Ok, I need a new knife.


February 17, 2014, 04:05 AM
I'm tired of losing knives.

I like knives.

They are very useful.

I'm tired of dumping $8-10 on knives because they always flap out in vehicles, or more commonly, the forest. I had a really good spdy endura last year that met the same fate. Thats why I can't spend on knives anymore.

I'm tired of beltclips that dont clip.

I'm tired of pocketgrabbers that seem more like hangliders.

Help !

I'm not dumping any more on knives that wont stick on my hip.

I do wear a belt.

Let the recommendations roll, plz.

I want this one to stay put- $10, or $100- thats the only requirement.

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February 17, 2014, 06:49 AM
I've been carrying a Kershaw Blur for the last several years and can't find anything I don't like about it.

Outlaw Man
February 17, 2014, 08:44 AM
It may be a little more than you want to spend, but several of the Benchmade folders come with pouches you can wear on your belt. I can't think of any other brands with quality knives off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are others that offer something like that.

I've considered it myself, as I'm brutal on pocket clips. The Kershaw Blur, as sniper pointed out, seems to have a rugged clip. I've hung mine up on things a couple times, but I've always been able to straighten it. It's a little sharp, so it can grab upholstery if you carry it in your back pocket.

February 17, 2014, 09:05 AM
Sounds like the problem isn't the clips/knives themselves if an Endura.

Put a knife pouch on your belt and put your knife in it and the problem of them being lost might be reduced to just when they get laid down and forgotten.

BTW, the clips are for pockets and not belts (although some folks carry a knife IWB that way [although, if you're going to carry IWB you could carry with the knife inside the waistband and the clip on the waistband behind the belt]).

February 17, 2014, 09:35 AM
The old all stainless Spyderco Byrd line of knives had stout clips while the FRN didn't. Hopefully the second generation of all stainless kept the same clips. They're about $30.

50 Shooter
February 17, 2014, 10:46 AM
Another Kershaw Blur owner, I've seen pouches for the belt on eBay for the Blur. If you want to wear it on the belt, keep it protected and not lose it. Other then that, I've never had an issue with it coming out of my pocket.

Hard knife to beat for about $40-50 depending on where you buy it, check Amazon or eBay.

February 18, 2014, 12:46 PM
If you want a cheap knife because you misplace them like I do, go down to your local harbor freight, the pocket knife costs 6 dollars, 4 if it's on sale. It is a very stout knife. I had one that had a sticky liner lock, but I've never had a liner lock fail on me. The clip is very secure.

Or do as others have said and get a knife with a pouch. A buck 110 or something.

Or get a sheath knife instead of a folder.

February 18, 2014, 01:05 PM
I edc a crkt minimalist which is an amazing little fixed blade and runs $20, I also usually carry a crkt m16 in my pocket and it has a great clip

February 18, 2014, 01:16 PM
I had a Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara II with G10 and that clip was strong. It wore out a few pairs of jean pocket tops just by pulling it out of the pocket. A great knife for $25. If it wasn't stolen it would still be hanging on my pocket. Now I carry a small Kershaw Scallion and that clip is very tight too.

February 18, 2014, 01:36 PM
Do whatever keeps your car keys from getting lost in the forest.

February 18, 2014, 03:37 PM
That ain't a bad suggestion. You could get a little fixed blade and put the sheath on your key ring.

Yo Mama
February 18, 2014, 03:42 PM
Buck 110 comes with a nice leather sheath.

wild willy
February 18, 2014, 05:04 PM
I wear my knife clipped to the inside of my right front pocket.I don't know how you carry yours.I've been using an Ontario Rat II for the past year it has a very well designed pocket clip fit tight,slides on the pocket easily but the clip doesn't catch and get bent like I've had other clips do

February 18, 2014, 05:34 PM
I have carried a Benchmade Emerson slec war model cqc7 for the last 10 years or so. The clip is indeed sturdy. I also carry a Kershaw Blur on occasion. Both knives are workhorses.

February 18, 2014, 06:42 PM
what about a sog autoclip? they're about 20 bucks and have a self tensioning clip. the old ones had a thumb wheel you could adjust the tension with. I don't know about the new ones.

February 18, 2014, 06:52 PM
I have folding and fixed versions of the Gerber Gator, neither of which was expensive. The sheaths are nothing fancy, just plain ol' nylon, but built well enough to endure most use. As far as the clips on folding knives, I use them strictly for attaching to my waistband or pocket, not a belt.

February 18, 2014, 07:04 PM
Sounds to me like you need a knife on your belt. I've carried kershaws pocket clips for years and don't have a problem

February 18, 2014, 09:34 PM
How about your favorite knife with a paracord lanyard and a caribiner clipped to a beltloop??

February 19, 2014, 12:06 AM
If you don't like the suggestions, buy any knife you like and have a sheath made. I used to use Lifter's Leather for my sheath needs (when I was making knives) and he made the absolute best sheaths I've seen.


February 19, 2014, 07:06 AM
Get a Kydex sheath made, with a metal clip.

Put a Mora Companion in it.

February 19, 2014, 08:03 AM
Get a Kydex sheath made, with a metal clip.

