Good choices for Primary Defensive Folders

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    Good choices for Primary Defensive Folders

    Below are some of my favorite knives when it comes to Primary Defensive Folders. These are not for opening boxes or cleaning your nails but rather for SD if by choice, regulation, or law you carry folder. Even though many people go on an on about how if you are going to a knife fight you want a fixed blade, the truth is about 75% of us carry a folder every day. Gotta dance with who brought ya.



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    Benchmade Skirmish (this one is customized)
    Emerson CQC8 modded to tip down carry, excellent blade shape for SD
    Benchmade Deja Voo
    Benchmade AFCK (pre AXIS lock)
    Spyderco Chinook GEN I (GEN II has more of a Persian blade profile)
    Al Mar Payara
    Spyderco Military

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    Nice collection...did you leave out the Kershaw Leek (assisted opener)?
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    I don't like assisted openers or autos for SD. If you pop the blade and it hits something you will need to use your thumb to open. Unless you train to do this it just won't happen. The grip needed to open it is a very weak one not suited for SD use without a transition. YMMV- George

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    All good knives. I love my BM AFCK HSSR pre-axis. It just fits...

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    Great knife

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    Thumbs up A couple of my folders...













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    I like either my waved Sypderco Delica or Benchmade Mel Pardue Folder, both are just about the right size for pocket carry. I've found you can't really fo wrong with either of those companies.
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    Nice collection.

    The Benchmade AFCK is one of the best knives ever made. It doesn't make sense why they quit making it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperKnight View Post
    Nice collection.

    The Benchmade AFCK is one of the best knives ever made. It doesn't make sense why they quit making it.
    Statistically, it plain ol' didn't sell very well. It's not very very often that companies suddenly stop making their best selling product(s) for kicks 'n grins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychophipps View Post
    Statistically, it plain ol' didn't sell very well.
    I'm not doubting your data, but from a personal view, I don't get it. In its day, I thought it was THE knife to have for a folder and still has great collector value and resell value. Did it really not sell well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychophipps View Post
    Statistically, it plain ol' didn't sell very well.
    I can only imagine it would be from the cost. I bought mine on sale for $90 in 1999. Ten years ago I'm not sure there were that many factory knives that cost that much. Otherwise I can't come up with any reason it wouldn't sell well.

    I bought mine after an article in the new defunct American Survival Guide rated it as the best. I had never paid that much for a knife before and haven't paid that much since.
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    I carry a full size Emerson Commander, a Swith and Wesson HRT(fixed blade), and also a sog T3 Trident.
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    Folder into the Fight Drill using Inverted Edge Tactics

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    I carry a Zero Tolerance 301, a bit heavy but its a very solid lockup and you feel like you have something solid in your hand.

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    Great info, and perfect timing! My Buck folder has recently gone missing (misplaced), and I have been looking for a replacement (upgrade).

    I'll definitely look into these models. Thanks!

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