Best knife 3.5" blade or less?

Best knife 3.5" blade or less?

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    Best knife 3.5" blade or less?

    Bottom line: I need a good knife with a 3.5" blade or less.

    I went to my base inprocessing brief today. I must say the best brief of the day was by the C-Springs PD. He flat-out told us that open carry was legal, described the "travelling" law for having a pistola in your car, and recommended we get a license to carry concealed. (Of note, one guy in a room of about 50 raised his hand when asked if anybody had a CCW license. That means there were at least two of us.) They offer ump-teen courses to the public on various topics, such as Personal Awareness, Anti-carjacking, Burglar-proofing (or attempting to) your house, etc.

    This was the only wrench he threw in my plans. Thanks in advance for y'all's help.

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    "Best"?

    That means something different to almost everyone.

    My favorite brand is SOG but there's so many to choose from. I have a Gerber that I found on flea-bay for $14.00 that's great.

    Maybe you should find some you like and then post them to see who has them?
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    Well right now I have a Kershaw. I'm looking into either a Spyderco Delica or a Benchmade Griptilian.
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    Benchmade, SOG, and Kershaw are my personal favorites.

    Best depends on usage, person, sharpening skill, hand size, etc.
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    If you're talking folders I like the Benchmade Griptilian, Spyderco Endura Wave and Emerson CQC-14 (least to most expensive). I'd give an honorable mention to the Spyderco Yojimbo but they've been out of production for a couple of years (big mistake in my opinion) and may be impossible to find.

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    I have a single vote...Kershaw!
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    The best?

    What blade shape and thickness do you want? Fixed or folder? If a folder what kind of lock (or none)? Do you have a steel preference? How big are your hands? Do you prefer assisted opening or something more traditional?

    The number of possibilities even with a limited budget is staggering.

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    Kershaw Blur Folder with assisted opening at Wally World $54 and some change. I now own two, good knife for the money.

    Ka-Bar TDI 1480 fixed blade, another inexpensive knife.
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    Thanks for the feedback.

    To answer some of the questions, this would be strictly a defensive knife. I'm not set on a folder or a fixed blade, but I'm considering a fixed blade. I have medium-sized hands with short, stubby fingers.

    My current blade is a Kershaw assisted-opener, but the blade's too long. The only complaint I have with it is that it's not ambidextrous. I know nothing about blade steels.

    Keep 'em coming!
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    For fixed blades Bark River is worth a look. They don't look like "tactical" knives but they cut splendidly. This is their mini north star with a 3.5in. blade:


    They also sell a couple smaller models. As far as folders go a spyderco delica is the first thing that comes to my mind. It's ambidextrous and you can put the pocket clip on either side.

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    Ask 100 people what the best anything is and you'll get at least 85 different answers......

    But, since you asked......Spyderco delica, plain blade. Under $50 and bulletproof.
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    I second the Bark River if your looking into a fixed blade. They are all handmade in the Upper Peninsula of MI, carry a life-time guarantee and if you ship it back to them they will sharpen it as many times as you want. Strong, dependable, and built by American men!
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    Folder: Spyderco waved-Delica, Benchmade Griptilian (don't remember the exact blade length) or Mini-Griptilian, Cold Steel Voyager (if they make one that small).

    Fixed: Ka-Bar TDI, Cold Steel push-dagger, Ontario Rat-3 (don't buy it from Ontario), Something from TOPS like the "Wolf Pup"
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    +1 Spyderco waved Delica!

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    Any Spyderco. Literally razor sharp. However, after some considerable "research" I opted for the Spyderco, fixed "Street Beat". 3.5". Flat out the best knife I own. If you are looking at defense, you want weak side "grab and slash" with minimal effort which means, for me, no folders. In a Kydex sheath at traditional vertical it hides nicely with an open shirt but can be canted as you see fit. And most importantly, it just looks bad without all the Crocodile Dundee baggage.
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