Put a Mora Companion in it.
What's wrong with the sheath that comes with the Companion? I haven't had mine all that long but it seems pretty secure to me.

February 21, 2014, 09:43 PM
Thanks for all of the suggestions everyone !


Now to put some of these options in my hand and pocket, and go from there.

Shanghai McCoy
February 22, 2014, 11:49 AM
The Leek that I recently purchased has a good clip and rides well in my side or back pocket.

February 24, 2014, 01:23 PM
A Nite EYZ pouch will hold your knives. Also I would recommend CRKT KNIVES. They are built to last & have models that will stay where you put it! Good strong clips & they can be had at very good prices on sale! Just picked up a CRKT CASPER KRAWFORD, MSRP. $64.00 on sale for $19.99 ! Check them out & I think you will find just what you want!

February 25, 2014, 07:43 PM
Outdoor edge has a nice looking folder with hunter orange scales, comes with a belt pouch, and relatively good blade steel (aus8) for $25.


February 25, 2014, 10:35 PM
I carry a small Gerber. Its not a heavy duty tool, but its small enough to fit in the coin-pocket in my jeans.

LINK (http://www.westcoastmall.net/gerber-05874-ridge-fine-edge-knife-with-aus-stainless-handle-inch-blade-p-4136.html)

February 25, 2014, 11:51 PM
MyGreenGuns, that Gerber Ridge is a blatant copy of the Ed Halligan designed CRKT KISS - http://www.crkt.com/KISS. You an get either the Gerber or the CRKT on Amazon for the same price, but only CRKT has compensated Ed Halligan for his design.

February 26, 2014, 04:08 PM
Im not real savvy on knives and/or designers.

I see a lot of differences between them.

What makes this a copy?

February 26, 2014, 07:23 PM
MGG, It's a single ground blade frame lock where the edge that isn't ground sits flat against the frame when the blade is in the closed position. That negates the need for a fully enclosed handle. The entire concept is something Ed Halligan came up with. Gerber just tweaked the blade shape a little.

Unfortunately, I don't think Mr. Halligan was able to patent the concept. Hence, it's fair game like Michael Walker's Liner Lock, and Chris Reeve's Reeve Integral Lock - better known as the frame lock. It was just an observation.

February 26, 2014, 09:40 PM
Thanks for the info. I was curious, not offended.

The flat backed / flat faced blade was part of the appeal to me.

Its easier for me to sharpen one edge and keep my angle correct.

February 26, 2014, 09:54 PM
You're welcome. The chisel grinds are pretty easy to sharpen. I you like ease of sharpening you might want to look at knives with the Scandinavian or Scandi grind. The Scandi grind doesn't have a secondary bevel to form the edge. The primary grind goes all the way to the edge, so you just follow the grind on both sides.

March 5, 2014, 04:09 PM
My vote for EDC folder goes to Cold Steel Recon I.

I carry a tanto point, half-serrated. Eventually the pocket clip will quit grabbing so hard if you abuse it. At that point, you unscrew it, bend it back into place using 2 pairs of pliers, and remount the thing. Good to go for another couple years.

Great grip, under 4" so legal in most places, very useful, reasonably good at staying sharp, and you can still gut a pig with the thing if you need to.

Black Toe Knives
March 6, 2014, 01:29 AM
Don't want to lose a knife, buy a nice custom knife for $250.00. I have three customs, scattered around the house. Not only do I know where they are, I know how they are positioned.
I have two production knives I carry. I can't tell you where in house they are for sure. I have to look for them, I have lost both of them and I have never lost a custom.

50 Shooter
March 6, 2014, 04:46 AM
Did you ever find a knife? What did you end up with?

March 6, 2014, 12:54 PM
Check Big 5. They have some great knives a good prices. They have sales on CRKT knives quite often. And I have gotten some excellent deals on blades there. They had 4 models for sale this last week. Including the CRKT, Crawford / Kasper ' DRAGON '! This is an excellent close quarters combat S.D. knife. On sale $19.99! These have been made in small runs but are discontinued now. Grab one before they disappear. You won't regret it! ;)

March 6, 2014, 01:41 PM
Let the recommendations roll, plz.

A few months back I got myself a Buck 112 Ecolite that comes with an enduro belt pouch. Inexpensive, great blade, and very sturdy. My EDC is a Buck model 55 that fits in the change pocket of my jeans but is big enough to handle about 99% of my knife chores.

March 6, 2014, 02:04 PM
If your prone to losing knives you might want to consider some of the "quality" Chinese brands if your not anti Chinese buying. Sanrenmu, Bee& Enlan, Navy, Ganzo. Sanrunmu and Bee Enlan are actually quite popular. Anywhere from $5 to $30 for g10 handles, liner lock, back lock, etc.

They make very quality knives that are similar clones to popular knives. Only downside is the blade steels are mid grade if that's a downside to you (its not to me as I prefer mid grade steels anyways). Usually 440c and 8cr14mov is what the blade steels are made from.

I'm just really hard on knives so I can't afford to buy $40 knives all the time. I use my knives for everything. Not just cutting rope, cleaning my fingernails, opening card board boxes, and kitchen prep.

good luck....

