Folder for formal wear! Please advise. Thank you.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by crisancosmin19, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Rick

    Rick Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 1998
    That's a Wharncliffe blade profile.

    Hiroaki Ohta's smallest (sub-3" closed) gent's slipjoints usually run between $300 and $400, depending on the scale material.
  2. lupus55


    Nov 21, 2009
    Hmmm Depends on the company. For non-knive crowds my Spyderco Kiwi, and for the non-skittish my Spyderdo Vallotton. Although it always make me think of Jack the Ripper with an Italian accent, and is far too large for most folk.
  3. timberweasel

    timberweasel Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Any of these for rare suit-wearin' occasions...

    Ripple 1 and pearl/abalone Half-Whittler

    Benchmade 940

    Spyderco Centofante 3

    Or for dressy but not super formal events...

    Custom friction folder with natural linen micarta scales and yeller synthetic Lockback Canoe
  4. SCOWL13


    Mar 6, 2007
    for formal wear i usually drop a small kershaw in my front right pocket and one of my larger folders will go inside my waist band just in case anything bad happens.

    remember folks, bad men don't care if you"re dressed nice for church, weddings, formal dinners, or the like.
  5. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    This one:


    Or something like this:


  6. jay2pointoh


    Feb 25, 2009
    Any of the Benchmade/LoneWolf axial folders.
  7. timberweasel

    timberweasel Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Mr.Alsdorf sure does nice work with Black Lip... very nice knife, sir! :thumbup:

    (great photo too, btw!)
  8. Liquidm1980


    Jun 26, 2005
    wow a lot of beautiful knives. one concern is how you plan to carry. i have been wearing a suit and tie everyday for the last 8 years. if i iwb i use a delica is fine. more often i drop the knife in my pocket with my car keys. the delica without the clip does work but i prefer a ss chive. easy to open one handed, locks, steal so scratches arent so bad, has a backspacer so i dont worry about my keys messing up the blade. lastly its affordable, if it falls out of my pocket i lose 50 bucks.
  9. The_Guide


    Feb 1, 2009
    Fallkniven TK3
    Chris Reeve Mnandi, inlayed small sebenza, or Ti-Lock
    William Henry (any model) but they can go from $400 to $3,000 or more.

    A fixed blade option:
    Murray Carter neck knife,
    BRKT city knife or an Essential EDC

    Typically "suit" carry implies a shorter blade (2"-3")... there are plenty of options. If your objective is to have a non-threatening knife, than perhaps something people are used to seeing would be in order (ie a small swiss army knife, maybe one with stainless steel handle scales)

  10. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    My "dressy" knife is a Black and Gold Kershaw Leek:


    The gold clip is a nice touch, and the shiny black fits right in with formal wear. I have many more expensive knives, but imho this one fits in the best for formal wear given it's dimunitive size and classy looks.
  11. Phydeaux


    Mar 4, 2006
    If I'm wearing a suit, I have my Al Mar Hawk or Benchmite clipped on the inside of my suit. Depending who I'm with, I sometimes use my Al Mar as a tie clip.
  12. Dferg10


    Sep 15, 2011
    Another great option is a carbon fiber Delica. Not easy to find, but it works well with a suit. Lightweiht at 2.4 oz. It is very thin and the black clip blends in well with a black or dark suit.





    Also the sprint run carbon fiber Spyderco Walker is even more thin than the Delica and only weighs 1.95 oz.

    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011
  13. Cold Kill

    Cold Kill Banned BANNED

    Jun 19, 2011
    Hmm... just a little outside my $50 budget...
  14. Shoki


    Apr 10, 2007
    I carried my Kershaw damascus Shallot with me to a recent wedding. I wore a black shirt and pants with a gray tie and jacket.

    I looked sharp.
  15. Mountain Mike

    Mountain Mike

    Aug 9, 2011
    An alox SAK is simple and elegant.
  16. Big Barn

    Big Barn

    Apr 22, 2011
    All most any folder in pearl or abalony with a damascus blade. It's not like you're going to gut &/or skin any game animals?
  17. JohnnyR


    Oct 23, 2006
    I rarely wear a suit, but these are my dressiest knives....
    From top; Moki, Kiwi and Opportunist.


    as a side note, I wouldn't be surprised if the Moki and Kiwi were made in the same factory.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2011
  18. 6leafdom


    May 14, 2009
    i dont know what ur price range is....but you can check out mcusta....japanese made folders....all around $100-200....but superb quality.
  19. Edwood7


    Mar 31, 2010
  20. Boozoo Chavis

    Boozoo Chavis

    Oct 18, 2003
    The Mcusta C45 and MC-141 Riple are great, high quality gent's folders.



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