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Need some insight on a full tanged fixed blade for Concealed Carry.

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by chrisnoel27, Jan 9, 2013.

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  1. chrisnoel27

    chrisnoel27 Member

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    Hi folks, I need some help choosing a fixed blade knife, with a sheath. I'm partial to the almost triangle shaped blades, not sure what that blade shape is called. The blade shall be at least 4 inches, full tanged and under 60 bucks. I've been searching for the last hour and am overwhelmed, I couldn't find a knife that met those requirements. I have CCW and carry a gun but I want a stout, formidable fixed blade knife in case I'm disarmed or can't reach it.

    Any Ideas?
     
  2. Mp7

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    Mora Companion.

    Weighs almost nothing, costs almost nothing
    does almost everything.

    Had a kydex sheath made.
     

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    Chris, during a career in law enforcement, along with everything else I carried ... I did some experimenting with carrying a small fixed blade as a backup using a Gerber Guardian (which is a very sturdy small double edged crotch stabber...). No matter how I tried it just wasn't comfortable or convenient. I fell back to a very sharp locking folder with a 4" blade -and was never without it. I still carry a folder with those dimensions today although I've been retired from police work since 1995....

    Find, and purchase the blade you want. My guess is that something like I've just described will see a whole lot more use.
     
  4. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

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    Good luck finding a good fixed wharnecliffe for $60.

    When it comes to EDCing a fixed blade, I think there are 2 realistic choices: go smaller, or carry a folder.

    John
     
  5. RatDrall

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    Agree that you won't find a decent fixed blade for less than $50.

    I would recommend spending a few more dollars and get an ESEE-3. They're as small as you can go and still have a knife that "feels right". It's flat and light and carries very well.

    If you can find more money, the Gryphon M10, TSD Grab N Stab, and many others make high quality short fixed blade knives, but you have to pay for the quality.
     
  6. JShirley

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    Well, these - at least the 2 on the left, are small but feel good, and provide some protection for your hand.

    If you're using a knife as a retention device, it doesn't need to be huge, just quick and sharp and sturdy.

    John
     
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    I am a little confused by what you mean by triangle blade.

    Do you mean a tanto point, or a wharncliff, or a double-edged?
     
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    The Ka-Bar TDI knife, either the large or regular one, fits your requirements perfectly, and offers several modes of deployment for you to play with. It would be a good idea to maybe get a custom sheath if you end up liking it.

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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Make sure you know your local knife laws before you stuff a double-edge dagger in your pants.

    They are against the law many places where a Tac folder isn't.

    rc
     
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    RC, I don't think anyone's talking about double-edged blades.

    I will say that LEO in general are likelier to view large fixed blades with more suspicion than folders.
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Well, I'm kinda unclear on what a "almost triangle shaped blade" is?

    rc
     
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    I'm assuming he's talking about either a "tanto" or a dagger. Neither are what we recommend.

    Get a small enough fixed blade you can carry all the time and you might actually carry it. Get something with more than a 3" blade and you're more likely to leave it in a drawer and forget about it.
     
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    Mora' s work great.
     
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    Thanks guys for all the info and insight, I appreciate it. I'll post some pics when I choose a couple of knives.
     
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    Anyone thinking Mora for carry should at least consider the Mora Robust. It features a thicker blade (about 1/8") and is carbon steel. They're under $20 at ragweedforge.com

    For discrete carry, I would make a new, slimmer handle for it, along with a Kydex sheath.

    All my best,
    Dirty Bob
     
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    That's a clip point with a sweeping belly.

    Plenty of those around.
     
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    The Kim Breed Knife would work too.
     
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    If it's just going to be used as a "get off me knife" it doesn't really need to be made from a premium steel. Or cost all that much. I still really like my CRKT Folts S.P.E.W in this role.

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    Been carrying it every day since I got it. Very slim, light, small, yet still has a 3" blade and a well designed handle.

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    Really have too agree with this. I do very often carry a larger fixed blade, as a working tool. Not for defense, and not in deep concealment.

    With a little under 4" blade and a hand filling handle my beloved F1 is about the same size as the EESE 3 mentioned somewhere in this thread.

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    The little CRKT Folts carries like it isn't even there. With the F1, you always know its there.
     
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    Tanto tipped blades have a stronger forward "push" motion which makes them better than clip or rounded point knives for self defense. Kabar TDI knives were designed with weapon retention in mind for LEO and military personnel. It is harder to conceal since it is ideally supposed to be worn ahead of the hip bone. With the handle facing either direction to allow using either hand.

    I would recommend Kabar D2 Impact if you can find it.
     
  23. JShirley

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    By "tanto", do you mean the so-called "American Tanto"? Or a real tanto?

    John
     
  24. Fred Fuller

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    Not quite 4", but...

    It's a production line version of the Mosier Trigonaut. Lots of material on the net about it if you search...
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    -- http://www.knivesplus.com/bokerknifebk-bo280.html

    Boker Knives: Boker Mosier Knife, BK-BO280

    The illustrated Boker Knife is the Boker Mosier Knife, designed by Missouri custom knifemaker David Mosier, that features a 3 1/4" modified Wharncliffe fixed blade made of Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel. The blade of this Boker Knife has a notched thumb rest and a pronounced choil for secure grip. The Mosier Knife has full tang construction; contoured two tone black and gray Micarta scales and a lined lanyard hole. A Kydex sheath is included with this Boker Knife. The Boker Mosier Knife has an overall length of 7 1/4", and it weighs 5.5 ounces. Made in China.
     
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    Don't discount these little knives. They are not full tanged and not for using as a prybar, but are the sharpest $15 knife I've ever used. Cheap enough to buy several and if it gets lost it is no big deal. They offer several different styles.

    http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce/prodlist.jsp

    I cannot get it to load directly to the Mora knives, but type in "mora" in the search area click on search.
     
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