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Knife experts! Advice needed!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Sharpening, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    so many good suggestions here...I have owned the ZT 0450, ZT 0770 and they are great, but rather small knives in my hand, which is why I sold them. The Sage 2 is a super model, titanium scales, good 3" blade-steel, about 0.450" thickness (grip) and will last forever. The Sage 1 is also very nice and much cheaper to buy. Spyderco and ZT are my favorite brands, and I've had many models of each. I am basically a Spydie junkie...with no apologies for my choice.
    A Spyderco Manix lightweight in S110v might be the cat's meow for you...and it's reasonably priced. The Spyderco Chaparral or the Spyderco Caly series (Caly 3, Caly 3.5) are also wonderful, light, thin folders with excellent blade-steels. I carried a Caly 3 at work for three or four yrs...and needed nothing larger.
    There are so MANY great choices. Probably you would like a 3" bladed folder and do not exceed four ounce weight for carry comfort, and you won't scare the ladies.
     
  2. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Sounds like you need a Spyderco Delica w/Lil'Para profile MODIFICATION...

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1390160-Spyderco-Delica-w-Lil-Para-profile-MODIFICATION?highlight=lil+para I have one and I love it way more than the standard Delica...I always wanted a Delica with a choil, lol.

    The ZT0452 is a great choice, but the 0808 is a great option also. Kershaw Skyline, CS Recon or American Lawman, Spyderco Native or Sage, Benchmade Griptilian Sheepsfoot or Barrage or 705/707 series. If you love your 940, have you looked at a 943? The clip point blade "seems" smaller, although it's the same length as the reverse Tanto.

    Kizer Gemini or Velox 2 or Vanguard Dukes or Vanguard Flashbang...Kizer offers some incredible value knives in the Vanguard series.

    Lionsteel TRE G10 or Southern Grind Spider Monkey...

    So. Many. Knives.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Sharpening

    Sharpening

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    Aug 1, 2016
    I was checking out the native on BladeHQ! What's that knife all about? It looked really nice, but I had no idea what is was meant to be used for


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  4. Sharpening

    Sharpening

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    Aug 1, 2016
    Thank you. Later today I'm going to look-up the Chap, Delica, and kizer. Maybe I'll look around at the new sage too. I'm also interested in the little ZT knives because they have flippers and bearings. [emoji3] Sounds like pure flipping fun!


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  5. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Ummmmmm I use it to cut stuff! Excellent back lock with a great blade shape!
    Mine is a Franken Spydie. S35vn blade in the 110v scales.
    Here it is with a Millie.
    Joe
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  6. Sharpening

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    That's a good size. I think if I got some g10 then it would look and feel really nice


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  7. DocT

    DocT

    Mar 25, 2012
    I would second this opinion. You cannot beat a Delica and there is even a Titanium version. You have a choice of steels, too.

    After this I would recommend, in no particular order: Spyderco Caly3, Caly 3.5, Endura.

    I used to be a BM fan but the knives Spyderco produces today are so good they kicked BM out of my pocket (though I still have a number).

    Also, Cold Steel makes a couple of knives worth looking at. Many are over built and clunky like ZT knives are. But, the Mini Recon 1 and the Code 4 are actually pretty nice.
     
  8. Hawk45

    Hawk45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    Small and light:
    Mini-Grip
    Delica
    Native 5 FRN
    GEC Traditional folder?

    Small and a little beefy:
    Spyderco Techno (used)
    ZT 900 (used)
    HK Mini-Grip (forget the 5 digit #)
    Lion Steel SR2
     
  9. medicguy

    medicguy

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    Feb 11, 2011
    I would look at the Spyderco Native 5 G10. Very tough, small enough to not be scary but large enough to handle most tasks.
     
  10. Sharpening

    Sharpening

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    Aug 1, 2016
    I've been looking at it. Pretty knife! I think this is one of the ones at the top of my list


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  11. Sharpening

    Sharpening

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    Aug 1, 2016
    It seems like the Delica and Native keep showing up! I'll compare them with the dragonfly. I love that zt0450 but it's so expensive. Any used ones out there! haha


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  12. Hawk45

    Hawk45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    I think the Delica grip is a little bigger, but the Native 5 has the forward choil.
    I also think the Native 5 FRN is coming is some of the higher end super steels.

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  13. Smokinape

    Smokinape

    Jan 21, 2011
    Small Sebenza 21

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  14. Sharpening

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    This image really helps- thanks. I like the look of the Delica better because it's more lean/compact. I'd totally go for that one if I had to make a decision on a split second. It seems like if I go spyderco I'll pick either the
    Dragonfly
    Delica

    A lot of people told me about the 0450 which I absolutely love, but it's a little too expensive (unless someone has a used one). Not sure if there are any other ZT knives like this one for cheaper.

    I also an debating some of the ones from kizer. Haven't had much luck finding that blade that stands out from them yet. Definitely some nice ones though for a pretty penny.

    If you guys have any suggestions between ZT and Kizer - I'm all ears!


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  15. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    If you are considering the Dragonfly, you really should give the Chaparral a long look.
     
  16. Sharpening

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    Aug 1, 2016
    They seem like pretty different knives, no? The chaparral seems a bit larger, and longer. Is is a lot better than the dragonfly?


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  17. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    It's larger and longer with carbon fiber.
     
  18. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp That's right, it's genuine Velveeta... Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    I wouldn't say it's "better." The quality is about the same I think, though some would argue the Taichung knives are of higher quality.

    The Chaparral is indeed bigger and probably a bit more versatile due to the increase in size, but is still a small to midsized knife. They're both great, it's a matter of taste really.
     
  19. Slumblor

    Slumblor Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 9, 2015
    I would also suggest the Delica, its a great knife and a perfect size. The native is good too, but I'd take a Delica over a Native if i had to choose.
     
  20. Sharpening

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    Aug 1, 2016

    The native seems a little more chunky for everyday carry, do you agree?
     

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