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3 inch folder?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by GGD, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. GGD


    Sep 20, 2014
    Hello, I am looking for a camping/outdoor folder with a blade of no more than 3 inches. I would like to get something of good quality, but not spend more than $85. I was looking at a Benchmade Mini Griptilian, but I am wondering what other options I have. Any suggestions?
  2. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    Cold Steel's mini recon 1 is a great little blade (30-40 dollars I think--it's been a while); it's tough and fairly resistant to the elements, very easy to sharpen in the field, and if you damage while putting it through its paces, inexpensive enough that you will not feel bad. I have the clip point and have to say that it has impressed me.
  3. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    sorry, double post
  4. B34NS


    Dec 30, 2013
    Could probably pick up a mini landslide on the cheap!
  5. Quirt


    Oct 10, 2005
    Any size Griptillan works awesome for this mission. Whittles and makes shavings like a charm. Made hundreds of fires, snares, tent stakes, plus processed fish and game. The 154CM would be my choice. The Axis lock is perhaps one of the most rock solid locks on the market making it one of the top choices for this mission. Strong and solid.
  6. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

    Jan 1, 2013
    Rat II
  7. neeman


    Apr 5, 2007
    Case Sodbuster for less than $30
  8. Capt. Spaulding

    Capt. Spaulding

    Feb 7, 2014
    Delica 4.
  9. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002

    Another vote for the Delica 4.

  10. The-Stig


    Jul 7, 2012
    Another vote for Cold Steel. Look at the Voyager model, usually pretty cheap. You could also get yourself a Mora if you needed a fixed blade and still be within budget. You could go super cheap and get a Mora and Opinel, or a Case knife. You really shouldn't have to spend $85 on a folding knife for your uses.
  11. agembry


    Dec 29, 2013
    I'm Going with the mini grip at the high end of your price range but a cold steel recon 1 or mini recon 1 at half the price is one heck of a value.
  12. Kleingra


    Aug 19, 2014
    I really like my Delica 4. A nice bonus for outdoors are the bright FRN scales. Mines orange even in lo light and heavy brush its pretty easy to find.
  13. batosai117

    batosai117 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2007
  14. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    The mini-grip is a good blade for the size, but I find the handle a bit small due to the design.
    For outdoorsy stuff I'd prefer a flat grind for lateral stiffness in carving, so go with the drop-point style blade rather than the sheepsfoot (which is hollow).

    I like my new Kershaw Camber in S30V, but you'd have to drop the tip a bit to make the 3" limit (which I did). Bonus is you get premium steel for your budget. (and can de-assist if you don't like that feature)

    I believe Buck has a Vantage model right in your size/price range, which would be a good bet.

    A Vic farmer or camper is actually hard to beat too, but doesn't optimize for blade utility.

    3" knives are awesome as long as they have enough handle to hang onto.
  15. tew3006

    tew3006 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    I recommend the Buck vantage. Super strong and user friendly. Lots of options.
  16. edh3007


    Sep 26, 2014
    Or a Buck 112. Sure it weighs a little more and you can't pocket clip it. But you won't loose it if it's on your belt and it is one heck of a good general purpose outdoor (or in) knife. I carried mine daily through my military tours.

    Cheers, ED
  17. Yetidayhiker


    Jan 13, 2013
  18. sideways


    Feb 19, 2013
    That SAK farmer looks like a winner. A leatherman wouldn't be out of place either. You could even get a Leatherman and an opinel and still be within budget.

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