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Recommendation? Inexpensive(-$50) runner knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Puppadore, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. Cosmodragoon


    Jan 1, 2019
    You're welcome. I understand why you are going with a DIY instead of the available Wave model. It'll have less steel and a lower profile. I'm not sure the weight difference will be that big of a deal but I'm definitely curiously to see how the project turns out.

    I knew things were bad in California. I had to look this one up. It turns out any fixed blade is illegal if concealed. Open carry of a fixed blade is okay by the state but banned in some jurisdictions. Apparently, screwdrivers and other tools can be counted under the state law if they don't like you. :eek:
  2. Puppadore


    Jan 18, 2020
  3. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    Few come to mind:

    Drop Forged Hunter by Cold Steel - it is in your price range, really strong blade, just it's not that light and it's 4 inches long. I personally use it as EDC and I love it, it has a good grip too, and handle is designed in a way that no matter what you stab, your hand won't end up on the blade..

    Cold Steel Double Agent - inside your price range, inside your dimensions and handle is designed in such way that it's really hard to lose your blade.
    Same goes for Cold Steel Mini Tac series, you have Tanto or Bowie... look them up :)
    They are all extremley light and easy to conceal.

    There is also Manly Patriot - it's inside your price range, very light, 3.5 inch blade. But I wouldn't trust it's handle enough to stab with it.
  4. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    My first thought was a used FRN Spyderco, particularly the Gen 3 Delica/Endura or one from the Salt line with the same pinned, linerless construction. Thin, flat, light, and shouldn't be too pricey. The newer generation will add weight, a couple hairs of thickness (not much, but it's there), and cost.
  5. Polzeyboy

    Polzeyboy CHEEKY BUGGER

    Jan 9, 2020
    BTW I run a lot (won a couple of 5k and 10k races, a triathlon, etc) and surely that means you have the perfect defence in case of an attack; run.
    You’d be surprised how bad most people are at running.
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  6. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    Yes! The best self defense system is the ancient art of "Run-Fu"!

    GTFO of there! :thumbsup:
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  7. Polzeyboy

    Polzeyboy CHEEKY BUGGER

    Jan 9, 2020
    Haha; like it!!
  8. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    And just to add, the newer salts are a bit different than the older ones in that depending on the model, they might have liners. I haven't delved into the specs of the newer Pacific salt 2 (endura size) but I did notice it is still linerless unlike its younger sibling, the salt 2 (delica size). Both do now have the gen 4 style handle and clip though.
  9. P D

    P D

    Dec 29, 2019
    At your price point, I would recommend :
    (1) Victorinox recruit with a suspension clip. Around $20. It will simply disappear in your pocket.
    (2) Civivi Elementum in D2. Under 3 inch blade with G-10 handle. Available around $50.

    For the kicks, also check out Benchmade 535 Bugout !! Can't beat it for lightness, or for cutting ability. Made in the U.S.A. However it's a bit outside your price point.
  10. Polzeyboy

    Polzeyboy CHEEKY BUGGER

    Jan 9, 2020
    That 535 is a beauty.
  11. Gurdygurds

    Gurdygurds Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    I'm going to also recommend either a Dragonfly salt or a Kabar Dozier. The Kabar Dozier is solidifying itself as one of my favorite knives of all time. It is inexpensive, solid, and rides unnoticed in my waistband at the 4 o'clock position when I trail run. I've carried a Dragonfly in waist band as well for running but the budget Dozier seems to be taking over that role. Rust isn't an issue for me and I'm doing this trail running in Texas. If you ever see some, the Dozier is one of the most simple folding knives out there with very few parts. Unscrew the pivot, pop out the blade, clean it up, and put it back together.
  12. Brules1


    Jul 22, 2007
    I agree with the Dragonfly Salt. Great small knife that weighs almost nothing.
  13. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    Since we were kids, we are told not to run with scissors.... Now, everyone is suggesting the best knife to run with... :eek::p:D:cool::thumbsup:
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