Easy open AND easy close knife?

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    Easy open AND easy close knife?

    My wife is looking for a knife to use around the barn she works at, that is easy to open (preferably one hand) AND easy to manipulate to close.
    She likes NONE of my knives, finding the locks small and hard to manipulate on closing.

    I've looked at a few OTF autos, and like the action (one big button to open and close) but that style of knife is impractical for real work.

    It's primary use will be around the barn, but could also be a back up defensive blade if she found one that fit the bill.

    Oh, and money is tight. Definitely looking for under 100 bucks.

    Any suggestions?
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    If she wants easy one handed opening the Spydercos ought to work for her.

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    Benchmade Axis locks. Same manipulation to open and close, can do both one handed.

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    Spyderco Delica or Endura.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    If she wants easy one handed opening the Spydercos ought to work for her.
    Yeah, they OPEN easy, but again, she finds the locks a pain. Especially with gloves on, which she infrequently takes the time to remove.

    Quote Originally Posted by MattLarson View Post
    Benchmade Axis locks. Same manipulation to open and close, can do both one handed.

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    I'll look them up.

    BTW, I suggested a fixed blade/sheath knife, but she hates "stuff all over" her belt.

    See why this is frustrating me?
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    Originally Posted by wmhawth
    If she wants easy one handed opening the Spydercos ought to work for her.
    Yeah, they OPEN easy, but again, she finds the locks a pain. Especially with gloves on, which she infrequently takes the time to remove.
    Hmmm...Working the lock one handed seems easy for me with my Endura but if it's difficult for her how about a small fixed blade knife?

    Oops. Didn't see your comment about a fixed blade on her belt.

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    wmhawth,
    We both must have been typing at the same time...I just mentioned she doesn't care for fixed blades either.
    See why I'm at a loss? She was easier to please with a gun!
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    Might I suggest a Leverletto?
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    If she is uncomfortable with an automatic, the "tactical" model can be locked into non-auto mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill DeShivs View Post
    Might I suggest a Leverletto?
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    If she is uncomfortable with an automatic, the "tactical" model can be locked into non-auto mode.
    Auto would be ok, and that looks interesting. Thumb the same lever to unlock as to open?

    (I've never been a huge knife guy-thanks for the help)
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    My Ken Onion Shallot goes everywhere I go..........

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    Or maybe she'd prefer............

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    My Ken Onion Shallot goes everywhere I go..........

    KAI USA : Kershaw Product Details

    Or maybe she'd prefer............

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    Real neat, but how easy are they to close with a glove on? Closing mechanisms are what frustrate her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arko View Post
    Real neat, but how easy are they to close with a glove on? Closing mechanisms are what frustrate her.
    I guess it would depend on how thick the gloves are. I'm playing with my Shallot right now opening and closing easily with one ungloved hand.

    You're probably best off taking her, and her gloved hands, to a knife shop and trying out a bunch of different ones.
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    Yeah, I thought about a trip to Smokey Mtn Knifeworks, but I really wanted to try to find something before Christmas.

    Guess I'll keep looking, or put it on hold till we can make a trip.
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    As pedestrian and boring as this sounds.......A box or utility knife? Easy one-handed, gloved-ungloved operation and always sharp...........


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arko View Post
    Yeah, I thought about a trip to Smokey Mtn Knifeworks, but I really wanted to try to find something before Christmas.

    Guess I'll keep looking, or put it on hold till we can make a trip.
    Go through the Cabelas and/or Bass Pro website and order a few different ones. Then return the ones she doesn't like. They're great about returns and have fast shipping.

    Here are a few places to start................

    Cabela's -- Knives & Tools

    Cabela's -- Folding Knives

    Bass Pro Shops Search Results

    Bass Pro Shops Search Results

    Cabelas has free shipping on orders over $99!
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