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Concerned Dad
10-05-2014, 09:05 PM
Anyone have a suggestion for a good, affordable EDC knife?

AD
10-05-2014, 09:11 PM
Here is mine
http://www.benchmade.com/products/2750

Rangers Lead the Way
Benchmade Knife Company is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these knives to the Ranger Assistance Foundation.

Auto-AXIS® locking mechanism

Tactical drop-point blade style

G10 handle with lanyard hole and full stainless steel liners

Reversible deep-carry tip-up pocket clip

The Adamas® series of knives was designed by custom knifemaker Shane Sibert to honor the courage and commitment exhibited by our fighting heroes. Benchmade® Knife Company is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these knives to the Ranger Assistance Foundation.


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myakka
10-05-2014, 09:12 PM
I know your usage will drive what knife fits you best, but I have had good luck with Kershaw I have several. Right now the freefall is only $14 online.

I lost a knife while on a deployment, and needed one in a hurry. A local drove to the next town and bought me a freefall. I have used it hard and it is a good knife.

AD
10-05-2014, 09:27 PM
When I need to dress up i take this one as it is more "dressy"

3834


The Infidel’s® out-the-front mechanism is smooth and rock solid.

Double action out-the-front auto

Double edge spear-point with ambidextrous thumb-slide

D2 tool steel blade (60-62HRC)

Black anodized, machined 6061 T-6 aluminum handle with removable deep-carry pocket pocket clip

Integrated cleaning port

NSNs:
3300BK 1095-01-598-4471



http://www.benchmade.com/products/3300

myakka
10-05-2014, 09:32 PM
It's obvious that we have a different interpretation of the keyword "affordable" LOL

Nice knives.

AD
10-05-2014, 09:33 PM
The problem is I play with it all the time!!! In out in out in out

AD
10-05-2014, 09:36 PM
Sorry missed affordable.

I just saw EDC and I have a friend who is a BM dealer so I get them at cost and as presents.

In AZ auto are legal so thats what I carry. And I have a LE ID and so when I cant take my Glock to DC, I carry one of these.

AD
10-05-2014, 09:38 PM
I also have one of these

3835

http://www.benchmade.com/products/9170


The dynamic Triage® packaged in high-strength aluminum with the speed and efficiency of AXIS® auto and an automatic opening hook.

AXIS® pull release with integrated safety

Modified drop-point blade style

N680 highly corrosion resistant blade steel (57-59HRC)

440C automatic opening hook-shaped safety cutter (58-60HRC)

Anodized black aluminum handles with textured G10 inlays

Carbide glass breaker

AD
10-05-2014, 09:41 PM
Sorry closed it cuz of the iPad

AD
10-05-2014, 09:49 PM
Yea. I have more to loose than you :imwithstupi:

kickstand
10-05-2014, 10:01 PM
I've been VERY happy with my Kershaw assisted opening knife, bought at Wally World a few years back for about $35. The "assisted opening" does not mean its a switch blade, it's just with a minor thumb flip tab, it pops open lickety split.
One of my purchasing criteria was that it had to be made in the USA. I don't know if all Kershaw's are, but mine is.
It holds an edge nicely, and I abuse the hell out of this thing at work on a daily basis.
I'll try to post a pic tomorrow.

angeryamerican
10-05-2014, 10:04 PM
Anyone have a suggestion for a good, affordable EDC knife?



CD, I just bought one of these for someone, the smaller one is $28 and the bigger one $31. I was really impressed with it, nice knife from a great company. I didn't get to use it but I would happily carry it. I also agree with Kershaw, they are a great affordable maker as well.

http://eseeknives.com/avispa-zancudo.htm

AD
10-05-2014, 10:39 PM
MA

Yep. They do I actually worked with this guy in my past life


http://www.nuttybuddyballistic.com

W.Lynn
10-06-2014, 12:20 AM
If your key word is affordable, then don't stop with just one. It's like being able to start a fire, why only have one method?

kickstand
10-06-2014, 08:30 AM
Ok, I just pulled out my Kershaw. It's a 1550st Ken Orion Blackout. I also just checked Walmart, and they are running about $56.00.

