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    Looking For EDC Knife

    What do you recommend? Budget is less than $100. Folding is preferable but not required. Need it as a tool more than a back up weapon. I know this is pretty general, but other than SOG, Kershaw, Gerber, I'm knife brand ignorant. I'm pretty new to carrying anything other than cheap little folding knives. Doesn't need to double as a survival knife / camping tool as I also have a Buck 119. Thanks for your input!

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    Check out Spyderco. Short of assisted opening knives they are very easy to open with your thumb or a flick of the wrist.
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    Spyderco Tenacious is inexpensive and durable (at least for the last two years). I am not kind to my knives and this one has held up pretty darned well.
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    I'm gonna go with suggesting a Benchmade Mini Griptillian. I've had a number of EDC knives and I think I'm happier with this one, for general daily carry, than any other knife I've tried.

    It's not outrageously priced, small enough to be easy to carry, very lightweight and holds an edge very well. They can be had for about $80 or so.
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    I have a Spyderco knife, a Benchmade assisted-open knife, and a Benchmade auto-open knife for carry. The assisted-open and auto-open are legal for carry in Oregon, but illegal when I cross into Washington. Check state and local laws on blade size regulations and auto-open or assisted-open legality.
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    Although I have a collection of carry knives that would classify as "tactical" I most often carry a Buck Omni-Hunter. They measure out at 4 inches and have 420HC steel. It's a wide blade that can easily be sharpened to a shaving edge. They come with a sheath that can be carried vertically or horizontally on the belt. Since I live in a more rural area it makes better sense to me to carry a utilitarian blade. Plus this is the South...Buck knives and 30-30's are standard issue down here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostMaker View Post
    Although I have a collection of carry knives that would classify as "tactical" I most often carry a Buck Omni-Hunter. They measure out at 4 inches and have 420HC steel. It's a wide blade that can easily be sharpened to a shaving edge. They come with a sheath that can be carried vertically or horizontally on the belt. Since I live in a more rural area it makes better sense to me to carry a utilitarian blade. Plus this is the South...Buck knives and 30-30's are standard issue down here!

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    Oh, I forgot, they generally run around the $50 or so mark, so it is well within your guidelines.
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    If you are looking for a work knife, skip the "tactical black" ninja coating and go for a polished (or bead blasted) high quality stainless. 440c and AUS8 are acceptablebudget steels. Cold Steel has some decent work knives, sans spring assist. Spyderco blades are great, but tend to be a bit pricey. Buck knives are a good choice, too. Steel type and the company's reputation for standing behind their product are the biggest concerns.

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    For a general purpose edc knife, I have been carrying a Case Stockman medium for years. The three blades allow for a wide range of effective use and its light enough not to be a bother carrying in any pocket. Also, they have a nice classic look to them.

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    If its actually for self defense, i.e. you may have to stick someone who means to kill you, I wouldn't carry anything smaller than a 5" blade, and even that's pushing it a great deal. There is a reason every combat knife ever made to be carried by a soldier is considerably longer than a pocket knife. Short blades don't hit vitals and don't kill. Long ones do. The Bowie knife wasn't a fad because it was big and kewl looking, it was popular because it worked very well as splitting BGs open, slicing their arteries, and puncturing their delicate parts. That would be the .44 Magnum, but for pocket carry think .25 as opposed to 9mm or .45. Anything small is simply too underpowered to depend upon, but just like a .25, its better than nothing...

    Many of these "self defense blades" are really no better than a prison yard shank, because they are quite simply too short, and you would have to use them exactly like you see the prisoners doing it. If you're going to carry one of those for self defense you have to be prepared to use them thusly, and my guess is that very few law abiding people have that kind of ferocity and violence pent up inside ready to explode on a would be criminal...

    There are allot of long folders out there for under $100 in cheap 440c, AUS8, 1055, and other high carbon steels. Really any of them will work, and it just depends on what's most comfortable. I carry an XL Vaquero, with a 6" blade, but they don't make them anymore. They really don't have to be all that tough if you intend to cut manflesh with it, and even cheap Italian stilettos work well (they've been murdering each other with them for hundreds of years).

    I absolutely love knives, all of them. It's ridiculous how many I have, and there is no question that the models and brands mentioned are great blades. However, carrying one to cut stuff and clean your fingernails isn't the same thing at all as being committed to actually using one for self defense. A knife is considered a thugs weapon almost everywhere except the military, and using one to cut someone has even more dire legal ramifications than shooting someone. It also can be a hell of a lot more dangerous. As a self defense weapon they require a whole different mind set, and though the laws are the same you will not be treated the same if you cut someone. It will be allot harder to convince the police your the good guy in a stabbing rather than a shooting, and that's just the way it is, because of the type of people who are most often involved in stabbings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TX expat View Post
    I'm gonna go with suggesting a Benchmade Mini Griptillian. I've had a number of EDC knives and I think I'm happier with this one, for general daily carry, than any other knife I've tried.

    It's not outrageously priced, small enough to be easy to carry, very lightweight and holds an edge very well. They can be had for about $80 or so.
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    I prefer the full-sized Griptilian, but I have big hands. I own a Mini as well for jurisdictions with smaller max blade lengths.

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    I have a Spyderco knife, a Benchmade assisted-open knife, and a Benchmade auto-open knife for carry. The assisted-open and auto-open are legal for carry in Oregon, but illegal when I cross into Washington. Check state and local laws on blade size regulations and auto-open or assisted-open legality.
    Just a heads-up. Oregon law doesn't prohibit possession of assisted-open knives, but it is illegal to conceal them. And there's no clear cut definition of "concealed" in the ORS, except that openly carried in a sheath on the belt is not considered concealed.
    In other words, if it's in your pocket, you're breaking the law. Partially visible, it's up to the judgement of the officer to determine. Stupid technicality, but there it is...

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    Hard to go wrong with either a Spiderco Endura or Delica! IMHO, they are an industry standard for a general EDC folding knife. Good luck!
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    Thanks, every body. Seems like I have some great options here. I appreciate the feedback.

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    I went to the benchmade automatic knife site and there was a notice that automatic knives cannot be sold to non Leo, etc. but in KY switchblades are perfectly legal with a CCDW. Can anyone shed any light on this? Maybe I misinterpreted the warning message.

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