.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Loki on May 31, 2016, 09:49:51 PM
Here you go, carry this.

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What will it take to get one of those? can get you more coffee mugs?

Let me know.....I have things...

L;
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Leanintree on June 01, 2016, 10:28:35 AM
Just traded out to my backup. Kershaw Clash. Super strong spring, although I with it was pointier and with a slightly longer blade. Replaces my previous Kershaw *insert model here* that was a bit longer and pointier, but has now gone through 2 springs... Kershaw replaced and refreshed it once, but I'm not sure a $20 knife is worth it a second time.

Been very happy with the real world utilization of the Kershaw models (especially with Speed Safe opener). Pocket knife is a mayny times daily tool to me, and I use it as such, so I look for quality and longevity with a replaceable pricetag. I'm more than happy with the $20 Ive spent on each of these. Gotten a good 5-6 years out of each one at that price.

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Downs on June 01, 2016, 02:30:01 PM
I had a Gerber Paraframe for a while as well.  Had the same thing the hinge started to loosen up over time.  Wound up losing it to a TSA checkpoint flying home from leave about a year ago when I forgot to move it from my EDC bag to my checked bag.

I replaced that with a CRKT M16-14ZSF but it's quite large for a folding pocket knife.  Not the largest by any means but just a bit larger than I'd normally carry.  Wound up picking up a Benchmade and the CRKT is now on tankbag duty and the Benchmade rides in my pocket when I'm not in motorcycle gear. 
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: miles on June 01, 2016, 03:30:02 PM
My EDC is a Spyderco Sage 3 I inherited from Kevin Stevens.

He had some very specific thoughts on folding knives, and in his typical extremely rational way selected a knife that met his criteria.  First, it had to have a locking mechanism that didn't necessitate putting your thumb in the blade path to close the knife.  Myself, I've never really put that much thought into lockback/liner lock/frame lock/other, but this was important to him. 

As he put it, "There is a non-zero chance that my thumb might get caught in a moment of a=inattention."  Hard to argue with that.

He also preferred flat-ground, but I've always liked my blades hollow-ground.  I'm OK with having to work more to keep it sharp in return for a very sharp edge.  Before this knife my EDC was a Kershaw (I can't remember the model name) flipper that was extremely fast and sharp enough to cut you if you even looked at it.  The Spyderco is reasonably sharp at any given time, but never frighteningly so, as my old Kershaw certainly was.

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This is the Kershaw I used to carry:
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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: RBEmerson on June 02, 2016, 07:56:20 AM
For the price, Swiss Army Knives are top performers year after year.  The blade steel holds an edge fairly well, and unlike "supersteels" sharpens up relatively quickly.

Spyderco makes a lot of relatively inexpensive excellent knives in that size.  One hand opening on all of them (if that's important to you).

Columbia River Knife and Tool also has a huge selection in that range. 

Pick what you like, they're all at least as good and most of them better than the Gerber you're using now.

+1. Between that and a Leatherman Core, I can cover a lot of situations.

The only way to deal with flying is to check the knife. Or plan on buying them after every flight and expect to wind up on a watch list... >:-(
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on June 02, 2016, 08:43:45 AM
While I really like this design, I suspect the knives fall short of my Shun set in favor of design.

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: wibornz on June 03, 2016, 03:28:33 PM
Here you go, carry this.

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What will it take to get one of those? can get you more coffee mugs?

Let me know.....I have things...

L;


I need a new mug.  How many knifes do you want?

http://www.amazon.com/TAC-Force-TF-547PB-Assisted-Simulated/dp/B0089AB70K/ref=pd_sim_469_6?ie=UTF8&dpID=31rwB7jwCSL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL320_SR312%2C320_&refRID=00ZTNJ0FWK48450HBXZ8 (http://www.amazon.com/TAC-Force-TF-547PB-Assisted-Simulated/dp/B0089AB70K/ref=pd_sim_469_6?ie=UTF8&dpID=31rwB7jwCSL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL320_SR312%2C320_&refRID=00ZTNJ0FWK48450HBXZ8)
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Dan K on June 03, 2016, 04:22:14 PM
I've been carrying this little chunky lockblade since I lost my tiny spyderco...

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Holds an edge well, came razor sharp.

