Help with choosing a large edc?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JDX, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014

    I didn't mention the 0850 earlier because of the price, but if one can be found cheaply enough, I rather like it. Actually one of my recent favorites in my current random rotation. Like any other knife, it has its cons. But I don't find some of the things most mentioned as cons. Like the thumb stud. It get beat up pretty badly, but I find it both useful and appealing. Less harsh on my thumbs than the traditional "Devo hat" studs, but gets the job done.



    I do wish the blade rode on bearings though. I know the point was to back away from the flipper/bearing craze. But I really like the feel of a nice, smooth, manual ball bearing action. Mine does not have any blade shake when closed. But could use a bit more detent strength. I've never had an accidental opening with this one fortunately, and hope I never do. I have had accidental pocket openings with my first and second ever ZT's, the 350 and 561. I'm actually lucky to not have any serious injuries from them. But I have a few pants pockets that were not so lucky.
  2. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    When I think of a ZT that is large yet pocket friendly, the 0452cf is what I think of. If you still want something grippy yet beefier, the criminally discontinued 909 is my choice. If you want something that is large yet surprisingly light weight for its size, the 920 may be my favorite ZT. However, it requires that you're ok with a a khukuri guy that's a nonissue;)

    I do have a soft sport for the 850. The revolver overtones in the design may be a little much for some, but it pockets well.
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  3. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014

    Heck, I just found some ZT0804CF's on a Chinese site for US$21.99. Beat that! :D
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  4. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    ZT 550, they still pop up on the exchange
    ZT 220, nice beefy knife
    ZT 456, it’s already been mentioned. Get one in your hand and you’ll have no doubt it can do heavy duty work. Most don’t like the weight compared to the size.
    I just got a Spyderco Military in M4, awesome knife. May be too big of a blade for your area.
    I also like the ZT 0095, great work knife.
  5. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    Ya, the 909 is cheap right now.

    804 is a 4" blade, 801 is much smaller.

    Eros of the 0560 and 0562 are similar because of the overall design, but it's like comparing the Manix2 (and 0562) in that pic to the Military (and 0560) in the pic... Roomier and not as contoured to lock you in.
  6. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Zt0804cf didn't sell for below $199 iirc. Dealers would not let it go Below dealer pricing unless they were some how loosing money sitting in inventory.

    I would guess the 0850 would follow its foot steps being over priced in today's market for what it is. I give it two years and it gets discounted, tho that could be generous.
  7. SkinnyDale


    Dec 3, 2006
    007A2D8D-D4E1-46E8-8379-4A98D4C4203D.jpeg My New EDC Winkler II Defense Dagger
  8. SkinnyDale


    Dec 3, 2006
    My EDC..
  9. basmca


    Aug 1, 2017
    The 0920 is a great knife too, if the 0452 is a bit too much. you can find it for around 200$ LNIB on forums or facebook.
  10. Finan47


    Apr 18, 2017
    CRKT Amicus

  11. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

    Jan 1, 2013
    CRKT Hissatsu. Love mine and here is a link to a great review.

  12. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    Crap, I don't know why I didn't mention the 456 either. It is an amazing heavyweight user. People talk about the weight, but it is really only a bit heavier than other blades of similar length. I think the weight is what helps with the overall sweet package. It's a fistful with amazing balance. Not to mention perfectly contoured to avoid hot spots (at least in my hand). It is also one of my current favs.


  13. JDennis


    Oct 24, 2017
    My newest large EDC is the Benchmade Presidio II axis lock. I bought it on a whim, scheels had it marked down from 174.99 to 119.99. Then they ran a one day 25.00 coupon. With the free shipping it only cost me 100.00 after tax. I am absolutely in love with it. It is a tank, 6.7oz, but has a awesome blade shape and is s30v steel. Prior to the presidio II my large EDC was/is occasionally the Benchmade Crooked River.
  14. ricechrispy


    Dec 11, 2011
    Based on your budget, I assume you’re looking at the aluminum SR-1. I’m leary of that model from a strength standpoint. Another LionSteel you might consider is the KUR. It’s a very beefy liner lock flipper well within your budget. I have a KUR and the previously mentioned TM-1. I love them both.
  15. emjay4248

    emjay4248 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 8, 2016
    Steel Will has a few knives that fit your needs. Apostate, toughest folder I own. I has been discontinued but is readily available on the secondary.
    The second one is also a Steel Will, it is the large Gekko super solid and available in a few steels and scale colors.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2017

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