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New Knife Advice

Postby blackhawk13 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:59 pm

First off,I want to make it clear that I know almost nothing about knives. I currently have a Gerber para-frame. It has lasted my light use well, but Christmas is coming up soon and I have decided to replace my old knife. My new knife will be a gift from a relative who has a history of giving expensive gifts, so price is not that big of a deal, but I am looking in the sub $300 range. I want a knife that will hold an edge well and not need serious sharpening over a long period of time. I have heard several brands but I have no idea which are good so any input you have is welcome.

If you are actually willing to help me pick out a specific model, here is what I am looking for:
- around 3 inch blade - I don't care exactly what size it is, but I am not going bear hunting with this thing
- holds an edge well over time
- overall thin size - I like my Gerber because it is thin enough that it can slide in my pocket easily
- durable - I am a teenage guy, this knife will be dropped, stepped on, trampled, etc.

Thanks to anyone who is willing to help me out here.
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Re: New Knife Advice

Postby faden » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:11 am

Endura 4 or Delica 4 PE with a ZDP-189 blade.

http://www.knifeworks.com/spydercoendur ... nedge.aspx

http://www.knifeworks.com/spydercodelic ... round.aspx

In case you need to rid the world of boxes: http://www.gpknives.com/spyderco-delica ... rated.html

Generally knives that push into the 200+ range are expensive due to it's art/material rather than it's knife functionality. Here are some higher end knives that push more knife function into their price than their looks (which still look good of course...)

http://www.gpknives.com/chrisreevesmallsebenza21.html

http://www.gpknives.com/microtechsocome ... plain.html

http://www.gpknives.com/zerotolerance0301.html

All three have CPM blades, sharp and high edge retention. ZDP likewise has very good edge retention and it very sharp because it is a very hard steel. With the downside of being brittle, though most people that have ZDP knives say they have yet to chip the sucker so long as you aren't trying to chop down a tree.

Personally I want this... http://www.gpknives.com/zerotolerance07 ... ition.html

But I could buy a firearm with that price range :|

BTW, most of the ones I posted are not thin, If you want strength and not have the blade shatter you need some meat in the blade.
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Re: New Knife Advice

Postby blackhawk13 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:47 am

Thank you so much, those are exactly the thing I was looking for.

faden wrote:BTW, most of the ones I posted are not thin, If you want strength and not have the blade shatter you need some meat in the blade.

I meant the overall grip thickness, not the blade. I do see what you mean though.

Edit: I did some more looking but I think I like that Zero Tolerance 077 best. If only it didn't cost more than the shotgun I want :lol:
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Re: New Knife Advice

Postby faden » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:40 am

The 777 is more of an art knife. It is very functional but I would never be caught with it in my pocket. I would not like to get it damaged.

For a functional, hard use knife regardless of price I'd get the Endura. No point over spending on something that simply does what you require.
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Re: New Knife Advice

Postby pyromaster55 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:20 pm

Seeing how your new to the knife world I'm going to push you away from the $200+ more collectible blades and more towards the working blades. For me choosing a knife comes down to three categories: size, lockup, and style. You already know what size you need, 3 inch or below, and you probably already have a style you think is cool. Some great knives for EDC that I suggest (based off of my own experience as well as those close to me) are the Spyderco Endura/Delica in FFG, Byrd Medowlark 2, Benchmade mini griptilian, Sog flash 1 series, and Kershaw chive/scallion/leek.

http://www.knivesplus.com/SPYDERCO-KNIV ... NDURA.HTML
http://www.knivesplus.com/spyderco-knife-byrd.html
http://www.knivesplus.com/SG-7-SOG.HTML
http://www.knivesplus.com/benchmadegriptilian.html
http://www.knivesplus.com/kershaw-leek-knives.html
http://www.knivesplus.com/kershaw-scallion-knives.html


Knife choice is a very personal thing, the thing that really turns you onto one knife may be exactly what turns someone else off of it. That being said if you go with any of those knives you'll not be disappointed. They are all high quality blades that are perfect for EDC use.

My personal EDC is the Endura 4 FFG. I like the rust resistance and edge retention properties of VG-10 steel, I also like that it's easy to sharpen when need be. I like the slicing characteristics of the full flat ground blade as opposed to other grinds because I use my knife for food prep pretty regularly. I like the size of the blade especially when combined with the light weight of the FRN handles with skeletonized steel liners.I prefer the lockback system over other locking systems because of it's ease of use with gloved hands and strength of lockup. I also like the deployment hole over a stud because I find it's easier to use with gloved hands. All of these features are what turned me onto the Endura, however I own a sog flash 1 and benchmade griptillian, and have owned a kershaw scallion and byrd medolark in the past. If you are thinking of spending 200-300 dollars on a blade and aren't really sure what you like I would suggest picking a few of those (maybe not a spyderco and a byrd as they are 2 lines from the same company) and asking for them. That way you could really get a feel for what you like in a knife, have a couple back ups in case you loose/break your main edc blade, and have the start of a very high quality collection.
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