- Dan
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on January 05, 2017, 06:33:28 AM
And I'm back in the market after misplacing my Kershaw at work.  It's been a long month, so I'm sure it's gone forever.  Probably in someone's ATV storage bin.  After I get back from vacation, it'll be back to Cookie's recommended site for a new EDC replacement.  The Gerber has been pressed into service yet again.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on January 05, 2017, 06:42:59 AM
And I'm back in the market after misplacing my Kershaw at work.  It's been a long month, so I'm sure it's gone forever.  Probably in someone's ATV storage bin.  After I get back from vacation, it'll be back to Cookie's recommended site for a new EDC replacement.  The Gerber has been pressed into service yet again.


:thumbsup:

I spend way too much money there.

The last few-
http://www.bladehq.com/?search=Ontario+RAT+3+Hunter+Limited+Edition+Fixed+Blade+Walnut+%283.25%22+D2+Satin%29 (http://www.bladehq.com/?search=Ontario+RAT+3+Hunter+Limited+Edition+Fixed+Blade+Walnut+%283.25%22+D2+Satin%29)
http://www.bladehq.com/?search=Kershaw+Launch+1+Automatic+Knife+Black+Aluminum+%283.4%22+BlackWash%29+7100BW (http://www.bladehq.com/?search=Kershaw+Launch+1+Automatic+Knife+Black+Aluminum+%283.4%22+BlackWash%29+7100BW)
http://www.bladehq.com/?search=CRKT+Ikoma+Civet+Drop+Point+Neck+Knife+%282.4%22+Satin%29+2804 (http://www.bladehq.com/?search=CRKT+Ikoma+Civet+Drop+Point+Neck+Knife+%282.4%22+Satin%29+2804)
http://www.bladehq.com/?search=Browning+Pursuit+Fixed+Blade+Knife+Cocobolo+%283.25%22+Satin%29 (http://www.bladehq.com/?search=Browning+Pursuit+Fixed+Blade+Knife+Cocobolo+%283.25%22+Satin%29)

Arriving today-
http://www.bladehq.com/?search=Boker+Plus+Coye+Ridgeback+Fixed+Blade+Knife+%283.38%22+Bead+Blast%29+02BO060 (http://www.bladehq.com/?search=Boker+Plus+Coye+Ridgeback+Fixed+Blade+Knife+%283.38%22+Bead+Blast%29+02BO060)

I have a problem.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on January 05, 2017, 06:58:26 AM
Put the mail on hold and ordered:


http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-1304BW-Assisted-Opening--37638 (http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-1304BW-Assisted-Opening--37638)


For under $20, it'll fill the bill for work.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: SuperHans on January 05, 2017, 07:52:21 PM
Opinel. Good, simple, and inexpensive. They come in all different sizes.

http://www.opinel-usa.com (http://www.opinel-usa.com)

I prefer Benchmade myslef, but Opinel makes a good knife.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: misanthropist on January 06, 2017, 12:06:07 AM
I carried Opinels for years.  Great knives.  The Mora of folders.

I also really like the Victorinox Farmer for non-one-handed opening knives.  Very versatile.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: DNA on January 06, 2017, 02:03:05 PM
I love this place https://www.knifecenter.com/ (https://www.knifecenter.com/)

I may go load up a shopping cart to spend a $100 holiday gift card and get free shipping.

Lots of cool sales usually going on.

While on the subject what do you all like for sharpening tools?

Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Mr. Whippy on January 06, 2017, 04:16:43 PM
I carried Opinels for years.  Great knives.  The Mora of folders.

I also really like the Victorinox Farmer for non-one-handed opening knives.  Very versatile.


I sorta have a "thing" for Vic Farmers...

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Jim on January 06, 2017, 04:20:48 PM
I sorta have a "thing" for Vic Farmers...

That's a collection.

My pref is the Tinker model with straight and Phillips screwdriver options (opening computer cases, etc.), tweezer, toothpic, two blades. It's useful enough / svelt enough for daily pocket carry. I'd like to have a pliers but the bulk of a multi-tool has kept me from carrying them (a few are in the toolboxes).

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https://www.swissarmy.com/us/en/Products/Swiss-Army-Knives/Medium-Pocket-Knives/Tinker/p/1.4603 (https://www.swissarmy.com/us/en/Products/Swiss-Army-Knives/Medium-Pocket-Knives/Tinker/p/1.4603)
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: misanthropist on January 06, 2017, 08:29:43 PM


I sorta have a "thing" for Vic Farmers...



