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Gentlemen's folder

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Jsg81, Aug 7, 2013.

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  1. Jsg81

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    What is your idea of the perfect gentlemen's folder.

    I am looking for something that won't scare the normal person but will still be useful.
     
  2. tubeshooter

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    Premium Pen, Premium Jack or Stockman style folders all make nice gentlemen's knives.

    SAKs are pretty crowd-friendly too. They tend to be a bit bulkier than I like for general carry; YMMV.


    [EDIT: SAK = Swiss Army Knife]
     
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    I guess I should say I like locking knives.
     
  5. tubeshooter

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    In that case, I would personally recommend either a Buck 55 or a Buck 503 (Prince).

    Both very similar; the 503 (Prince) is a tad trimmer.


    Expect to pay around $45 for either one. If you like your knives a little bigger, it's hard to go wrong with a classic Buck 110.
     
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    I prefer the slightly larger Swiss Army knives they now issue to their military. You van likely find a combo that looks gentlemanly. It won't be as quite as nice as some of the other suggestions but it does have a locking blade b
     
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    Opinel.
    Lots of sizes to choose from plus they are wood handled in carbon or stainless.
     
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    How about a Spyderco Dragonfly in stainless?A delica in stainless.A Chapparal in carbon fiber.
     
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    I guess when I hear "gentleman's folder" I think of something relatively small, that won't make an unsightly bulge in a set of dress pants but at the same time, it should be... upscale? fancy?

    My personal "gentleman's folder" for when I get dressed up is a Case Mother of Pearl Peanut.

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  13. Mike J

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    I was going to suggest the Case Executive http://www.scruggsfarm.com/case-metal-executive-lockback-knife-004.html

    I had one of these knives years ago. A guy from another trade borrowed it one day & brought it back to me folded up. I put it in my pocket without looking. The next day I unfolded it to find he had broke the tip of the blade off. I worked it down to a point but a while after that with more sharpening it started catching on the inside of my pocket so I quit carrying it. I went to buy another one but at the time the man told me they had been discontinued. I really liked that knife though.
     
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    What's your price limit?

    And, yeah, it is don't lock it isn't going to be suggested by me.
     
  15. Speedo66

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    I had that same knife and the lock back mechanism broke. Sent it back to Case and they replaced it.

    Case has a lifetime warranty, I'd try sending it back, you have nothing to lose.
     
  16. JohnKSa

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    When I bought my Spyderco Worker, some years ago, I thought it would fill the bill. But I've had people tell me that it's a "BIG knife" even though the blade is just a hair over 2.5" long.

    One of the guys in the lab where I work carries one of the little Buck folders--the 505 and it's pretty unlikely to freak anyone out. It's held up reasonably well, but it's not intended for hard duty and since that's how he uses it, it really shows the wear.

    If I were going for something like you describe today, I'd probably look pretty hard at the Al Mar Osprey...

    http://www.knivesplus.com/al-mar-osprey-knife-al-1001ss.html
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    Or maybe one of the smaller Spyderco knives.
    http://www.knivesplus.com/SPYDERCO-KNIVES-FOLDERS-SMALL.HTML
     
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    Thanks Speedo66 I will see if I can check into that. I'll have to try to remember where it is first though.
     
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    For my going to church lock blade I generally carry a Buck 521 I got as an NRA-ILA premium in 1992 it is an all stainless steel knife.

    or

    A little wood scaled knife marked Bear MGC USA I picked up at the local Ace hardware a couple of years back.

    Neither has any scarry scalloped edges or decorations to frighten the little old ladies with.

    Both are fairly flat and either fits in my suit trousers internal watch pocket without showing as a bulge outside.

    Though not fast either can be opened one handed.

    I also carry either a small SAK key chain type with scissors nail file and tiny blade or some similar little knife with the same lay out as my primary loaner again to not frighten the non knife types with.

    As the spirit moves me I may carry larger or louder steel, but I always carry a non threatening small knife in case someone asks to borrow a knife.

    If having a nice non threatening easily hidden knife helps you get to church on your Sabbath....."let he who is without a sword sell his cloak and buy one."

    -kBob
     
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    A Benchmade Mini Griptilian with a brightly-colored handle won't offend anyone. It can be opened and closed one-handed, locks tight, is pocket-friendly, and is available plain or half-serrated.

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    Check out A. G. Russell. They have a huge selection and carry many different brands and custom made knives.
     
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    Price would be no more than $150. My mother in law works for AG Russell so I am very aware of what the company offers. As a matter of fact if he sells what I decide on I will buy form him as I have most of my knives for almost 20 years.

    I guess I think of nice knives with a blade less than 3 inches when I think gentlemen's knife. I don't require one hand opening but that is ok with me.

    Right now I am looking at case mini copper lock as it might fit the bill.
     
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    Wellll then, everything AG sells is good so you almost can't go wrong by sifting through their offerings and deciding on what sporty lock blade you want. If MIL gets the company discount, even better!
     
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    These don't match up with the OP's requests... but I just have to second TA Davison for gentleman's folders.

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    I'd kill for one of these. Unfortunately, waaaaay out of my current price range!
     
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    No. Don't get a T. A. Davison. More competition for me :)
     
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