3848

3849

http://www.walmart.com/msharbor/ip/Kershaw-Knife-Blackout-Serrated-Ken-Onion/15645060?&veh=mweb

myakka
10-06-2014, 09:10 AM
Yes, the Kershaws started importing some of their knives a couple years ago. I haven't noticed any significant drop in quality. The one I recommended is a great knife for the money. You can buy 3 of them for less than $45 and put them in a couple of locations.

redman2006
10-06-2014, 11:50 AM
CD, what is your primary use? What are your local laws? What is your budget?

It is tough to go wrong with a Kershaw. I have had a blackout and a skyline. I really liked both. The blackout was a gift, and I did not know it was assisted. Sliced the crap out of my hand the first time I opened it.

Depending on your use, a good little SAK is a wonderful edc, but big tasks or defense will not be its forte. I don't really think of defense and knife. I have a 9mm for that. I do need heavier blades and longer ones than an SAK offers. I also need one hand opening.

Benchmade and zt become options if you have the coin.

Of course my grandfather used a little 3 blade stockman all of his life. For anything else, he found the right tool.

Concerned Dad
10-06-2014, 12:03 PM
Red, I am just looking for a general purpose lock blade knife in the $50 or less range. Like you said I have a CCP for defense and I have a fixed blade Morakniv in the car door for camping and other uses. I appreciate everyone's input and earnestness to offer input.

redman2006
10-06-2014, 12:14 PM
At that price range, Kershaw is a favorite. They have so many shapes and sizes, you will have a tough time deciding.

Personally, I avoid any Gerber. For me, serrations are a no-go as well.

Spyderco has a few in that price range as well. Buck has one I really like, but I can't think of the name. Maybe vantage?

Do you have a preferred grind or length? Blade shape? Thickness?

I keep those little Mora knives all over too. Darned handy and darned good for the price.

Concerned Dad
10-06-2014, 01:49 PM
I just ordered the Kershaw Brawler. Just as side note, AD, if and when you get too many of those BM knives or just get tired of one, let me know. Maybe we can work out a deal. Thanks everybody.

Concerned Dad
10-06-2014, 06:38 PM
He can't say no if I don't at least ask :p

kickstand
10-06-2014, 07:36 PM
Sorry CD, the rule is: one legged friends, then peeps with boobs, THEN other guys. :)

Concerned Dad
10-06-2014, 07:40 PM
Dang it.

redman2006
10-06-2014, 08:01 PM
CD, look up the bench made rift. See what you think of it. I love the knife except for the fact I have a tough time getting it open with gloves on.

If you think it is for you, I could make a sweet deal on one that is barely broken in. Never been sharpened or messed with. Just used for pretty mild tasks.

Concerned Dad
10-06-2014, 08:33 PM
Red, it looks like a great knife but my price range is well below what the asking price is.

Concerned Dad
10-06-2014, 08:35 PM
Sorry CD, the rule is: one legged friends, then peeps with boobs, THEN other guys. :)
Some of my coworkers think I'm a pretty big boob, does that count?

Concerned Dad
10-07-2014, 08:21 PM
Ordered the knife yesterday and received it today, pretty impressive. Good weight and fit in my hand. Really sharp edge. I like it.

george7100
10-07-2014, 08:37 PM
Hey AD what do you carry when you got to Canada? Assisted opening not legal northof border. I have 2 spyderco endure 4's that I carry all the time.:cop:

AD
10-07-2014, 09:36 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Uzi-UZI-TACPEN1-GM-Defender-Aircraft-Aluminum/dp/B003468CM0/ref=sr_1_5?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1412735735&sr=1-5&keywords=uzi+tactical+pen

3869


And a SureFire E2D Defender
http://www.amazon.com/SureFire-Defender-Ultra-Output-Flashlight/dp/B00BS46LGO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412736032&sr=8-1&keywords=e2d+led+defender+ultra

3868

W.Lynn
10-08-2014, 12:19 PM
I had a knife pen once, managed to break it somehow. I still miss it, the metal detector security dweebs at work never looked past it being a pen.