Holy christ, that's an obsession!
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on January 07, 2017, 11:52:09 AM
Got these as stocking stuffers for everyone for xmas.

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Mr. Whippy on January 07, 2017, 06:09:47 PM
Got these as stocking stuffers for everyone for xmas.

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The Dime is a realy nice little keychain tool BUT be careful with the pliers.  They have a tendency to bend the backspring.
http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,67334.msg1305123.html#msg1305123 (http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,67334.msg1305123.html#msg1305123)
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on January 07, 2017, 07:39:11 PM
bummer
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Virginian on January 08, 2017, 10:55:13 AM
I got a new Case for Xmas that I love! <3

I put the Sharpie in the pic for size reference, it's a tiny thing.
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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: motrhead on January 08, 2017, 11:40:29 PM
Another vote for the Kershaws...any of the "Flippers" with the spring assist. I have the somewhat heavy "Filter" stainless model. Love it. But I always have an Opinel or two around as well. They are literally razors!
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: CLAY on January 09, 2017, 07:51:37 AM
I just ordered one of the Opinels- the #8 carbon steel.  They look good, and based on the reviews and price point I figure I should check one out...
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on January 09, 2017, 11:11:17 AM
I just ordered one of the Opinels- the #8 carbon steel.  They look good, and based on the reviews and price point I figure I should check one out...

Ha! Me too (satin stainless).
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: DNA on January 09, 2017, 02:37:39 PM
Ha - me too too.

Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: SuperHans on January 10, 2017, 09:13:32 AM
Interested to hear what all of you think of your Opinels when you get them.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on January 10, 2017, 09:15:50 AM
Interested to hear what all of you think of your Opinels when you get them.

I've had one. It feels flimsy but it's a good sharp blade. Not the first knife you reach for but very handy to have on your desk or in a glovebox.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on January 10, 2017, 10:24:04 AM
I got a new Case for Xmas that I love! <3

I put the Sharpie in the pic for size reference, it's a tiny thing.
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My dad had a couple of those swoopy designs. Never did understand their purpose.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Leanintree on January 10, 2017, 02:07:38 PM

My dad had a couple of those swoopy designs. Never did understand their purpose.

Cuttin' things. Mostly anyway.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: SuperHans on January 11, 2017, 07:24:24 PM
Interested to hear what all of you think of your Opinels when you get them.

I've had one. It feels flimsy but it's a good sharp blade. Not the first knife you reach for but very handy to have on your desk or in a glovebox.

I ways found them to be very utilitarian.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Virginian on January 11, 2017, 08:10:07 PM
Interested to hear what all of you think of your Opinels when you get them.

I've had one. It feels flimsy but it's a good sharp blade. Not the first knife you reach for but very handy to have on your desk or in a glovebox.

I ways found them to be very utilitarian.

^^^^
This! ;)
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: CLAY on January 11, 2017, 08:57:26 PM
Interested to hear what all of you think of your Opinels when you get them.

Mine came today.  Very sharp out of the box, and my locking ring works perfectly (not too tight as I have seen).  For the price, I'm impressed.  I think it's going to join my motorcycle camping kit (I already have lots of knives)- it would be a great meat slicer/cooking prep tool.  A little large for my EDC- I already carry the Leatherman Freestyle every day, and that perfectly meets all my needs (I don't need a big blade). 

For the money?  I totally recommend.
Title: Because Black Knives Matter
Post by: DNA on April 13, 2017, 07:20:02 PM
I lost my pocket knife I carried for ~18 years and have been looking to replace it for a while.

What to get?

For Christmas I received 2 $100 gift cards - so I went through this thread and bought 4 of the recommendations - been carrying 1 every week. 

