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    Left hand knives?

    Why is it so difficult to ind low corst left hand folders? I can't seem to find one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fernset View Post
    Why is it so difficult to ind low corst left hand folders? I can't seem to find one.
    How low cost? You could get one of several fully ambidextrous Spyderco models for around $60.00.

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    Or a Benchmade Pika for around $30.00.

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    My youngster is a lefty. He loves the Spyderco Endura and Benchmade mini-Griptillian. They work find from the south side.
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    As far as I know, all of Benchmade's Axis Lock knives are lefty friendly, but they tend to be a bit more expensive than Spyderco ambi offerings. Buck, Kershaw, CRKT, and Gerber make some decent knives but lefty friendly blades are pretty scarce in their lines. Oh, SOG makes a fair number of ambi clip models. Things are much better for us southpaws than they were 10 years ago. It would help a ton if you'd give us a price range.

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    Any of CRKTs M16 line is fully ambi for deployment via that swing bump thingy on their spines. To be honest, you shouldn't give a rat's butt if it's ambi for closing because by then you've either done the deed and won or you're on your way to the ER or the morgue and where your knife is is the least of your worries.

    Heck, even if you win a knife fight there's a decent chance you'll still be seeing the latter...

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    Cool. Thanks everyone. Yeah I was thinking in the $30-40 range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychophipps View Post
    Any of CRKTs M16 line is fully ambi for deployment via that swing bump thingy on their spines. To be honest, you shouldn't give a rat's butt if it's ambi for closing because by then you've either done the deed and won or you're on your way to the ER or the morgue and where your knife is is the least of your worries.

    Heck, even if you win a knife fight there's a decent chance you'll still be seeing the latter...
    The biggest issue for left handed people (or at least for me) is the pocket clip. I can use a right handed lock system with no problems. Most thumb studs are ambi or can be switched from side to side. Thumb holes are obviously ambi by their very nature.
    A knife with a right hand only clip however, is pretty much useless for my left hand.

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    Gotcha. All of the M16 line that I've seen so far has an ambi clip as well. For $20-80 they're a pretty good deal all things considered.

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    Yup. Almost all blades are, by design, ambidextrous. It's the controls such as the release and locking mechanisms that can be problematic. I'm a lefty, and I use a couple of the Spyderco models. Delica, Native. Both have a large hole in the top edge of the blade that allows it to be easily opened. Both have operate by having the thumb press against a surface to allow unlocking/closing. And the clip is reversible so that you can mount on your left or right pocket. Any design that has these sorts of elements will do nicely, I think, for a lefty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fernset View Post
    Cool. Thanks everyone. Yeah I was thinking in the $30-40 range.
    Here's a knife of very respectable quality for $25.00.
    Benchmade Pika II 10402

    There's also a mini version if that's too big for your purposes. It's even cheaper.
    Benchmade Mini Pika II 10412

    Chinese made but Benchmade has good QC. I have a couple of them and they're amazing for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychophipps View Post
    All of the M16 line that I've seen so far has an ambi clip as well.
    Oh, cool. I didn't know that. I've never handled one, the photos I've seen didn't look like they had holes for a lefty clip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unloved View Post
    Oh, cool. I didn't know that. I've never handled one, the photos I've seen didn't look like they had holes for a lefty clip.
    And you would be right. Sorry about that. I had one of the more expensive models of the line and it had lefty clip holes but my 10KZ model doesn't. Be sure to check them first before you buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unloved View Post
    The biggest issue for left handed people (or at least for me) is the pocket clip. I can use a right handed lock system with no problems. Most thumb studs are ambi or can be switched from side to side. Thumb holes are obviously ambi by their very nature.
    A knife with a right hand only clip however, is pretty much useless for my left hand.
    Thats the problem I've been having.

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    I'm left handed and Iv never had a problem with a right handed pocket clip.. Its a little hard for me to describe but I just put it on my left pocket and when taking it out I can flip it around, open it, and have a good grip on it nearly instantly... its never been a problem for me... after you get used to it, it won't matter if a tool is left or right handed... you'll be able to use it fine and with just as much speed and precision as a right handed person.

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