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3/23/05 1:55 AM
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Looking for inexpensive and versatile folders Opinions on lock mechanisms? Blade composition/edge retention? Weight or feel? Price!? I have looked at some Kershaw, CRKT, Cold Steel, and Camillus. Found a Camillus HEAT for $40 that I like. Any input?
3/23/05 9:22 AM
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I like, and own, several Cold Steel and SOG products. Demi
3/23/05 11:20 AM
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Demi All the CS seem to be moderately priced and tough. I bought my father a small vaquero and he loves it. He has it on him all the time but uses it mostly for cutting line or rope when boating or fishing. After two years with out sharpening, he says it's just about as sharp as the day he got it. Also looked at the Recon but read some disparaging comments about their "axis" style lock. The voyager and gunsite series also have some things that look appealing. Which SOGs do you prefer? They had some nice looking folders. Is there any play in the blade when open? I had a Timberline assisted opener that was a little loose, but I'm not sure if that is common for all AOs or just that line.
3/23/05 12:55 PM
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Don't forget Buck knives. CRKT and Cold Steel are good for the price. I prefer the CRKT medium folders over the cold steel folders. I have SOG fixed blades; but not their folders. For a few more dollars, go with the top of the line and buy a benchmade or spyderco. Some spydercos to consider are the endura, military, chinook, manix, and yojimbo. For benchmade, check out the AFCK and the TSEK. They're a little closer to the $100 mark, but they're really reliable, and the customer service is excellent.
3/23/05 11:26 PM
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Thank you very much for the feedback. I keep reading about Benchmade and the axis locks. Very tempting. The Spyderco military looks pretty cool but the Endura seems to be more up my alley overall. Hopefully I'll make up my freekin' mind soon. The more I research the more questions I have. Thanks again for the opinions and info. I hope they keep coming.
3/24/05 12:41 AM
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My SOGs are fixed blades except my Power Lock and it rules. Demi
3/24/05 1:19 AM
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I have some spydercos, benchmades, but my favorite folder is a ken onion kershaw. I think i bought it for around a 80 bucks, online. seen them for twice that retail.
3/24/05 9:03 AM
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SOG fixed blades rock! They just feel right in the hand, and they're good field knives too. Benchmade AFCK 806D2 with the axis lock is one of the all-time great folders. It was designed by a navy seal, and the handle ergos are fantastic. The blade profile allows it to be REALLY sharp, but also really easy to sharpen. The steel is D2, and it's great because of the edge-holding, edge-sharpness, and ease of sharpening. The lock, of course, is solid. No give in any direction. You simply can't go wrong with an AFCK 806D2. My all time fave, though, is the spyderco chinook II. This is the toughest, sharpest folder I have, and it's designed as a tactical, but behaves like a utility knife. If I had to have just ONE folder in my collection (which is vast), it'd be this one. I tried to break this sucker once by trying to chop frozen branches. I didn't even ding it, and I was doing everything to break it. There's a recent test done on this same knife on bladeforums.com, under general discussion, in their "knife testing" forum. Best tactical and utility in one.
3/24/05 9:05 AM
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I just recently checked out a SOG. It was in the $50.00 range. It had a lot of side to side play in it. I didn't car for that particular knife. I'm sure like many manufacturers they have different grade levels. I'm happy with my CRKT small folder and my benchmade.
3/24/05 11:09 AM
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Next question is: Who to order from? Customer service, price, blah, blah, blah.
3/24/05 11:33 AM
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newgrahamknives.com 1sks.com Ebay's good too, but I don't from anyone with less that 99.5% ratings. It's a great way to get good deals. I bought my afck on ebay.
3/24/05 5:51 PM
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Actually, I think it's just newgraham.com.
Excellent prices.
3/25/05 12:29 AM
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4 Ranges: I'll give Buck a look. Which CRKT's in particular? I was kind of drawn to the M1. I have owned one of the M16's and wasn't crazy about how it felt in my hand. Aaron: Which Ken Onion Kershaw? I looked at the Blur and liked what I saw. There was another one that was similar but the name escapes me. Thanks everyone for the input. Hope this thread can help somebody else in my position. These forums have never steered me wrong when it comes to product reviews.
3/25/05 11:24 AM
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I was kind of drawn to the M1.
I've got one.
Pros - Feels solid in my grip, excellent flipper/fingerguard, wide blade shape with lots of cutting edge, very secure lock
Cons - Kinda big for a pocket. I find the thumbstud or flipper can snag when I draw from inside my pocket.
It's still one of my favorites.
3/25/05 12:51 PM
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Willybone, thanks for the details.
3/26/05 3:30 PM
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The CRKT M1's and M16's are very popular. But I prefer the KFF series. The feel is just perfect, and it's a sturdy design that works great as a tactical and a user.
3/26/05 9:45 PM
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KFF? Is that the Kasper series. If so I bought my brother one a while back. I almost snatched that sucker from his drawer when I visited my parents house the other day.
3/28/05 10:04 AM
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LOL@taking your bro's knife. Yep, that's the one. It's a great design: comfortable in the hand, and really good for the price.
3/28/05 1:09 PM
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It looked like he had used it for nothing but opening beer bottles for two years. Yeah, it's fairly hefty. Should of kept it for myself in the first place. Damn it:)
3/28/05 5:11 PM
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For inexpensive and versatile you can't beat a Spyderco Endura IMO. Buy them on ebay pretty cheap $40.
3/28/05 9:26 PM
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The Endura will probably be my next purchase or I may save a little extra dough for the Chinook.
3/29/05 9:09 AM
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Make sure you get the Chinook II: better steel, and better profile IMHO. It's my primary EDC.
3/30/05 1:53 PM
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FYI, Spyderco is coming out with a limited edition "waved" Endura. Of course it's pretty easy to wave one yourself but I'm looking forward to get one that's been factory waved.
3/30/05 2:37 PM
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Waved? Not familiar.
3/31/05 2:47 AM
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I have a Buck 110 folder & a Kabar USMC fighting knife. both are fairly cheap and built to last forever.

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