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Assistance- Opinions on folding knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by rhtwist, Mar 11, 2012.

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  1. rhtwist

    rhtwist Member

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    Hello,
    I have a Kershaw Blur, which I like a lot. What I don't like it the liner lock. Does anyone know of an assisted opener of the Blur's quality that has a stronger locking system. Thanks
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  2. hso

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    Look at Benchmade.
     
  3. rhtwist

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    Hello hso,
    I was becoming aware of the Benchmade griptilian. But am unsure from the descriptions on how it works. It is assisted opening and am I right in guessing that button in the slot is a bar that locks into the back of the blade, making it lock open. The button must be pulled back to allow the folding of the blade. Any clarification or opinions are appreciated!
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    The Griptillian isn't an assisted opener. The lock is called an Axis lock and you maneuver it in it's slot to unlock the blade in order to close. The lock can also be manipulated while closed to both ease opening and nudge the blade out a just a bit.

    If you want an AO though, there is also the SOG trident. It has a lock very similar to an Axis lock (though crescent) and a secondary lock to keeps the blade from opening.
     
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    Hello glistam,
    Thanks for you reply Sir! I had though the Griptilian was AO. Good to know. I will take a look at the SOG. What is your preference?
    Cheers
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    The Benchmades with the Axis lock will be as quick and easy to open, and even quicker/easier to close, with one hand, as any assisted opener/automatic opener. Just slide the lock back, flick open/flick closed.

    The Axis lock is the best mechanism I've ever seen for one handed operation of a folder.

    Jason
     
  7. rhtwist

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    Howdy Jason,
    Thanks for weighing in on that design. I kinda wondered how it worked. Maybe find a youtube video of it being used. Thanks, I'll still keep it in mind!
    Glenn
     
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    Watched some videos on the differening knives suggested, all seem to have positives and possible negatives. Real world experience is not available on you tube. The griptilian seems to be fairly heavy duty and expensive. The SOG has no metallic liner and was considered weak. The blur which strangely is one of the lesser expensive knives is weak in the liner lock. Again, all read. The Cold Steel has a line of knives called FAST. Assisted opening and a none described lock. I am wondering how strong it is.
    Any and all opinions and experience welcome!
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  9. Valkman

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    I just got a Griptilian yesterday, you probably saw my thread "Griptilian Goodness". The AXIS lock was a bit stiff at first but now the knife flys open and closed by just pulling back on the lock and flicking it open - same to close it. Very easy to use, and overall a great knife.
     
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    Hello Valkman, thanks for your response. I consider that model a great candidate, but at least from my knowledge and experience, I prefer the AO design. Unfortunately you can't rent them. I've looked at some youtube videos and they mentioned that the flick needs to work itself in a bit. Also the price seems a bit expensive, although it may be worth it. I like the knowledge that the knife will open without any special techniques or practice. The Gerber fast system looks good, but I don't think I like the quality or blade size. How hard is it to learn the flick?
    Cheers
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    About 10 seconds - it's very easy.
     
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    Don, for you and me maybe, but there are people that would surprise you that I've worked with to describe how to get a folder open with a flick of the wrist and who had so much trouble it was easier just to tell them to use the thumb stud/disk.
     
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    Not an assisted opener, but I got (and promptly gave away) a HK Soldat a few days ago. It's a Benchmade, and while unlined, it is made in the US, and seemed high quality. Looked like quite a bargain for $50.

    John
     
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    Thanks hso! The 580BK looks good. Wish it was a 3.5" or a hair under. Looks like a keeper!
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    Thank you Valkman, but I've seen the 580 series which seems to have all the features I need. Watched a video on a gut hacking a tree using another branch as a hammer. The Griptilian sure seemed to hold up well.
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    Howdy,
    Looks like I'm finding more and more knives with the characteristics I want. Really like the blurs ao. That would be perfect except for the liner lock. This forums members have shown patience and diversity. That is helpful.
    Thanks
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    Does anyone have any opinions on the SOG Flash II. It seems comparable to the 580, with the </= 3.5" blade?
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    Consider a Spyderco Manix II, Benchmade Griptilian or 940 Osborne, and maybe look at others in the Kershaw/Zero Tolerance line.

    I don't know how much you want to spend but the ZT 0550/0551 (Titanium framelock) is a very tough, nice folder that is easy to carry. I have an 0551, and it has been my EDC for a while now, knocking out my Benchmades.
     
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    Howdy Pilot,
    Thanks for your response and suggestions. I saw the ZT line and liked it but isn't it just a heavier duty liner lock and fairly expensive? The griptilian seems to me to be outshined by the 580 AO with the Axis lock. I will certainly look at the spyderco and the 940 Osborne.
    Appreciate your opinion and time
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    Along the lines of the Manix 2, the Translucent Manix 2 is a great knife. With a mild bit of practice, it's as fast as an assisted opener. It's also very strong but lightweight.

    John
     
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    I'm very partial to the Spyderco Delica and Endura. Solid lock-backs. They are not "assisted opening" but they are one-hand opening, which IMO is just as good, if not better.
     
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    Hello,
    I have used all sorts of knives over the decades the last before the blur was a CRKT M16 style. Once I got the Blur, it was night and day for me. So I am kinda stuck on the AO style. I could open those old bucklites with one hand, quite quickly. I appreciate all this information.
    The SOG Flash II seems good, want to see one first as is, on paper the 580BK.
    I even like the Zero tolerance knives. But I don't want to spend a ton (for me) of money.
    The SOG is like $42.
    Any solid dealers with good prices and return policies that can be recommended, if it is not an infringement of the forums policy?
    Open to all opinions, but don't want to rile anybody up. Thanks so far for everyone's helpful suggestions!
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    Howdy Mike,
    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with me. Mighty kind! Still leaning AO though.
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