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Dr.Mavashi
05-03-2013, 1:39 AM
Budget $100

Primary Purpose: Self protection - cutting vs stubbing/puncture dominated technique, but capable of sustaining thrust-like impacts against solid objects.

Secondary Purpose: Emergency utility - cutting fabric - clothing, car seat belt, rope, breaking glass with a butt.

Preferably "build like a tank" characteristic vs "will stay sharp forever" - I am fine with periodic sharpness maintenance.

Classic look and feel, not a fan of Zero Tolerance like geometircs.

Made in U.S.A

Manual opening, non-auto

Thanks !

r1dg3xrac3r
05-03-2013, 1:57 AM
Benchmade Triage

jeffrice6
05-03-2013, 1:59 AM
Spyderco Military & Manix xl...... Have & EDC both, excellent folders in and around your price point~

NoSpam
05-03-2013, 3:46 AM
"built like a tank" knives are "heavy like a tank", and suck for pocket carry.

You can get a kabar mule for about $40 and it's heavy duty, but weighs almost half a pound.
http://www.kabar.com/knives/detail/64

I carry a SOG Trident which weighs half that weight.
http://www.sogknives.com/trident-straight-edge.html

Before that, I had a Cold Steel Recon 1 which was made of japanese steel (for you kill bill fans)

Folding knives aren't well suited for hard thrusting into solid objects. You'll usually break the tip off of the blade, or risk possibility of the blade folding and cutting you up.

NeoGeo630
05-03-2013, 5:15 AM
Spyderco Military & Manix xl...... Have & EDC both, excellent folders in and around your price point~

+1 on both if these.

Although higher than your price point, I'd recommend the Benchmade 950 Rift as well.

Dr.Mavashi
05-03-2013, 8:03 AM
"built like a tank" knives are "heavy like a tank", and suck for pocket carry.

You can get a kabar mule for about $40 and it's heavy duty, but weighs almost half a pound.
http://www.kabar.com/knives/detail/64

I carry a SOG Trident which weighs half that weight.
http://www.sogknives.com/trident-straight-edge.html

Before that, I had a Cold Steel Recon 1 which was made of japanese steel (for you kill bill fans)

Folding knives aren't well suited for hard thrusting into solid objects. You'll usually break the tip off of the blade, or risk possibility of the blade folding and cutting you up.

Well, I train mainly focusing on stopping-cuts, but accidental "head-on" thrusts happen and if blade encounters a solid object i want blade/handle to hold. Mule looked cool, but it is made in Taiwan.

Spyderco Manix looks cool, had endura for a while, so just for the esthetics I wanna try something new and military is a bit "endurish"

r1dg3xrac3r,

Triage looked cool, but i forgot to mention that would prefer non-auto. Anything else comes to mind from benchmade family ?

Thank you dude, keep them coming.

sholling
05-03-2013, 9:15 AM
I love my Kershaw Blur S30V (http://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-Blur-Knife-Steel-Blade/dp/B0015ZXCT0) with a smooth edge because it's fast, well made, feels good in the hand, and holds an edge. There do have a cheaper version (http://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-Olive-Drab-Black-Knife/dp/B006PTMSCI) but I wanted a wee bit better steel. I found a video review on youtube to demo the speed.

http://images.knifecenter.com/knifecenter/kershaw/images/1670s30v.jpgiRgPVtMsc04

-aK-
05-03-2013, 9:50 AM
Slightly over budget at $119 but I absolutely love my Benchmade griptillian Doug Ritter RSK mk1.

http://www.knifeworks.com/DougRitterRSK.aspx

http://doublelifegear.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/rsk_mk1_red_03-800w.jpg

This is my second one as I lost the first one. Been carrying it for about 6 to 8 years. Used to carry spyderco and I've never looked back.

This knife is the perfect size, fit, balance, and weight.

Doug Ritter's explanation and story http://www.dougritter.com/dr_rsk_mk1.htm

So, you ask, what features were required to fully satisfy my desired requirements?

One-hand opening
Locking blade with a very secure and strong blade lock
Pocket clip
Fully ambidextrous (clip, lock and blade opening)
Traditional wide-chord drop point blade shape, 3 to 3.5 inches long
Composite non-slip handle/scales
Effective finger guard
Lanyard hole
Top grade stainless steel blade that holds an edge
Quality construction beyond reproach
Preferably, made in the USA

http://www.dougritter.com/graphics/rsk_mk1_combo_03-300w.jpg

Did I mention that I LOVE this knife?

