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Posted: 12/13/2013 6:05:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2013 6:45:33 AM EST by mr_stretchy]
Looking for a good EDC folder that won't burn a hole in my wallet. Watcha got?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:08:39 AM EST
I've had an SOG Trident forever and it has been good. Its also pretty light for a knife that size. $50

I'm sure there are better for less, and shittier for more.

Zero Tolerance is nice if you got the money.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:09:57 AM EST
Bench made.


I had an original grip-tillian mini until I broke it with a pair of wire crimpers (large ones for cattle fence - long story).


Ended up with the WARN Edition Griptillian full size with the spring assist. It's D2 hardened tool steel. Great piece of kit.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:11:45 AM EST
I have had decent luck with my Spyderco Delica
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:23:35 AM EST
Define " burn a whole hole in my wallet"

$20? sub-$100?
Are you going to treat it like a pry bar or mostly open mail?

CRKT-Drifter $23.95

Spyderco Tenacious $40.34

Kershaw Blur $ 64.39 (blemish models can be had for less, check out kershaw guy)

Benchmade Griptilian $93.50

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:26:42 AM EST
Benchmade Griptilian. Most can be had for under $100, and its a solid freaking knife.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:27:05 AM EST
Benchmade Griptilian or mini Griptilian.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:28:34 AM EST
Zero Tolerance 350

Built like a tank.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:30:06 AM EST
they cut shit
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:32:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2013 6:32:56 AM EST by c7aea15]
Originally Posted By mr_stretchy:
Looking for a good EDC folder that won't burn a whole in my wallet. Watcha got?
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Need way more info. What would burn a hole in your wallet? $50, $100, $250?? Also what style.

But you probably can't go wrong with Kershaw, spyderco, benchmade, or zero tolerance.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:44:11 AM EST
Used to carry a Kershaw Leek, but I've moved up to a Protech
$25 or less for the Kershaw, $200 or so for the Protech.
You get what you pay for
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:47:45 AM EST
Benchmade Mini Barrage has been my favorite for quite some time of late. Less than 3", which is required where I work.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:47:56 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:54:48 AM EST
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Need way more info. What would burn a hole in your wallet? $50, $100, $250?? Also what style.

But you probably can't go wrong with Kershaw, spyderco, benchmade, or zero tolerance.
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Originally Posted By c7aea15:
Originally Posted By mr_stretchy:
Looking for a good EDC folder that won't burn a whole in my wallet. Watcha got?


Need way more info. What would burn a hole in your wallet? $50, $100, $250?? Also what style.

But you probably can't go wrong with Kershaw, spyderco, benchmade, or zero tolerance.



Nothing more than $150. I'm really liking the benchmade pardue 530 in black.

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:58:05 AM EST
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Nothing more than $150. I'm really liking the benchmade pardue 530 in black.

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Originally Posted By c7aea15:
Originally Posted By mr_stretchy:
Looking for a good EDC folder that won't burn a whole in my wallet. Watcha got?


Need way more info. What would burn a hole in your wallet? $50, $100, $250?? Also what style.

But you probably can't go wrong with Kershaw, spyderco, benchmade, or zero tolerance.



Nothing more than $150. I'm really liking the benchmade pardue 530 in black.



I have one of those. It is definitely NOT a hard use knife.
This is my current collection. The 530 is right in the middle.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:58:29 AM EST
If you like a small dagger for EDC, go for it.

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:59:51 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:00:52 AM EST
I carry a Kershaw Leek serrated. You can find them for $30 on ebay. I love 'em.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:04:28 AM EST
I've got a ZT 0200 blemished model from kershaw guy. Great blade for the money if your looking for a larger pocket knife.

I cut a wave feature into mine so it opens automatically when removed from the pocket. I liked the Emerson's but didn't want to drop the dough.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:08:17 AM EST
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Nothing more than $150. I'm really liking the benchmade pardue 530 in black.

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You can't go wrong with a Benchmade. My EDC folder is a 710 Axis Lock:

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:08:32 AM EST
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Originally Posted By pen:
Zero Tolerance 350

Built like a tank.
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Thats my EDC
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:11:12 AM EST
Had a SOG Trident, until it got stolen, then I tried a few others, the blur 2, and a few others I can't think of the name atm. I recently replaced the SOG Trident and am happy again.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:14:46 AM EST
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Thats my EDC
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Originally Posted By pen:
Zero Tolerance 350

Built like a tank.


