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Old 02-22-2021, 01:25 PM
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Kershaw or CRKT
I carry one everyday , but I’ve also broken a couple over the years from hard use/abuse
I think any brand will fail if pushed , so just get one that feels good to you and go with it
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Have had the fancy benchmades, spyderco, al mar, etc.

Nothing beats a BUCK for plain old quality and utility.
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At the moment my box of knives still fits in my holster drawer.

Great thread.
Knives and holsters in the same space? Is that natural?
Careful you don't get your drawers in a twist.
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I most often carry a spyderco Endura 4 wave...it is lite and sharp, stays sharp, sharpens well when needed, has the tough zytel or hard plastic handle - but this one has metal liners inside so it's rigid...the pocket clip stays sturdy so it doesn't slip out, and after getting used to the blade deploying hook-it will come out of the poct opened quick as a switch...4" blade is good vg-10 steel...I also have carried a benchmade barrage 580 assisted opener, 154 steel acts like the spederco, sharp, stays sharp and sharpens great when touch up is needed...have a couple zt knives, both very sturdy and thick blades, I measure them up to a Chrise Reeves Sebenza that I own, yet the ZTs' are half the cost of the CRK and I carry them less because they are over $200 each and the 1st two I mentioned are great quality work inives that you can easily press into defense mode....I don't know that I would do that for myself as I usually have a heavy hand tool around diring my work day
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Benchmade Mini- Griptilian is what I carry everyday. Its light, smaller sized, stays sharp. I put some red para cord in the lanyard hole helps me to keep track of it sad- I have lost some good pocket knives.

New Benchmade Mini Griptilian Knife with G10 Handles and Better Blade

Here is a review of the Mini Grip- Bench made makes different versions of it its a good choice imo.

https://pics.knifecenter.com/fit-in/...s/10100sbp.jpg

Benchmade is a great company there knives are first rate- I also have a Benchmade "LFK" that I like a lot- don't use it as a EDC knife though-its to big for that.

The Buck 110 is classic can't go wrong with that- but its heavy for pocket carry and no clip for IWB carry.

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Funny you mention that. My knives are kinda scattered around in different boxes and I've been thinking about getting some kind of case or roll bag to keep them all together.
I keep mine in a top chest of a roll around toolbox.
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Still lookin at the Sog Trident A2 with D-2 steel and glass breaker. Beefed up locking mechanism plus 3.75 inch blade.
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Well Iīve never tried to split a coconut with and probably never will.So in this matter I canīt opine , but in the concealment issue I can offer this: In these past times no one ever saw me carrying that blade.The reason is the way carry it. Inside my pants or shorts with the clip covered by the belt, not in the pocket with the clip in full view.
I can assure you that by carrying that way nobody will see a thing unless you want to show it.
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Buck 110ís or 112ís. Yeah I Like Em😃
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I have been very happy with the Kershaw assisted opening knives. About as quick and easy to open as a switchblade but no legal issues. I have bought 3, two for me(lost one) the other for my son. His friends at college in NROTC were impressed by it too and became owners. Good steel, reversible pocket clip (hate the ones that hold the knife the "wrong" way on your pocked. Totally reliable mechanism
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An observation-- the more expensive the knife, the greater the odds of losing it. The bigger the knife, the more time it will spend in a drawer
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I lost interest in Benchmade products when they willingly destroyed evidence firearms.

Too many other excellent choices out there.

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Though I carry a gerber folding pocket knife every day (as a utility tool), I admit to not knowing much about knives. When I took my concealed carry class the instructor recommended getting a "quality knife", like benchmade, but I couldn't justify the price.

Now, many years later, and seeing how some knives lose their edge quickly while others aren't as durable, I would like to know 'what determines a quality knife? Which maintain their sharpness the best, and - not anticipating needing it as a fighting tool...which do you recommend?
Price has become much less a factor for me.
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If you want a knife that you'll be proud to own, will be extremely easy to maintain and take apart, will have fantastic edge durability, and has a great customer support system behind it, I can recommend two. These will run you a bit over $400 apiece, but they will last the rest of your life and your kids' lives.

