Best 2.5 inch knife?

kingston73

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I generally prefer larger blades, pm2 and Manix 2 are a couple of my favorites. My state doesn't have any size restrictions but there are a couple cities I visit that have 2 inch limits. I have a dragonfly 2 but I'm wondering what other comparable knives are there? I just got a mini bugout that I thought would be good but it's close to a 3 inch blade still so I think that's a no-go.
I've considered a bestech goblin but don't know much about those. What other options are there?
 
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nothing really outshines the dragonfly 2 ... unless you get into customs

something like the zt22 which is around $200
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don't forget SAK classic alox ;)
 
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The a Dragonfly comes in at 2.25”, is that ok or are you looking for a firm limit of 2” ?
You stated you don’t care for lockbacks, is that your only gripe with the Dragonfly, because man that knife punches way above its weight class IMO.
 

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Basically yes, I am just not in love with a lock back. I know it's not exactly 2 inches but it's small enough to not look scary. The 533 is 2.8 inches, so maybe anything under 2.5?
 

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I went back and looked, guess things changed or I was just wrong but the smallest limit I could find in my state is 2.5
 

3fifty7

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Spyderco lil native is under 2.5” with a compression lock.
I don’t have any Kizer knives but I do like their style for a smaller sleek knife, they should have a couple offerings in the sub 2.5” range.
 
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As 3fifty7 said, the lil native from Spyderco would be good option. Other than I can't think of anything else that would beat a dragonfly in my opinion.. one of my favorite knives
 

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Cold Steel Tuff Lite. I'd second the Spyderco Cat* after that--I have a variety of Dragonfly models and prefer the Cat because I find the handle far superior in use. The Goblin is a great little knife too. Still, I have piles of little knives and unless you need some belly I'd go Tuff Lite every day of the week and twice on Sunday, personally.

* I like the Cat so much I had custom ivory paper micarta scales made for it that cost double what I paid for the knife:

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Just to comment off the original post-The bestech goblin fills the hand nicely for being such a small knife. It has very nice flipping action too.
 

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Myself, I like the Kershaw Chive and Kershaw Scallion in this weight class.

If you got lots of cash, the ZT0022 and the Spyderco Techno 2 will dispose of a couple Franklins right quick.
 
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You might want to look at a Kizer Flip Shank. I really like mine.

Seconded. I've tried a handful of knives this size, and the Flip Shank is the only one that's stuck around.

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That said, this is also a size range where traditional knives really shine. The Cadet, for example, is right at 2.5" and will out-slice most modern designs with thicker blade stock.

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