Knife Recommendation for a Friend

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by highestpoint, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    I have been interested in knives for as long as I can remember thus trying to welcome anyone I can to be an enthusiast also. A good friend of mine is open to the thought of buying a higher end knife but my searches have come to a halt. Need some help from fellow enthusiast.

    My friend currently has a SOG flash 2 and as is, nothing wrong with that but wants something better. His main uses for it is edc and backpacking, so a light knife is a must. I mentioned for backpacking a smaller fixed blade but he isn't open to the idea as he doesn't want to carry a folder, fixed and a multi-tool.

    Things he wants includes:

    Light weight - Under 5oz
    Serrations (not a must; needs good edge retention to mark this off the list)
    Assisted (noted to him that most modern decent quality folders can be smooth enough to "flick" open with no effort but is still a must)
    Good Ergos (large hands)
    Deep carry (not a must)
    Under $150 (preferably cheaper the better but will sacrifice price for quality)
    Better Steel than AUS8
    3.25-4 Inch Blade

    I suggested a Benchmade Barrage but he held another friends Mini and didn't like anything about it but the steel. I mentioned that it's not comparable to the regular size but because of it's weight it is a problem. I recommended going to a knife store and actually holding something in hand to see what fits his needs but none around his area. I also suggested a Benchmade CLA 4300 but it's an auto; so NO AUTO's.

    My conclusion is that the SOG he has fits his needs better than just about anything I have been able to find. If anybody could help recommend something that would be much appreciated.
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2016
  2. jday2727

    jday2727

    564
    Jul 8, 2015
    ZT0350 or 566

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  3. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    I actually mentioned both of those but he said no to them both because of weight on both and no serrations on the 0566.

    The weight is the biggest factor for him. He stresses that is needs to be lighter. Personally I think if he tried something different he would be impressed that he wouldn't mind an extra ounce.
     
  4. AusLoX

    AusLoX

    Jan 23, 2015
    I like the Benchmade 530 for backpacking. Spyderco Delica or Endura are great options.
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  5. JSMcustoms

    JSMcustoms

    Feb 2, 2012
    Benchmade 580 Barrage would've been my suggestion too. On a side note... it's 4.2 ounces according to specs (so just slightly under 5).

    The Benchmade Volli would be another knife to consider.


    Also... the Benchmade 890S Torrent.
     
  6. AusLoX

    AusLoX

    Jan 23, 2015
    Also take a look at the Protech LERCH TR-5.
    Assisted open, 154CM steel, 3.25" blade length, 3.52oz weight, aluminum scales, deep carry pocket clip. Estimated price $200
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  7. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    If you were to have him check out something like the essee izula or izula 2 fixed blades he might change his mind.
    There are a lot of outdoors tasks better suited for fixed blades, and you should really convince him to be open to the idea.
    Modern Edc folders aren't really suited for the woods anyway, they just happen to be knives which can cut stuff.
    If he carries a fixed blade he can simply leave his unsuited edc folder behind.
     
  8. smilk327

    smilk327

    414
    Apr 14, 2016
    Off the top of my head, I have to second the volli idea. There is a knife for everyone but it's such a personal preference thing that it's hard to suggest the perfect one. I do think the awesome members here though will definitely be able to get him in the ball park.


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  9. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Spyderco PM2 or Military
     
  10. smilk327

    smilk327

    414
    Apr 14, 2016
    Off the top of my head, I have to second the volli idea. There is a knife for everyone but it's such a personal preference thing that it's hard to suggest the perfect one. I do think the awesome members here though will definitely be able to get him in the ball park.


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  11. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    I completely agree and actually mentioned that if he had a smaller fixed blade it would suffice for both. A folder can't do a fixed blades job but a fixed can do a folders job.

    I think he was some what open to the idea but doesn't like the carry options of fixed blades.
     
  12. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    A Spyderco PM2 would do the trick VERY nicely. For his money, could step up the steel and find one in S35V or perhaps CTS-XHP or Elmax on the Exchange. Many appear on the Exchange...ANIB...and they are....for a great discount.
     
  13. gadgetgeek

    gadgetgeek

    May 19, 2007
    I think its a matter of trying a few things out. An izula works great for pocket carry in most cases, and the sheath is good enough for a lot of carry options.

    On the folders front, sticking to assists is a challenge, it could very well be that he just needs to handle a few knives that fit his hands, I wonder if the need for assists is that he feels he doesn't get good contact all the way to open with the knives he's tried, and so the assist makes up for that?
     
  14. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Like I said to him about higher quality knives not needing assisted opening but he demands it like as if his life depends on it. He's quote is "What if I'm backpacking or climbing and I need to open my knife to ensure my life isn't on the line anymore. Well I want something that I can just barely press (the thumbstud on the flash 2) and have it open fast."

    I've even thought about sending him my pm2 or endura just to try out.
     
  15. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    I believe that is exactly why he "relies" on the assist. Cause he hasn't had any decent quality blades but the ones he has had usually require two.. or three hands to open lol.
     
  16. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Yes I do agree the 530/531 are great options and I thought about mentioning it to him but he's being very dramatic about assisted.
     
  17. CascadianAaron

    CascadianAaron

    161
    Mar 6, 2016
    Kershaw Blur S30V
    -Assisted
    -Great edge retention
    -3.4" blade
    -4 oz
    -Under $80
    -Aftermarket titanium deep carry clips available for ~$20-$25
     
  18. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. The Voice of Reason. Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Kershaw Camber
    If you can find one under $150 on the exchange, a ZT 0770CF
    Benchmade Barrage/mini Barrage
     
  19. AusLoX

    AusLoX

    Jan 23, 2015
    Only reason I don't carry assisted for backpacking is its harder to close 1 handed. I can open most knives just as fast as assisted. It's truly not needed.
     
  20. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    With all of the mounting option of the izula's sheath I'm sure he could figure something out, especially with a tech lock.
     

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