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Posted: 3/7/2010 8:50:44 PM EDT
My favorite pocketknife is gone.  It won't be coming back.   I won't get into how I lost it but I'm a bit angry at myself.





It was just a fairly cheap Gerber with a stainless blade,  but it was also my dad's last pocketknife,  so the sentimental value

factor was pretty high.





So I want to replace it.  And this time, I want to pick a GOOD knife.



My requirements:





75 dollars cost, at most.



Carbon steel blade. No stainless.



No funky finishes on the blade.  Not parkerized, not teflon, not blued, not any color, just plain old steel.



Single hand operation, liner lock mechanism.   After a little break-in period, should be as fast to open as a switchblade.



3.5" blade length,  or close to it.  



Simple design.  Nothing fancy.



Quality brand name.  USA made by preference.



Good steel, must be able to handle daily use and probably some abuse as well.  



Fairly light weight.  



Must include a clip.
So, make some recommendations.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 8:52:05 PM EDT
Spyderco Delica VG-10 blade
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 8:55:47 PM EDT
Benchmade Griptillian
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 8:58:20 PM EDT
The Griptilian is stainless.  Out of the running.





Also, no serrations or hooks or other stupid blade tricks.   I hate those.  Just a smooth edge full length.





CJ




Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:01:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 9:03:42 PM EDT by billy_bob]
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:03:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 9:04:19 PM EDT by DRhodes]





Originally Posted By cmjohnson:



The Griptilian is stainless.  Out of the running.
Also, no serrations or hooks or other stupid blade tricks.   I hate those.  Just a smooth edge full length.
CJ








CM, Im the same way.

 






I hate all of the stupid bullshit they put on knives that I will never use.







Does anything from CRKT catch your eye?







i love their M21/14 knives, but I'm not sure that they qualify with your list.






 
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:05:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
The Griptilian is stainless.  Out of the running.


Also, no serrations or hooks or other stupid blade tricks.   I hate those.  Just a smooth edge full length.


CJ



You're right it is stainless, sorry. I have one in plain edge though and love it.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:05:06 PM EDT
CR large sebrenza, nothing fancy just a good pocket knife.

Edit...sorry didnt see your price point.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:12:32 PM EDT
Zero Tolerance... Amazing knives
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:16:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 9:18:42 PM EDT by topgunpilot20]







Originally Posted By cmjohnson:




The Griptilian is stainless.  Out of the running.
Also, no serrations or hooks or other stupid blade tricks.   I hate those.  Just a smooth edge full length.
CJ




The Griptilian is available in D2 steel from Cabelas and S30V from Doug Ritter (my EDC). I prefer the mini over the full size.
 
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:22:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 9:36:24 PM EDT by JarheadChiro]
Rat 1

I have 3 of them.

Aus-8 steel.

Grab one off eBay for around $25.
Link to a buy it now.





Edit: guess there made in Taiwan, sorry.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:22:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 9:27:14 PM EDT by FMD]
Spyderco Delica.  Except for the liner-lock, it fits.  It's also a pretty handy EDC knife.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:38:22 PM EDT
There are several Benchmades that would fit those criteria. Whatever you do, don't get a CRKT. Those things are shit and you'd be better off with a free knife you got with a can of cheap dip.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 10:38:22 PM EDT
Your pricerange:  Kershaw assisted opening, has "grip tape" in spots on handle, keeps a good edge.  They made a huge run of them for Snap-On in red/black.



Good Knife:  Benchmade with the options you like.




Link Posted: 3/7/2010 11:05:25 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 11:43:29 PM EDT
Benchmade blue line.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 11:47:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 11:55:48 PM EDT by NataSS]
Kershaw "Speed bump"



Its an assisted opener right about "4. Wife got it for me a year ago and now I dont leave home without it. A hair over your price cut but its worth it.  Best pocket knife I have ever owned.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 11:55:26 PM EDT
SOG Trident. Should come pretty close to your requirements. I love mine after removing the BS safety.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 12:56:01 AM EDT
Why liner lock? That is the worst folding knife locking system ever devised!

Why not frame lock or Axis Lock? Why not a spine lock?
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:02:52 AM EDT
Spyderco Native Have owned 5 and they are awesome. msrp is 99 but you can find them for 75

Native
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:04:46 AM EDT
Lately I've abandoned all my high dollar knives for a SOG Flash II.  Hell of a knife, and can be had for under $50.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:39:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2010 1:44:10 AM EDT by hicap]
Spyderco Stretch is what i carry

not a liner lock but better

i got ZDP-189 steel but you can get VG10 for around $70

Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:46:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
The Griptilian is stainless.  Out of the running.


Also, no serrations or hooks or other stupid blade tricks.   I hate those.  Just a smooth edge full length.


CJ



I like how you think.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:50:21 AM EDT
When it comes to blades, I always go to Kershaw or Gerber. They have never let me down
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:57:45 AM EDT
Sadly Benchmade has discontinued the Red series.   But some can still be found in stores.

I favor a Clip point of the seeming more popular Drop point or Tanto  

I have several Benchmade Pika (3.5") and mini-Pika's (2.5").   Plain simple and around $40.