Concerned Dad
10-09-2014, 07:11 PM
Anyone have the Kershaw Leek?

redman2006
10-09-2014, 07:15 PM
I did. Was not for me, but lots of folks love them.

kickstand
10-13-2014, 02:49 PM
What!?! They let women handle sharp objects? I'm gonna have to talk to someone about this! :nerner:

redman2006
10-13-2014, 04:55 PM
The two with the stepped blade, what is the purpose? I have seen them like that or the Tom Brown version, but I never really understood the purpose.

redman2006
10-13-2014, 07:12 PM
Ma, I understand tanto, but the step in the main portion if the blade does what? How is it used?

AD
10-14-2014, 07:42 PM
M asked my advise on the "stepped blade" on tow of her knives.

To be honest, this is a wild ass guess. Based on the "look" i would think its some type of "draw knife" where you use it to remove material from something like wood like this

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8SEK5t-_LmM

I will asked tomorrow at tue Army show of some of the knife makers(Benchmade, Gerber Ontario Knife...) and see if they can she some light on it for us.

idial1911
10-19-2014, 10:17 AM
I also have one of these

http://angeryamerican.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=3835&stc=1

http://www.benchmade.com/products/9170


The dynamic Triage® packaged in high-strength aluminum with the speed and efficiency of AXIS® auto and an automatic opening hook.

AXIS® pull release with integrated safety

Modified drop-point blade style

N680 highly corrosion resistant blade steel (57-59HRC)

440C automatic opening hook-shaped safety cutter (58-60HRC)

Anodized black aluminum handles with textured G10 inlays

Carbide glass breaker

Is this a beer opener because thats what i need on my EDC blade i won't lie...

kickstand
10-20-2014, 10:07 AM
3927

unseenone
10-20-2014, 09:02 PM
I'd have to guess the intended purpose of that radical blade design would be chopping. It's certainly a strange design as they go.

Another thing to look at would be dive knives, good ones are very nice, and won't rust. I've got one along these lines, I don't think it's this exact one, which also can be used as scissors. http://www.marine-deals.co.nz/dive-knife/aropec-2-in-1-dive-knife-with-scissor-function

(http://www.marine-deals.co.nz/dive-knife/aropec-2-in-1-dive-knife-with-scissor-function)I've got knives everywhere, but for my bug out bag I chose two, a Microtech OTF Navy Seal Scarab, and a SOG Seal Team Fixed blade, both with serrations on a portion of the blade.

http://www.bladehq.com/item--Microtech-Underwater-QD--5593
http://www.sogknives.com/tactical/knives/seal-team-elite-black-tini-clip-point-partially-serrated.html

Of course, my trusty issue Air Force Survival Knife is never very far from reach either. Very well made, and inexpensive. The one I have is the original Camillus. I think they company changed hands many times since then. That's the best if you can find one. http://www.uscav.com/Productinfo.aspx?productID=6699&TabID=1

unseenone
10-20-2014, 09:22 PM
I like that. Very cool.

Check your local Dive Shops.. usually an assortment of knives and line cutters on hand. I'll pull out the one I have and see what it is and where to find one.

AD
10-20-2014, 09:56 PM
Speaking of SOG knives check this out http://www.dvor.com/sog-seal-knives-86-2014-10-19.html

RD
10-21-2014, 05:18 AM
I'd have to guess the intended purpose of that radical blade design would be chopping. It's certainly a strange design as they go.