Chris Reeve Sebenza (This particular one is S35VN blade steel and the "Insingo" grind)

Rick Hinderer XM-18 (This one is S45VN and the "spanto" grind.)

You can't go wrong with either one. They are ultra smooth, have great actions, and extremely fine fit, finish, and tolerances, just like a vintage S&W revolver:
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CRKT=after years of trial and error.
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Chris Reeve Sebenza (This particular one is S35VN blade steel and the "Insingo" grind)
A CRK Insingo is on my "if I win the lottery" wishlist.
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Spyderco! A delica or an endura are reasonably priced, sharp as the dickens, and will last forever.
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An observation-- the more expensive the knife, the greater the odds of losing it. The bigger the knife, the more time it will spend in a drawer
as far as the losing, the same goes for sun glasses
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Being tools I regularly maltreat, a quartet of Spyderco Delicas and Kershaw flippers serve all my needs, no biggie if they go through the wash with the various pants they live in. And not fussy edges, few minutes with the Spyderco Tri keeps them slicing and dicing.
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Buck 110,great company and product support.
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Chris Reeves, pricey, but when only the best will do.
I have three, two of them with Damascus blades.
Check them out at their website.

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I just bought a CRKT M4-02S so far so good and a beautiful knife.
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I like the Buck 112 "light" less bulky and more rounded edges than the 112 Ranger but equipped with thumbstuds for easy one handed opening. Easy to keep sharp and a good lock to keep it from closing on your finger.
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Benchmade.

Griptilian Model, in particular.
Multiple blade styles, two different sizes.
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I have lots of knives. Benchmade, Buck, Kershaws, etc. Iíve become a big fan of Kershaw. My EDC is a Kershaw Launch 7 auto. It keeps a great edge.
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Fun thread. Truth is, there are many wonderful, high quality pocket knives. Why stop at one? Treat yourself, now and then, to a new one.

I have several of the knives mentioned here. Like 'em all. Few of us here stop at one gun. Why stop at one EDC knife?

As others have noted, "quality knife" can mean different things to different people, but here is one of my favorite quality knives, made by the famous Swiss Army knife company, Victorinox. This model is called the Waiter:



A great example of everything ya need and nothing ya don't. So light and thin, can't even feel it in your pocket until your fingers search for it. $17 bucks. Blade is big enough to be useful for most tasks. Along with Opinel, the best bargain in a quality knife I have come across. I like 'em so much I buy extras in case I lose one to TSA or carelessness, or just feel like giving one away.
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At the moment my box of knives still fits in my holster drawer.

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You're just not doing it right, hairy.
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Lots of good suggestions here.

I've got mainly Spyderco's, Benchmade's, Case, and a few SOG knives. Of these manufacturers I'd say Spyderco has the the most models with different steel. I think a good middle of the road steel is CPM S30V; lots of makers use it.

Before you make a decision, check out knife laws where you live/go, figure out what you'll use the knife for, whether rust or corrosion will be a problem where you live, (or whether you sweat battery acid,) whether you want to buy a sharpener and keep it sharpened yourself, etc.

Folks here have mentioned many brands that can be just what you're looking for. The possibilities are endless.
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I see youíre a fellow Michigander, which means you can now legally carry certain automatic knives (switchblades). Benchmade, Spyderco, ProTech, Microtech, Rat Worx, Gerber and Kershaw all make quality autos in various price ranges. My EDC is a Benchmade CLA, which has a 154CM blade and a G10 handle. Itís tough to beat for around $200.

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Thank you everyone for all of the excellent suggestions!
After looking into the makers that I wasn't familiar with, just to be thorough, I have decided to buy a Benchmade Bugout for edc, and a Buck 110 to carry when the edc is out for sharpening.