Reviews to follow shortly :)

Opine #6 and #8 (in Walnut for the $2 upgrade..)
https://www.knifecenter.com/item/OP00648/opinel-n08-folding-knife-sandvik-12c27-plain-blade-walnut-wood-handle (https://www.knifecenter.com/item/OP00648/opinel-n08-folding-knife-sandvik-12c27-plain-blade-walnut-wood-handle)

Kershaw Own it 4 piece set
https://www.knifecenter.com/item/KS1304BW/kershaw-1304bw-own-it-4-piece-set-assisted-opening-blackwash-folder-led-flashlight-mini-tool-and-dog-tag (https://www.knifecenter.com/item/KS1304BW/kershaw-1304bw-own-it-4-piece-set-assisted-opening-blackwash-folder-led-flashlight-mini-tool-and-dog-tag)

Spiderco Tenacious
https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SP122GBBKP/spyderco-c122gbbkp-tenacious-folding-knife-black-plain-blade-g10-handles (https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SP122GBBKP/spyderco-c122gbbkp-tenacious-folding-knife-black-plain-blade-g10-handles)

Boker Plus Anti-Grav
https://www.knifecenter.com/item/BO01BO036/boker-plus-anti-grav-folding-knife-ceramic-blade-carbon-fiber-handles (https://www.knifecenter.com/item/BO01BO036/boker-plus-anti-grav-folding-knife-ceramic-blade-carbon-fiber-handles)

SOG Trident
https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SOGTF1/sog-tf1-trident-folding-knife-black-tini-combo-blade-black-grn-handles (https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SOGTF1/sog-tf1-trident-folding-knife-black-tini-combo-blade-black-grn-handles)
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Mr. Whippy on April 13, 2017, 07:37:29 PM
Opinel is the coarsest of those listed.  Not bad but not sophisticated.

Kershaw is a nice knife and that looks like the best deal to me.

I have a Spyderco Tenacious and it's an excellent knife too

I don't know the Boker, but it's also a great brand, although the blade is skinnier than I like.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on April 14, 2017, 12:31:09 PM
If you want something beautiful and highly sharpenable then I love Damascus folders.

If you want something more durable and tollerant of punishment then I've been pleased with my open-assist tanto from Benchmade AFO II (154CM steel). Had it for some time and remain pleased with it. It's a bruiser though and wouldn't have been as appropriate for my dress slacks when I was working.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on April 14, 2017, 02:16:44 PM

I have a Spyderco Tenacious and it's an excellent knife too


Out of all the knives in the drawer, this is the one that is always in my pocket. It's under 50 bucks so if I lose it or do something extreme with it (snap) I won't mind as much as if it happened to a much more expensive one.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Dan K on April 14, 2017, 03:02:00 PM
Pics or it didn't happen.

:)

- Dan
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on April 14, 2017, 03:14:02 PM
Pics or it didn't happen.

:)

- Dan

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on April 14, 2017, 03:15:45 PM
Pics or it didn't happen.

:)

- Dan

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Inexpensive-
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Not so inexpensive-
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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Virginian on April 14, 2017, 03:46:45 PM
If you want something beautiful and highly sharpenable then I love Damascus folders.

If you want something more durable and tollerant of punishment then I've been pleased with my open-assist tanto from Benchmade AFO II (154CM steel). Had it for some time and remain pleased with it. It's a bruiser though and wouldn't have been as appropriate for my dress slacks when I was working.

Can you recommend a a good damascus folding?
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: DNA on April 14, 2017, 06:47:58 PM
DNA's thought on the recent purchases after a few weeks of use.

The knife I lost was the most perfect knife for me - a MicroTech MiniScom in Green anodized Aluminum made in 98 or 99.  It was super light, had a large blade to handle ratio, was extremely sharp and they had fantastic customer service whenever I had issues.  I sent it back 1 or 2 times over the years for service and they were great.  The old one has a basic blade - no serrations no Tanto.

If I could find one for a decent price I'd replace it - but I can't and Yes - I called adn emailed them asking.

I'd like to say I  lost it in the neck of a criminal who ran off with it sticking out and raining blood after I defended my family in nasty street altercation - but in reality I left in a drawer someplace while moving.


Web photo - the green one was similar.
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Since I am a form follows function type of guy what exactly do i use a knife for every day?  I work in an office - wear dress slacks, am frequently on planes (the green one flew with me many times pre-911 as the colorful green was so non- threatening they always let it though - not so much recently).

Having paid attention - the most common use is cutting plastic zip ties and opening the stupid plastic packaging on toys and such.  Why is everything plastic sealed and hard to open? I open a lot of mail, cut down boxes and occasionally cut fruit - but that makes the hinges sticky so now i mostly restrict that to orange peals, carve sticks and such with the boy and pry stuff open as needed.

As you can see - I'm the real deal mall ninja hero - mess with me and hear from my lawyer.

