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Looking for a <3” blade folder priced under $240... recommendations needed!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Biginboca, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Biginboca

    Biginboca Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    I have a buddy who lives in an area where 3” or longer isn’t legal. Personally I never go for knives that size so I don’t really know what all is out there.

    Knife can lock and that’s actually preferred. Leaning more to the tactical side also not slip joints and classically styled knives.

    Anyone have a recommendation? Also pics are welcomed!
  2. slyraven


    Feb 19, 2019
    Spyderco para 3

    spyderco native

    lionsteel tre flipper

    benchmade mini griptilian
  3. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    Second the native
  4. JC972


    Mar 17, 2015
    Second the mini grip
  5. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    And just to make it interesting...

    Second the Para 3.
  6. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    3rd the para 3
  7. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Spyderco's Para3 and Native5 are great budget friendly options. If he really wants to spend some coin a Hinderer 3.0 XM-18 is a really solid option, especially if he really wants some tactical styling (my 3.0 skinny linerlock slicer it really good, full disclosure I have small hand so the smallish lock access isn't an issue for me).
  8. Colorodo

    Colorodo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2014
    Sage or Chaparral.
  9. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Platinum Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    If 3" (exactly) is not an option, the Native, Para3 & XM18 3.0 are not options.

    Look at the Benchmade Mini Griptillian or Spyderco Delica as the budget options at around $80-100.

    Going up in price a bit:
    Al Mar SERE 2000
    Spyderco Techno 2
    WE Vapor
    Fox TUR
    The Lionsteel TRE (mentioned above) with G10 scales
    And if you get suuuuuper lucky, a small Sabenza 21 or Inkosi on the exchange.
  10. Biginboca

    Biginboca Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Thanks guys, solid recommendations. The blade need some to be under 3” btw, not 3”.
  11. gazz98


    Sep 3, 2008
    I hate to recommend the boring Spyderco Delica 4 FFG but it really is a great knife . Grab the ZDP 189 steel. It's possible you might find a discontinued S30V version too somewhere.

    Emerson Mini cqc 7

    GiantMouse ACE Biblio
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  12. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    A second hand ZT 0900 if you can find one.
  13. JaxBaron


    Jul 4, 2016
    Para 3
  14. dkb45

    dkb45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    The is also the Giantmouse Ace Iona, and if you keep an eye out you can grab a Lionsteel TRE in K390 (one of my personal favorite).
  15. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    The ZT 0022.


    You can pick one up at A.G. Russell's site.
  16. `br4dz-

    `br4dz- Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2016
    Para 3, massdrop gent, or WE schism
  17. J011YGR33N


    Jun 8, 2019
    The lil native would be a great choice, somewhat tactical with the compression lock. I wear XL gloves and I get a full 4 finger grip when using the choil.
  18. Getting older

    Getting older

    Jan 3, 2016
    Another vote for mini grip
  19. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    Mini Grip gets my vote. Solid choices all around, though.

  20. Jcsixx01

    Jcsixx01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    Tactical: Spyderco Battlestation

    Not tactical: Benchmade Valet.

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