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    Largest assisted opener?

    Guys, I prefer a large folder. Looking for an assisted one that has about a 4 to 5" blade. Not having a ton of luck. I have a Kershaw Avalanche that I have carried for about 2 years but have the itch for something new. Think it's a little under 3.5" or so. Does anyone even make a 4" assisted opener or larger or is this too complex to manufactur and make it open correctly. Oh, one thing I DO NOT want is a safety on it. I have a Sog Flash II that I hate for that reason. Any help would sure be appreciated. Would rather not spend anymore than $120.00
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    I'm not a knife expert but have been an avid buyer and user for a couple years now. I personally haven't seen anything larger than a ZT 0300 series with assisted opening. Until Benchmade adds assist to the Skirmish 630/630BK (if ever) the ZT 0300 series is the biggest one I know of right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeek View Post
    I'm not a knife expert but have been an avid buyer and user for a couple years now. I personally haven't seen anything larger than a ZT 0300 series with assisted opening. Until Benchmade adds assist to the Skirmish 630/630BK (if ever) the ZT 0300 series is the biggest one I know of right now.
    I have a Gerber Fairbairn. Although, it is not assisted it does have a thumb post which makes it very easy to deply the 4.48" blade.

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    I almost forgot about he CRKT Hissatsu Folder too. It has a pretty long blade but doesn't feel "big". I own one even and still forgot about it

    Hissatsu™ Folder


    2903: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge, OutBurst assisted opening
    Blade: Length: 3.875” (9.8 cm)
    Thickness: 0.15” (0.38 cm)
    Steel: AUS 8, 58-59 HRC
    Closed: Handle length: 5.0” (12.7 cm)
    Open: Overall length: 8.75” (22.2 cm)
    Weight: 5.8 oz. (164 g)

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    I can direct you to some large folders, but no large assisted openers unless you want to wait a few years and spend lots of $$$ on a Darrel Ralph custom.
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    Thanks for the Zero Tolerance idea...I hadn't looked at them. That Hissatsu Folder is nice. I'm really taking a look at that. The only thing I think I would change on that would be to have a half serrated blade option. This one might just work though and the price is not bad at all. ROLYAT63... I have a Fairbairn as well. That is the size knife I like. For me, once I've carried an assisted knife it's hard to go back. Just a feature I really like and wish this knife had that.
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    Assisted opener

    I thought I could help you until I read your $120.00 limit on cost. If you change your mind, Google Gary Hicks out of Texas. He can mke you the big folder you are looking for. Stay with ATS 34 and the like and he may be able to help you. Robert Kroft of Soldier of Fortune still has one of Gary's double action folders and it has like a 5.5 blade. Remember Gary's stuff is top quality custom.Good luck.

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    The reason you won't get a combo blade on the Hissatsu Folder is because it's a blade designed to slash and penetrate and defend against bad guys, not cut rope or straps.

    I know some will argue that serrated blades do a nasty job on flesh but that isn't why most if any knife designers put a serration on a blade.

    It's a decent knife for $60 bucks give or take though. It deploys fast and easy considering it doesn't have an index finger flipper (it has a grippy disk) and it carries very small for it's length and is the smoothest knife I have carried. It's super comfortable in the pocket and provides no issues when reaching into your pocket for cash or whatever. It's not a heavy duty prying or all purpose knife though. Use it for daily stuff and it's fine but it's still designed as an SD knife.

    If you up your budget for a ZT 0300 series then you get into a knife that will do almost anything you may encounter as an average carrier.