So - onto my thoughts:

Opine #6 and #8 (in Walnut for the $2 upgrade..)
https://www.knifecenter.com/item/OP00648/opinel-n08-folding-knife-sandvik-12c27-plain-blade-walnut-wood-handle (https://www.knifecenter.com/item/OP00648/opinel-n08-folding-knife-sandvik-12c27-plain-blade-walnut-wood-handle)


Good: Love it!  Lots of super cool history - lots of colors and very inexpensive.  2 min with the wet stone and sharp enough to shave arm hair. Bought the No6 and it was too small - so gave to wife and got the No8.  Very light in the pocket, wood feels great in the hand, locking ring is primitive but functional.

After cheese, wine and impressionist art one of the best things to come out of France ever.

Bad: Not sophisticated - needs 2 hands to open so you can't flick it open and look all bad ass.  It will never intimidate a thief - and Germans will... just best not to go there.

DNA says: 4.5/5 plastic packaged stars.

RetroCool: Very High
TactiCool - Very Low   
The Wood feels awesome in the hand and reportedly it floats :)



TBC...
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on April 15, 2017, 12:58:24 PM
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Quote
Can you recommend a a good damascus folding?


Not by brand. You have to shop to find one you love.

https://www.google.com/search?q=damascus+folder&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwif0-f7hKfTAhWpj1QKHeXVA6oQ_AUICCgB&biw=1337&bih=1077 (https://www.google.com/search?q=damascus+folder&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwif0-f7hKfTAhWpj1QKHeXVA6oQ_AUICCgB&biw=1337&bih=1077)
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on April 15, 2017, 01:15:21 PM
http://www.bladehq.com/?search=damascus+knives (http://www.bladehq.com/?search=damascus+knives)
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Vulcanbill on July 23, 2018, 10:35:41 AM
Just got this in my recent gift card shopping spree.  So far, so good.  Just in time as my $3 orange thing I'd been carrying finally bit the dust.  This one is nice and sharp and new.  I like the assist.  Really good pocket clip which has become one of the more important qualities in a knife for me.

https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SOG98TFSA/sog-tfsa98-flash-ii-folding-knife-assisted-black-tini-combo-blade-black-grn-handles (https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SOG98TFSA/sog-tfsa98-flash-ii-folding-knife-assisted-black-tini-combo-blade-black-grn-handles)

Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on July 23, 2018, 11:05:10 AM
My Kershaw Volt II came up missing a while back and it's been superseded by several since.  Current iteration is a Kershaw 1304BW assisted opening for EDC.  I still have a Snap On knife floating around the house somewhere.  It held an edge real nice in a work environment.  I'm wanting a Buck fixed blade boot knife for concealed carry eventually.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Leanintree on July 23, 2018, 03:50:42 PM
I pride myself on a sharp EDC, and I paid for it yesterday opening up a blister pack of chinesium hardware for the wifes new work chair. Bumped inside my thumb knuckle and then proceeded to drip blood from one end of the house to the other looking for direct pressure...  :bigok: <---only one thumb though :facepalm:

LT

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: CLAY on July 23, 2018, 09:28:37 PM
I pride myself on a sharp EDC, and I paid for it yesterday opening up a blister pack of chinesium hardware for the wifes new work chair. Bumped inside my thumb knuckle and then proceeded to drip blood from one end of the house to the other looking for direct pressure...  :bigok: <---only one thumb though :facepalm:

LT

 :lol:  I'm the same way- a sharp knife is a safe knife- until you aren't paying attention for a half a second. 
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: CLAY on July 23, 2018, 09:35:30 PM
I and the kids were out for breakfast a few weeks back, and my daughter wanted to hit a nearby antique store.  Not a pocketknife, but I picked up this old Western 8" fillet knife for $18 IIRC.  It had a utility edge on it- once I re-profiled it to a fillet knife it seems to do the job very well.  I filleted out a few drum with it w couple weeks ago and it worked as well as any of my other fillet knives- plus it had a cool factor.

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Leanintree on July 24, 2018, 07:47:12 AM
I pride myself on a sharp EDC, and I paid for it yesterday opening up a blister pack of chinesium hardware for the wifes new work chair. Bumped inside my thumb knuckle and then proceeded to drip blood from one end of the house to the other looking for direct pressure...  :bigok: <---only one thumb though :facepalm:

LT

 :lol:  I'm the same way- a sharp knife is a safe knife- until you aren't paying attention for a half a second.

