Why do you want a folder over a fixed blade?
This is a discussion on I'm ignorant. Help. within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I know very little about defense knives. Could some of you recommend an assisted opener under 100 bucks please. Pics would be nice too. Thanks ...
I know very little about defense knives. Could some of you recommend an assisted opener under 100 bucks please. Pics would be nice too.
Thanks to Lima's "weak side tools thread" I'm now in the knife market.
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Why do you want a folder over a fixed blade?
A good assisted opener is the Spyderco Waved Endura, I think I got mine for $50 on eBay.
What do you consider to be "assisted"? The above mentioned wave has that cut out which will catch on the corner of your pocket and open the blade, so it's kind of nice as it's not "mechanically" assisted, some state laws are funny about those things.
Kershaw also makes a fine line of assisted openers, including the LEEK, the Chive and a few others. They are pretty cheap as well.
Here is a link to ALL of Kershaw's "SpeedSafe" knives... happy hunting...lol
The Chives, Leeks and Scallions are all pretty good and under $100
I carry a Kershaw Blur, but check your state laws before buying or carrying a assisted opener.
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LOL.. No.. Mine is the all silver one.
Funny story behind that knife.
I was going to college down in Florida and my brother was going through EOD school down there and we would go out to gun and knife shows all the time. One day he asked me if he could use my knife.
I said, "I don't have a knife."
He said, "No sister of mine is going to be without a good knife."
We looked around for something that would be okay for me to keep with me in my dorm but I could rely on. We settled on the Kershaw as opposed to some of the more "military" style ones he and his team mates had picked out.
He wanted to get me the multi-colored one, but the only one available at the store we were currently at was the silver. So he bought it for me.
Then that whole afternoon we went over knife tactics and defense.
I have a good brother!
Way off topic, but I know a few EOD guys... its a small group.
Back on topic, I have the same knife JD posted and cant say enough good things about it, and its priced right too. Its seen some hard use over the year, its still sharp and is good as new.
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A relative that has retired from LE, suggested any sturdy serrated blade for defense, as it goes through skin faster than a plain blade, and try to let 'em bleed out.
Plenty of good recommendations so far and more to be had with a quick search.
Since you offered the "ignorant" comment and I don't know where you live, I'll offer one piece of advice......double check to ensure that assisted-open knives are legal for carry in your locale. In some places they're treated the same as autos.
My vote for all-time best general purpose knife that will also serve very well in a self-defense role if called upon to do so........ Plain edge Spyderco Endura or Delica. They're both bulletproof, inexpensive, quick to deploy, and real work horses. The only difference is blade length.
Last edited by David in FL; June 13th, 2008 at 12:24 PM.
I have two Kershaw Leeks...great knives...open and close with one hand...
Also just bought a KA BAR TDI...fixed blade but a great SD weapon...
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Yeah, IIRC, Maryland, PA and at least one other state have taken a "dim view" of the assisted openers.
A brief assessment: the Leek is the smallest practical defensive knife of that particular line. For a medium sized hand, it makes a decent fist-load when closed, as well. It is clearly of the "make deep sucking holes" ice pick/hammer-fist usage family. It is a bit small and smooth (hard to keep a grip on.)
I have a Leek and carry it in more socially refined settings. Otherwise, I carry a Spyderco P'kal or the waved Endura. Just as fast, still one handed, and larger blades.