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Favorite tip down sub $100 folder?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by ocnLogan, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. ocnLogan


    Jul 31, 2011
    I started a thread a few weeks ago after I lost my EDC of 8 years, looking for something pretty specific. I still haven't found any option that really appeals to me yet. So I'm thinking I need to step back and loosen the requirements a bit.

    After some thought, I've decided that my one thing I'm unwilling to give up is tip down capability. I carry right rear pocket, and I've seen/read about enough accidents with right handed tip up carry that I'm unwilling to change that requirement.

    The only other two requirements for this thread are size must the knives must be between 2.5in and 3.5in blade length, and have a street price of under $100.

    So, what are your favorite knives in that size? I'm looking to broaden my horizons, so feel free to list something obscure.

    Thanks for the help everyone :).
  2. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    CRKT Fulcrum 2. Weird but fun.


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  3. Yonose


    Jul 10, 2017
    Pm2’s have just recently gone from $99 to $105 on the exchange. No wiggle room on budget?
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  4. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    That was my first thought. The Delica/Stretch/Endura/etc as well.

    The Kershaw carbon fiber Leek also comes to mine. I love mine, although I carry it tip-up with a 3rd party deep carry clip. The lightly textured carbon fiber feels good adnd looks great. CMP-154 is a fantastic steel and hard to beat for the price point. For about $80 you can also get the Kershaw Dividend in M390.
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  5. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    New under $100 is tough. The nicer knives are over $100 and the cheaper knives are well under $100, there isn't much in the middle there.

    Used is more possible. I remember not too long ago trying to sell a used PM2 in good condition for $85 and got no takers. One of my favorite non-Spydercos is the Benchmade 913 Stryker. I tried to sell a couple of used ones for under $100 and couldn't get any takers. I would advise looking for a used PM2 and keep looking until you find one in your budget, or increase you budget a bit.
  6. Scott321


    Jul 20, 2016
    Don't laugh... although I have much more expensive and sleek looking knives, my favorite tip down pocket clip knife in that size range is actually the LM Crater C33TX and C33T (I have both). I only wish the flathead was a tad smaller and included a can opener. I did sand the handle countours to better fit my hand though. I haven't picked up the knife only version, as I prefer thicker handled knives. The blade material isn't a modern supersteel, but it's done everything I've asked of it very well!

    Edit: Props to my Esee Zancudo (again, I prefer thicker handles than available on that). I like it more than my Rat 2, but some prefer the latter. Both of those have tip down options and fit your criteria.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2018
  7. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    As I just mentioned in another thread the Buck Vantage in micarta and 20cv is just under $100 and a dang fine choice.
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  8. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    That is a nice knife.
    Another knife that fits your criteria is the Delica with zdp steel.
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  9. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp The Looking Edge Sharpening Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 30, 2016

    Lionsteel Big Opera. They're all tip down only. Lovely knives.
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  10. NorthernSouthpaw


    Feb 27, 2014
    I immediately thought of the RAT 1 or 2 in D2
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  11. sXePhenomenal

    sXePhenomenal Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    Yes the Rats
    Rat 1 or 2 in D2 sub $40

    Esee Avispa or Zancudo D2 sub $40
    BladeHQ has both
  12. ocnLogan


    Jul 31, 2011
    I'm fortunate enough to have a good job, and good spending habits. Because of this, the budget is completely artificially imposed. I'm sure I could make a higher price work for the budget, but so far I've never spent more than $65 on any knife I own, and so even saying the budget at $100 feels pretty out there (turns out, the reason I have savings, is because I'm reluctant to spend, so while that means I have cash to spend, it means I'm... reluctant to spend it :/).

    However, if there is a knife that is like AMAZING and everything I ever wanted, and made me lunch, and got the mail every day/etc and it was $101, I would probably do it.

    I actually discovered the Kershaw Dividend in M390 last night. I had no idea it was a thing, and was actually the reason I created this thread, as I realized there could be tons of other things out there that I might like that I just wasn't aware of.

