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nebeel
March 28, 2013, 05:55 PM
So I'm on the hunt again....

About a year ago or so I was carrying a Gerber Paraframe II and really liked it except that the darn thing never stayed sharp. I switched to a CRKT M21 folder with a 4" blade. Nice knife, stayed sharp, but LARGE.

So asking the experts here, what could I look at that would meet the following requirements?

1. Thin (think wearing dress pants all day)
2. Lightweight
3. 3.5ish" clip point like blade (no serrations)
4. Simple one hand opening
5. <$100

I thought about a griptilian, but seems like it might be a bit fat? Is a Kershaw leek going to be the best I can find?

Thanks!

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v8stang289
March 28, 2013, 06:53 PM
I don't know that the Leek is the best you can find, but I certainly love mine. I've carried it every day for the past 3 years or so and I still love it. Occasionally the main screw the blade pivots on works loose, but that's my only gripe.

nebeel
March 28, 2013, 08:37 PM
Gotcha, I don't mind the design of it but would be nice if the blade was 1/2" longer or so...

Also I really would like to find something quality that will keep an edge and last.

nebeel
March 28, 2013, 08:51 PM
Note: This is used mostly around the house/office with a few weekend projects thrown in. No log splitting, bear killing, Atlantis hunting knives required :neener:

joeschmoe
March 28, 2013, 08:54 PM
G10 Spyderco Endura or Delica. Also I suggest carrying a small Dragonfly/Ladybug for utility work so the larger folder stays razor sharp for defensive or backup needs. You could buy both knives for less than $100

Bartholomew Roberts
March 28, 2013, 10:28 PM
Kershaw Chill or Kershaw Blaze (3") if you don't mind liner locks. Good, affordable knives.

P.B.Walsh
March 28, 2013, 10:57 PM
Leeks are nice, I carried one until the clip bent from icy cold water (I think thats how it happened, dunno). So it now stays in my car as a backup. If the clip would've never lost it's spring, I'd be wearing it right now.

Very lightweight, thin, sharp knife thats made in the USA. Highly recommended for light cutting tasks.

nebeel
March 29, 2013, 12:19 AM
Just stumbled across this one.... Anyone have any experience with a Kershaw Shallot?

hso
March 29, 2013, 12:26 AM
Good knife.

JShirley
March 29, 2013, 01:00 AM
The G10 Endura alone is about a $100 knife, and the Dragonfly FRN $42. An Endura's more knife than the OP wants, though.

The Spyderco Chapparal (http://www.cutleryshoppe.com/chaparralc152cfp-ffgcpm-s30vblade-carbonfiberhandle-newandinstock.aspx) is a beautiful little gentleman's pocket knife, but with a clip and the Spyder Hole for quick opening. A few bucks more than the OP wanted, but a great knife.

John

Excitable Boy
March 29, 2013, 01:32 AM
If you want slim and slick and a real quality knife in a "gentleman's" form factor, but with a 3.5" blade, look at the Benchmade 940, 941, 942 or 943 variants. I'm a knife snob and usually carry much more expensive customs, but absolutely love the Benchmade 94x series. Warren Osborne really hit it out of the park with that design. You should be able to find a plain Aluminum Black handled one close to your price. The limited editions will run more and can get quite expensive depending on which one. OOps! Looks like my pricing data is a little old. Still a great knife, but expect to pay more.

For down and dirty cheap, a Spyderco Native is a great buy. There again, available in several levels of construction and materials at various prices. I own one of the old WalMart $39.00 ones and it's a really useful compact knife with an S30V blade that holds a great edge. I have a few other variants of that design and they all rock. For around $200.00 you could probably score one of the new Ti scaled Natives. That looks really sweet.

For a little more, there's a Chris Reeves Small Sebenza.

Manny
March 29, 2013, 01:55 AM
Benchmade 555 is my EDC and is perfect IMHO. Very nicely sized and also quite light with a rugged and outstanding clip design that holds the knife securely and places in low in the pocket so it stays in place. They blade comes very sharp, holds an edge very well and locks securely in place with the excellent axis lock. It is also very easy to manipulate with one hand for both opening and closing.

Quoheleth
March 29, 2013, 08:18 AM
I'm looking at a Kershaw Cryo or Cryo II as my next "office" knife. Looks like a good size knife without being too big for dress slacks.

Q

22-rimfire
March 29, 2013, 09:28 AM
I carry a Spyderco Delica. Like it. I also carry a SOG Twitch II or the slightly larger Twitch XL. I like the Twitch II when I want a small fast knife in my pocket.

D Rat
March 29, 2013, 10:46 AM
Leeks are nice, I carried one until the clip bent from icy cold water (I think thats how it happened, dunno). So it now stays in my car as a backup. If the clip would've never lost it's spring, I'd be wearing it right now.

Very lightweight, thin, sharp knife thats made in the USA. Highly recommended for light cutting tasks.
You can get a replacement clip from Kershaw (Free with the screws)

mdauben
March 29, 2013, 12:26 PM
1. Thin (think wearing dress pants all day)
2. Lightweight
3. 3.5ish" clip point like blade (no serrations)
4. Simple one hand opening
5. <$100
You migth look at the Spyderco Delica. Its my personal favorite EDC choice and I think it hits all your listed reqirements. Comes in a couple different blade steels and multiple handle materials and colors, with or without serrations.

http://www.knifeworks.com/productimages/spyderco/SC11GPFG.jpg

JShirley
March 29, 2013, 12:43 PM
Delicas are great. For a dedicated dress knife, though, I think the Chapparal is a better Spyderco choice.
- that G10 is probably going to destroy his dress slacks, and the FRN versions don't look as classy as the Chapparal.