Another thing to look at would be dive knives, good ones are very nice, and won't rust. I've got one along these lines, I don't think it's this exact one, which also can be used as scissors. http://www.marine-deals.co.nz/dive-knife/aropec-2-in-1-dive-knife-with-scissor-function

(http://www.marine-deals.co.nz/dive-knife/aropec-2-in-1-dive-knife-with-scissor-function)I've got knives everywhere, but for my bug out bag I chose two, a Microtech OTF Navy Seal Scarab, and a SOG Seal Team Fixed blade, both with serrations on a portion of the blade.

http://www.bladehq.com/item--Microtech-Underwater-QD--5593
http://www.sogknives.com/tactical/knives/seal-team-elite-black-tini-clip-point-partially-serrated.html

Of course, my trusty issue Air Force Survival Knife is never very far from reach either. Very well made, and inexpensive. The one I have is the original Camillus. I think they company changed hands many times since then. That's the best if you can find one. http://www.uscav.com/Productinfo.aspx?productID=6699&TabID=1


Microtech are pretty proud of their knives, there is no way in hell I would spend $635.00 for one. The Air Forces one is nice I am going to look at grabbing one of those.


RD

redman2006
10-21-2014, 07:49 AM
Unseen, aren't they made by Ontario now? They produce some pretty decent knives at a reasonable price as does K-Bar with the Becker line.

unseenone
10-21-2014, 09:49 AM
Yes, they are. There were actually several manufacturers over the years, I just think the Camillus was the best of the bunch.

Microtech are quite proud of their blades, no doubt. I didn't pay anywhere near that much for it. They've double in collectable value since apparently. I wouldn't consider them indestructible at all, just handy. The OTF (Out the Fronts) are generally expensive. You can't go wrong with a SOG or the Air Force survival knife, and they don't break the bank.

PLA
05-02-2015, 07:21 AM
Something to remember

Ive sold knives for many years, and I have found in selling more than 10 thousand asst kinds people come back for a few specific brands, and ask me why I sold them others. I tell them they chose what they ordered, instead of asking me.

When they ask, they get a radically different answer than they got when they wanted cheap.

Good gear is not always expensive, but cheap gear ALWAYS is, just depends on when and how bad the failure is

Viper28001
06-16-2015, 11:32 PM
Maybe it's the retired Marine in me but I'm just sayin.. KA-BAR.
Got a couple of 'em. I can cut my steak with them, dress a deer, and pry up a manhole cover with it; hopefully not all in the same few minutes or S has really HTF!

Having said that, Kershaw actually DOES make some really decent blades. My wife is a veterinarian for large animals... you can only imagine what her pocket knife gets put through in a day's time. She's been carrying the same one for ten years and loves it. Carries the danged thing everywhere. And yeah, you can get 'em for $20. Are they a Benchmade? No... only a Benchmade is a Benchmade, but there are some good ones out there that will suit you until one day you can afford a Benchmade or similar. I carry two SOG Aegis knives and love them both.. they're between $60-$100 depending on what you get.

Viper28001
06-16-2015, 11:32 PM
And thank GOD, my posting level finally removed "Fresh Meat" from my member level indicator! *whew*

W.Lynn
06-17-2015, 09:07 PM
And thank GOD, my posting level finally removed "Fresh Meat" from my member level indicator! *whew*

You gotta admit, it's funny.

I started getting my cargo pants with the group of smaller pockets on one side. One feature on the larger pocket (other side,) is a narrow pocket over the full size pocket. The narrow one is great for the folder Vincent sent me. Between tent camping, and hotels full of strangers, I liked having that one handy. No fussing around with regular pocket full of keys & stuff to find the SAK. No nonsense, just it's there, and it comes out and opens up super easy.

airdrop
10-01-2015, 12:28 PM
Look at the Buck Vantage Pro in s30v steel at around $60 through Ebay it's a good buy . http://www.ebay.com/itm/Buck-Knives-Large-Vantage-Pro-S30V-G10-Handle-Folding-Knife-347BKS1-/121759587500?hash=item1c596fdcac
I've got one in 420HC but the s30v is on the way.