March 7, 2014, 12:07 AM

still no knife yet.

March 7, 2014, 01:24 AM
Spyderco Manix II

Benchmade Griptillian

March 7, 2014, 06:12 PM
Only downside is the blade steels are mid grade if that's a downside to you (its not to me as I prefer mid grade steels anyways). Usually 440c and 8cr14mov
It's unusual to hear 440C called a "midgrade" steel. I thought it was rather top of the line in the 80's, and that only a handful of steels do anything significantly better (in some ways, worse in others), today. It is relatively slow and expensive to grind, which is one of the reasons it isn't used so much... same problem as the modern crop of wundersteels.

Many popular folding knives are made from "lower" grades of steel hardened to only low to mid-50's RC, and they work just fine. For instance, the Ed Halligan KISS mentioned in this thread is made of 420M equivalent, hardened to only 51-54RC. Solingen "Black Cat" german pocket knife is listed at 50-53RC. I'm guessing the Opinel in my pocket is somewhere in that neighborhood, as well. Basically, anything with a small enough blade where you could snap it, you can't get much benefit out of a super steel, anyway. I'm pretty impressed that a chinese knock-off folding knife under 20 bucks would use 440C to begin with.

FWIW, I often carry an Opinel. It has a pretty long 3 1/2 - 3 3/4 inch blade, yet it weighs only 1.3oz. The long thin blade is more useful to me than a 3" long, 1/8" thick prybar with steel liner and a dozen-odd screws that weighs 4+ oz, which seems to be the prototype of the modern folding knife. It doesn't weigh down a pocket, and it's about as bulky as a Bic lighter - just bulky enough where it won't easily fall out of a pocket while reclining. I used to pocket carry the equally light but much smaller-bladed mini Gerber LST, but I quit after losing two. The Opinel stays put.

July 17, 2014, 04:32 PM
Ok, thus far....

This lil guy sticks in the pocket like a cloth magnet !

The clip/carabiner/screwdriver on the back does fold in to the handle if you like it to.

I liked the idea of something about "bic lighter sized" clinging to the pocket better.

Not a miracle of craftsmanship, but it certainly has done its job so far.

July 17, 2014, 04:38 PM
Get a Gator .

July 17, 2014, 07:01 PM
If I were prone to 'misplacing' my knives I go with a belt pouch or neck knife.

July 17, 2014, 07:09 PM

When all else fails. Go to AG Russell web site. He now makes, or has made, a batch of pocket knives in "CHINA", blasphemous word, that work. I swore up and down for years I would never buy a cheap Chinese knife. My wife changed my opinion. Fit and finish on AG Russell is amazing. I have a new barlow lockback from him is everything I want in a folder. There is a lanyard hole through which I have run a latigo strip. Knife goes under belt hangs in pocket without touching pocket bottom. Lanyard strip stays out side of belt threaded through the tip of a white tail antler. Pull on antler tip and knife comes cleanly out of pocket and under belt. I have done everything I can think of to mess up the blade short of cutting wire, blade is still in good shape. I have CRKT, Buck, Spyderco, Kershaw, Old Schrade, Case, Cold steel, and Gerber. None works better for me than the Chinese AG Russell. These folders go from a fairly massive double blade sowbelly to a clod buster to my favorite a lockback barlow. For under a hundred you can get two sent to you.


July 17, 2014, 08:20 PM
A.G. should have gotten best import last year for one of his models and deserves more recognition for importing than he gets.

July 17, 2014, 09:20 PM
After losing a nice Benchmade years ago I will never again trust a clip to hold a knife on my person. I went back to a nice belt sheath.

July 17, 2014, 09:41 PM
I carry Kershaw knives. Leeks, chives, onions, etc. Good clips, super fast opening, and FANTASTIC customer service! Sent them three knives, all ten years or older. They tuned up the opening mechanism and sharpened them like a scalpel. FOR FREE!
Can't say enough good stuff about Kershaw.

July 17, 2014, 11:19 PM
Kershaw 'Needs Work' has a short stout clip and a great utility design on both blade and grip. A great knife for work. Two years of farm duty on mine, never lost from my pocket.
Or something a little thinner is Kershaw's 'Leek'. Sleek, fast, and very sharp. Can't go wrong with either...easy on the wallet too.

July 17, 2014, 11:32 PM
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July 22, 2014, 01:27 PM
I'm glad I found this thread. I'd just recently lost the Gerber Paraframe I'd been carrying for the last year, and while I liked it overall, I was not impressed with it's ability to hold an edge. Now I've got a new wish list started with all the great suggestions in here :)

P.S. As others have said, a Buck 110 in a leather pouch is a good option if you don't mind the weight. At least you'll easily notice when it's suddenly not there lol

July 26, 2014, 04:56 PM
If you like SPYDERCO, you should like the BYRD knives made for them. These are very reasonable priced knives! I just picked up the cara cara 2 Rescue. It is a good knife at a great price! $23 + S&H. As a tool for a EMT, F.M. or P.O., this would make a great knife for cutting seatbelts, webbing or ropes! This is one of the best deals for a knife of this type! I would take a look at byrd knives! JAT.

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