Squidward
05-03-2013, 10:22 AM
Kershaw Leek.

gabe123
05-03-2013, 10:55 AM
I was like, boys its tough to get a folder in CA. There aint that many choice. And for$100? More like $1000 maybe... And then i realized you are talking about knives. I would go with made in USA Buck knives.

controlled_burst
05-03-2013, 11:01 AM
I recently purchased a Benchmade Griptilian 553 and really like the locking mechanism. Its strong and has a very positive feel when engaging the lock. The knife is also really fast to deploy with a simple flick of the wrist. If your not into tanto blades, benchamde offers several blade configurations and if you really want something special, order one direct from benchmade and you can have it laser engraved and customized to your liking.

I have been carrying her for 3 weeks and absolutely love it.

CB

Dark Sky Solutions
05-03-2013, 11:14 AM
I would say the norsman, it is only $25 to pre order it. lol Very quality knife though. I dont know if I could carry a $400 knife as an EDC though. So if I can;'t carry it I don't think I would buy it.

http://www.grimsmoknives.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC_0617.jpg

Norseman *PRE-ORDER*
Blade Length: 3.65″
OAL: just shy of 8.75″
Closed Length: 5″
Weight: 4.6oz.
Blade Steel: RWL34 at 60RC
Solid titanium handles, pocket clip, thumbstud, and spacers
Flipper riding on a ball bearing pivot
Ceramic detent ball

Choice of diamond pattern or honeycomb, and available anodized several different colors. The colors which look the best are bronze, purple, blue, gold, and green. Each knife has a serial number engraved into the blade.

Norseman Price: $450 – $25 deposit = $425 plus shipping due when complete

**Our next batch should be finished in January. This is a PRE-ORDER for the Norseman. $25.00 non-refundable deposit lets us know that you are serious about your order and will be ready to receive when they’re done.**

Price: $25.00

postal
05-03-2013, 11:24 AM
I love my kershaw ken onion 'shallot'.

Look carefully at the the kershaw line. You see low mid and high end knives under the kershaw brand.

The low,mid? are made overseas. The high end are USA made and are usually 'assisted opening'.

Love my USA made shallot with assist opening.

I abuse mine for work so I need to sharpen once in a while, but great steel in it that holds a nice edge.

It's a larger folder with a good size for self defense, but not very heavy at the same time. Clips inside my back pocket right next to my wallet.

NaClAddict
05-03-2013, 11:27 AM
Second the bench made griptillian by Ritter. Mine is super tough. Prefer it for edc over all metal knives for weight.

jfifer
05-03-2013, 11:48 AM
Sog trident times two! Awesome warranty from sog too. Also, a cold steep voyager. Tanto and solid.

slo5oh
05-03-2013, 12:15 PM
Op, if you lose things the way i do watch big 5 for specials and get either a sub $20 kershaw or ~$10 s&w. I've had over a dozen s&w's over the years and liked most of them. Once you've had 10 or 20 different knives over a few years you'll know what YOU like.

seanbo
05-03-2013, 5:42 PM
BUCK 110

Dr.Mavashi
05-04-2013, 6:48 PM
Thanks guys! This is really super!
As far as blade/handle geometry goes, Doug Ritter RSK mk1 would probably be the best fit for the type of cut that I do, however one thing that bothers me is that benchmade AXIS system. The way I hold the knife is with the thumb pressing down the flat side of the handle that is face up, with the blade looking horizontally on to the inside. I am afraid there is an opportunity of accidental release of the blade lock, and that could not go well in a self protection scenario ....

-aK-
05-04-2013, 9:41 PM
The locking mechanism on the rsk mk1 is the most ergonomic and sturdy feeling I've ever experienced.

Dr.Mavashi
05-05-2013, 12:44 AM
The locking mechanism on the rsk mk1 is the most ergonomic and sturdy feeling I've ever experienced.

Yes, I really like the design of the handle, however I am concerned that the way i hold the knife, i might trigger the release of the blade back to folding in, because my thumb lies too close the button ....

loopsb
05-05-2013, 4:53 AM
Trust me when I tell you that you are worried about a something that isn't an issue. It isn't a "button", what it is is a "locking bar". I have a collection of folders, have settled on Benchmade for my EDC heavy use knives, and have quickly migrated exclusively on the Axis Lock system for rock solid lockup. And I,ll give a third thumbs up for the Ritter Griptillian, I have " better" knives, but that one seems to end up in my pocket quite often.

