Your TDI is legal to carry in VA, but I would recommend a Spyderco Endura 4 with the Emerson wave. I got mine off of Ebay for about $60 shipped.
This is a discussion on Help me find a good defensive folder... within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I like Gerber and CRKT. Either one of those fine companies should have something you like for under $50.00....
I like Gerber and CRKT. Either one of those fine companies should have something you like for under $50.00.
I've got to throw in my Kershaw Leek Assisted Opener (Ken Onion)...it's about the quickest knife to open with one hand...one-handed closing, too!
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With my CRKT, the serrated ends of the 'guard' act much like the Emerson Wave if you set the clip up right. Simply removing the knife from my pocket will open the knife. The locking feature is also very nice.
The TDI takes a while to get used to because it's definitely a different concept. I say hang onto it and if you're so inclined get a training course with it. Your mind might change.
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I have both the Spyderco Endura and the smaller Delica...they give you a lot of knife for the money spent...
Been carrying Spydercos 24/7 for about 12 years. I broke the tip off my first Endura after about 5 years, and then bought another one. Been using that same one ever since. Money well spent.
They are super light (I can't tell it's there), durable, sharp out of the box, and affordable. Just don't do stupid stuff like trying to use the tip of your knife as a screwdriver. :)
I have carried the CRKT Hissatsu Folder for about a year and can recommend it as an outstanding carry piece. It is quite reasonably priced and has performed quite well for me.
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You might consider the sog trident, I carry one daily and have put it through the ringer, at both work (Fire/EMS) and on the farm. The model I carry is the SOG Trident (Black TiNi) TF-1, I have carried this knife for about a year now and with daily use the edge is still sharp enough to shave with. The Assisted open technology ensures a fully opened blade every time it's deployed.
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I carry the SOG Flash II and love it. I thought that I had lost it a few months ago, and I ordered 2 more, just to have a spare. Then, I found the first one in my car, it had fallen out of my pocket (not the knife's fault). So, I put one n my bug out kit, and I carry one, and I have a spare. I really like that knife!