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March 6, 2009, 10:29 PM
Anyone have any good recommendations for a good carry knife? any brands that are particularly good?

Thanks :)

March 6, 2009, 10:36 PM
Kershaw Scallion.



Bill DeShivs
March 6, 2009, 10:54 PM
I carry a SOG Flash model.

March 6, 2009, 11:11 PM
I'm carrying a Kershaw right now but it will be replaced w/a Benchmade or Spyderco soon. they have the best steel right now.

March 7, 2009, 05:54 PM
well, those are quite pricey.
Anything not as expensive?

March 7, 2009, 06:24 PM
You can always go to Wally World and get a $9.99 pocket knife. There are tons of decent Chinese blades for less than the above.

March 7, 2009, 06:27 PM
well, I hate WM. but yeah, what about the gun brands? (Remington, S&W) - are those pretty decent?

March 7, 2009, 06:28 PM
Most of those are rebadged Chinese blades. But yeah, they'll cut stuff and stay sharp enough for long enough.

March 7, 2009, 06:29 PM
lol, really? That seems unusual - but ok. Thanks :)

March 7, 2009, 06:31 PM
Spyderco LE stainless with a combo edge like this one:


But then at about $90 each after I lost the third one I deceided to do the same as I do with pens and sunglasses and buy a bunch of cheap ones and switched to these:


You get a dozen for about $20 and while I would hate to trust my life to one at least I know there's always one in my pocket.

March 7, 2009, 06:38 PM
lol, really? That seems unusual - but ok. Thanks
Taylor makes the S&W blades. They say their "distribution facility" is in TN, but they don't mention that they get the knives from somewhere in PRC.


March 7, 2009, 06:44 PM
I carry a SOG Flash model.

Me too. Good knives. Got two for 35.00 ea. from a member of my local forum recently.

To the OP,

Check into the leatherman series knives. C301 and C303 are both good knives for not a whole lot of money.

March 7, 2009, 08:04 PM


Opens with a flick of your thumb and has two locks, a liner lock with a release, and a second lock that basically fixes the blade. Easily closed one handed too.


March 7, 2009, 08:37 PM
Anyone have any good recommendations for a good carry knife? any brands that are particularly good?


Kershaw. Pick one up at Wal-Fart or any sporting goods store for $35-$100, depending on what model you want. Relatively cheap and reliable, made with good quality steel... Can't be beat for the money IMO.

The Great Mahoo
March 8, 2009, 07:44 PM
I'm partial to Columbia River these days. I used to carry a Spyder Co, but replaced it with a CRKT Mount Rainier I picked up for $35 at Gandar Mountain. I like it since it is a line-lock knife, but has a safety latch that blocks the lock and prevents it from clipping past the lock and closing (I've had that happen before).

March 8, 2009, 08:08 PM
I have a few CRKT knives and am also very fond of them. None of the particular models I have are very suitable for EDC because of their size (more field/camping/hunting oriented) but they have some quality products for not much $.

March 8, 2009, 08:36 PM
Benchmade Pika . . . only $30 or less and quite a bargain for a solid knife made of 440C steel. Very thin and light.

March 8, 2009, 09:00 PM
Its a knife. In self defense it is meant to stab somebody, not shave their arm hair. I would say get the cheapest largest folding knife you can find, unless it is so horrible the blade is literally going to fall off on impact.

March 8, 2009, 09:18 PM
I got one of these at Cabelas to replace a knife i lost. Great knife, sharp, easy to conceal, and a bargain. $40 here in Spokane.

YOu can pay a ton of money for a knife, but ultimately, this works. I woudn't want it used against me. The spring action is reliable, and easy to learn. I can draw, deploy, and old up this knife in total darkness. Its very efficient and well designed.

Gerber FAST (http://www.gerbergear.com/index.php/product/id/224)

Bill DeShivs
March 8, 2009, 10:17 PM
"Its a knife. In self defense it is meant to stab somebody, not shave their arm hair. I would say get the cheapest largest folding knife you can find, unless it is so horrible the blade is literally going to fall off on impact."

Worst cutlery advice I have ever seen!