    Are the Dividends able to be de-assisted? I've got an old Kershaw Blackout with the assist, and its nice, but not sure I want that on a knife I may be taking to work.

    I also see the Knockout, and skyline as the other most likely options from Kershaw. Any idea how the dividend compares to either/both of those?

    Yeah, I've been noticing this a lot lately. Budget knives tend to be $20-40, and then after that you get really quickly into the low to mid $100's. There isn't really tons in the $40-80 range, which is honestly where I'd rather be.

    And, I must not look at the exchange at the right times. Every time I go there I check the last 3 pages, and everything is WAAAAAY out of my budget usually, and everything is LNIB/BNIB. I've historically not been attracted to spyderco, but at $85, I might give the PM2 a try, even though the ergos look all wonky to me.

    I've also been looking at the Boker Tech-tool, as the idea of a knife with tools, and a clip, and wasn't huge is appealing to me. I've never heard of these, thanks :).

    Although, I wish the blades were a bit better than 420HC. I'm not a steel snob usually, but I typically try to go beyond the really low end stuff (3cr, 5cr,7cr, etc).

    It took me a while to find the knife you're talking about, and I do really like the looks. Can it be configured to tip down?

    I didn't realize that the ZDP version sqeaks into the budget. Now, I said before I've always been reluctant to try spyderco, their ergos look forced to me, and they all look like they'd be really wide in pocket (over a flipper or thumb stud knife). That makes me worry, as with RR pocket carry, wide knives get sat on, while slimmer knives get pushed to the side, and I don't notice them.

    Have you ever RRP carried a spyderco like that? Also, is the ZDP version worth the extra $$ over a standard version?

    I've never heard of this one either. I know lionsteel (if only by name), but always associated them with more of a gents folder (like many Mucustas).

    Do only the "USA" versions come with clips? As some of the wooden handled ones look pretty slick as well.

    Thanks for the help everyone, I've already found out about a lot of folders I never had really considered/or even knew existed.
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  13. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    Spyderco Native 5 Lightweight gets my highest recommendation for a sub $100 knife.
  14. John_0917

    John_0917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    Lots of 4 way options from Spyderco.

    Saying tip down only on here is like calling the 1911 a “girly gun” on other forums l
  15. ocnLogan


    Jul 31, 2011
    Trust me, I'm not calling anything "girly" here, just saying that I'm trying to find something that is tip down capable, as I'm unwilling to change where I carry my knife. Maybe its just my bias, but it feels like it is getting less common to find knives that are tip down capable, so I was asking for help finding the interesting ones :).

    Still getting more familiar with spydercos offerings. I've never really considered spyderco before, so like I said, trying to trying to broaden my horizons in some ways (brands I never considered before), even while I don't budge on others (must be tip down capable).

    Anyway, not trying to offend, just looking for ideas.
  16. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    Interesting that you say that- I was searching videos to learn how to draw a knife tip up as fast as I can tip down and several of the guys demonstrating how fast they could draw their knives tip up were carrying them in pajamas. Then I try tip up in my tight Wranglers it takes me 5 seconds to pull the knife out, but I don't wear pajamas at any time.
  17. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Spyderco Delica zdp-189.
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  18. danthaman1980

    danthaman1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    For right rear pocket/tip down carry, I really think a Spyderco Delica 4 would be very hard to beat. Pick whichever grind/steel fits your needs.
    The Native 5 Lightweight is also an excellent suggestion.
  19. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Steel Will Mini Cutjack in D2. I really like the M390 version which is more expensive, but everyone seems to like the D2 version which is a lot less expensive. It's a flipper and liner lock.

    Lionsteel makes goods stuff by the way. There is a reason they have been winning the manufacturers award at Blade the last couple of years. The small Opera is one of my favorites, but it has no clip. I have the stag version. It's in D2.
  20. dkb45

    dkb45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    First thing that came to mind when I saw this thread was the Kershaw Speedform 2. Elmax, treated well, under $100, reversible clip, really smooth action. Only thing I would suggest is replacing the thumb stud with a screw on version, because the factory stud is a little sharp.

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