Thats my EDC


That is A LOT of knife for the price!
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:16:41 AM EST
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You have been schooled
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:20:50 AM EST
I used to have a Benchmade as an EDC, then someone bought me a SOG mini trident. I have been using the SOG ever since because I'm not too concerned if I abuse it, which I have to a degree and I'm quite impressed with it as it's a solid little knife and holds it's edge decently.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:26:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2013 7:27:09 AM EST by mak0]
ZT 0566

It is the best bang for the buck at the ~$150 price point
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:33:44 AM EST
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Benchmade Griptilian or mini Griptilian.
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This...I have hundreds of high end knives, and EDC a mini Griptillian. Been abusing it every day for the past 5 years.





Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:34:52 AM EST
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Benchmade Griptilian or mini Griptilian.
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Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:35:34 AM EST
benchmade grip or mini grip
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:39:55 AM EST
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You can't go wrong with a Benchmade. My EDC folder is a 710 Axis Lock:

<a href="http://s3.photobucket.com/user/mic214/media/Knives/DSCN0216_edited.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y71/mic214/Knives/DSCN0216_edited.jpg</a>
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Originally Posted By mic214:
Originally Posted By mr_stretchy:

{SNIP}

Nothing more than $150. I'm really liking the benchmade pardue 530 in black.



You can't go wrong with a Benchmade. My EDC folder is a 710 Axis Lock:

<a href="http://s3.photobucket.com/user/mic214/media/Knives/DSCN0216_edited.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y71/mic214/Knives/DSCN0216_edited.jpg</a>

do you even pocket clip abuse, bro?


JK, great knife. In my pocket now!
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:39:58 AM EST
Kershaw Leek. Made in USA, under $30, and has the sweet Speedsafe opener.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:43:57 AM EST
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Had a SOG Trident, until it got stolen, then I tried a few others, the blur 2, and a few others I can't think of the name atm. I recently replaced the SOG Trident and am happy again.
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I love mine or am so used to it I can't imagine anything else. I'm tough on it too. If it does break or gets lost its a easily replaceable. (cost/availability)

I'd have a tough time opening a can or something with a >$100 knife. I'd definitely baby a knife of that price even though I know they can probably take much more abuse.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:45:04 AM EST
Another vote for the mini grip. I also like my delica.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:45:36 AM EST
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I have had decent luck with my Spyderco Delica
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This is my favorite, regular 'ol pocket knife.

Not a big ass tactical type knife, but perfect EDC for me. (I just lost another one, a while back)
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:46:14 AM EST
Nothing but the best!

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:57:37 AM EST
My buddy at work just ceracoated this for me. Love it.

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:02:13 AM EST
Kershaw Blur is on Amazon's Lightning Deal for the next 2 hours for $41.06.

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Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:05:59 AM EST
thanks for all the help guys, it is MUCH appreciated. I've narrowed it down to the mini grip, or the pardue 530 (combo edge)

mini

530
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:39:10 AM EST
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Originally Posted By mr_stretchy:
thanks for all the help guys, it is MUCH appreciated. I've narrowed it down to the mini grip, or the pardue 530 (combo edge)

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530
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For any serious use the mini grip hands down.

The 530 looks cool but it doesn't even have liners in it.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:41:52 AM EST
Kershaw anything.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:42:39 AM EST
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Nothing more than $150. I'm really liking the benchmade pardue 530 in black.

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Originally Posted By mr_stretchy:
Originally Posted By c7aea15:
Originally Posted By mr_stretchy:
Looking for a good EDC folder that won't burn a whole in my wallet. Watcha got?


Need way more info. What would burn a hole in your wallet? $50, $100, $250?? Also what style.

But you probably can't go wrong with Kershaw, spyderco, benchmade, or zero tolerance.



Nothing more than $150. I'm really liking the benchmade pardue 530 in black.



Benchmade 707, step above the Griptilian, can be had for less than 150.00
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:46:17 AM EST
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For any serious use the mini grip hands down.

The 530 looks cool but it doesn't even have liners in it.
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Originally Posted By c7aea15:
Originally Posted By mr_stretchy:
thanks for all the help guys, it is MUCH appreciated. I've narrowed it down to the mini grip, or the pardue 530 (combo edge)

mini

530


For any serious use the mini grip hands down.

The 530 looks cool but it doesn't even have liners in it.


What he said about the 530, they are slim, we'll made and look good but doesn't have liners.

