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Old 10-06-2013, 03:37 AM   #1
 
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Help me buy a knife!

I am looking for just a basic EDC knife. I currently have a S&W H.R.T. that I've had for about 10 years now (mine is NOT serrated):

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S&W HRT Tactical Fighter Serrated. Hostage Rescue Team. 4 1/2" closed linerlock. 3-1/2" 440 stainless partially serrated blade with bead blast finish and ambidextrous thumb studs. Black anodized aircraft aluminum handles with lanyard hole and metal pocket clip. 4.8oz. Made in Taiwan.


I like it a lot, it has aged incredibly well and functions as good as new (with about zero maintenance done to it). BUT, I tried out my brothers piece of crap "rescue" knife that he got for under $10, and I actually bought it off him and started carrying that instead. It's a piece of crap and looks ridiculous, but I absolutely love the spring assist.



So, I'm looking for something simple.
  • I like the "kinda" tactical style, like the one I currently have, but nothing crazy.
  • I actually kinda like the "tonto" blades, but round is perfectly fine
  • Dark or silver blade is fine, I'm impartial
  • Must be spring assist! Preferably the "Spine Flipper".
  • I'm thinking like under $40?
  • 3"-4" blade. I like my 3.5" currently. Not too small, not too large
  • "Rescue" knife would be a plus. (window punch/seat belt cutter)
  • Must have a pocket clip. Preferably up at the pivot point, not at the bottom of the handle.

And any suggestions for blade sharpening? That's my next Google project.


THANKS!
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Kershaw Leek 1660 . Awesome knife . I believe they also make one with a half serated back if you are into that . They also have some lighter versions and colors and side grips . But the all metal version feels great in your hand .

I have this model and I also have the Snap-On special edition model . They used to put Ken Onions name on the blade , not sure now . Been using leeks for about 8 years . I use them for my fishing knife , and it clips well on your pants pocket (clip facing out) . You can unscrew the clip and turn it around if you like , but I don't . You can see the extra threaded holes in the video .


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I had a S&W M&P knife and loved it. It was confiscated from me at my college and they lost it :
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I like my Gerber Answer spring assist. Can get it normal, serrated or tanto
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I like the buck spring assisted ive never had a rescue style from them but they do make one, they are solid and reasonably priced and the assist is pretty damn fast
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Kershaw Leek 1660 . Awesome knife . I believe they also make one with a half serated back if you are into that . They also have some lighter versions and colors and side grips . But the all metal version feels great in your hand .

I have this model and I also have the Snap-On special edition model . They used to put Ken Onions name on the blade , not sure now . Been using leeks for about 8 years . I use them for my fishing knife , and it clips well on your pants pocket (clip facing out) . You can unscrew the clip and turn it around if you like , but I don't . You can see the extra threaded holes in the video .
Looks pretty nice. Excellent reviews on Amazon, but I'm weary of the possibility that those are all 16 y/o's who don't know shit about nice knives. Some of them are pretty detailed though.
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Looks pretty nice. Excellent reviews on Amazon, but I'm weary of the possibility that those are all 16 y/o's who don't know shit about nice knives. Some of them are pretty detailed though.
Well i'm a little bit older than 16 . lol . Go to a gun/knife shop or something and hold one . It's a very nice little piece . Very sharp right out of the box too .
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i also have a Kershaw Leek in the rainbow ish color thats pretty nice
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Looking at other sites, it looks great. A lot of comments about it being a little small though. Hmm... Now I have to decide if I'm secure enough in my masculinity to carry a small knife.
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ill post a few pictures of mine in a second . The snap on is a tiny bit lighter . The original leek uses part of the outer frame as the open blade lock , Where as the snap is different . Same style lock though , just the snap on uses the frame and then adds another outer piece for the outer body . It feels lighter though . Ill try to get a picture of that .

