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Good knife for a one armed 10yo boy ?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Al Thompson, Mar 23, 2008.

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  1. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi All,

    My nephew has only one arm and wants a pocket knife. I'm thinking a single bladed that's easy to open one handed. That may be pretty obvious, so I'd appreciate any help.. TIA!

    Al
     
  2. 22-rimfire

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    I'd take a look at the Spyderco Native that is available at Walmart. You can open it one handed, but I would take him along to test it. Other choices are obviously a small fixed blade always does the trick too and very easy to deploy in the woods and so forth, any of the assisted opening SOG folders (such as a Twitch) would be slick (perhaps a bit too slick for a 10 yr old), and if you want something bigger perhaps the SOG Vulcan which opens by gravity when you snap your wrist. I believe SOG is coming out with a smaller version of the Vulcan this year which might be more appropriate for a 10 yr old.

    Added: Mini Vulcan Link http://sogknives.com/store/VL-02.html
     
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  3. Huckle2

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    Al, check out the Kershaw 1660. Spring assisted, single blade, designed for one handed. Not to large for a 10 yr old. Priced good at around $40.
     
  4. Dionysusigma

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    I was thinking a Kershaw Leek (or Chive). I've been closing liner-locks one-handed for years, now, and both've them are good knives. :)
     
  5. Zeke/PA

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    Smokey Mountain Knife Works has some knives advertised on their website as one handed opening.
    Zeke
     
  6. SDC

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    Ditto on the Leek, Chive, or Scallion; easy to open or close one-handed, and SHARP.
     
  7. hso

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    Al,

    Having one arm may allow him to carry an auto if the state he lives in allows it. Fed law allows him to.

    Otherwise I'd stick with any quality one hand opener from any of a half dozen manufacturers. There is so much variety out there it almost becomes a question of personal preference on his part.
     
  8. MadMercS55

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    Depending on what he likes, Kershaw makes alot of pieces that would work well. Emerson has the Wave feature that might work for him as well. If an auto, then Benchmade has some nice pieces to choose from.
     
  9. boredelmo

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    SOG Twitch
     
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  11. TrueBlueSam

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    Favorite One Handed Openers

    The Gerber Mini Covert Applegate-Fairbairn is a good one handed small knife. It is slightly under 3", making it legal to carry almost anywhere. My son carried one for protection through college. CRKT makes a nice variety of knives with a Carson Flipper for quick deployment. Some models have an automatic safety that blocks the liner lock in. I would avoid those for a one armed person. The largest CRKT folders work great if you are wearing slacks, but are hard to retrieve from your pocket if you are wearing jeans.
     
  12. The Tourist

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    You put your head around the rifle, not the rifle around your head. Same deal here.

    You start with the boy, not the knife.

    Is he mature? Is he a camper, a whittler, a collector, a hobbyist building model cars and planes? And just what level of his dexterity does this afford?

    Then, I'd ask him.

    My Father, for all of his faults, had one major one. Someone would ask me a question, and he'd answer it. One of the major "apron cutting" aspects of our relationship was to get the old boy to stop telling folks what he proffered I was thinking.

    You could really enjoy wilderness camping. Perhaps he hates it. I know I did. A camp knife for him would be tanatamount to spurs on a bowling ball.

    This project offers you a good chance to spend some quality time with him. Use it to the best advantage.

    And when you do buy him that knife, make sure he gives you a coin. Old Sicilian tradition for good luck.
     
  13. sm

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    The Tourist,

    Excellent post!
    Thanks for reminding everyone about the coin.

    My role is to share traditional knives around here...equal time and all that stuff with the new and fangled that always get mentioned.
    *grin*
     
  14. zxcvbob

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    Gerber EZ-Out is a good one, but kind of big. I assume they also make one that's a little smaller.

    I bought an EZ-out before Gerber was bought by Fiskars, and it was dangerously sharp right out of the package (that's a good thing.) I bought another one a couple of years later for my Dad and it was only kind-of-sharp out of the package.
     
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    No prob. It's a good tradition to pass on, and a great way to teach young collectors about a new hobby.
     
  16. Texan

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    Al, pretty neat, as some others have already said, but there is an old Southern tradition that you NEVER give a knife to anyone. Bad Luck!! Ya let your nephew buy the knife from you...small amount but let him buy it.

    And as for your question, I've carried a Kershaw cam assist for a couple 3 years now and can be operated very easily with one hand. BUT check local laws on these. I live in a city divided by two different counties..in one it's legal, in the other it not. luckily I lived in the county where they're legal.

    o~\o
     
  17. jparham

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    Maybe a Case Russlock, if he prefers more traditional stuff.
     
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    Yep, I was thinking Russlock too.
     
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    Carrying an A/O or a switchblade may not be a good idea for a 10 year old, even if legal, especially if he only has one hand. I just had a young relative, 13, manipulate my Kershaw Scallion and my sub-1.5" auto-knife, and he had trouble closing both with 1 hand. He can manipulate it with 1 hand, but overcoming the spring with 1 hand was difficult.

    I would go with a cheap-o linerlock that locks up solid. The reason is that the pivot is reasonable looser than a quality folder, and the lock and blade can be manipulated with 1 hand very easily. Just check the quality to make sure it is o-k, and not junk. Look for something with a 2.5 to 2.75 inch blade.
     
  20. ArfinGreebly

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    Buck Rush

    I recently picked up a Buck "Rush" (about $50).

    It has a 2.5" blade and is very pointed. Blade is robust and sharp.

    It's a liner lock, and easy to close one-handed.

    It has a cam lock for those who worry about accidental opening. The lock lever is placed so that it works well one-handed.

    One thing, though. The clip is mounted at the "tail" of the handle, rather than the pivot end. If you're used to the more traditional pivot-end clips, that can take a little getting used to.

    Good knife, though.

    Here's the one I have
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  21. fatguynlittlecoat

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    Benchmade mini grip...plain edge...thumb hole...not the thumbstud...

    AXIS lock is incredibly easier to close one handed...and it's very easy to open one handed...I don't think I've ever used two hands when operating that knife.

    Lock is stronger that a frame lock or a liner lock.

    $56 at Grand Prairie Knives...retails for $100
     
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    The previously mentioned Gerber E-Z-Out is the easiest to open knife I have ever used, but it is also a bit big.

    May I suggest the Robin from the Byrd line by Spyderco. I got my girlfriend one and she loves it. It's small enough not to take up much room and fit will in small hands,yet still big enough to do actual hard work. You'll have to spend a little time opening and closing it first to break it in, but these have smoothed up fairly quickly. I would advise against the FRN handles. They come with a different pocket clip that is not as good as the steel handled ones. I got this one for about 17 bucks or so.

    http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=220

    John
     
  23. jparham

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    I'd say get thumb stud over thumb hole. Thumb holes take a while to get used to.
    Also, I'd say that framelocks are the easiest to open and close on handed. I have a Buck Mayo Hilo, and its a good knife. Very easy to open/close one handed.
    It's a little big, but they make a smaller version, the Cutback.
     
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    I'm pretty sure they are now discontinued, but if I remember correctly the Camillus Lev-R-Locks were designed for somebody's son who had only one hand.
     
  25. 22-rimfire

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    I would have recommended a Swiss Army Knife. Most have more than a couple blades, but many have a one hand opening feature for the main blade. The other "tools" may not be accessible to a one armed person. But for me, a Swiss Army Knife (SAK) is hard to beat and the price is usually great.
     
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