Defensive Benchmades

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    Defensive Benchmades

    I had a Benchmade Mini Griptilian until I lost it a few years ago. Best folder I've owned.

    Now I have a Kershaw and it's "ok". I like the assisted opening but the blade is about worthless. It doesn't keep an edge.

    I like to carry a folder and my Esee Izula. It's not politically correct to whip out a BA fixed blade to open something in public.

    But there are times where I can't conceal my Esee or its impractical. Like work. But I still want a good reliable defensive knife.

    But something that won't grab too much attention at work or church when I use it for a small chore. Work says 3" max, but I can fudge that a little.

    Montana doesn't really have any knife laws. 4" requires a ccw.

    I'm looking on eBay and see a few but not sure what to get. I'd like something cooler than the Mini Griptilian. Maybe the 940 Purdue?

    What other brands should I look at? Spyderco?

    I'd get a switch blade however there are too many idiots as is that freak about my Kershaw which is assisted and legal. Let alone a switch. Especially having to travel out of Big Sky so much.

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    My two normal EDC knives are a Griptilian, or a Spyderco Endura with the wave feature.

    I like both, and think they are both excellent knives for the money. I have a waved Delica as well, which has a shorter blade than the Endura, but is just as tough.

    I like the locking system on the Grip a little bit more, but like the slimness and wave feature on the Spyderco's.

    Personally, I don't think you can really go wrong with either. I have been bouncing back and forth between these two for years.

    EDIT: I also used to have a Benchmade 530, which really was a sweet little knife, nice and lightweight, and slim in the pocket. Unfortunately I lost that one somewhere in the middle of a training exercise in the deserts of 29 Stumps. But, it was a nice knife. I think I may need to order myself a new one in the near future, now that I am thinking about it. For something from Benchmade that is smaller than the Grip, it would be a solid choice.
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    If you're looking for a small, slim Benchmade folder, my vote would be for the Benchmade 530. Replace the clip with a deep carry clip and it will go unnoticed, until you take it out.

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    i love my fullsize griptillian...... had it for 8 years now
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    Any of the AXIS lock Benchmades will serve you well. My favorite is the Osborne Rift(center) but the Barrage and Presidio are very close runners up.


    I'd also recommend taking a look at Spyderco's Paramilitary 2


    Slim yet built like a tank and hair popping sharp out of the box.
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    Try a Gerber F.A.S.T. Just the right size too.
    I routinely carry a Gerber Applegate/Fairbairn Combat folder. Double edge is not what you want though.
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    I've had a Benchmade Stryker auto for years and it's my EDC. I think they make a non auto version of the same knife but I'm not completely sure off the top of my head.

    I used to have bunch of SOG folders which I really liked but had to sell them (along with a lot of other knives) a few years back when I was out of work. You might want to check their website. I saw a Youtube vid on that newish "Slimjim" of theirs recently and was kind of intrigued...

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    I am not by any-means a knife guy .. I love to collect them though ..
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    For me I like sypercos for non auto non assited they open fast and have decent to great blades ( I like the CO made ones ) ... The parmil or mil models are nice and I will try to see what model my smalelr ones is I also like this one Applegate-Combat-Folder-Double-Bevel-Serrated_ful.jpg .. The auto version is nice ..

    For a good basci cheep knife the cold steel stuff is very nice .. For a pure defesnive knife I like there push dagers
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    I like both Spyderco and Benchmade. For Spydeco I would choose Paramilitary for a 3.5 inch blade or maybe the 3.5 Caly. My favorite BM is the Barrage with the M390 steel. My second favorite is the Contego, but that is an almost 4 in blade. It is the CPM-M4 steel. The M4 is an HRC of 62-64. That's a very hard steel. M390 is a HRC of 60-62, but it is a fabulous steel from Germany. If you are looking for a sub 3.5 inch knife look at emissary 470, it is an S30v steel. It has a real strong assisted opening.

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    What are you guys using to sharpen your knives? I need to put more effort into this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeem406 View Post
    What are you guys using to sharpen your knives? I need to put more effort into this...

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    I use a Lansky System and I added some fine hones like 1000 and 2000 grit. I added leather strops with 4 compounds. I have a lot of Benchmades with 154CM blades and they just need to be stropped to get a great edge on them. The S30V blade on my 943 is a bit tougher to sharpen. Good luck....

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    I carry a SOG Trident TF6. The blade is 3.75 inches, which may be larger than you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeem406 View Post
    What are you guys using to sharpen your knives? I need to put more effort into this...

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    Lansky Deluxe to repair a damaged blade or cut a new bevel and cheap Harbor Freight four sided diamond hone for daily maintenance.

    I'm really jonesing for a Wicked Edge or a Tormek system but I can justify the $. I'll probably just invest some quality strops to get to the next level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post
    If you're looking for a small, slim Benchmade folder, my vote would be for the Benchmade 530. Replace the clip with a deep carry clip and it will go unnoticed, until you take it out.

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    I agree the 530 is a nice light weight knife to carry but the clip isn't positioned for deep carry. Where do you go to get the clips you suggest?
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    Trying for the 940 in eBay. We'll see. YouTube and Nutnfancy swear by the 940.
    I think this Kershaw would be good if I was better at sharpening. I can manage to get my Zwickey broadheads alright. But I'm no expert.
    I think I'll get a Lansky.

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