airdrop
10-03-2015, 07:26 PM
I got my Buck Vantage Pro in S30V steel an I love it lol out of the box and just a little stropping it has the sharpest edge I've got . Well worth the price. The G10 grips are great.

airdrop
11-18-2015, 12:40 PM
I was in Cabelas yesterday and looked over this knife and for a SHTF carry it might be great . It's C30V steel an very sturdy built .
http://www.cabelas.com/product/cabela-s-alaskan-guide-174-183-crosslock-by-buck-knives-174-/1856632.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3D searchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProduc ts%26Ntt%3Dalaskan%252Bbuck%252Bknives%26x%3D10%26 y%3D6%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%252BProducts&Ntt=alaskan+buck+knives
Plus it's on sale now !

george7100
12-20-2015, 06:20 PM
well dang Air,now you gotta go back and get it,duh

W.Lynn
12-20-2015, 11:13 PM
I was in the new Bass Pro today (north side of Round Rock,) and found myself admiring some of the Kershaw knives that were in stock. I think I need to go back.

unseenone
12-21-2015, 09:36 AM
That is a pretty nice store, we ended up leaving with 2 folding chairs, ammo cans and some other stuff. They have a fairly decent supply of ammo, and plenty of weapons in stock as well.

airdrop
12-21-2015, 11:42 AM
the one in Oklahoma city was always swamped with people when we stopped in , an stocked good which was amazing as well .

airdrop
12-21-2015, 07:37 PM
Some of Kershaw's hunting knives in S30V

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=silver+dimes&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l2632.R3.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xs3 0v.TRS0&_nkw=s30v&_sacat=7301

Cannonball
12-21-2015, 08:17 PM
My cabela's Benchmade Minigrip in D2 steel

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh193/jhoppmann/EDC/IMG_5223_zpsjkrexpvs.jpg

airdrop
12-21-2015, 11:56 PM
My cabela's Benchmade Minigrip in D2 steel

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh193/jhoppmann/EDC/IMG_5223_zpsjkrexpvs.jpg
How do you like the D2 steel , have you tried sharpen it yet

redman2006
12-22-2015, 06:25 AM
Love the Kershaw lines including zt and such, but my all time favorite is my Benchmade Rift. This has been a fabulous knife in every way. It took me a while to warm up to the axis lock, but I like it much better than frame or liner locks now.

For a reasonably priced daily use knife, that Skyline was awfully nice, but a little light for how I need to use a knife. Even so, I carried it for years before I ended up bending it a tad trying to cut in an awkward angle.

Cannonball
12-22-2015, 03:04 PM
Haven't tried yet, I've read that it can be hard to sharpen but holds an edge a long time once sharp

airdrop
12-22-2015, 06:34 PM
Haven't tried yet, I've read that it can be hard to sharpen but holds an edge a long time once sharp
I have gone to garage sales , estate sales and the goodwill stores this year to find leather belts to make strops out of , then ordered
this Green polishing compound from Graingers supply and you run it into the leather on the ruff side of the belt , this will help to maintain the edge between sharpening .

Tex
12-24-2015, 07:46 PM
A good friend just gave me one of these for Christmas -

http://www.benchmade.com/emissary-3-5-family.html

I have always wanted a Benchmade and this thing is pretty slick.



Tex

kickstand
12-24-2015, 08:29 PM
[In my best Obi-Wan voice] That is not the knife you want. BYou should set it free in Southern New Mexico.

Boston_Joe
12-24-2015, 09:02 PM
That is a nice knife Tex. If you ever get tired of it or it gets dull ....you know what kick said only substitute sc for nm.

Tex
12-24-2015, 09:26 PM
[In my best Obi-Wan voice] That is not the knife you want. You should set it free in Southern New Mexico.

