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reccomend a 3 inch locking folder please

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by w9trb, Mar 4, 2009.

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  1. w9trb

    w9trb Member

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    I live in Illinois and need a new lock-blade folder. It must have a 3 inch or slightly less blade, but have a handle on the generous side for my large hands. Use will be mostly to carry where and when I can't have a better weapon.
     
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    Yes, the LST looks about right...

    Now one more question, if you please. The web page doesn't really get around to saying where they are made. I've been to two stores locally and all the knives seem to be made in China. Not my cup of tea. I have a Solingen fixed blade and am not averse to another German blade. Really would prefer American, though.
     
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    was too quick on the response

    Gerber is American. Yeah! Ordered one for my needs. Thanks for your advice.
     
  5. bikerdoc

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    w9trb,
    Just suggestion, take a look at the Spyderco Native. US made, s30v steel, 3" blade, 39 dollars at wallmart. Sharp out of the box and well made.
    Just my .02 good luck.
     
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    The LST is kinda small for someone with large hands.

    The Native may fit better.

    Most companies want to cram as much blade into a handle as they can so finding a folder with a 3" blade in a 4" handle is difficult.

    Take a look at the current offerings from CRKT. They have a few that have 3" blades and 4" handles.
     
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    The Gerber LST is a great choice. I've sung the praises of the LST here quite a bit. That knife will serve you well for a long time. Congrats.

    That said. It sounds like you're looking for something that can double as a defensive weapon. If you find yourself looking for something a bit quicker to deploy and with steel liners, take a look at the BenchMade Mini Griptillian.

    Blade length is 2.9" so it comes in just under the wire. The Axis lock is bullet proof. Comes with a pocket clip or can be used without. Available with thumb stud or thumb hole. A ridiculous number of colors including pink if you're looking for something super PC :p.

    Chris
     
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    Well, here in Illinois as a law abiding citizen, I am much more likely to get shot than stabbed. And, I know it is not wise to take a knife to a gun fight, but being completely unable to damage or mark my assailant is also unacceptable. I guess it is more about keeping my mind attuned to the fact that I am not going down easy--is what it is about.
     
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    i'm a huge fan of the Benchmade Mini-griptilian. Axis lock is darn near nuke proof.

    Not sure how "beefy" the handle is but i've never had an issue with it.
     
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    Another suggestion:

    Buck® Prince® SlimLine™ Lockback
    http://www.eknifeworks.com/webapp/e...=81&filter=&SearchText=buck&list=50&SKU=BU244

    I think Wal-Mart carries this one, so this might assist you by handling it for fit.
    This one is a good looking knife, and does not look tactical therefore more people friendly.

    No, it does not have a clip, and does not have assist opening - still it is easy to open one hand.
    This knife and the others in this series , Squire, and I forget the other one, being so, are therefore allowed in those restrictive settings where , one hand assist is not.

    It looks like what it is, a good looking knife, a person would use for general use, small game, and the like.
    A number of ladies have gone to these knives to stay under the radar.
     
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    sm,

    I'm usually not one for Buck, but that's a decent looking knife. How is the steel?

    I know the steel on the LST is nothing special 440 stainless, but it's easy to sharpen and holds a decent edge.

    What do you use to maintain the Buck?
     
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    Benchmade 525---not cheap--but well worth it.
     
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    In the size and for everyday carry there are many choices out there that will do the job great.

    My current one would be the Kershaw Blur with a straight Sandvik 13C26 stainless blade. Great blade, nigh unslippable handle. I love this knife. I also love the Leek too, though that isn't as hard a working knife.

    The Spyderco Delicas and Enduras work very well and I love the grip shape and texture and jimping on them. Fantastic steel with the S30V, especially for the money.

    The Spyderco Native does a great job too. Nice flat grind on it and excellent steel. I just prefer the ridge on top of the other two Spydercos I mentioned.

    The Benchmade mini Griptillian is expensive but well loved. It has about the strongest lock on it, but you will pay for it.

    Then there is always the new Swiss Army Soldier knife. I been wanting to get one of these.
     
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    SOG Twitch 2
     
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    I have to say I'm a big fan of Kershaw - I'm very new to knives so my experience is limited as far as knives go - but for the money I've been very pleased with the three I've picked up - a blackout, Boa and RAM - each are different in their own right but each one is great. The Boa is a tad heavy for EDC for me since I wear scrubs but the RAM and Blackout are great. All 3 feel very solid in the hand and secure with the blade open.
     
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    "Now one more question, if you please. The web page doesn't really get around to saying where they are made. I've been to two stores locally and all the knives seem to be made in China. Not my cup of tea. I have a Solingen fixed blade and am not averse to another German blade. Really would prefer American, though."

    The Gerber LST series, as well as the LST magnums, Ultra light LST's, and Gator series are all still made in Portland Oregon.

    I took 20 years to wear out my original LST, and just bought a new one a few months back. It's just as good as the old one, and marked Portland, Oregon.
     
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    An Eze Lap 600 grit diamond , either the credit card size, or the 3" x 1" with the groove down the middle for sharpening hooks in a leather pouch, or Hone--Stone.

    I do not personally have one of these Bucks, or Gerber LST, I have recommended, given, and not only free hand sharpened these, I have also taught others how to freehand sharpen these, with the Eze Laps mentioned.

    Honest, the 600 grit will take care of over 90% of your needs. Use these dry, and from time to time use baking soda, or BonAmi, with a toothbrush to clean.

    Strop dry, on the back of a legal pad, or use your belt.

    http://www.eze-lap.com/product/creditcard.htm (model 201)
    http://www.eze-lap.com/product/1x3ds.htm (model 21)
    http://www.eze-lap.com/product/honestone.htm ( L pak 4)

    HTH (hope that helps)

    Steve
     
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    I'm gonna put a +1 on a Benchmade. made in US, superb quality in the three that i own. if you can, get an AXIS lock, they're great, easy to use, and rugged. i used to buy a lot of knives... i stopped when i bought benchmade. no more searching for the perfect knife. i've been carrying the 732 Ares for the past 2 or 3 years every day.

    tmm
     
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    inexpensive and good,
    kershaw vapor I
     
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    suggestion

    Another good one:

    KaBar FIN folding, frame lock at 2.75 inch.
    At .knifecenter.

    You will not get much better; in price or quality or the fit in your hand that you are looking for.
     
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    Any of the Emerson Snubby models. Especially the waved variety. Full size handles, titanium liner lock, G-10 scales, and the fastest opening of any folder. Also US made. Prices are on the steep side, but if you shop around deals can be had. My buddy picked up a mini CQC-7 new for 100$. I like their larger knives, I have a Commander, CQC-7, Combat Karambit and they are all tank tough.( I am hard on my knives)

    I have Benchmades, Spyderco, Zero tolerance, Microtech. I EDC a Emerson more often than not. Good luck finding something that fits your needs!
    HV
     
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    Hate the logos.

    Like the knife.

    BTW, Ken no longer has a contract with Kershaw so every knife sold is a testament to their error in severing their relationship with him.
     
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    They let the big one get away.
     
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