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    Reccos Needed

    I am looking for a very Light but capable all-around solid defensive knife. The main criteria is light, thin, and easily carried. I know there are several good brands, but I am looking for specific recommendations. I am also not sure on what blade length to get or what type of blade, ie tanto, spear pt, etc. I would appreciate some feedback, thanks a bunch.

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    Many here will have their favorites...here's what I carry (I have two of them.)...

    Plain edge...prices vary on line...search for the best deal...

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    Easy one-handed opening, and with a box of bandaids you can learn to close it with one hand, too.
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    First off, are you looking for a fixed blade or folding knife? Fixed blades tend to be stronger, but you can run into some legal issues depending on your locale. As far as blade length goes, 3-4 inches is long enough to be useful, but not so long as to be a pain to carry (once again, check laws). If you are looking for a folder, I'd suggest either a Spyderco Delica with the Wave, or a Benchmade Mel Pardue folder.
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    If you're looking for really light but still what I'd consider a good SD knife I'd suggest the Spyderco Delica (2 7/8" blade, 2.3 oz). If you'd consider something more substantial but still relatively light I'd suggest the Emerson CQC-14 (2 7/8" blade, 4.2 oz).

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Many here will have their favorites...here's what I carry (I have two of them.)...

    Plain edge...prices vary on line...search for the best deal...

    Kershaw Ken Onion Leek

    Easy one-handed opening, and with a box of bandaids you can learn to close it with one hand, too.
    Exact knife I was going to suggest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooterX View Post
    Exact knife I was going to suggest.
    I'm not here to rain on anyones parade but...

    For SD I would caution against any knife with a stainless steel or metal handle. And given the current hoopla regarding the redefining of automatic/switchblade knives I'd have some concerns about any assisted opening knife.

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    The SOG Pentagon is what I am carrying these days and I am happy with it.
    It's very quick regarding "one hand" opening & I like the AUS-8 blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2edgesword View Post
    I'm not here to rain on anyones parade but...

    For SD I would caution against any knife with a stainless steel or metal handle. And given the current hoopla regarding the redefining of automatic/switchblade knives I'd have some concerns about any assisted opening knife.
    +1 as far as the steel/metal handle. I have had a few instances of slippage. I always look for something with G10 handles or something similar to keep the grip good. I also like having the finger curve verses straight edge handle.

    Checkout the Kershaw line. The junkyard dog knife is pretty good for the price.
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