Who knows....in time I could get the "bug" like some of you have, and expand my purchases. Only time will tell.
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You might have just as well asked "What's Your Favorite Knife?" because that's really the answers you're getting.

I don't have a big box of knives. I own five pocket knives, two of them are twenty plus years old.

I have a Buck 110 that I bought in 1995(ish)
I have a Schrade L7 that I bought in 2000(ish)
I have a CRKT Ignitor that I bought about 5 years ago
I have a Buck 110 Slimline that I bought last year
I have a Benchmade 710 that was gifted to me last year.

Of the five only the CRKT is an assisted open knife but it's a Righthand knife so I haven't carried it for several years. It's a good thirty dollar knife if you're right handed.

The Schrade is a Buck 110 built by another company. It's not assisted open but I put a Kwik Stud on it and I can open it one handed.

The Buck 110 Slimline is an updated Buck 110 pocket clip knife. It can be carried right hand or left. It has a thumb stud and can be opened reasonably easy with either hand but it's not an assisted opener.

The Benchmade 710 is ambidextrous as well and opens much more smoothly than any other knife I own. It was the first Axislock knife Benchmade ever made. I carry it every night at work, more to honor the friend who gave it to me than anything else but it's also becoming my go to knife to carry off the clock too.

My Buck 110 is the knife I've owned the longest. It's the utility knife I use the most. I carry it at work nightly as well and I reach for it more often than the Benchmade. It's not an assisted opener but I put a Kwik Stud on it as well and I can open it one handed with either hand if I need to. Most of the time I just open it.

Of the five the Buck 110 is my go to utility knife. I suspect it's the one I'd carry daily off the clock if I didn't carry it daily on the clock.

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just get yourself a Barlow style. That's all you need. Brand is not important.
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The Buck 110 is a "belt knife" for me. Put it in your front pocket and the ladies will think you are glad to see them. The Benchmade "MiniGriptilian" clips nicely into the "watchpocket of your jeans and has a tight, "pocket shredder" clip, so you don't lose it easily. Joe

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This is a Buck 110 Slim Select



It makes the 110 a viable pocket knife. The original 110 is 8 ounces the Slim is just under three.

The blade is a 110 blade but with a satin finish instead of the polished finish. The scales are Micarta. I like the textured grip. I've heard a couple of people say the clip is ugly and too short but I haven't noticed. I do like that it carries the knife low in your pocket.

It's a good all around utility knife

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I have a few quality folding knives, like benchmade, spyderco, zero tolerance etc.

This is what I'm currently carrying. I really like it. The knife blade came scary sharp, and the saw has been used several times and was indispensable when I needed it. Picked it up on sale for around $60.

A tactical knife might be better for perforating a commie, but that need occurs so rarely around here that I feel better served with this.



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I carry Benchmade knives daily. I own several other brands, including Emerson, Spyderco, Buck, Gerber, etc., but I always go back to Benchmade. Right now, I'm carrying a Benchmade Lerch Impel auto with a 1.98" blade in my right pocket, and a Benchmade Osborne 9400 first production auto clipped in the left pocket.

Carry knives are very individual, kinda like holsters. Willing to bet everyone posting has the big drawer(s) o' knives right next to the holster boxes
I think lots more of the few knives that I have than the box of holsters that is downstairs in storage.

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One of the reasons I love this forum. Noticed a blank spot in the knife menagerie, and this is one cool looking utility. Did a quick bunch of research on the thing, and itís a real Victorinox, originally named the Soldier, but given a paint job and some blackened blades, became the Knife, Combat Utility, Government. Iíve got one ordered, and I imagine itíll be my new Jeep console knife. Sadly, I paid more than you did. . .

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I have a few quality folding knives, like benchmade, spyderco, zero tolerance etc.

This is what I'm currently carrying. I really like it. The knife blade came scary sharp, and the saw has been used several times and was indispensable when I needed it. Picked it up on sale for around $60.

