Help with non-assisted folding knife for edc/defense...

Help with non-assisted folding knife for edc/defense...

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    Help with non-assisted folding knife for edc/defense...

    Hello all.

    I know absolutely nothing about knives. The closest I've ever gotten to carrying a knife is the utility blade on my Swiss Army multi-tool. I'm looking for something a bit more substantial that I could use for self-defense (I carry the Swiss Army with me so I can use that for everyday utility type stuff).

    In NC I can't carry a fixed blade or a spring assisted knife. We are only allowed to carry an "ordinary" folding pocket/purse knife. What should I be looking for in a knife? Do any of you have any recommendations?

    I know I'll need training, so you don't have to give me the speech. I'm looking for a class locally. If you know of a good class in NC I'd appreciate a heads up.

    Thanks.


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    Be hard to go wrong with a Spyderco Delica or Endura or a Benchmade Griptilian. Great knives, all of them, and they all have available trainers for when you find yourself a class or a seminar so you'll be able to train with the knife you'll actually use.

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    Spyderco and Benchmade make excellent production knives. My favorite Spydercos are the Wave Delica and Endura. The Emerson Wave is one of the fastest opening knives that you'll find on the market. No springs or assisted opening at all. It's basically a hook that catches your pant pocket and opens up on draw.

    Spyderco Wave

    Benchmade also makes very nice knives. IMO, the Axis lock is the best knife locking mechanism on the market. It's extremely strong and is very easy to manipulate. You can flip open any of the Axis lock knives with a single hand.
    Benchmade Axis Lock

    My current favorite knife is the Emerson CQC-10. It's a very nice knife with the Wave opening. Not cheap, but it's a very solid knife.
    Emerson Knives

    A Youtube video of the Wave in action.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK9Qk_t1xHQ

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    +1 for Benchmade Griptilian.

    Remember that whatever you get it has to lock in the open position to be useful for self defense.
    In the heat of the moment, what matters is what your body knows -- not what your mind knows.

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    Ditto everything mfcmb said...the griptillian rocks!
    "Good decisions come from experience;
    experience comes from bad decisions"

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    Spyderco hands down

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    My best advice is to try a bunch of knives...Spydercos, Benchmades, whatever. Find the one that fits your hand and wants the best, ignore the prices on the internet as a quality knife, like a firearm, is an investment, and go with your gut rather than flavor of the month. Steels largely don't matter as any quality maker will make a knife that will keep an edge and won't bust unless you do something retarded with it. So don't listen to some independantly wealthy steel nazi who says you need the latest, greatest, superfly-double-dong steel for three times the price.

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    Mine is a Buck Vantage , one hand no spring assist opening, reversible clip for left or right pocket use, and around 20 bucks.
    When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.

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    benchmade griptilian is my first pick

    spyderco endura when u want something slimmer

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    German knives are well made and knives made in Gifu Japan are the best I've seen.

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    DZ,
    To correct you on something, AUTOMATIC opening knives are TECHNICALLY illegal here in NC. ASSISTED opening knives,IE Kershaw speed-safes,Benchmade Axis-assist & all the others I can't recall right now, are a different story & are COMPLETELY legal.

    Also, you CAN carry a fixed blade long as its not concealed.
    Last edited by Elitematch; April 13th, 2010 at 11:15 PM. Reason: added info.

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    If your like me and have a tendancy to lose your knife every now and again, the Gerber Evo Jr is 2.75" blade, not an assisted opener, but is just as fast to get out due to the finger stud, holds an edge well and only costs about $20

    YouTube - Gerber EVO Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elitematch View Post
    DZ,
    To correct you on something, AUTOMATIC opening knives are TECHNICALLY illegal here in NC. ASSISTED opening knives,IE Kershaw speed-safes,Benchmade Axis-assist & all the others I can't recall right now, are a different story & are COMPLETELY legal.

    Also, you CAN carry a fixed blade long as its not concealed.
    According to the code I read you cannot have a spring assisted knife:

    This section does not apply to an ordinary pocket knife carried in a closed position. As used in this section, "ordinary pocket knife" means a small knife, designed for carrying in a pocket or purse, that has its cutting edge and point entirely enclosed by its handle, and that may not be opened by a throwing, explosive, or spring action.
    GS_14-269

    I'm I reading this wrong?

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    What's your budget, and what features do you look for in a knife?

    If you're not sure about that last part, its definitely something you should put thought into.

    Do you have a large or small hand?
    How will you carry it, do you need a belt clip?
    Are you left or right handed?
    Do you prefer to carry it tip up or tip down?
    Do you have a preference for opening it?
    Thumb stud (again, are you left or right handed)? Hole in blade?
    Will you sharpen it yourself or send it back to the manufacturer?
    Do you value a lifetime warranty?
    Do you need to watch the "PC" value, in other words, will your coworkers have you fired if they see a 4" tactical looking (read "black") knife in your pocket?
    Billy
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    Griptilian I own and carry, and love. Next knife will be an Endura, only need to choose whether to get the waved or the regular.

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