March 8, 2009, 10:27 PM
I like my Gerber Gator folding knife. good grip, stays sharp, only about $25.00

March 9, 2009, 12:00 AM

Opens with a flick of your thumb and has two locks, a liner lock with a release, and a second lock that basically fixes the blade. Easily closed one handed too.


flicks open with thumb, can close with one hand, and 18$?

This is what I'm looking for - thanks :)

If anyone has any suggestions like this, feel free

March 9, 2009, 12:28 AM
I don't go anywhere without a SwissArmy knife in my pocket. Gerber for self defense (in city). Puma (pricey) or Gerber in the woods.

Don't short yourself on the steel. Some of the Japanese and Chinese offerings you can't ever put an edge on much less hold it. You have to trust me on this issue, I can't tell you how many hours that I've spent trying to sharpen garbage steel.

If you can't shave with it, it's not sharp! BTW a skinning or fillet knife CAN be TOO sharp.

March 14, 2009, 04:28 PM
I've had three of these knives: Colt m-16 auto/manual with hidden button. I bought all mine for around $60 each, but sometimes people ask up to $90.


March 19, 2009, 06:33 PM
boker kalashnikov, for around 35$ on ebay

March 19, 2009, 06:35 PM
i carry a gerber and kershaw myself

March 20, 2009, 12:18 PM
I'm a benchmade man. I always have at least one on me.

Personally, my favorite is the Benchmade Ambush.

My brother has the Benchmade Osborne, if you're looking for something a little more solid. Nicest steel i've ever seen, titanium skeleton and aircraft aluminum handle. That thing is razor sharp too.
(best picture i could find. My brother's one is without serration though.)

March 20, 2009, 12:51 PM
I personally like Kershaw. Here is my daily carry. Kershaw Ken Onion Blur, assisted opening -


March 20, 2009, 01:24 PM
I carry an AG Russell Featherlite. Weighs a mere 1 1/2 ounces, costs ~$50, has nice ATS-34 Japanese SS blade (or cheaper AUS-8 blade for $35), opens rather easily, fairly easily sharpened, holds a nice edge. Unlocking the blade is a bit funny, but otherwise, it has been a good knife.


I have the clip point model.

That's a lousy photo. Mine looks much better than that would suggest.

March 21, 2009, 03:19 PM
Anything california approved auto. Press the button and its there. No thumbs, no picking at it--just press the button and its there. Get it big, get it small, get whatever you like. I have a Schrade Smedly--little blade, nice pocket knife for the little things-finger nails, cutting, cleaning teeth etc.

March 22, 2009, 04:59 AM
I just replaced my cheap Frost Cutlery blade with a Schrade X-Timer. Not a super expensive blade like some I've seen, but I've owned 3 Schrade folders in my lifetime, and for a basic knife, they have always kept up their end of the deal. The only thing stopping me from carrying my old Schrade Firebird is that I can't find the doggone thing since I moved. I used it to unpack, so I know its around here somewhere.........

In any case, for everyday cutting, slicing, dicing, and mutilation of cardboard boxes, not to mention the occasional chunk taken out of one of my wandering fingers, my past Schrade blades have held up well enough. The cheap Frost Cutlery blade I picked up has already started falling apart after only a few months of use - the blade itself wiggles quite a bit when locked open. I'm glad to have replaced it with a new Schrade.

March 22, 2009, 06:07 AM
Cold Steel's Gunsite Tanto would be nice for an exclusively SD knife. I replaced a Spyderco Endura with a Cold Steel Ultimate Hunter and I'm very happy with it so far. I hate liner-locks, the Ultimate Hunter has a great rocker bar lock as does their Gunsite Tanto.

March 27, 2009, 05:44 PM
When I want a fixed blade I carry my Glock 78. When I carry a folder (usually what I carry) I carry my Gerber Paraframe 1.

March 27, 2009, 06:44 PM
Any of the major brands are good just don't by something too cheap, a solid knife might save you one day.

March 27, 2009, 08:17 PM
+ 1 Kershaw Ken Onion Blur, assisted opening - Just dont try to use as a screwdriver you will break the tip.