A tactical knife might be better for perforating a commie, but that need occurs so rarely around here that I feel better served with this.



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My Knife, Combat Utility, Government showed up today. Bigger than it looks in the pics, but still everything I thought it would be. Gonna have a home on the plate carrier . . .
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Early on in my career, before departing for my first overseas tour, I purchased an Ernie Emerson CQC-7. In a couple of years I will be retiring. That knife still rides in my pocket everyday and has been a real world traveler. It would be worth your time to check out Ernie's blades.
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I have a Buck Lite I bought in the early eighties when first introduced, also a Buck 110. For pocket carry a Case xx stockman style knife.
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I see lots of recommendations for the Buck 110.

I love the 110, but thatís an awfully big folder for EDC. If the idea is to carry a knife as a defensive weapon, youíre looking at slow, two-handed deployment for the 110.

My EDC is a Kershaw Cryo. Super-handy, even though I have to tighten down the pivot stud once a week.

Thatís just my general purpose knife. I have no illusions of defending myself with a knife, nor any idea what a ďtacticalĒ blade looks like.

When I go afield, thereís usually a 110 or similar size folder on my belt and a backup in the truck.

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My EDC is a Kershaw Cryo. Super-handy, even though I have to tighten down the pivot stud once a week.
On my knives with the same issue I'll carefully apply a fraction of a drop of blue loctite (I presume purple would also work) to the pivot stud and screw. As long as your careful not to get it anywhere with moving parts and let it set overnight, it should stop loosening on you. And it loosens easily with a screwdriver if you ever need to take it apart. It works for me.
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I love my benchmade 940. Spyderco pm2, native, salt series. If you want a bomb proof knife check out Hinderers xm-18. Also I can't recommend a Chris reeve knife high enough. be careful knife hobby is crazy expensive just like gun hobby
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As a New Yorker, I am and always have been a fan of Camillus knives. I have over 50 of them in many of their configurations and have yet to break one, I've lost a few, but I have never felt the need to give up with them. Camillus may not be so well known outside of the northeast, but they have a good variety and offer excellent value for the money.
I don't need the latest specialty knife, I don't feel the need for a self protection knife but for a good, quality, every day wear and tear knife I have NEVER been let down by my Camillus knife. Been carrying one for most of my 74 years.
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OP--you've made your choices and they're fine knives. I probably have 4 or 5 flat rate boxes full of Gerbers, Benchmades, Spydercos, Bucks, Kershaws, Pumas, etc., and I've owned Liles, Emersons, Reeves, etc.

For the past 20+ years my edc was a Spyderco Centofante--the one with the silver bug inset into the black plastic handle. It was light and it sliced well (thin blade). About a month ago someone stole it off of my desk--the one time I left it at work (my office is locked) someone came in, played with the toys on my desk and took that knife and an old Case peanut I kept in a drawer.

I carried my back-up Endura for a couple of weeks but it was too big so I ended up with a new Delica wharncliffe blade (straight edge). Excellent blade, light and easy to handle and not too expensive (about $80 online, MSRP is about $125?). If I can find another Centofante I may buy it, but for now I'm liking the straight edged Delica.
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Just wanted to say I bought a Buck 110 after reading this thread and Iím a happy camper. Might try my hand at some custom touches.
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Personally, I've always been a fan of Boker...

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Traditionally quality, in a folder means that the blade "walks and talks" when opening and closing, has no side play, holds an edge well and there are no sharp corners to wear through your pockets.
IIRC, that was the "talk" my dad gave me as we drove to the hardware store in his '54 Buick
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Like mentioned above Bench made is off the list...
What I carry. Spyderco H1 if I am going up to the Ocean. Various CRKT for general purpose EDC. Cold Steel Pocket Bushman if I am hiking in the mountains.


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Personally, I've always been a fan of Boker...

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I have 3 Bokers: 1 stag, 1 bone, 1 wood [1]. All German-made. Great knives. Never owned a USA-made Boker, so cannot comment on them...

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