This is a discussion on Considering a new knife, need suggestions within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; That Skyline is a great knife for the price. Unless you want a trainer for it (which pretty much every tactical trainer out there advises) ...
That Skyline is a great knife for the price. Unless you want a trainer for it (which pretty much every tactical trainer out there advises) then it's a great choice that will suit your EDC/Tactical needs.
Once you get over four inches of blade you fairly quickly also run into inconvenience in size for most folks. Your typical folder is around one inch longer in folded length than blade length due to the pivot so I would be sure that 5+ inches of handle is what you want to be carrying around everywhere before you buy something you might really not like.
I carry either a Kershaw Blur (4 in blade) or a Benchmade Mini-Barrage (3.5 in blade)
Both assisted opening, both great knives in your budget.
Glock 19 in a Crossbreed supertuck EDC
Ruger LCP W/ CT "the go anywhere gun" EDC
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I own an S&W SWAT tactical folder w/ serrated edge on some of the botton. Other than the lack of a knob on the right side of blade, it is a cheap and reliable carry knife. Along with low cost ($45), you got quality with this knife and I have owned it since 2002.
Spyderco Endura Wave. The problem with assisted openers is you have to hit that little tiny stub to open it up and rarely get to practice actually manually opening it. In other words, you don't get everything right, you are screwed. My Endura is faster than any assisted opener. And I can and do practice both opening from the pocket and in the hand.
Another problem for me is most use liner locks. For a combat knife? No thanks.
Gun control can be blamed in part for allowing 9/11 to happen.
"Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum" (Latin)- "If you want peace, prepare for war".
Although it's a 3.75" blade, not a 4", I'd say a waved Endura. The SOG Aegis is nice, although I prefer the X-Ray Vision or Visionary, both of which you should be able to get within your price-point.
If you really want light though, Spyderco's Salt series could be worth a look. They're based of of the 3rd gen Delica/Endura handles. They don't have liners & are very light. I believe it's the Pacific Salt that's basically an Endura 3 with H1 blade steel. It's 2.5 oz, 5" closed with a 3.75" blade. Plus, it won't rust.
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Glock 19 & 26, Kahr CM9 & P45, Para P12, Kel-Tec P-32, S&W 442, & Dan Wesson 14-2.
Decent selection of Kershaw's at Wally World. Probably won't beat the price even online. I like the Kershaw knife personally.
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I am a fan of Cold Steel products for this purpose, especially folders, due to their price/performance ratio.
I am NOT particularly a "knife guy" but rather a "tool guy" and a self-defense guy, so this is my bias -- cheapest tool of sufficient quality for the most effective result.
Cold Steel Voyager XL (5") for the right hand pocket.
Cold Steel Spartan (4 1/2") for the left hand pocket.
Both were right at $58 each (total w/shipping & tax included).
Both open easily using inertia, thumb stud, or in the case of the Spartan a hook with similar effects to a Wave opener. They are however big knives so if you have small hands plan to use inertia primarily.
Texas allows up to 5 1/2" so if you live or regularly visit a state with different laws this will certainly affect your decision.
Prior to this I carried a pair of Spyderco Delica's (right under 3"), but these were largely chosen because they were allowed on airplanes prior to 911 -- I carry these primarily when traveling to restricted localities now.
For assisted opening try Kershaw Blur, Kershaw Cyclone,
and for carrying in winter the Tyrade. The Blur is very fast
opening, fairly easy to carry in a pocket. Never a problem.
All delivered very sharp. A sharp knife is a safe knife.
I second the Benchmade Griptilian. There is a wide variety of blade shapes available and they all have a drone for training with. Excellent quality, lock-up like a vault, and they pop right open for you. Just tuck the blade up against the back stitching of your front pants pocket and you won't have any opening in your pocket surprises that sometimes comes with tip-up carry.
Kershaw Leek is what I carry. Clip is moveable to either end.
I used to have a benchmade or two. Got rid of both of them after I just about got the blade jammed into my forearm because the thumb knob had been bumped while the knife was on my belt, the blade came open (pointed straight up). Benchmade puts their clips on the wrong end. All clips should be mounded on the end that the blade pivots on to prevent accidental opening and stabbing the user in the arm.
Glock 26 XD9sc
Ruger SR9c Ruger LCP