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Best folding knife for daily carry?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jdegg79, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. jdegg79


    Aug 12, 2009
  2. BenchmadeBoy


    Sep 4, 2005
    Welcome to Bladeforums! In order to get a proper response, you'll have to narrow down what you are looking for. Just asking what is the "best folding knife" and a top price of $500 will only end in frustration. That is simply too broad a range to get any practical answers. What do you want to use it for? Production or custom? What are the laws in your area in regards to knife carry? See what I mean? Spend some time here, ask a few questions and then make a more informed decision. Best of luck :thumbup:

    p.s I vote for the Doug Ritter Griptilian, http://www.aeromedix.com/product-exec/product_id/1080/nm/Doug_Ritter_RSK_Mk1_Folding_Knife :D
  3. orthogonal1


    Oct 30, 2005
    As to the indicated Wilson knife, I think it may be over-priced.

    What size of a knife are you looking for? Smallish (3 inch blade or so) or largish (about 4 inch blade).
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2009
  4. knivesandguns


    Mar 6, 2008
    ZT 0200/0300/0400/0500

    Look at those. For $500 you can get a few awesome knives, or a great custom!
  5. frgtn340


    Dec 3, 2006
    Spyderco Caly 3!!! This knife is a beast! Perfect size, perfect ergos, and a monster cutting edge!
  6. marthinus


    Dec 10, 2006
    ooooh I am going to be the first to mention it! Get a Chris Reeve knife Sebenza with graphics or a Umnumzaan Or a Strider SMF SNG or a Hinderer XM 18 or a Spyderco Military or para military Kershaw ZT range or a kershaw outburst! You can pick and choose for $500 between the best out there!
  7. mmarkh

    mmarkh Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    +1 on the Sebenza.:thumbup: I have the large plain model and it is a perfect EDC. It is a fantastic carry knife. The graphic sebenenzas are nice but I like the plain for every day carry because I don't care if I scratch it up. They are terrific users.
  8. Jason B.

    Jason B. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 13, 2007
    I think its sweet, I would get it.
  9. David M

    David M

    Sep 1, 2008
    If you put 100 people in a room they would probably all have a different opinion on what the best EDC would be. I usually carry a Spyderco Millie,Para or one of a few Kershaw smaller folders. Some feel the Millie is a bit large but it is comfortable for me. I won't buy anything not made in the USA.
  10. Bierkameel


    Apr 2, 2009
    Buck Mayo Waimea, really nice small EDC knife with an S30V blade.
  11. mynameisgeorgel


    Apr 5, 2009
    for $500 you could get a sebenza and another lower end knife of your choosing
  12. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    I agree with BenchmadeBoy.
    You'll have to tell us more about how you plan to use the EDC and what type of environment you'll be in, and what type of clothing you'll be wearing.

    For example: I work in a hospital all day and wear scrubs, so a heavy knife is out of the question since I just have a drawstring and no belt.
    And a large blade is also out of the question since I don't want to terrify my patients or my co-workers.
    So my hospital work EDC is a Spyderco MeerKat.
    It's perfect for my specific work needs.

    Outside of work I prefer a larger blade, and weight isn't as much of an issue.

    Here are two of my most recent EDC's....

    The Buck-Mayo TNT:



    A older Discontinued Benchmade-Elishewitz Mini-Darkstar:



    Both are nice and light-weight, which is good for lighter summer clothing, even swim trunks.
  13. Ken44

    Ken44 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    CRK Sebenza
  14. tirod3


    Jun 27, 2006
    With a $500 budget and a first choice of an expensive "operator's" knife, I have to ask, what job are you performing in daily life?

    Unless you're on SWAT callout, the knife type specified largely indicates a desire to carry something to bolster a self image deficiency. Don't go there.

    If you are LEO/military, pick up an Endura from the local knife shop or PX. It'll do.

    High end uber tackycool knives from suppliers who don't specialize in them mean you get something made by somebody else. I suspect Wilson doesn't have a clue about making knives. They are a 1911 range gun maker - which also doesn't mean they specialize in combat pistols. Really, Browning, Glock, Beretta, SIG, HK, and Walther do that. Nobody issues a 1911. It's obsolete.

    An EDC knife has a lot of competing jobs to do, and some onerous local requirements. I'd slow down and look for something in the $50 range to start. No sense making an expensive mistake because the job turned out completely different from the tool.
  15. JTR357


    Sep 10, 2007

    :thumbup:+1 or 2 or 3 or 4 :p:D

    Plus you'll have enough left over to get yourself a griptilian.Axis-lock,It doesn't get any smoother than that!

    Good Luck & Welcome to Bladeforums :)
  16. oldscrimmer


    Nov 23, 2007
    Decide on the jobs it will encounter as an EDC, choose a premium steel by a top maker, a good grind that will do the jobs you've identified, then choose one you like the looks of. IMO you can't beat a good drop point blade with a solid lock up when open. SOG has some great offerings along with the ones the other guys have suggested.
  17. Steven Andrews

    Steven Andrews

    Apr 7, 2002
    Benchmade Mini RSK Mk1.
  18. Phillip Dobson

    Phillip Dobson

    Jun 26, 2009
    Kershaw RAM in desert ironwood, (or cocobolo, or buckeye burl, or whatever), with a Grip Clip. Spend the money you saved on a good bottle of scotch.


  19. JTR357


    Sep 10, 2007
    :eek:Dam Phillip!Those are some fine looking RAM's:thumbup:

    I gotta send you some knives soon.
  20. SilverFoxKnows


    Sep 25, 2002
    At the risk of sounding pedestrian, a SAK is really hard to beat at any price. If you want a single high dollar knife what about a Case/ Bose collab?


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