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Looking for a folding knife for my Dad, 2.5" or less in length.

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  1. FourteenMiles

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    I am looking for a knife for my Dad. He plans on carrying it.

    Some towns and cities around here have ordinances that all carried knives be under 2.5" in length. So he needs a smaller knife, but he really wants a larger sized grip, something to really grab onto. He did not seem to like my SOG flash I very much (though I admit the grip shape on that is pretty crummy). He also wants a knife that locks open. $50 or under would be the budget.

    Any ideas or suggestions?

    Thanks.
     
  2. The Highlander

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    Spyderco Persistence isn't bad for the price. Handle is kinda beefy with the steel liners but it isn't too big. Blade length is around 2.25-2.33 inches if I remember correctly.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion guys, but both of those blades are over 2.5" in length. It looks like Spyderco will soon be releasing a sister blade to the Persistence under 2.5" but it's not out yet.

    I happend to find this helpful forum post that lists a bunch of folding knives under the required length:

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/752120-List-of-2.5-quot-One-Hand-Opener-Knives

    Right now the Kershaw OD-2 and the Kershaw Half Ton are catching my attention. I might go ahead and order him both.
     
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    Spyderdo does make some small blade to handle ratio knives, but if that's not to his liking look at a Myerchin. It is a German maritime knife company that I've liked a lot, but not talked much about.
     
  6. Spec ops Grunt

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    How often do people get convicted under these ordinances without commiting an other crimes.
     
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    14Miles, the "little brother" is the Spyderco Ambitious. It has a 2 1/4" blade.

    The Spyderco Cat, just released in G10, has a blade a little shorter. It's more expensive, but probably a little more refined.
     
  8. The Highlander

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    @14Miles- Like JS said there is a smaller version, however I just checked the persistence specs and "blade length; 2 3/4 in. ". Technically it will fit your requirements.
     
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    +1 to what J Shirley said. I have an Ambitious, the blade, depending on which point you measure from, is 2.25-2.50" long. Spyderco's website says 2.25".

    It's a great little knife, and at a great price.
     
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    Give Dave an email at this address if your wanting any Kershaw or Zero Tolerance knives, [email protected]. His Blade forum name is "KershawGuy" and he has the cheapest prices on Kershaw blades that I've ever found and he ships super fast too. I like several of the Spyderco blades but most of their knives that are under $50 are made in China and I refuse to buy chinese made knives when I can get american made baldes for around the same price. That's just a personal opinion of mine though.
     
  11. Effigy

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    This is an affordable option from Cold Steel:
    http://www.coldsteel.com/mini-tuff-lite.html

    Going rate is about $20. The blade is only 2" but it should be plenty for EDC tasks. Steel is AUS 8A, which is pretty decent in my opinion.
     
  12. M-Cameron

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    well there are a LOT of folding knives with a 2.5" blade for $50......


    is there anything in specific that you think he would like......a certain blade style, handle material, ect. ?

    well technically.......they shouldnt( assuming its in the pocket and not in the open).............if the knife is not seen, no one knows to have it, so an officer has no reason to stop you for it, because they have no reason to suspect you have it............... theoretically.

    but as we all know......police dont always follow 'proper procedure'
     
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    You must understand that any contact with a police officer can result in a Terry Stop pat-down for officer safety.

    In my state caring a knife over our legal blade length( 4" ),with a few exceptions, is a felony.

    If you wish to play the odds with a felony conviction go right ahead. I choose to follow the law and avoid complicating my life with an arrest, possible prosecution, and all the financial burdens that go along with them.
     
  14. ArfinGreebly

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    Buck Rush / Buck Vantage

    For a little variety, there's the Buck Rush.

    I have one. Robust little sucker. Sharp and pointy. Assisted open. Liner lock.

    Blade is listed as "2.5 inches" but I seem to remember it measuring out to a fraction less than that.

    The handle, however isn't any larger than it has to be, so you would want to evaluate that.

    I've carried the Rush as EDC before. If you're around people who get nervous around blades that snap open "vigorously" it can, of course, be opened more slowly.


    Now, I personally carry a Buck Vantage (large) and find that to be a lot of knife for a 3.25-inch piece. It's a pretty light knife for its size.

    Buck makes this same knife in a "small" which has a 2.3-inch blade. This pattern is a one-hand-opener, having both a thumb hole and a "flipper" tab. Liner lock, of course.

    The handle is flat, so it rides well in pocket (I removed the pocket clip from mine), however the handle is also wide, so it's easy to hold.

    I carried a Vantage Small for a little bit, but found I missed the extra almost-inch that its bigger brother has, so I swapped it for the larger one.

    They do it in three different steels: Select (420HC), Avid (Sandvik 13c26), and Pro (S30V). I prefer the Vantage Avid, as the Sandvik steel is one of my favorites.

     
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    How do you know its a felony where he's at though??? Here in Oregon it's only a misdemeanor and every single cop I've ever asked about the knife laws here in Oregon they've all said maybe if you already have a criminal history they might give you a ticket for it but you would basically have to be doing something pretty stupid for them to even search you let alone give you a ticket. There is no length law here it's just if you have an full auto or assisted opening blade your not supposed to conceal it. As long as the pocket clip is visible on the outside of your pants it's legal here.
     
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    Earlier posts indicate OP lives in Massachusetts.

     
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    Kershaw and Buck both make small lockbacks that have short 2.5 or less blades.
     
  18. Spec ops Grunt

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    My state doesn't have length restrictions, some local ordinances are in effect in Oklahoma, but the state government has preemption on weapons laws, so I don't know if they even enforce them anymore.

    Also, you should fight that, knives are tools, not weapons.
     
  19. FourteenMiles

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    I ended up ordering the Cold Steel Mini Lawman @$50 for him. Now we just need to wait until it arrives to see if the finger grooves fit him.

    It seemed a bit expensive for what it is. Was the knife a good purchase? I could always return it.

    http://www.coldsteel.com/americanlawman.html
     
  20. M-Cameron

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    in MA, there is no restriction on blade length for generic folding knives


    only Boston has the 2.5" length requirement.....and its only a fine for each offense if found.
     
  21. FourteenMiles

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    This thread on Northeast Shooters (2nd page) seems to suggest that other towns besides Boston (Lawrence) have similar local ordinances: http://www.northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/threads/37516-MA-Knife-Carry-Law

    Well, I have cancelled the order on the Cold Steel Mini Lawman (at no cost). I am going to explain to my Dad about the local ordinances and see what he thinks about it (if it is worth the risk of fine).
     
  22. dayhiker

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    Also Lawrence, Cambridge, Revere, Lynn, Salem and Beverly

    Worcester is 3"

    I agree they are local ordinances with fines, not felonies as in my home state. But I do not feel like paying $300 for a fee if my knife is found be a LEO.

    Heck I never even go 5 miles over the speed limit.:eek:
     
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    Does Mass. Have preemtion laws?
     
  25. M-Cameron

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    now im not sure how often you have run-ins with the law.....

    but for the last say 6-7years ive been carrying a knife regularly (clipped to my pants pocket/ in a sheath on my belt)......i have never once had a cop (or anyone else for that matter) question me about it....even in boston.

    for the most part....police really do have better stuff to be doing than running down and questioning people who may or may not have an "illegal" knife.
     
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