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Two Good Concealed Carry Knives

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Snidely70431, May 3, 2018.

  1. Snidely70431

    Snidely70431 Member

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    Two good concealed carry knives, IMHO, are the Bowen Belt Knife and the Puma Medici Stiletto. Both are currently available on Ebay for about $150. I lost my Puma many years ago, but still have my Bowen, although the belt is too snug. With a little work and practice the Puma can be reliably flicked out one handed.




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    I carry a dollar Chinese all stainless about 2" long that the authorities won't allow in a courthouse or federal building, but otherwise don't object to. It will shave when recently sharpened.
     
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  2. Yo Mama

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    Ka-Bar TDI is my personal favorite. It rarely gets carried though I just don't seem to have a need for it much.
     
  3. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    I have to respectfully disagree. The Puma is a collector piece, but I would never recommend someone buy it as a user knife. $150 will get much better materials in stronger knives that were designed for easy one handed opening with no learning curve.
     
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    Such as? Please give some examples.
     
  5. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    ZT 0566 @ $144, Benchmade 531 @ $136, Cold Steel American Lawman @ $96, several Kizers including the Rogue @ $116, numerous Spydercos with G10 handles and S30V or better blades starting with the Manix 2 @ $110. WE knives has a couple of titanium frame locks with VG-10 or better blades for under $150. Boker has a couple S35VN Ti frame locks around $150.

    If you can live with plastic handles, numerous Spyderco back locks in a plethora of steels and handle colors at prices starting well under $100.
     
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  6. Snidely70431

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    I bought my first Puma Medici Stiletto in Germany while in the Army and carried it for years. It was a great knife. If money is a consideration $5 will buy you a Chinese sort-of copy of a Fairburn - Sykes fighting knife in stainless nicely suited for killing someone, but of no aesthetic value whatsoever.
     
  7. Snidely70431

    Snidely70431 Member

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    Bet you have never held a Puma in your hand. It feels alive. Warm.
     
  8. JShirley

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    Not sure why you would "bet" that. Also, in some states, that belt buckle knife is a ticket to jail if you're stopped by LEO.
     
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  9. hso

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    Personal experience guarantees you'd loose that bet. Been to Blade Show? Ugaarguy, and John, have each handled more knives than most people have ever seen.
     
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  10. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm sure it served you well. However, designs, materials, and manufacturing methods have advanced greatly since the days when Puma was truly at the high end of production knives.

    I've no desire to kill anyone. Any good modern folder which has a sharp blade that can be quickly deployed would serve the purpose of simply peeling an attacker off so I could gain space to escape, help, or get to a better weapon. Better yet, the little fixed blade Spyderco ARK that JShirley and Sam Owens co-designed was purpose made for such a task.

    Aesthetics is so subjective that it's a branch of philosophy. It can be interesting to discuss, but there are no wrong answers, only poorly or well supported positions of aesthetic value.

    Beyond attending several Blade Shows, as hso noted above, I've also worked for a hunting and fishing store that was a Puma dealer. As a knife enthusiast I was frequently assigned to work that area of the store. I've logged knives in, put them on display, wiped them down, and even polished up the bolsters on old stock. I had the chance to extensively handle Pumas side by side with numerous other makes both when assisting customers and moving displays around. Pumas are beautiful knives, and I do appreciate them for that.

    I was also born and raised in GA. I've handled a few of the Bowen belt knives that friends and customers bought from the original maker in Blackshear, GA, so I'm familiar with that knife as well.

    Please understand that my disagreement with your recommendation was in no way a personal disagreement. My intent was simply to inform our members who might be reading this thread that there are folders in the same price range that objectively have better features, materials, and build quality for the purpose of carry and use.
     
  11. mdauben

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    I love push daggers, but I don't care for belt buckle knives. Too slow to get into action. I've got a couple of old Cold Steel Safe Keeper push daggers that I really like, but they are sheath knives. The only problem with these is they are double edged, which is illegal to carry in many areas.

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    My personal choice is a Spyderco Military knife, as in my state there are basically no restrictions on carry of a folding pocket know (as opposed to fixed blades).

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  12. dh1633pm

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    Newbie in the knife world. Yes, I have a good daily carry. I read each knife posting very carefully. Learning bunches. Thanks.
     
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