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OT Looking for advice #377541 11/25/09 12:15 AM
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Ok....I need a new folder. I decided years ago that I would only buy American knives from that day forth and have stuck to my decision. I have come to a point in my life that it is time to get a new folder to replace the one that I have had for YEARS (its a foreign made blade <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> ) The last one that I own. The need is for a somewhat tactical blade. I will carry this while both in uniform as well as out. I want something that will last, carry a edge and last a very long time. I respect everyone opinions here and that is why I am posing this question. What am I looking for here folks?

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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: jforbush] #377542 11/25/09 03:26 AM
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Spyderco or Benchmade.

Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: Andy Wayne] #377543 11/25/09 03:40 AM
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Well if by in uniform you mean combat, or any place that would be dirty I would stick to something you could take apart and clean. Emersons are really easy, they use regular screws and are liner locks so they are simple!


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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: Andy Wayne] #377544 11/25/09 03:44 AM
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when i think tactical, i think 4" or more, but if it's your only folder i'd size it down for EDC and control.

1) Spyderco Military. I would have said Endura but it's made in Japan.

2) Kershaw Leek. the assist and frame lock make it more 'tactical' than the UKPK. i think these are the two best EDC's in production, and not just in the US. i know, sebenza...


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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: imaginefj] #377545 11/25/09 03:49 AM
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Yeah, I would say either Emerson, or Spyderco.

The only BM I endorse is the Ritter grip.


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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: P-Easy] #377546 11/25/09 03:50 AM
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Sorry I need to clarify...

Spyderco Millie...

Or

Emerson CQC-8..


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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: P-Easy] #377547 11/25/09 03:50 AM
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Yeah, I would say either Emerson, or Spyderco.

The only BM I endorse is the Ritter grip.

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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: Andy Wayne] #377548 11/25/09 04:00 AM
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Spyderco or Benchmade.

what Andy said.


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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: CruelRaoul] #377549 11/25/09 04:29 AM
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My EDC is a Kershaw 1660G10ST leek / G10 handles, S30V stone-washed combo edge blade. That particular variant is rather rare, but you can find the plain edge version (1660G10) fairly easily. I don't like the non-G10 handled leeks; they feel slippery to me, but then I don't really like metal-handled pocket knives unless they're grooved titanium -- otherwise, metal handles tend to make pocket knives heavier than I prefer. Even in Spydecos, I prefer FRN or G10 handles.

The leek in S30V is a scalpel, which is why I keep going back to it, but I wouldn't consider it a "hard use" knife. Also, it's an assisted opener, which could be an issue it in some situations. However, it looks more "normal" than many tactical knives, so nobody's given me any grief about it at work.


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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: Jim] #377550 11/25/09 04:39 AM
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The leek in S30V is a scalpel, which is why I keep going back to it, but I wouldn't consider it a "hard use" knife.

i would love one of those. i didn't think of my standard leek as a hard use knife either, but it's stoof up to some thick tasks without extra effort or loss of edge. it'd be a fine survival compliment to a big chopper. i think of its hollow ground, finely pointed blade as the modern iteration of the long optimized blade on the 110. all the thick, broad steel we have today is more marketing than performance.


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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: Magnum22] #377551 11/25/09 05:18 AM
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I had a benchmade griptillian in pocket most of my last tour. Always wanted an emerson too.


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Re: OT Looking for advice [Re: mpalmer1000] #377552 11/25/09 05:29 AM
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I had a benchmade griptillian in pocket most of my last tour. Always wanted an emerson too.
The trouble with emersons is the chisle grind,go with the griptillian. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbup.gif" alt="" />IMO.I just couldn't wittle with the emerson. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />


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