    They are my favorite knife. I own three 0300 series knives and a 0200 manual too.
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    The Kershaw Ken Onion Leek is a 4" assisted opener...I have two of them.
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    Many thanks to you all for responding and giving me your thoughts. It is appreciated. Blademan21... thanks for the heads up on Gary Hicks. That might be an option for me one day. Reeek, I was thinking the same thing about that Hissatsu knife. The blade just doesn't look that thick or tough to me. It does look like it is "specialized". Retsupt99, I looked at the leeks but I believe they have 3" blades, correct? They are a very nice looking knife and I would like the option of the "index flipper". My Avalanche doesn't have that. This was the first Kershaw I ever owned and I have to say IMHO they are well built knives. Anway, this is the kind of SHOPPING that guys love and I'm sure I'll find something. ha! Thanks again.
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    Cold Steel

    Try a Cold Steel Ti-Lite Knife, it has a system on it that auto opens it when it is brought out of your pocket so it is ready to go from there... its a great knife and holds it edge, I have one that was presented to me by another agent for emergencies and have used it numerous times in the field for everything from rope lines to deflating tires. its a really sturdy knife...
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenruger View Post
    Many thanks to you all for responding and giving me your thoughts. It is appreciated. Blademan21... thanks for the heads up on Gary Hicks. That might be an option for me one day. Reeek, I was thinking the same thing about that Hissatsu knife. The blade just doesn't look that thick or tough to me. It does look like it is "specialized". Retsupt99, I looked at the leeks but I believe they have 3" blades, correct? They are a very nice looking knife and I would like the option of the "index flipper". My Avalanche doesn't have that. This was the first Kershaw I ever owned and I have to say IMHO they are well built knives. Anway, this is the kind of SHOPPING that guys love and I'm sure I'll find something. ha! Thanks again.
    My bad...you are correct, it is the closed length is 4"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tower View Post
    Try a Cold Steel Ti-Lite Knife, it has a system on it that auto opens it when it is brought out of your pocket so it is ready to go from there... its a great knife and holds it edge, I have one that was presented to me by another agent for emergencies and have used it numerous times in the field for everything from rope lines to deflating tires. its a really sturdy knife...
    Well, I actually have one of these. It is a nice knife. Just looking for another new toy. ha! Glad you are enjoying yours. RETSUPT99... no problem on the dimensions. If I recall correctly I faintly remember me being incorrect on 1 or POSSIBLY 2 occasions. (don't ask my friends and family for the exact count please)

    In my search, I came across the CRKT Carson Desert Folders. I know they aren't assisted but anyone have any opinions on these knives. I don't own any CRKTs at the moment. The M16 14ZSF looks like a nice knife but I don't know how well these knives are built. Says blade length is like 3.875". Just wondering about these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenruger View Post
    Well, I actually have one of these. It is a nice knife. Just looking for another new toy. ha! Glad you are enjoying yours. RETSUPT99... no problem on the dimensions. If I recall correctly I faintly remember me being incorrect on 1 or POSSIBLY 2 occasions. (don't ask my friends and family for the exact count please)

    In my search, I came across the CRKT Carson Desert Folders. I know they aren't assisted but anyone have any opinions on these knives. I don't own any CRKTs at the moment. The M16 14ZSF looks like a nice knife but I don't know how well these knives are built. Says blade length is like 3.875". Just wondering about these.
    I have a few CRKT's and I will give them credit for making a "good" knife but they just don't do "it" for me - perhaps I'm being too hard on them. I have a Triumph Folder, a Tiny Tighe and a Hissatsu Folder. The Hissatsu is my favortite of the 3. I may even sell the Triumph and Tiny Tighe. They are both basically brand new except for a steel here and there and carried a few times. Still have the boxes and papers.
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    Kershaw Knives: Kershaw Cyclone Knife, KE-1630

    I picked one of these up at SMKW in March. I've carried it quite a bit. The 13C26 seems to hold an edge quite well although I know very little about it specifically. No safety lock. You CAN turn on or off the AO feature, but I just leave it on. I've been impressed with the quality, and wouldn't hesitate to buy another. It's USA-made, and one of many Ken Onion designs Kershaw has turned out.

    I too prefer a large knife. This one's not 4", but at 3 3/4" and for the price ceiling you've suggested, you can buy two.
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