Kinda hard to explain . The Snap-on main knife frame is thinner . Then they bolt an outer shell to it . ( the red part )

The snap on clip is also not as tight as the original . It is smaller , but is cool because its shaped like a snap on rachet .
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Getting anything but a benchmade mini griptillian is a mistake- sure it costs about double these other knives, but it isn't walmart Kershaw bullshit.

Here's one you might like




But they have it in like a million different color/ blade profile combinations. Axis lock > frame lock all day. And deep pocket carry is much better than having an inch of knife hanging out of your pocket too


Oh here's my daily carry btw. (I wish it was a thumbscrew model but they weren't in stock when I ordered)
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On second thought you said must be spring assist..... Well with the axis you really don't need that, but let's see what I can find.....
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Stink Star , did you know the Kershaw was founded by a guy from Gerber . And all three knives Kershaw , Gerber , and Benchmade are from Oregon .

Benchmade being the youngest .
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Chevy and ford and Chrysler are all in Michigan, that doesn't mean they are all the same. If you are trying to say Gerber and Kershaw are on the same Playing field as Benchmade I rofl and politely exit this thread
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No , I am just saying . They are all American . Actually I think some cheaper Kershaw stuff is Japanese , but I think all three of the brands are pretty good .
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And to the OP: Blade HQ - Microtech Knives, Protech Knives, Boker Knives, Automatic Knives, Spring Assist Knives, Butterfly Knives, Military Knives, Law Enforcement Knives, Collectible Knives, Kershaw Knives, SOG Knives

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Oh yea, and at work I like to use shitty knives because I really beat the shit out of them (occasionally using them as screwdrivers and prybars) but lately I've been using this boker AK-74 automatic knife, and it's been a beast! I think it was only like $35 too. Kinda heavy and slightly thick, but it is an automatic so you gotta take that into account. That's why it's nice to know if this will be just your walk around knife or something you plan to use the snot out of.



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I have something like that , no name most likely china made . 440 stainless blade very heavy .
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This one actually has nice steel and the construction and fit and finish is pretty damn good. It's AUS-8 steel alloy which is actually a decently high quality metal. It's no high carbon steel like my ESEEs but better than Taiwanese stainless
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On second thought you said must be spring assist..... Well with the axis you really don't need that, but let's see what I can find.....
What do you mean by 'I wouldn't need' spring assist with the axis? I suppose I don't NEED it to be SA, but I definitely want one hand opening with minimal effort. Yes, I "can" single hand my S&W with the thumb stud, but it's no where near as convenient as the spine flipper, so I guess that's what I'm getting at.

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Oh yea, and at work I like to use shitty knives because I really beat the shit out of them (occasionally using them as screwdrivers and prybars) but lately I've been using this boker AK-74 automatic knife, and it's been a beast! I think it was only like $35 too. Kinda heavy and slightly thick, but it is an automatic so you gotta take that into account. That's why it's nice to know if this will be just your walk around knife or something you plan to use the snot out of.
For the most part it will be a walk around knife. Little things here and there, maybe slice a bitch every once in a while. I have utility knives in the garage & house, and keep a multi-tool in my car and backpack so I usually have something better to improperly use or cut rocks with lol.
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I'm having a hard time not impulse buying this: Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Champagne Automatic Tanto Knife (SER) SW50TS - Blade HQ
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WTF?! Go to Blade HQ -> ON SALE -> S&W Extreme Ops Champagne Automatic Tanto Knife (SER) SW50TS

It's $19.99 (plus $6 shipping). Once you add in shipping I actually found it for less at a few places, so I'm less excited by it. Just looked nice for only $20


I found the Kershaw Leek 1660 for $32, and it's getting great reviews from basically everywhere.

I'm holding out to see what else @Stink Star Productions and the rest of the site can come up with, but currently the Leek 1660 is looking pretty good.
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Im not really a big fan of S&W knives I think they are all made in China . But everyone sees the S&W logo and it sells . Some are ok quality I guess . For $20 you cant expect much though . And if you lose it its no big deal .
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