$150 knife with tradability

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by MrJones5588, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. MrJones5588


    Feb 11, 2020
    Hey all, new to the forums and happy to be here.
    I am a chef and have lots of experience with nice culinary blades but newish to the better end of the pocket knife world.
    I'm looking to get a ~$150-200 working knife ( boxes,soft wood, plastic, rubber daily) which has some tradable qualities.
    Any ideas?

    Thanks ,
  2. Jcsixx01

    Jcsixx01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    I would go with the Spyderco Spydiechef. It’s a great knife that has features you will surely appreciate.
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  3. TheTourist

    TheTourist Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2019
    Any ideas?

    Yes, and it might appear at first as kind of an oddball idea. You are a chef, and as such you probably have incredible "touch" with a blade.

    Undoubtedly, you will find a knife for the hobbies you desire. And it's my guess some will feel like part of your hand, and others will swing more like a dumbbell.

    I would go with all of the experience you have attained. Then come back and teach us!
  4. bigsurbob


    Jun 10, 2016
    SpyderCo PM2
    ZT 0452
    ZT 0450

    I've had my eye on these with similar criteria. 99% of what I've read is very positive, and they're in high demand in general so they'll be pretty tradable. I'd be curious what you wind up with. Have fun!
  5. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    What do you mean by "tradable qualities"?
    Usable in the trades?
    Has potential value for trading for something else?
    Do you want a folding knife or a fixed blade? Locking blade or slipjoint?
    Do you want one hand opening or is two hand opening good?
    What blade length are you looking for?
    Plain Edge? or Serrated Edge?
    For cardboard and rubber, I would suggest a utility/box knife with a tool-less replaceable blade feature. Stanley makes several.
    REASON: Cardboard is one of the fastest ways to dull a blade, and Rubber isn't so very far behind.

    Not sure what kind of plastic your coming in to contact with. Soft like a storage bowl or plastic soda bottle, or hard like a model airplane kit or the plastic banding used for shipping?

    For the wood, presuming you are whittling or carving, a traditional multi-blade slipjoint, along the "Split Back Whittler Pattern" may suit your needs. (it is also a viable option for other tasks).
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  6. Black Oak Bladeworks

    Black Oak Bladeworks Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2019
    Welcome! I really like the Spyderco Manix 2 Xl. I have been really happy with the cold steel broken skull to. Its a little under your price range though. Good luck!
  7. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    for some reason, I instantly thought of the zt 452cf or 450
  8. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    I'll add the Hogue Ritter and Cold Steel AD10
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  9. Whitedog


    Dec 30, 2005
    Its not necessary to spend $150 or so to get a good pocket knife. Give Spyderco Delica or the Endura a try. Flat ground blade, good steel, not bulky in pocket. Some of over zealous guys get carried away with recommendations.
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  10. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Tradable qualities? Please explain.

    Otherwise, I'd recommend the Gerber EAB. It uses tradable utility knife blades, which have no trouble with the uses described.

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  11. jp9mm

    jp9mm Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 1, 2019
    The Spyderco Kapara was designed by a chef with food prep and general use in mind.
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  12. kaos 13

    kaos 13

    Apr 30, 2019
    have a look at cold steel thay have a lot of choice with that price tag and lots of cold steel fans out there
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  13. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Something slick from GEC.
    A batch of #62's was recently released, if you see one you like snatch it up quick, because they won't last long. They rarely ever do....
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  14. MrJones5588


    Feb 11, 2020
    Happy to hear everyones suggestions. I feel like the manix 2 xl might be a good place to start since I have larger hands and there are many easy options to kinda " make it mine" as I start to fall deeper down this awesome rabbit hole.

    Thanks for any input , it's all helpful, I'll post what I end up with in the next week or so.
  15. marcinek

    marcinek Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    So what does "tradable" mean? o_O
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  16. That's not a $150 knife; you won't find them retail for less than $200.
  17. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    +1 for Delica or Endura if you just need it for around the kitchen and restaurant utility
    People also really like to have Delicas and Enduras in Sprint Runs. Sprint Runs are usually a limited edition of these two models that features a specialty steel
    and usually a limited color not featured on the standard line up.
    People will want a Sprint run more if you want to trade it away in the future.
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  18. Jcsixx01

    Jcsixx01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    In the initial post the OP included a $150-200 limit. Also, I picked up my spydiechef for $165. If you watch the for sale forum, you may find one at a great price.
  19. MrJones5588


    Feb 11, 2020
    Something which may possibly be resold or traded
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  20. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    In that case, a Spyderco Para Military 2 might be a good choice.

    If you get it in hand and just don't like it, you should be able to sell it for close to what you paid (here, at least, which requires a Gold membership to do). PM2s are almost like currency. ;)

    It's also a good knife for the tasks you describe, is within your budget, and is so popular that aftermarket bling -- if you decide to go that route -- is readily available.

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