I need a knife recomendation please

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    I need a knife recomendation please

    I am hoping you folks can give me a recomendation for a new pocket. For me a pocket knife is more of a tool then a weapon although I would use it as such as a last resort if needed. What I am looking for is pretty specific so here are the parameters.

    - Under a 3 inch blade
    - Tanto style blade
    - Easy one handed open
    - Must have a pocket clip
    - I would prefer black

    Any ideas?

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    Any idea on how much you are willing to spend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Any idea on how much you are willing to spend?
    I would really like to keep it under 100.00 if at all possible. Oh, and one other thing. It would be REALLY nice if it does NOT have a lock (The kind that keep the blade from opening) I have this on my current knife and it annoys me to no end.

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    Sorry, can't help you. I think you might have a hard time finding a sub 3" tanto blade. I did a little looking around and can't find anything.

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    This is the one my Brother carries.
    I bought it for him on Ebay. I don't remember what seller I bought it from but, it was not this one. It's a nice knife. Quick & Easy one hand opening and the ARC Lock is great.
    The lock is the lock that locks the blade open. Very Strong.
    There is no lock that keeps the blade closed.

    One flick of the thumb and that blade is out there and ready.


    SOG Mini Vulcan Tanto Sani Mai Folding Knife VL-04 - eBay (item 260479630560 end time Oct-19-09 18:28:03 PDT)



    I paid about $80(something ???) plus Shipping plus Insurance.
    So you'll need to shop around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unloved View Post
    Sorry, can't help you. I think you might have a hard time finding a sub 3" tanto blade. I did a little looking around and can't find anything.
    I wouldn't have an issue going up to 3'5 but thats about my max.

    I have 3 right now that I'm looking at but always like when I can get the oppinion of someone that has used something I am looking at buying.

    Columbia River M16 Carson Special Forces Black G10 Handle 3.5" Tanto Blade - Knifecenter.com

    Columbia River M16 Carson Tanto Black 3" Combo Edge Black Handle - Knifecenter.com

    5.11 Tactical Tarani Series Ten Eight Duty 3 3/8" Tanto Point Blade G10 Handle - Knifecenter.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    This is the one my Brother carries.
    I bought it for him on Ebay. I don't remember what seller I bought it from but, it was not this one. It's a nice knife. Quick & Easy one hand opening and the ARC Lock is great.
    The lock is the lock that locks the blade open. Very Strong.
    There is no lock that keeps the blade closed.

    One flick of the thumb and that blade is out there and ready.


    SOG Mini Vulcan Tanto Sani Mai Folding Knife VL-04 - eBay (item 260479630560 end time Oct-19-09 1803 PDT)



    I paid about $80(something ???) plus Shipping plus Insurance.
    So you'll need to shop around.
    Thats a nice looking knife. Found one on amazon for 60.00 I will throw it on my christmas list :) Thanks for the info!

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    $60.00 ~ That's a Very Good price considering the MSRP.
    I usually don't shop around as much as I probably should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    I wouldn't have an issue going up to 3'5
    Oh, well that changes everything!

    553 Details | Benchmade

    I'm sure you could find one for around $80.00. Most dealers charge less than MSRP.

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    Benchmade Mini Griptilian with modified sheepsfoot blade! (less than $70)

    The Modified Sheepsfoot blade is a great utility blade shape yet has a tip strong enough for defensive use. I have a full size Griptialian modified sheepsfoot with the 3.45 inch blade, and it is awesome. I carry it everyday for work in EMS!

    But if you require less than 3 inches, the Mini Griptilian is perfect.

    (Most people find tanto blades to be pretty sucky for general utility and cutting use. They were originally designed for maximum tip strength for stabbing purpose and to pierce armor. I quit carrying a tanto blade at work because it just wasn't versatile enough for real knife use)

    (There are a choice of blade designs in the Griptilian line besides the sheepsfoot, such as tanto and modified drop point. And of course you can get it with or without the partial serrations.)

    Benchmade Mini Griptilian
    Blade Length: 2.91 in.
    Blade Thickness: 0.100 in.
    Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel, BK Coated
    Blade Hardness: 58-61HRC
    Blade Style: Hollowground Modified Sheepsfoot; Ambidextrous Thumb-Holes
    Handle: Black Glass Fill Noryl GTX®/Color Valox® Handle Scales
    Overall Length: 6.78 in.
    Closed Length: 3.87 in.
    Clip: Tip Up, Reversible, Black
    Lock Mechanism: Axis
    Weight: 2.56 oz.

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    I would suggest anything made by Emerson. They have a few models around 3". Most can be found on ebay for a lot less than MSRP. I've bought a few on there for less than 100.

    I also should mention they now offer a cheaper line of knives made in Japan. I haven't had a chance to see one in person but if they put their name on it it's GTG.

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    Hey! I found a sub 3" tanto!

    557 Details | Benchmade

    Here ya go. Tanto Mini-Griptilian for $58.95.

    Benchmade MINI GRIPTILIAN - Black Handle Plain Edge Tanto Point Blade - BM557

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    Benchmade mini griptilian
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    Kershaw Ken Onion Leek...(assisted opener)...one hand open and close, although it may take some bandaids to get the close down pat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Kershaw Ken Onion Leek...(assisted opener)...one hand open and close, although it may take some bandaids to get the close down pat.
    +1
    Or the Ken Onion G10. Not a tanto but very nice.

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