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Recommendation? Help Me Choose! Small folder, Spyderco or Benchmade?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Dr Tom, Feb 15, 2019.

  1. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    SAK Huntsman.
    It has scissors to cut the loose threads and any cord, twine, and wild hairs you come across.
    The SAC Classic also has scissors, but might be a wee bit small for the cheese cutting/slicing.
  2. rogatsby

    rogatsby Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 19, 2018
    I highly recommend the Dragonfly in ZDP-189. It's a sweet knife. And the small size is deceiving. Because of the forward finger choil, you get a full grip on the knife and it cuts like crazy.

    Check this out for the functionality of the little Dragonfly 2.

  3. Dr Blazer

    Dr Blazer Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2018
    I have a blue nishijin Lil Lum and I have 4 dragonflies. I like the Lil Lum a lil more than the dragonflies. I just think the Lil Lum is more visually attractive. If you like small knives , I certainly do, definitely take a look at the many different Bestechs. Bestechs makes quite a few really good little knives.
  4. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    I know the Chaparral wasn't on the list, but mentioned many times. For good reason. My wife "adopted" my DF Salt for work. She has very small hands, and loves it. The Chap is not a huge step up in size, bit with the choil, fits me like a glove. But that said, if I were breaking down cardboard everyday, I really liked my Delica for that task for some reason. But just lost that one to my Mother-in-law last week. I think I need to go shopping again sometime soon.


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  5. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Banned Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I like the scales on the Gent! Who made those?

    I had a Dragonfly 2 ZDP for several years, and it would be my pic of your four. I don't do Benchmade. Ever. I believe the ex confiscated it.

    I'm expecting a Massdrop Ferrum Forge Gent today in CF. The G-10 version is only $80! S35VN, g-10 over a titanium frame. A little larger, but a lot more cutting edge.
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  6. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    I did the Gent scales. One side is silver bullion, the other is copper. Originally was just testing water to see what I liked best. But then got a bit lazy and haven’t gotten around to making the other two.

    Must admit the Gent is a very decent little knife also.
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  7. Southern Knives

    Southern Knives

    Jan 22, 2019
    Benchmade Bugout. I passed on this knife for a long time but when I finally purchased it I was so happy with the size and weight. It's unbelievable at how light it is in the pocket plus you can't go wrong with S30v steel.
  8. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Seriously consider the Chaparral, XHP is a really good all round EDC steel, better overall IMO than VG-10 and ZDP. If you are set on your list, I would get a PE VG-10 Dragonfly, I love my ZDP/Nishijin DF2, but if sharpening is a concern VG-10 is much easier to maintain.
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  9. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
  10. jmh33

    jmh33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Cat.. ;)
  11. jkwithawave

    jkwithawave ..... Platinum Member

    Sep 8, 2011
    The Dragonfly is the only modern folder I have and carry that is under a 2.5" blade. I prefer to hover around 3.5". For a small knife it's quite perfect for me. I have the g10 version. I'm on my second one as I foolishly traded my first one away a couple years ago. The g10 is still very lightweight but feels great in the hand.
  12. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    The Gent is pretty sweet. It's the only small folder I have left.
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  13. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    For a small knife , I like the Spyderco Native5.

    I used to really like the BM 707 Sequel too but that has been discontinued.
  14. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Out of your list I'd choose the Dragonfly 2, I own a couple and they are great for their size.

    But.......I'd also really recommend a Delica, Native, or BM Bugout.
  15. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    I have six Dragonflies. My wife saw one and snatched it because it fits her tiny hands so well, and then she got another one in a different color. Of the ones you mentioned, I like the Dragonfly. I especially like the G10 version. I also have a Nishijin and it is beautiful, but they are hard to find, nowadays.

    I would take a hard look at the Chaparral Light Weight. It is about the size of the Dragonfly, but it is a little heavier because of the liners. It has a longer blade and is very size efficient. I prefer it to the Dragonfly since it came out.
  16. Duper

    Duper Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2016
    LW FRN Chaparral comes in at a nice size and a nice price. Nice deep wire clip and it practically disappears.

    I carry it over my Dragonfly.

    ,,,Mike in Canada

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