Original post amended with cleverness that I left unamended on my computer yesterday.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on July 24, 2018, 01:08:27 PM
A few. I have to hunt down my small, Damascus "executive folder" (smallish with MoP scales).

Benchmade work knife
Damascus folder (I likes me some damascus)

And honorable mention

Custom made Damascus "boot knife". The smith made his own Damascus instead of buying blanks.
KBAR USMC camp/hunting knife.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: OHScot on July 24, 2018, 06:01:36 PM
Always have one of these around.  Just handy I tell you. 

Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cablebandit on July 24, 2018, 06:19:57 PM
Used to carry a Kershaw Ken Onion, but it doesn't hold an edge worth a damn.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on January 02, 2020, 08:56:25 AM
Bump!   :lol:


While I was out on the van walkabout, much to my dismay the small Snap On flipper fell apart in my hand.  Two screws failed catastrophically and were lost in the dirt.  Back to my favorite knife store for an intense shopping session.


https://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Nura-3-Flipper-Knife-3-Gray--21534 (https://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Nura-3-Flipper-Knife-3-Gray--21534) was today's choice.




I really wanted to buy a camping axe and foldable saw to go in the van, but that's something I'll need to see and handle before handing over cash.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Bounce on January 02, 2020, 09:09:44 AM
Swapped my daily carry from the Benchmade above for a Mini Reflex II that isn't so bulky in walkin' around pants.

Benchmades are built stoutly and hold an edge well.

Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Cookie on January 02, 2020, 09:25:58 AM
Still carrying the Spyderco Tenacious as my EDC.

It's reliable and beatable.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Vulcanbill on January 02, 2020, 02:17:43 PM
This has been my EDC for quite a while.  Love it. 

https://sogknives.com/flash-ii-1/

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Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: CLAY on January 05, 2020, 02:59:11 PM
The Freestyle continues to be my EDC.
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  If I am home then the Leatherman Wave is always on my side.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Vulcanbill on January 06, 2020, 08:38:20 AM
The friendly officer at the ...gate this morning pointed out that my knife was bigger than the allowed 2.5" blade.  Then he said "but I don't care.  Every man should have a good knife on him." 
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: jadziadax8 on January 06, 2020, 09:22:19 AM
The friendly officer at the ...gate this morning pointed out that my knife was bigger than the allowed 2.5" blade.  Then he said "but I don't care.  Every man should have a good knife on him."

I like that guy already.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Black Hills on January 07, 2020, 08:12:54 AM
the swiss army is always in my pocket:  https://www.swissknifeshop.com/collections/medium-swiss-army-knives-by-victorinox/products/spartan-swiss-army-knife (https://www.swissknifeshop.com/collections/medium-swiss-army-knives-by-victorinox/products/spartan-swiss-army-knife)

you may laugh but that corksrew has saved more than one party ;)

then one of these is always nearby for heavier needs:

https://www.gerbergear.com/en-us/activity/everyday/everyday-collection/instant-30-000752 (https://www.gerbergear.com/en-us/activity/everyday/everyday-collection/instant-30-000752)

https://www.crkt.com/endorser.html (https://www.crkt.com/endorser.html)

https://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/knives/knife/dividend (https://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/knives/knife/dividend)

not really sure which one I like best? The CRKT is the nicest looking and smoothest operating, the kershaw is the easiest opening (one handed) but the Gerber feels the most solid of the three.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: radon222 on January 07, 2020, 08:29:38 AM
I carried the little swiss army knife for years.  But the stupid little toothpick either disappeared, or got jammed in the knife for eternity.

These days I EDC a Kershaw Onion.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on January 08, 2020, 01:32:27 PM
The new Kershaw flipper came yesterday.  The flipper is really weak, as in it doesn’t open it all the way.  At $20, I doubt I’ll send it back, but disappointed in the knife.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on January 08, 2020, 01:38:03 PM
My Kershaw Volt II came up missing a while back and it's been superseded by several since.  Current iteration is a Kershaw 1304BW assisted opening for EDC.  I still have a Snap On knife floating around the house somewhere.  It held an edge real nice in a work environment.  I'm wanting a Buck fixed blade boot knife for concealed carry eventually.