March 27, 2009, 09:06 PM
I don't go anywhere (where its legal) without a knife, and I can easily say that I have definately lost and broken quite a few a year. I probably use them 5 to 10 times a day.

I've found it good to pick up a few $2-3 knives (can be found at any dollar-type store around) to keep around if you ever need a knife. They are cheap enough that you can keep one in a backpack, glovebox, desk, or locker and never have to worry about being without a knife. I don't recommend always using a low-grade knife, yet it is much better to break or lose a $2 knife then a $40 or $60 one.

I would definately suggest getting a decent knife to keep in your pocket as a "daily carry knife." I've used S&W, Remington, and Winchester knives--all of which are I've found to be good knives. What seem to me to be important is to pick a good solid knife that you seem to like both in feel and in look.

I live in Georgia and I always stop in at the Smoky Mountian Knife Works in Pidgeon Forge, TN whenever I pass through to pickup a $9.99 knife just as a backup. I have found it to be an excellent place to get some good quality, long lasting knives for a relatively decent price.

This is just what I have picked up over the years.

March 28, 2009, 11:27 AM
IMHO you can't do better than a Bechmade 'Griptillian'. Great locking system, easy one handed opening and good steel. This is my EDC blade.

March 28, 2009, 01:11 PM
+ 1 Kershaw Ken Onion Blur, assisted opening - Just dont try to use as a screwdriver you will break the tip.

Yea my buddy who has the same one as me tried to pry out a piece of wood and snapped off about the top inch of the blade. Kershaw replaced it even though it was about 2 years old.

March 28, 2009, 04:46 PM
I like to carry a SOG flash 2 or my kershaw, good knives without BIG $

March 28, 2009, 11:20 PM

Every one has a different definition of a good carry knife. My favorite was a good deal at $125. Others would think that is a crazy price to pay for a daily carried knife.

My advice is to get a Kershaw or Spyderco that you like in the price range you are willing to pay for an everyday carry knife. Both of those brands have a very good reputation and make knives that are inexpensive (very good quality for the price) all the way up to expensive (great quality with great materials). The Byrd line of knives is made by Spyderco. They are less expensive but still a good value for a good knife.

Benchmade makes very good knives as well but they are not really for the budget minded.

April 1, 2009, 08:09 AM
Quote: "well, I hate WM. but yeah, what about the gun brands? (Remington, S&W) - are those pretty decent?"

Those are Chinese bladed. Some of the S&W have quality blades that just happened to be from a good batch of steel, and I have a few, but there aren't many.

If you want a good carry knife you're gonna look for Spyderco, SoG, Kershaw, a few Gerbers are ok, Buck, Cold Steel, Benchmade, anything Ken Onion, Mick Strider, Steve Tarani.

Edit: Those Colt knives look nice, very similar to Kalashnikov, but the AK knives are illegal in most states, not to stop to many people though.

Edit 2: Oh yeah forgot Emerson.

April 1, 2009, 08:42 AM
I see you at some point stated 'those are pricey'. I have had good luck with CRKT knives lately. They aren't quite as expensive as some and seem to take abuse well. I have a Benchmade AFCK and an Emerson Commander that I carry, but I also do as some others have stated here.... have some cheaper ones around for utility purposes.

Contrary to another posting here, I LIKE my defense knife to be razor sharp. If I have to get through a coat or other barrier to get to the bad guy, I'd like it to go through with as little effort as possible. To each his own, and I do understand the intent of that post I believe, not trying to start any arguments. :)

This has been a great thread. I've seen several knifes that I'm interested in now! At good prices.... especially that benchmade Pika. Didn't even know that existed.

Thanks to everyone

April 3, 2009, 11:58 PM
I had a nice remington that i carried when out at night in a bad neighborhood I used to live in. Great knife and I have proof.

I had a couple not too friendly drunk come up to me so I reached into my pocket for it, they turned out to be harmless after a few words but i damn near cut my thumb off. still got a nice scar to keep me reminded to not be so darn jumpy.

Shadi Khalil
April 4, 2009, 12:02 AM
I just ordered a SOG twitch 2.