Chokoloso
05-05-2013, 4:48 PM
I vote benchmade. I also have a kershaw blur but it's speed assisted and I think you don't want that. Go to knifeworks.com you can get the basic griptilian for under $100 right now, they have a coupon going

wheels
05-05-2013, 4:58 PM
Trust me when I tell you that you are worried about a something that isn't an issue. It isn't a "button", what it is is a "locking bar". I have a collection of folders, have settled on Benchmade for my EDC heavy use knives, and have quickly migrated exclusively on the Axis Lock system for rock solid lockup. And I,ll give a third thumbs up for the Ritter Griptillian, I have " better" knives, but that one seems to end up in my pocket quite often.

I have a ton of Kershaw's and like USA made but I've got three Benchmade's and the Axis lock has sold me, not sure how they could make it any easier to open "and close" a locking blade knife with one hand. I can close my liner lock knives with one hand but know that one day I'll cut a finger doing it.

emptybottle151
05-05-2013, 6:20 PM
+1 for SOG

guyver hitmanx
05-05-2013, 7:14 PM
Budget $100

Primary Purpose: Self protection - cutting vs stubbing/puncture dominated technique, but capable of sustaining thrust-like impacts against solid objects.

Secondary Purpose: Emergency utility - cutting fabric - clothing, car seat belt, rope, breaking glass with a butt.

Preferably "build like a tank" characteristic vs "will stay sharp forever" - I am fine with periodic sharpness maintenance.

Classic look and feel, not a fan of Zero Tolerance like geometircs.

Made in U.S.A

Manual opening, non-auto

Thanks !

r1dg3xrac3r called it. You described the Benchmade Triage 915. It's my new EDC knife. http://www.benchmade.com/products/915

If you get it from here http://www.knifeworks.com/benchmade915triagetripleutilityn680bladesteelblack g10handlesplainedge-2.aspx it's only 117 with coupon code on page.

Shrubmaster
05-05-2013, 7:17 PM
CRKT M16... absolute best knife for the money IMO. The larger model is about $70. I have six of them. The smaller model goes on sale at big5 for $18! I cant say enough good stuff about them.

bsg
05-06-2013, 12:09 AM
i'm a fan of Benchmade. my favorite folder is the Skirmish, but that is out of budget given and is out of production.

i have seen some good deals on various knives here in the 'Marketplace' of Calguns.

Twystd1
05-06-2013, 12:13 AM
Benchmade 710.

It will outlast you.

T

Handles
05-06-2013, 2:44 AM
Budget $100

Primary Purpose: Self protection - cutting vs stubbing/puncture dominated technique, but capable of sustaining thrust-like impacts against solid objects.

Secondary Purpose: Emergency utility - cutting fabric - clothing, car seat belt, rope, breaking glass with a butt.


Mostly because of your secondary purposes get the Benchmade Triage 915 (just like others have said). I keep one in my vehicle in case of accidents and I edc a Mini Griptillian (because of weight). Don't worry about the Axis lock, it is proven.

.

Stormfeather
05-06-2013, 6:16 AM
CRKT (Columbian River Knife & Tool) M16 series are a great deal, great knife and fit the budget perfectly!
Try one of the smaller ones, if you dont like it, you still have a backup knife!

Sumo99
05-06-2013, 10:09 AM
Cold Steel AK47 - Under $100, it has a nice belly for slash type cuts, has a pointed metal butt end so you should be able to break glass with it (but it's made of aluminum so I'm not really sure on that), decent steel (Japanese AUS8) and has a really strong lock mechanism and built like a tank.

But...It's not made in the USA, it's made in Taiwan

xgi1991
05-06-2013, 11:47 AM
I carry one of these, great knife, have had it for years, designed by Morgan Taylor, it is heavy duty for sure http://www.amazon.com/Smith-Wesson-CK43BS-Bullseye-Serrated/dp/B000UUR6JI/ref=sr_1_37?ie=UTF8&qid=1367869402&sr=8-37&keywords=smith+%26+wesson+extreme+ops+knife

Bucks n Ducks
05-06-2013, 11:58 AM
Another vote for the CRKT M-16 big dog. I've carried it every work day for over 4 years. Used often and still in great shape. Great weight and function. I prefer the tanto blade w/ large serration (i think they call it "zeff").
I got from an Ebay dealer for under $40, seen retail as much as $100.