The same with the Native: I've carried a Native well more than anything else, but the Natives are all thicker, especially the Native 3, and the G10 Native is even more expensive, and will also kill his pants.

joeschmoe
March 29, 2013, 03:09 PM
Opps. I meant VG-10, not G10. VG-10 steel is designed to stay sharp longer than other steels. FRN version is light, thin and sells for about $65 - $70. (I paid $50, I guess they've gone up). Or the Delica version if the Endura is too big for your taste.

italy4nra
March 29, 2013, 03:29 PM
My Benchmade 530 might fit the bill. I have tried Osbornes and Delicas, but the Benchmade 530 goes everywhere, never bulges a pocket and is completely noticeable until you need it.

I will occasionally carry another knife EDC, like the delica, or the mini griptilian, or larger, but when Ai do the 530 is also with me. It accompanies my pocket change and has been used for everything from office envelopes to food prep to bushcraft.

http://www.benchmade.com/products/530

earlthegoat2
March 29, 2013, 03:29 PM
I went through this not long ago.

I was looking for a Wharnecliffe folder for around 75 bucks. I wanted something stout and thin with about a 3" blade. I wanted a bombproof locking mechanism that was easy to open and close one handed.

Really, the only thing going for me that fit this criteria was the Yojimbo 2. You could find them for under a hundred if you were real lucky. Well, that is what I got for a little over a hundred.

Moral of this strory is you should figure out what you want and find the best bet for what you can afford...not the best deal for how much you want to pay.

Given your criteria, and if it was me personally, I would have a hard time not buying a Paramilitary 2.

However, I do really like Delicas too and they also fit your parameters very well.

rbernie
March 29, 2013, 03:51 PM
The Benchmade 556 MiniGrip has replaced all of my other EDCs. I think very very highly of it.

http://www.benchmade.com/products/556

JShirley
March 29, 2013, 08:47 PM
Yojimbo 2

They feel great, but good luck finding one for $100. Jeff at Cutlery Shoppe usually has the best prices, and I don't know the last time he's had them in stock. They can be found for $125 or so, though...

John

nebeel
March 29, 2013, 10:10 PM
Wow, thanks for all the replies and suggestions!

I think I've narrowed down my search a little. I went back to carrying my Gerber PF II for the last day or two and I'm remembering how nice it was to have something lightweight and THIN. That thing just disappears in my pocket even clipped on.

Took some measurements and found:

Just over 4oz
Only 5/16" thick! (.3125")

I'm really liking the idea of an all metal frame folder for simplicity and sliding in the pocket easily.

I like the looks of the Kershaw Shallot, but a little worried about the steel used. Is 14C28N steel decent at all? I'm not that up on metallurgy...

I actually seriously considered the Benchmade 943, but at .41" it's a full 1/10 of an inch thicker which makes me hesitate a little. Also being ~$100 more than the Kershaw, haha...

Thanks for all your advice!

Excitable Boy
March 30, 2013, 01:38 AM
The 94x series of Benchmade is only at .410 in the center of the handle scales. Much of the scale is relieved to much less than that in most areas. I have had probably a half dozen variants from base production to exotic Limited Editions. This design carries with a very slim footprint in your pocket. Much smaller than a Spyderco Native or Benchmade Griptilian even though it has more cutting edge than either. The minimum steel is 154CM, which is a premium US made steel and the options go up from there to D2, S30V and other variants including Damascus stuff.

earlthegoat2
March 30, 2013, 11:03 AM
They feel great, but good luck finding one for $100.

I should have mentioned I bought mine off of here secondhand. And another off bladeforums a week prior both for around that price. Gotta buy used.

nebeel
March 30, 2013, 10:47 PM
Well I think I've made a decision... sort of...

I'm going to go ahead and get the BM 943, a little bit more money than I was looking at originally, but it will be my first Benchmade so I'm hoping it will be worth it.

I may end up getting a Shallot or Leek (or both) just to have something to compare.

Excitable Boy
March 31, 2013, 03:08 PM
Post pics when you get it! If you really don't like it (I'd be shocked), I might even be interested in buying it. Having another one couldn't hurt :)

I've got a 941-D2CF in my pocket right now. It's a very cool variant of the 941/943 design made with carbon fiber handle scales and a mirror polished D2 blade. Out of my whole collection, it's one of my all time favs and the only production knife that that I carry on a regular basis.

PLYSWKNVS
April 3, 2013, 08:14 PM
Hey P B Walsh - if you call Kershaw (503-682-1966 ) they will send you another pocket clip free. If you want, I have a gold one, for a Leek, that I'd let you have for a good deal.

bubba in ca
April 5, 2013, 11:37 AM
I`ve gone thru a lot of knives looking for the perfect EDC. I think I have finally hit upon it-- a Swiss Army knife in my pocket and a short machete in my truck tool box, house, and shed. Before I retired I carried a Leatherman tool at work.

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