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Posted: 2/15/2013 5:28:09 PM EDT
....looking to buy a quality knife...i'm pretty much a knife noob.

Point me in the right direction...

I was looking at an Emerson CQC 15
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:29:18 PM EDT
Benchmade is probably the most mainstream good knife brand. Oh we have a knife forum under Armory at the bottom also. lots of shit in there.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:29:59 PM EDT
What do you want to do with it. Can't recommend something without a use.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:30:28 PM EDT
I like Kershaw Speedsafe, a sweet knife
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:34:00 PM EDT
I'm a huge zero tolerance fan.

kershaw honorable mention

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Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:34:06 PM EDT
Spyderco
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:34:26 PM EDT
Esse
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:34:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LHD:
What do you want to do with it. Can't recommend something without a use.


This
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:35:20 PM EDT
Budget?
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:35:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2013 5:36:18 PM EDT by raysheen]
Bench made
ZT
Kershaw
Spyderco
Emerson
CRKT
Microtech

All make decent knives...big range of quality and prices between some of these though
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:36:12 PM EDT
Cold Steel
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:36:22 PM EDT
Spyderco
Benchmade
Kershaw / ZT

For Mainstream production stuff
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:37:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LHD:
What do you want to do with it. Can't recommend something without a use.


This. Use and budget play a big part.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:40:04 PM EDT
Tried just ab everything, keep going back to spyderco. Seems they have a blade for just ab every use I'd need.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:40:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LHD:
What do you want to do with it. Can't recommend something without a use.


Don't want a knife for one use. I want a knife that you'd want if you could only pick one. Maybe two, with one being foldable.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:43:12 PM EDT
I assume you mean tactical or EDC knife. Use is a big factor in what is good, and of course budget for off the rack versus custom. For example I am big into cooking/kitchen knives and the steel, geometry, and best makers are not the same as any of the knives mentioned above.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:43:57 PM EDT
Benchmade 3550 if you can carry an auto in your AO.

Spyderco Caly 3 if you can't. My only complaint is that it's not a frame lock. Great knife none the less. Nice and thin.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:44:32 PM EDT
Busse
Busse
Busse
Busse
Busse
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:49:22 PM EDT
Randall, the rest don't matter.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:50:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bogie:
Spyderco
Benchmade
Kershaw / ZT

For Mainstream production stuff


This plus a mention for Emersons and ZTs though they tend to be a little pricey.

Anything more like strider or sebenzas as you would probably know come with a big price.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:51:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raysheen:
Bench made
ZT
Kershaw
Spyderco
Emerson
CRKT
Microtech

All make decent knives...big range of quality and prices between some of these though


The Microtech Arbiter is fucking sweet. If only I had $1500 to drop on a knife. That's a bad ass fucking knife.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:51:39 PM EDT
How much? Custom or production?
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:52:31 PM EDT
ESEE makes some good stuff
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:52:40 PM EDT
Been carrying the same Benchmade for 13 years, never looked back.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:53:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By NightCap:
Spyderco


Link Posted: 2/15/2013 5:54:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2013 5:54:47 PM EDT by minimalist]
Originally Posted By Spitcup:
How much? Custom or production?


No more than $300. I want it to last a long time. When I get the fuck out of NJ and make some friends who hunt and spend time fishing and in the outdoors I'll take that up. Plus, around the house type of shit. Like I said, I'm a noob. I'm not afraid to spend some cash though.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:00:42 PM EDT
Really liking Grayman knives.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:01:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NightCap:
Spyderco


Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:05:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By minimalist:
....looking to buy a quality knife...i'm pretty much a knife noob.

Point me in the right direction...

I was looking at an Emerson CQC 15



So you're looking at a large, heavy, 'tactical' folder that runs $200? I wouldn't buy a knife in this category or at this price. A 5 oz knife is not a good carry. 3.5" is more blade than you need for daily chores. $200 is way too much to spend for a folder. I would look for a smaller, lighter, quality blade for $100 or less. Benchmade is a good place to start. Just like with guns, the knife you actually carry is your best knife.



Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:05:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2013 6:10:36 PM EDT by ArmaNotSoLite]
Originally Posted By DesertDog1:
Been carrying the same Benchmade for 13 years, never looked back.


My benchmade has seen just a TINY bit of use.


Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:06:33 PM EDT
Drink the busse, swamp rat and scrap yard cool-aid. For folders I like cheaper, but have a few benchmade and spyderco's, but kershaws are a good value and i don't beat myself up if i lose them or beat them up.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:07:12 PM EDT
I'm in love with Speedsafe. I actually have a boner about it right now. Which is inherently quite dangerous given the 'edgy' cause of the boner in the first place.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:07:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Silver_Surfer:
Cold Steel



Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:07:31 PM EDT
Companies I dig:

Chris Reeve
Spyderco
Benchmade
Victorinox
Esee
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:08:20 PM EDT
Go buy a knife and figure it out like the rest of us did. You don't know what you really want it for, but you want it to work for it. Good knives are built for specific functions.
Go buy a Benchmade or a ZT or a Spyderco or a Kershaw or a whatever catches your fancy and fits in your pocket. It takes a while to figure out what you want your knife to do. If you take care of it, and you decide it's not for you, you can get most of your money back here on the EE.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:08:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Halberdier:
Originally Posted By minimalist:
....looking to buy a quality knife...i'm pretty much a knife noob.

Point me in the right direction...

I was looking at an Emerson CQC 15



So you're looking at a large, heavy, 'tactical' folder that runs $200? I wouldn't buy a knife in this category or at this price. A 5 oz knife is not a good carry. 3.5" is more blade than you need for daily chores. $200 is way too much to spend for a folder. I would look for a smaller, lighter, quality blade for $100 or less. Benchmade is a good place to start. Just like with guns, the knife you actually carry is your best knife.





Sounds like good advice. Thanks. I was looking at the Benchmade 810 Contego but that's the same price.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:12:31 PM EDT
Bark River
Blackjack Classic
ESEE
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:12:34 PM EDT
Benchmade Barrage and an ESEE 3-5 and you will be GTG.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:14:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By NightCap:
Spyderco


should have been first post.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:14:58 PM EDT
You can get a Spyderco Military off ebay for 120 and up.
Don't like it? Flip it easily!! It's a big blade.
Might try the para-military. Either way you can get
your money back.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:15:47 PM EDT
Emerson with the wave feature is impossible to go wrong with
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:16:33 PM EDT
Benchmade
Spyderco
Microtech
SOG

Plenty to choose from, all use good steel.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:17:16 PM EDT
My 5 fave...

CRK
Benchmade
Randall
ESEE
Fiddleback Forge
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:18:54 PM EDT
I like the Buck 110 for about $40.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:20:16 PM EDT
Great knifes, but somewhat of an overstatement - especially if you are looking for an everyday folder.
Originally Posted By Rabon:
Randall, the rest don't matter.


Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:29:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mugsy:
Great knifes, but somewhat of an overstatement - especially if you are looking for an everyday folder.
Originally Posted By Rabon:
Randall, the rest don't matter.




That's what I took away from them when I went to look.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:30:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Rem700PSS:
Benchmade
Spyderco
Microtech
SOG

Plenty to choose from, all use good steel.


Shocked you're the first person to say SOG. I thought I'd see more.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:34:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wtturn:
I'm a huge zero tolerance fan.

kershaw honorable mention

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Agreed ZT is putting out some nice knives.

Check out ZT301, ZT0560, ZT0550

Spyderco, Benchmade, Microtech

Also the Chris Reeve Sebenza is timeless.

I like Strider SnG's and SMF's, yes the guy is a tool or whatever still awesome blades.


Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:36:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By minimalist:
Originally Posted By Rem700PSS:
Benchmade
Spyderco
Microtech
SOG

Plenty to choose from, all use good steel.


Shocked you're the first person to say SOG. I thought I'd see more.


I've had 3 SOG folders. All went back for warranty repair. All came back with issues. All 3 were given away as I was ready to throw them away....
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:38:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2013 6:40:03 PM EDT by Aimless]
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 6:39:19 PM EDT
Benchmade
ESSE
Spyderco
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