Folder for formal wear! Please advise. Thank you.

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My "suit" knife is a A.G. Russell 3.0 Titanium lockblade. Weighs 0.9 ounces, very thin, 2 1/4" VG-10 blade for 34.95.
 
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Benchmade 530 is a great knife.
^^^This, or a Spyderco Kopa in CF or giraffe bone is what I carry for suit duty. The really nice thing about these knives is if you use them as money clips, nobody even has to know you are carrying.
 
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Sadly suit or slacks pockets are crap for carrying most anything in one's pocket , in my experience. You would be better off with something small and very light.

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My "suit" knife is a A.G. Russell 3.0 Titanium lockblade. Weighs 0.9 ounces, very thin, 2 1/4" VG-10 blade for 34.95.

This is the best suggestion so far , I think. I have one and it is small and slim , very light but will cut what you need to cut. One the few times that I am forced to wear slacks or suit pants ( which I detest with a burning passion.. ) I choose this knife , I cannot stand having lumps in my pockets when I have to wear those terrible , terrible excuse for pants.

edit - mine is actually the 2.5 lockback version.

:)

Tostig
 
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Spyderco Vallotton. How formal do you need? :D
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William Henry Monarch B5 CFD:

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If you are in a state that allows automatics, consider a Pro-Tech Brend 3 Tuxedo model...
 

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TBH, anything without plain plastic/metal/G10 handles would look fine with a suit and tie, like micarta, semi-precious material inlay, polished/jigged bone, stag, etc., or anything with a Damascus steel blade, because Damascus does look quite class.
 
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If in formal wear I would just recommend something slim/slender/thin as you do not want bulging pockets.
 
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Al Mar Eagle. Black polished linen micarta, with satin blade and black/red clip. Classy, and pretty much the lightest folder of its size.
 
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Thank you for the responses guys! Quite some pickings?
I love the Moki and the William Henry Monarch posted above.
And I think I am beginning to like some of the Case knives a lot more now!
Thank you!
 

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As 6thtexas stated above, the A.G. Russell Titanium lockback (or is it lockblade?) knives are great for in-pocket carry - small, well built, very sharp, and they come with a nice leather sheath that helps protect the pocket from the knife and the knife from stuff that my be in your pocket. I like them a lot, carry one often and give them as gifts occasionally. If, when you say formal, you want a fancy knife for a fancy suit that could also be a conversation piece in a fancy suit crowd, and you have the discretionary funds, then William Henry has a lot to offer. And I mean no disrespect when I say "fancy". The William Henry knives could be described that way but I see them more as incredibly artistic, imaginative, precision built, very useable knives - including Deferg10's in the above post. Many also come with a leather carry sheath. Though I've not had to wear a suit for a long time, I have treated myself (my wife often suggests I buy my own birthday present) to a couple over the years. You might also like their E6 model. Depending on the direction you want to go, there are a number of good custom makers on Blade Forums also. Mike
 

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I usually go with this little Ohta Teardrop slipjoint. It's as light as pocket lint, only 2-5/8" closed so it won't spook the herd and, IMO, pretty classy lookin'.


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I usually go with this little Ohta Teardrop slipjoint. It's as light as pocket lint, only 2-5/8" closed so it won't spook the herd and, IMO, pretty classy lookin'.


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Liking that blade shape. How much are they?
 
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I like a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife in Alox. Usually a silver cadet. Slim, small, non-threatening. Cuts stuff if I need it.
 

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For modern folders, William Henry makes some very nice gents folders, and the Mnandi is a good suggestion, too. If those are out of your price range, try a BM Shoki in CF/M390
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A Spyderco Bob T Slipit
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A Spyderco UKPK (sorry, no pic of my CF, but it looks just like the Caly 3 below), or one of these - Caly 3, Leafstorm, small Sebenza, Buck Waimea
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And if you like traditional slipjoints, either of these from Great Eastern are good, and they also have some smaller patterns available, such as the Conductor
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I should also add that the Moki lockbacks are top quality, too.
 
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