That is a nice knife Tex. If you ever get tired of it or it gets dull ....you know what kick said only substitute sc for nm.

:finger: All Y'all.
The friend who gave it to me is also my gunsmith. I have cool friends.



Tex

Boston_Joe
12-24-2015, 09:43 PM
You sure do. The last thing a gunsmith gave me was an invoice.

BigCountry
01-02-2018, 11:15 AM
Is Buck a reputable brand anymore? I use my Buck right now for EDC but I'm considering something else. What is the most reliable IYHO and worth the $? I'm thinking $75 and below. What are the thoughts on a KBar?

0utlaw
01-02-2018, 12:11 PM
I have a SOG Trident AO that was around $50 it holds a decent edge and it takes a decent edge from my Lasky pocket tool. I've had better knives and a heck of a lot worse knives but for all around day to day reliability I like it.

ETA I use my knife A LOT and I ain't easy on it.

WhiteBear620
01-02-2018, 05:07 PM
I EDC a Kabar BK14.
I used to carry pocket knives, but I had a habit of losing them when they would somehow come unclipped from my pocket. Really made me mad when the in-laws bought me a Buck pocket knife for $30 and I lost it in a week.
So I just switched to carrying a fixed blade because I'm way less likely to lose it, at least so far. I added the Kabar scales you can get for it, they work for me.
8708
I modded the sheath it comes with to attach a Tek-Lok. Rides on my belt and doesn't really get in the way most of the time.
I used to carry a CRKT Minimalist Bowie https://www.amazon.com/CRKT-Minimalist-Bowie-Neck-Knife/dp/B0030IT76C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514930754&sr=8-1&keywords=crkt+minimalist
It's a really nice and handy knife, I just wanted something a bit bigger. But as far I can understand their laws, I can actually carry the CRKT Minimalist on me when I visit family in IL, important to me since I can't legally carry in IL.

Boston_Joe
01-02-2018, 05:36 PM
I have a Benchmade Triage folder that I wear when it's allowed. The office has a policy against wearing them visible. So it isn't always on my belt.
Triage (http://www.benchmade.com/everyday-knives/triage-family.html)

The knife I always have on me is a Gerber EAB.
EAB (https://www.gerbergear.com/Knives/Folding/EAB-Pocket-Knife_22-41830)

There is a Kabar BK2 nearby if needed.
Kabar (https://www.kabar.com/knives/detail/1)

redman2006
01-02-2018, 06:10 PM
A k bar mule has a great rep as a strong folder. Bucks are hit and miss. What are you looking for? Fixed, folder, size

Boston_Joe
01-03-2018, 08:52 AM
Did someone say Akbar?
8709
So he retired and got into the knife business. Good for him.

Yeah I know the spelling is different. Just havin some fun.

redman2006
01-03-2018, 07:24 PM
Stupid phone creates all sorts of issues. Sometimes it looks like a 2 year old sent the text.

kickstand
01-03-2018, 09:03 PM
Redman, you've got to learn to get your jopa on. Personally, I would have given Joe the :finger:.

Joe, nothing personal .

Boston_Joe
01-04-2018, 09:02 AM
No need to qualify kickstand. If I can't handle getting the bird via emoji then it's time to pack it in.

It's all in good fun.

Logos
04-14-2018, 09:54 PM
Is Buck a reputable brand anymore? I use my Buck right now for EDC but I'm considering something else. What is the most reliable IYHO and worth the $? I'm thinking $75 and below. What are the thoughts on a KBar?

Yes, Buck is a reliable brand. Where else could you get this?


https://i.imgur.com/DQMuHBR.jpg



:)


What type of knife are you thinking about??? Buck has them all. And the selection of classic Bucks on e-Bay is incredible.

kickstand
04-15-2018, 07:06 PM
Dats a nice pig sticker there Logos

0utlaw
04-16-2018, 06:31 AM
I like my K Bar but it's a little large for EDC unless I'm doing field work.