Was just reading back thru the thread and realized I posted this.  A customer came in a month after I misplaced it and handed it to me.  I left it in his jet ski accessories tray.  I thanked him for his honesty and went a little overboard with free stuff on his next service.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: SuperHans on January 08, 2020, 06:20:13 PM
Just bought a Benchmade Infidel out the front automatic knife. I've always wanted one, but didn't want to spend the money. I came across a really good deal on GovX a couple of months ago and bought one. I still feel guilty after spending that much on a knife I rarely carry.

https://www.benchmade.com/infidel-family.html (https://www.benchmade.com/infidel-family.html)
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Vulcanbill on January 09, 2020, 01:50:08 PM
feeling a whole lot better about my 75 dollar SOG purchase now.  thanks.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Virginian on January 14, 2020, 01:16:17 PM
This has been my EDC for quite a while.  Love it. 

https://sogknives.com/flash-ii-1/

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I've had a SOG Flash II for a long time and imo had the best single hand assisted deploy on the market. Outstanding knife!
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Virginian on January 14, 2020, 01:29:18 PM
Best bang for the buck and falls into what I call a 'sod buster' knife is the Imperial Schrade IMP22Y. I especially like large sod buster knives with good blades and robust handling. This is a super inexpensive new old stock knife from the 90s, priced waaaaay under original retail (accounting for inflation) And while it’s not perhaps equal to Case, it’s still a high quality knife. $8 delivered with yellow handle, $9 for the black handle.

That’s the IMP-22L (L for long). There are smaller versions as well (IMP-22, without the L), and yellow versions of both sizes too. Even if you don’t EDC a knife, it’s nice to have a blade like this in your camping or cooking kit, or even just in your tool roll. High quality stainless and the edge seems to stay sharp forever.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0035ELWT6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://smile.amazon.com/Imperial-Schrade-IMP22L-Folding-Pocket/dp/B0037SQYG6/ref=pd_bxgy_200_img_3/144-0216555-4154505?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0037SQYG6&pd_rd_r=aeb6c54f-41c5-4045-b936-50d461a45662&pd_rd_w=NX0Jz&pd_rd_wg=FfXTS&pf_rd_p=09627863-9889-4290-b90a-5e9f86682449&pf_rd_r=N3TYGW2KPGHR781Q6R7T&psc=1&refRID=N3TYGW2KPGHR781Q6R7T

Smaller variant:
https://smile.amazon.com/Imperial-Schrade-IMP22-Folding-Pocket/dp/B0037SI4S2/ref=pd_bxgy_200_img_2/144-0216555-4154505?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0037SI4S2&pd_rd_r=aeb6c54f-41c5-4045-b936-50d461a45662&pd_rd_w=NX0Jz&pd_rd_wg=FfXTS&pf_rd_p=09627863-9889-4290-b90a-5e9f86682449&pf_rd_r=N3TYGW2KPGHR781Q6R7T&psc=1&refRID=N3TYGW2KPGHR781Q6R7T

Second on is a Svord Mini Peasant Orange Fold Knife, Swedish high carbon tool steel blade. These were known as the poor man's knife in NZ. Bothof these knives take a wicked edge when sharpening and are damn tough. $22 tyd

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https://smile.amazon.com/Svord-Peasant-Orange-Swedish-carbon/dp/B00CS89YYA/ref=sr_1_21?keywords=kiwi+knife&qid=1579029868&s=sporting-goods&sr=1-21
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: Jay547 on February 05, 2020, 06:10:04 PM
I had a nice Kershaw that was in the sidecase of a bike I bought in 2010. I carried it in my pocket nearly everyday until last year. I left it on my desk at work and the next morning it was gone. Of course, no one knew anything. :(
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: sleazy rider on February 05, 2020, 06:14:35 PM
I’ll be hunting my next one in person.  I’m touchy-feely like that after my last online shopping screwup.
Title: Re: Pocket knives?
Post by: bedlamite on February 05, 2020, 11:19:33 PM
I've got a box full of pocket knives I've collected over the years. Found the Buck 347 several years ago. I've gotten several others since, but the 347 is the one that stays in my pocket, and I've bought a spare one too.

https://www.buckknives.com/product/347-vantage-pro-large-knife/0347BKS1-B/ (https://www.buckknives.com/product/347-vantage-pro-large-knife/0347BKS1-B/)