Don't know which product of there's I substitue with it now.  Maybe the Spdyerco as others have recommended
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 2:09:35 AM EDT



Originally Posted By cmjohnson:






Carbon steel blade. No stainless.



All other requirements aside, I don't think that's going to happen.




 
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 2:15:58 AM EDT
I guess it's stainless (440C) but the Mini Griptillian is in my opinion the best thing going.

No liner locks for me.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 3:59:35 AM EDT
smith and wesson M&P "magic"
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 5:41:06 AM EDT
I'm not really focused on a specific lock type,  but easy one-handed operation, both opening and closing, should be very easy,

switchblade easy.  












This is the one I had before.  A Gerber.  After break-in,  operation was stupid fast.   I liked it but the stainless blade didn't hold an edge worth a damn.





CJ
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 5:56:30 AM EDT
Spyderco Delica or Native. Both great little knives for the money, and will not let you down.

Link Posted: 3/8/2010 6:01:14 AM EDT
Benchmade their knife sharp program is great
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 6:02:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By rob944s2:
Benchmade Griptillian


Yup,

/thread.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 7:40:21 AM EDT
I use a Kershaw tanto blade blur from Walmart.



Probably the only thing made in the USA at Walmart. $55 or $65 can't remember.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 9:09:15 AM EDT
Here are the Kershaw assisted opening ones I mentioned above.  The 1550 or 1560 are cheap on this site: http://jaxknives.com/kershaw.html
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 9:22:27 AM EDT

Tag.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 9:30:54 AM EDT
Except for the non-coated blade, you described the Tanto Blur advertsied at the top of this page.



I would suggest you go to a Wal-Mart and feel one out and see what you think before you make a final decision. AWESOME knife. I LOVE mine.



Sharp as hell and holds an edge well. Made in America and solid built with an smooth, easily operated open-assist.



All for $57 + tax at any Wally World.



Just my .02
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 9:50:06 AM EDT
So they kept your blade in exchange for the gold pic?
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 9:58:33 AM EDT
If you don't want the griptillian, I'd go with a kershaw leek with the composite (D2) blade.

I have a junkyard dog 2 that's awesome, albeit a little large.  It's sharp enough to shave part of a hair off of the rest.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 10:05:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2010 10:48:43 AM EDT by RarestRX]
What do you guys think of the Kershaw Avalanche?



I'm diggin' it...

ETA: Bought it.  Damn you Arfcom GD and my weak will!
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 10:11:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2010 10:14:16 AM EDT by HermanSnerd]
Originally Posted By cougargnw:
When it comes to blades, I always go to Kershaw or Gerber. They have never let me down


This.

My everyday carry knife is a Kershaw Tanto Blur, but it has a parkerized finish and is partially serrated
so it won't fit his requirements.

But, I love the hell out of mine!



Link Posted: 3/8/2010 10:43:51 AM EDT
really like my g10 leek with s30v steel.

Link Posted: 3/8/2010 10:44:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By packingXDs:
SOG Trident. Should come pretty close to your requirements. I love mine after removing the BS safety.


This
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 10:45:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By doubleclaw:
Spyderco Delica or Native. Both great little knives for the money, and will not let you down.



Spyderco for sure.

I have Benchmade, and CRKT knives. They are great, but the Delicas are just a fantastic knife and a real value in cutlery. They carry very flat also, no big silly bulge in your pocket.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 10:51:08 AM EDT
Emerson CQC-7

Do yourself a favor and look it up. I say it's the best no frills, all business folder out there. usually around $120.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 10:51:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By brass:
Your pricerange:  Kershaw assisted opening, has "grip tape" in spots on handle, keeps a good edge.  They made a huge run of them for Snap-On in red/black.

Good Knife:  Benchmade with the options you like.



http://www.kershaw-knives.net/Kershaw-Ken-Onion-Blur-KS1670BLK.htm



I have one, its great!
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 11:02:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mattellis2:
really like my g10 leek with s30v steel.



That's one of my favorite Kershaw's
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 11:04:20 AM EDT
My next folder will be either a Buck Sandman or CRKT M16-10KZ



http://www.crkt.com/M16-01-EDC-ZytelHandle-AutoLAWKS-Razor-Sharp-Edge



Link Posted: 3/8/2010 11:14:48 AM EDT



Originally Posted By RarestRX:


What do you guys think of the Kershaw Avalanche?



http://www.kershawknivesdirect.com/images/Avalanche_K1570.jpg



I'm diggin' it...



ETA: Bought it.  Damn you Arfcom GD and my weak will!







 
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 12:10:59 PM EDT

Link Posted: 3/8/2010 12:21:48 PM EDT
Your criteria sucks.

S30V. You know you want some...  




Link Posted: 3/8/2010 12:24:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By zaskar017:

Originally Posted By RarestRX:
What do you guys think of the Kershaw Avalanche?

http://www.kershawknivesdirect.com/images/Avalanche_K1570.jpg

I'm diggin' it...

ETA: Bought it.  Damn you Arfcom GD and my weak will!


 


It's not funny!  Actually, I was thinking about starting to carry a knife since another GD thing got me thinking about it.

So this thread pops up, I follow a couple of links, and then I'm $68.94 poorer.  

It's all good though!
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