Holy sticker shock! The last 555 I bought was around $60 with tax
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:49:10 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2013 9:15:58 AM EST by olds442tyguy]
I like Benchmade but think the Griptilian series is garbage. I'm sorry, but the plastic handles feel cheap as shit and are a proven weakness with the design of the Griptilian. FRN was modern back in the 80's, but now it's just a sign of squeezing out every last bit of profit available by using the cheapest material available. People are putting the 530 on blast for not having steel liners, but the Griptilian only has partial liners and is only as strong as the shitty plastic the grips are made from.

This tax season I plan on grabbing another Osborne Rift though. I carry either an Ontario Utilitac II or a ZT 0350. I haven't found a liner locking knife tougher than the 0350, but the Utilitac is close and has the smoothest action of any folder I've held at any price range. It's also designed by Joe Pardue.

ETA: To be fair I should note that the Mini Griptilian does use full steel liners.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:58:32 AM EST
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why people don't talk about blade steel, which is the most important factor of a knife, not brand or price.
if two knives using the same steel, how can they justify huge price difference, just due to the brand?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:59:51 AM EST
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Originally Posted By mr_stretchy:
thanks for all the help guys, it is MUCH appreciated. I've narrowed it down to the mini grip, or the pardue 530 (combo edge)

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530
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Not saying it's a bad knife but the 530 has a very thin blade. 0.090"



The griptilians modified drop point is a stronger design.

Food for thought.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:00:48 AM EST
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Originally Posted By olds442tyguy:
I like Benchmade but think the Griptilian series is garbage. I'm sorry, but the plastic handles feel cheap as shit and are a proven weakness with the design of the Griptilian. FRN was modern back in the 80's, but now it's just a sign of squeezing out every last bit of profit available by using the cheapest material available. People are putting the 530 on blast for not having steel liners, but the Griptilian only has partial liners and is only as strong as the shitty plastic the grips are made from.

This tax season I plan on grabbing another Osborne Rift though. I carry either an Ontario Utilitac II or a ZT 0350. I haven't found a liner locking knife tougher than the 0350, but the Utilitac is close and has the smoothest action of any folder I've held at any price range. It's also designed by Joe Pardue.
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The Rift is pretty cool. My biggest complaint with that knife is the lack of gimping.

One of my favorite benchmades is the 915 triage!!
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:04:13 AM EST
Kershaw Blur. Get the one with the Sandvik blade. Razor sharp out of the box and easy to keep an edge on.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:05:45 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ns66:
why people don't talk about blade steel, which is the most important factor of a knife, not brand or price.
if two knives using the same steel, how can they justify huge price difference, just due to the brand?
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Ergonomics, locking mechanism, construction, quality of materials and more all play a part. I'll sharpen the right knife an extra time per week if it means getting a knife that's stronger and fits me better. It all depends on your intended use really.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:11:09 AM EST
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Kershaw Blur is on Amazon's Lightning Deal for the next 2 hours for $41.06.

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I will go against the conventional wisdom others have stated here and say that the 530 is fine for EDC, as long as your EDC uses fit in line with what the 530 is good for. (I have both a 530 and a mini-grip so can speak fairly well to their strengths)

The 530 is fine if your EDC tasks are things like box opening, letter opening, cutting tap or string and such. The blade profile is too thin for anything more rugged than that (unless you're really careful), so if you want to cut zip ties,break down that box you just opened, or something similar, the mini-grip is the way to go. The 530 is fine if you're a white collar type who works in an office most of the time, and the light weight and slim profile actually suits well for that.

If you want something really rugged, i'd up my price point by a bit and look at an Adamas or the ZT 350 others have mentioned. (The Adamas is a heavyweight that many find too much for EDC, but if it suits your needs, go for it)

I EDC a Spyderco Domino, but that's a bit out of your price range. If you're willing to spend that kind of money, you'll struggle to find a better knife for the money.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:14:19 AM EST
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Yep. I alternate carrying it and a Kershaw.

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:17:19 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ns66:
why people don't talk about blade steel, which is the most important factor of a knife, not brand or price.
if two knives using the same steel, how can they justify huge price difference, just due to the brand?
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Because the blade steel is significantly less important than fit an finish, with tempering of said steel being a huge part of that quality factor. You can quote me how much better M390 and Elmax are than 154CM any day of the week, and i'd agree, if all things are equal, but if the heat treat on that Elmax or M390 is shit, then the knife is going to be shit too, no matter how much you want throw around how great your 3rd gen powder steel knife is.
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