ElvenSoul
05-06-2013, 4:43 PM
Case CV Blades are kinda a in club secret

noctambulant89
05-06-2013, 10:34 PM
I got a Smith and Wesson border guard without the serrated blade. has a seatbelt/rope cutter and glass breaker on the butt of it. 4.4inch tanto blade. its pretty heavy and may not be the best knife for EDC but has features. I've had it for a couple months and seems pretty solid.

loopsb
05-07-2013, 12:34 AM
Do people even bother reading the original post or is that to much to ask? Why are a bunch of people recommending really cheap made in China knives when the OP specifically specified " Made in USA" ?

Dr.Mavashi
05-07-2013, 1:38 AM
Mostly because of your secondary purposes get the Benchmade Triage 915 (just like others have said). I keep one in my vehicle in case of accidents and I edc a Mini Griptillian (because of weight). Don't worry about the Axis lock, it is proven.

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I like the Triage 915, but Axis lock worries me particularly of the way i hold the knife, as below
http://s194.photobucket.com/user/DrMavashi/media/TantoGrip.jpg.html
damn embedding does not work sorry ...

Handles
05-07-2013, 2:48 AM
I like the Triage 915, but Axis lock worries me particularly of the way i hold the knife, as below
http://s194.photobucket.com/user/DrMavashi/media/TantoGrip.jpg.html
damn embedding does not work sorry ...

I don't think you have to worry about it, but don't quote me.
Maybe you can go to a place like REI and hold a regular size Griptillian to get an idea if your preferred grip will be an issue.

Vekid
05-07-2013, 8:50 PM
Cold Steel Recon 1. I have been carrying one for over two years. Lightweight, solid lock up, holds edge really good. It works for me. But I would advise you to go to a store and fiddle with different knives, see which one "feels right" to you and then go from there.

San Diego Gun Nut
05-07-2013, 9:04 PM
But I would advise you to go to a store and fiddle with different knives, see which one "feels right" to you and then go from there.

+1

Above all features, does the knife "Feel right" in your hand?

Even if you don't choose one from that store, you will have a much better idea of which handle shape/length you prefer.

frankm
05-07-2013, 10:35 PM
+1

Above all features, does the knife "Feel right" in your hand?

Even if you don't choose one from that store, you will have a much better idea of which handle shape/length you prefer.

That's what I did. Someone told me to fiddle with them one-handed with my eyes closed and pick the one that feels best. I have a Benchmade mini Griptillian.

Dr.Mavashi
06-30-2013, 3:40 PM
Budget $100

Primary Purpose: Self protection - cutting vs stubbing/puncture dominated technique, but capable of sustaining thrust-like impacts against solid objects.

Secondary Purpose: Emergency utility - cutting fabric - clothing, car seat belt, rope, breaking glass with a butt.

Preferably "build like a tank" characteristic vs "will stay sharp forever" - I am fine with periodic sharpness maintenance.

Classic look and feel, not a fan of Zero Tolerance like geometircs.

Made in U.S.A

Manual opening, non-auto

Thanks !


Looks like I've fount exactly what I was looking for ...

http://www.woodsmonkey.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=424:buck-knives-bravo-review&catid=34:knives&Itemid=55

Thank you all, for the suggestions. Came really close to getting the Greptilian, but the geometry did not really support the thumb on the side hold, and i was surprised how light the handle was.

I love the resemblance to a classic tanto shape - being in Japanese or Japanese based martial arts for the last 25 years its a very nice "topping" on the cake. And the "axe-like" blade and handle design will fall in right into the technique.

Will pick one up soon!

Kestryll
07-02-2013, 10:14 PM
Check out the CRKT Autolawks knives, they have an automatically deployed secondary lock that will not allow the blade to close until you release it.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-83321635512416_2267_486383923

ElvenSoul
07-03-2013, 9:28 AM
EKA 8 on Amazon for $50 now

HAVOC5150
07-03-2013, 9:57 AM
CRKT Otanashi Noh Ken, Knife Works has them for like $80

Yehosha
07-03-2013, 11:10 AM
I know the OP already found his knife, but thought I'd post my EDC folder for future readers.

The Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00172A3DE/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i07?ie=UTF8&psc=1) with manual assist is a great folder at a great price.


Here's a good review of it:

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badreligion
07-03-2013, 8:27 PM
I have a Benchmade 710 from the first production run and it has been a faithful partner nearly every day for the past 14+ years. It has been all over the world and used in ways it probably shouldn't have been. I have tried other knives from other companies and they just don't measure up to the quality and durability of Benchmade folders.

The Axis Lock in my opinion is the fastest and strongest lock to open and close without an assist. It is extremely smooth to operate and you will break your blade before you harm the lock. As quick and easy as it is to use, it doesn't move unless you move it.

I know that the 710 is out of your price point but there are quite a few Benchmade knives in it.

Dr.Mavashi
07-20-2013, 11:10 PM
Thanks again for all the help, I have a lot knifes to order, but for now, Buck Bravo is on the way !!! will post a review for what its worth.

Ed_Hazard
07-20-2013, 11:36 PM
Benchmade 710.

It will outlast you.

T


+1 to this. I have had my 710 for quite a number of years and it has stood up to some hard use. The axis lock is rock steady and lasts a long time, mine still snaps close at te end like it's under tension from the great camming action. Add to that BM unsurpassed customer service and you cant go wrong.

http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae271/Ed_Hazard/newsale3001.jpg (http://s979.photobucket.com/user/Ed_Hazard/media/newsale3001.jpg.html)

http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae271/Ed_Hazard/newsale3002.jpg (http://s979.photobucket.com/user/Ed_Hazard/media/newsale3002.jpg.html)

Irv
07-29-2013, 7:49 PM
Benchmade MiniGrip

Tmatt1973
09-28-2013, 9:47 PM
75-100 bucks

Tank.45
10-01-2013, 12:34 PM
OP, I know you said you aren't a fan of ZT knives but you should really look at the ZT 200. IMO it is easier to handle than the 300 and looks to have been designed for use as a thrusting implement.

good fortune

ElvenSoul
10-05-2013, 4:37 PM
For $23 try a Mercator K55K

madbeans88
10-05-2013, 11:41 PM
I own a Ontario Rat 1, great workers knife, holds an edge very well, and is tough as nails.

Nickbowen5
10-15-2013, 12:15 PM
I use a SOG vulcan for my EDC. I love this knife, similar to the axis system,but an arc instead so it might be better in your hand than the axis lock.

http://www.amazon.com/SOG-Specialty-Knives-VL-03-Vulcan/dp/B0017231KQ/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1381868032&sr=8-5&keywords=SOG+tanto

thomashoward
10-15-2013, 6:31 PM
Slightly over budget at $119 but I absolutely love my Benchmade griptillian Doug Ritter RSK mk1.

http://www.knifeworks.com/DougRitterRSK.aspx

http://doublelifegear.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/rsk_mk1_red_03-800w.jpg

This is my second one as I lost the first one. Been carrying it for about 6 to 8 years. Used to carry spyderco and I've never looked back.

This knife is the perfect size, fit, balance, and weight.

Doug Ritter's explanation and story http://www.dougritter.com/dr_rsk_mk1.htm



http://www.dougritter.com/graphics/rsk_mk1_combo_03-300w.jpg

Did I mention that I LOVE this knife?

+1000 Doug Ritter RSK
http://i1150.photobucket.com/albums/o609/thomashoward1/KNife.jpg (http://s1150.photobucket.com/user/thomashoward1/media/KNife.jpg.html)

scLowe
10-18-2013, 10:43 AM
Thanks to all you Triage advocates, you've sold me. I recently picked up a kershaw blur, but I wasn't an immediate fan of the S-curved blade. I was also worried about how fast the blade deployed with the speed safe -- I know, almost all my blades are assisted and faster is better, but the blur is scary fast and all I could think about was my 5 year old deploying the blade before I could stop him.
Neither of these things are strikes against the Kershaw, it's a phenomenal buy, but it didn't quite fit my POU.

Read this thread out of curiosity, and immediately fell for the triage.: sheep foot blade, rescue hook, and excellent grip. Also, the axis lock seems like a great feature, like the LAWKS on my 10 year old CRKT M16. This will be my first manual blade since the M16, and I can't wait to see the UPS truck.