Good Assisted Opening Folder

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    Good Assisted Opening Folder

    I am in the market for a high quality, 3 inch blade, assisted opener, 100 bucks maximum, not metal handles, what ya all got that really kicks butt.

    Right now I carry a Mini Griptilian...ant that is the type of knife I like!!!!

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    Spyderco Native.

    I know, I know, I can't follow instructions, it's not assisted open. But it's just as fast and a great value at about $85!

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    The Kershaw 1550ST it is assited opener, quicker than a switchblade and easy to open, less than $100 and sharp as can be. The blade is 3 1/4.
    I carry this everywhere...
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    Yep...thats a good looking knife, I found it new on Ebay for 45 bucks!!!!
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    I just bought the Benchmade Sequal 707. I really like it and have the griptillian as well. I like the 707 because it's a bit flatter. I wear mine IWB at 5:00. I got mine for $90 something.

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    Kershaw seems to make decent assisted opening knives. I own the Blur which is a bit bigger than you are asking about. But the Chive I used to own would be about right.
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    How about the CRKT Mini My Tighe? 3.0" blade with OutBurst assisted opening for an MSRP of $80. I posted about my Mini a while ago... http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...-my-tighe.html

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    I really like this knife, so much that I bought a few extras in the event something were ever to happen to it. I rotate it for EDC with my Kershaw Scallion. My friend turned me on to the CRKT My Tighe but I was not a fan of the AutoLawks and it was a little larger than what I wanted. Then CRKT came out with the Mini My Tighe which had a smaller blade (3") and lacked the unwanted AutoLawks and it was love at first sight!

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    Kershaw Mini-Cyclone on my side for almost 2 yrs now and I love it!!!

    Kershaw really makes a great knife for the $$ and that Speed Safe..... oh baby!!
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    If you're going to go with a Kershaw, stick with one of the models with a frame-lock...AFAIC, the rest of them suck.
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    i couldn't be more pleased with my SOG trident, got the tanto blade w/ black coating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlockAddict View Post
    i couldn't be more pleased with my SOG trident, got the tanto blade w/ black coating.
    That is a nice blade, indeed!

    I have been wanting a larger folder and that is the one I have my eye on.
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    I have two Kershaw's...
    Both are Ken Onion assisted openers...great knives. You can get one for about $50-75...opens and closes EASILY, with one hand.
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    Here's another vote for the Kershaw's. I've got a Chive and Baby Boa. Shop around and you can find some good deals out there.

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    Cool Two Thumbs up on Kershaw!

    I bought a 1550 many years ago, and proceeded to drop it onto a concrete floor after carrying it for about 3 years. The impact of the fall broke the spring that assists the opening of the knife. One phone call and a few days later, I received three replacement springs free of charge.

    Two years later I managed to break the tip off the blade, another phone call, they asked that I ship it to them to evaluate. Two weeks later I received a brand new knife absolutely free.

    Two thumbs up for Kershaw!
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    I'll echo the SOG Trident. The SOG Flash II is also handy. I find both are a little thicker in the handle than some other folders. That's nice for filling your grip, but a little bulge-heavy if you're trying to be discrete. Both are AUS-8 steel. I've carried em both for about 4 years. My only complaint is the slightly dubious safety that I can't really get a good tactile feel for.

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