I was wondering if there are any decent folders under $100 that use very wear resistant stainless steel such as D2. I already have a beefy fixed blade in 1095 and a multi tool in 154cm and would like a really sharp folding knife to add to my collection. I will sacrifice toughness for edge holding albilities.
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March 26, 2009, 03:39 PM
sog has a lot of very nice quality folders, rugged, and relatively inexpensive for the quality
March 26, 2009, 04:06 PM
Cabelas has their own version of the Griptillian and Mini Griptillian made by Benchmade with D2 as a blade steel.
Right at $100 for the full size and $90 for the Mini. An incredible knife/lock design.
Mini Griptillian w/D2 (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0022073516109a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntk=Products&QueryText=D2&sort=all&Go.y=10&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&Go.x=16&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1)
Full Size Griptillian w/D2 (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0022073516108a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntk=Products&QueryText=D2&sort=all&Go.y=10&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&Go.x=16&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1)
March 26, 2009, 04:12 PM
Benchmade makes a couple. ive owned one in AUS-8 and i currently have one with 154cm i love it.
March 26, 2009, 04:35 PM
The griptillians look nice but i don't like coated blades. I see the ritter version is not coated and looks really nice. I'd still like to see if there are more cheaper alternatives.
March 26, 2009, 04:38 PM
Queen Cutlery uses D2 in their folders.
March 26, 2009, 11:54 PM
The Kershaw Junkyard Dog II Composite (model #1725CB) that I just picked up has an edge made of D2, with the rest of the blade being Sandvik 13C26. It's as sharp as any knife I've ever handled and is a very beefy folder. I believe it's average street/online price is about $60-70. I picked up a "factory second" at the local gunshow for $40. G-10 handle, liner-lock, heavy-duty construction, good looks, shaving-sharp out of the box, and a D2 edge. Pretty cool.
The junkyard dog II, the 1660cb leek and the d2 dozier all look good. What's the best?
March 28, 2009, 04:08 AM
Benchmade also makes the Griptilian in plain edges and partially serrated 154CM without coatings. I have 3 mini-grips: The Cabela's D2 with a green handle and black blade, the standard in 154CM with a polished satin blade, and the Doug Ritter S30V with the black coated blade. The Ritter is my EDC. I have to say, I like the Griptilian better than any pocketknife I've ever carried. The smoothness of the Axis lock was amazing to me. I retired some great knives to carry my Ritter Mini-Grip: A small Sebenza 21, a Spyderco Native 3, a Spyderco Centofante 3, a Spyderco Terzoula custom, a Harsey T1 with beautiful rosewood handles, and my black BSA Victorinox Huntsman.
March 28, 2009, 07:42 PM
I like the dozier Kabar d2 folder but i've read that it has been discontinued. Was it recently discontinued because some places are still selling them.
March 28, 2009, 08:28 PM
It's not on the KaBar website anymore, but it was just last year, so it must be fairly recent.
March 29, 2009, 11:25 PM
I have a Queen in D2, and it is both a really good knife, and a beautiful thing to carry around.
March 30, 2009, 01:23 AM
Wow I was just looking at some of Queens offerings and they seem way too cheap for D2 knives. They have some fixed blade D2 hunting knives with micarta handles for $50ish!!!. They also have a bunch of D2 pocket knives for decent prices, although i don't know if they are locking.
Is Queen Cutlery the real deal or are they junk, because i might just do some splurging if they're good.
Thanks everyone for their suggestions!!!
March 30, 2009, 08:32 AM
I have several Queen folders in D2, they are the real deal. They sometimes do not come with the best edge on them from the factory, but they can be sharpened.
It depends on the model to tell if they are lockblades or not.
One of my favorites is the #3L Lockblade, a "remake" of the classic Remington R1306 folding hunter.
D2 and Amber Carved Stag Bone
March 30, 2009, 10:59 AM
Wow, what?! I was going to recommend the D2 sodbuster from Queen ($30ish) but I didn't realize they had stuff like this oak handled fixed blade...Dude, I'm in love. I really wanna try out D2 :)