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Old 03-14-2013, 10:39 AM
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Default Seeking recommendations on a small folding pocket knife

Admittedly I'm not a knife guy, so this is not my area of expertise. I have a Ka-Bar Mule 4" folding knife on my utility belt which I like. But I would like to get a smaller tactical knife to keep in the front pocket of my jeans or shorts. I'd like something that I can easily swing open too. Hopefully you guys can help point me in the right direction. Thanks!
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Since you're looking for smaller than 4" blade, how about the Kershaw Leek?

It has a 3" blade with a frame lock so it's really thin. It's also assisted opening so it snaps open with ease.

I EDC the Shallot which is a larger version but it's so thin I forget it's even there.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:04 AM
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I'm pretty fond of my Benchmade Triage

The axis lock is very nice and having the safety hook/belt cutter built in and a glass breaker is a plus.

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Since you're looking for smaller than 4" blade, how about the Kershaw Leek?
+1 on the Leek. It's a great and handy knife to have around. I find that I compulsively flip it open because it feels so precise and oozes quality.
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like the benchmade mini griptilian
[IMG] http://www.soonerstateknives.com/BM-...Griptilian.jpg [/IMG]
but I seem to carry my emerson cqc-7b everyday.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys! I ended up ordering the Kershaw Chive off Amazon for $28. I really liked the SpeedSafe assisted opening feature and small compact size. I think this will meet my needs perfectly.

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I'm a huge fan of Spyderco knives. They have tons of options
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Smith and Wesson Cuttin' Horse is a good knife.
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Old 03-14-2013, 9:40 PM
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I just recently bought the Benchmade Griptilian and I have to say that I'm pretty happy with it.

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Thanks for the suggestions guys! I ended up ordering the Kershaw Chive off Amazon for $28. I really liked the SpeedSafe assisted opening feature and small compact size. I think this will meet my needs perfectly.
I hadn't seen the Chive. I like it. The frame lock makes it so slim and great for EDC.

When you get it, just play with it a lot and flip it a lot to break it in. Mine's been broken in for months and I have to stop myself from playing with it when I'm at work, it's got this weird soothing benefit to snap it open and close it repeatedly.

I've got about 3 Kershaws so far and I love them. They come out of the box sharp and are easy to touch up with a few quick swipes on a stone.

All the other suggestions in this thread are also great knives. You couldn't really go wrong with any of them IMO.

BTW, don't forget to post your review here too!
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The Ontario RAT 1 is a great budget knife.
http://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Knives...=Ontario+Rat+1

I EDC the Zero Tolerance 0200ST
http://www.amazon.com/Tolerance-Tact...lerance+0200st

But none of these will work for front pocket carry If you are talking something really small try the SOG Flash I, althought I am not a fan of the locking mechanism.
http://www.amazon.com/SOG-Specialty-...ds=sog+flash+1
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I have the Benchmade 530. Great knife, very thin. Thinner than most, which is why I bought it. Holds great edge. Barely feel it in my back pocket, even when sitting.


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Here's the specs on the one the OP went with, the Chive:

Specifications:
Overall Length: 7.0"
Blade Length: 3.0"
Closed Length: 4.0"
Handle Thickness: .32" (approx.)
Weight: 3.0 oz.

Looks like that Benchmade is also a great EDC, it's only .05" thicker so most likely barely noticeable.

The reason I love the kershaw so much are the flipper. I can't comfortably open the with a thumb stud, but that's just personal preference.
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Spyderco Ladybug. Weighs less than 1oz.!
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A Kershaw Leek is a great choice, or even better a Kershaw Blur.

http://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-Blur-K.../dp/B0015ZXCT0

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Douk Douk Small

Case makes a whole bunch of small sizes and styles.
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A Kershaw Leek is a great choice, or even better a Kershaw Blur.

http://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-Blur-K.../dp/B0015ZXCT0

Cool knife, I like the glassbreaker version. Made in the USA too!


http://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-Black-...R+GLASSBREAKER
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I just recently bought the Benchmade Griptilian and I have to say that I'm pretty happy with it.

