So I have to fly this friday, knifeless...


Jesse H
February 12, 2003, 11:28 PM
and no way am I gonna leave it in my bags, unlucked, so some monkey can steal it.

What's a decently priced knife I could purchase while I'm in the San Jose or San Francisco area this coming weekend? I already have a Ken Onion/Kershaw that I love but won't be able to bring with me. I'll probably Fed-Ex the new knife to myself on my return.


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Jim March
February 13, 2003, 03:12 AM
The most commonly available "big California folders" will be the larger Cold Steel zytel pieces, such as the 5" blade Gunsite Tanto, the 5" and 6" Voyagers and the 5"/6" Vaquero series. All are big tough lockbacks, all run well under $100. In SF proper, there's a knife shop on Pier 39 called "We Be Knives", be aware that they HAGGLE :). (They get a lot of tourist traffic through from overseas who don't have access to that stuff, so...they take advantage sometimes. But if you know what it's really worth, they'll listen.)

The new 6" Voyager "X2" clip point will have the highest "blade mass" and will therefore do cleaner snapopens than any other. That's what I'd look for, or the 6" Vaquero Grande.

Cold Steel's serration pattern is super-aggressive and cuts flesh like nothing else I've ever seen. It's difficult to re-sharpen and not a good choice for a daily utility piece but sheesh, that's not what these are anyways, are they? Upshot: go ahead and get a fully serrated version. You'll pay $10 to $20 more retail than these "online prices" above, unless you can make one of the gun shows in which case those are a fair guide.

All of these are legal for concealed carry in California.

Jim March
February 13, 2003, 03:23 AM
OH ya, other shops: in general, good knives are only found in SF Bay Area gun shops. Trader's in San Leandro, or TargetMasters in Milpitas, or Reed's in San Jose. Most of those will have the big Cold Steels. TargetMasters has a 5" SOG Pentagon Elite in stock last I saw, that's another good piece with a very advanced lock:

I like the "curvier" grip shapes of the Vaquero/Voyager types, myself.

February 13, 2003, 03:36 AM
Hey man, I'm in the same boat: Going to LA for the weekend.

Where exactly you gonna be?

Meet up, perhaps?

I live in Sacto...

Jesse H
February 13, 2003, 10:06 AM
Hey Doc, I'll probably be in the San Jose area, might be in San Fran depending on the schedule.

I'm visiting an old friend that probably wants all of my time. Let's see if I can even drag her w/me knife shopping. :D

February 13, 2003, 04:17 PM
Find a range and rent a few guns.

February 13, 2003, 06:02 PM
Buy a CRKT. Stick in your bag. If it's stolen, no biggie. You're only out $20 to $30.

February 14, 2003, 09:22 PM
A good Gerber or Buck folder will serve you well and you won't cry if you have one stolen.

February 17, 2003, 09:13 AM
If your going to Fed-Ex the knife home later, why not Fed-Ex one to the hotel oyu will be staying at?

Jesse H
February 18, 2003, 02:34 PM
Because I wanted an excuse to get a new knife :-)

I ended up having so much fun in the city I didn't have time to get a knife. At pier 39 there was a knife shop, but I knew I didn't want to pay tourist prices.

Oh well, 3 days, unarmed. Not so bad but I wouldn't sign up for it again.

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