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Cold Steel AK-47. Here is a short clip of it being waved open.

http://youtu.be/uxveart-shs

Nutnfancy also does like a 30 min vid on it, I didn't know there was that much to talk about a knife.


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+1 on the Ontario RAT. I have knives costing 4x as much that are really not any better.

Benchmade are nice but a little overpriced IMHO.

Spyderco are great value but try to get one made in Japan (or USA but they are much more costly), the ones made in China are often not great.

I have yet to snag a Kershaw but like their Leek/Chive etc designs....

But the Ontario Rat is killer value even though made in China, just might be a tad large for some peoples EDC choice.
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Kershaw blur is good, as noted.

Check out Ganyana. Love the drop point blade shape, the jibbing, the see through design so that you can clean it out, and the light weight. Plus, you can carry it in the watch pocket of your jeans.
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Kershaw Blackout factory blemished model.

American made. $29.

http://kershawguy.com/products-page/kershaw/491-2/

(BTW, the guy that runs that page often has some rockin' deals on Kershaw blemished models.)
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Bench made mini griptilian
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As these threads always reveal, there are about as many opinions as people on EDCs. Really, the threads just turn into a catalog of all the kind of edc's people carry.

Find one from a quality manufacturer that fits your bill. One that just hits you right that you like. These are very personal choices.
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Am I the Only one who had the problem with Kershaw ? Mine Rusted on me after a fishing trip.
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Kershaw Blackout factory blemished model.

American made. $29.

http://kershawguy.com/products-page/kershaw/491-2/

(BTW, the guy that runs that page often has some rockin' deals on Kershaw blemished models.)
^ THIS

Got a leek, blur, blackout, and shallot. Good stuff.
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I work in an office where a larger knife would really stand out with the clothes I wear. I carry a William Henry EDC E10 knife. Very sharp and has a scalpel profile.

It is what I have always heard called a Gentlemen's folder.

On sale and pics -
http://www.knifeart.com/e101.html

Here is someone going over it in detail -
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It is pricey but a very nice blade you could pass on.

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I carry a Leek on my keychain....great knife
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Crawford Casper, my EDC. Inexpensive and extremely reliable. You will not regret it.

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Thanks for the suggestions guys! I ended up ordering the Kershaw Chive off Amazon for $28. I really liked the SpeedSafe assisted opening feature and small compact size. I think this will meet my needs perfectly.

I like that one...good looking blade for everyday work
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I work in an office where a larger knife would really stand out with the clothes I wear. I carry a William Henry EDC E10 knife. Very sharp and has a scalpel profile.

It is what I have always heard called a Gentlemen's folder.

On sale and pics -
http://www.knifeart.com/e101.html

Here is someone going over it in detail -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUadiSo3FrY

It is pricey but a very nice blade you could pass on.

Nice little knife.

My problem with the chive is the recurve blade, I need a knife I can sharpen freehand with a stone, and I'm not talking about using a sharpmaker
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Its not tactical, but I have 2 leathermen knife/tools in my bag and always have 1 in my pocket....
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I got my Chive today. I like the small size for fitting loose in my pocket. It's really well designed and manufactured. But it's a bit awkward to close one handed, mainly because of its compact size. I think a textured handle would help. I might look for one a size bigger in the future.

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I just got a kershaw leek limited edition in black blade with sand tan handle.
It's awesome and weighs 3 oz.
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I just picked up a kershaw nerve with g10 handle, sharp, cheap, and effective, diggin it so far as my EDC
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Look at the Benchmade Barrage, it has a spring assisted blade. It is light, very sharp, and good quality. I really enjoy mine.
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Well I felt the Chive was too small for everyday use. So I picked up a Kershaw Scallion today. It feels a lot better in my hand and I like the longer blade. Funny thing is the SpeedSafe seems "snappier" on the Chive.

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Well I felt the Chive was too small for everyday use. So I picked up a Kershaw Scallion today. It feels a lot better in my hand and I like the longer blade. Funny thing is the SpeedSafe seems "snappier" on the Chive.
Good looking blade. Glad you like them. You can adjust the tension of it with a hex screw and also it will break in.
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