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

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

  1. Micah Stephens

    Micah Stephens Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2018
    I’m a huge fan of the Fox Suru. It’s 2.3” so a little small, but an awesome little knife. Tons of flavors.
  2. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    Many small Swiss Army Knives are available with handy tools in addition to the blade, all under 3" and $200.

  3. BigWillie


    Jun 4, 2019
    Para 3 assuming he doesn't mind having a smaller handle

    I really dont like knives with shorter blades than handles and to get something that will fit his hand, be legal, and be aesthetically pleasing can be difficult

    Really I would prefer a Para 3 blade shoved in a PM2 handle if I was your buddy. But it would look funny. Hard to know without knowing his hand size tho. Does he have big old fat fingers? Is he a giant? Hand size matters a lot

    A multi tool is a much easier thing to buy for a guy. Can get him a nice full size leatherman one handed tool or wave. Or something smaller like a leatherman juice or as above an SAK. No one can ever have enough nice multi tools
  4. Black Oak Bladeworks

    Black Oak Bladeworks KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2019
    Another vote for para 3.
  5. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Second on Chaparral.
  6. cistercian

    cistercian Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    Lil Native...tiny but capable. Fun with the comp lock, and 117 dollars.
    2.5 inchish blade, 2 inch cutting edge.
  7. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    If you get the Para 3, definitely get the Para 3 lightweight...but get a Yojimbo 2
  8. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Yojimbo II

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  9. Boozoo Chavis

    Boozoo Chavis

    Oct 18, 2003
    Reate Tashi Bharucha T2500

  10. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    Get the Delica currently available from one vendor with m390 steel. Google it.
    It s my first time to carry a Delica, and now I too appreciate what a nice knife it is.
    I guess it s as tactical as a sub 3 inch slicer can be.
  11. cistercian

    cistercian Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    In M390 it would make for an epic edc blade.
    I got a lil native since I hate the feel of FRN now and I wanted something
    that would not scare the snowflakes at work. On vacation today I wore my M390
    Blue para 2 and my very new ZT 0452CF. I like bigger blades!
    But at work the Lil Native comes off as cute. It holds an edge like mad
    and is a very good cutter. I love it!
  12. ScooterG

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

    Mar 15, 2016
    Any updates on what you’re getting/going to get?
  13. Biginboca


    Mar 17, 1999
    Yes, my buddy read through this thread and here’s his list in order...

    1.Spyderco one eyed jack (personally I feel this is a poor choice for the money but he likes the styling)

    2.Spyderco techno 2

    3.Spyderco para 3

    4.ZT 0022

    As for myself, doing the research I found one knife that I might buy. Thinking about the upcoming Drop/Ochs Lynx which is just under 3” blade as well. So far I’ve been pleased with the quality/value of the (mass)Drop collaborations.
  14. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    I love my native 5's. If he's going to do a lot of cardboard cutting and has the proper sharpening stuff, or knows someone that does, I really love my S110V native LW. Spyderco usually does a really good job staying under the key knife blade limites like 3" and 3.5" when they have knives listed at a blade length. On spyderco's website, for example, the native 5 is 2.95", the delica is 2.875".

    The BM mini-grip is nice as well, have him visit the custom shop and get some fancy stuff on it if he doesn't mind spending the coin.

    The spyderco sage series are solid performers as well.

    This is an old pic so I don't have most of these, but I do have a native 5 like the one pictured (sold and returned back to another one a year later).

    top to bottom: esee zancudo, mini-grip, mini-grip with AWT scales, S110V native 5, sage 2

    Closer shot of a few of those

    The bottom one in the 2nd pic is a kizer begleiter, I believe they have a mini/3" version now. Super knife. I consider the full-size a poorman's benchmade 941. Amazing EDC.

    example of the mini from BHQ
  15. BigWillie


    Jun 4, 2019
    hahaha i didn't see that coming

    Force him to use the P3 the ergonomics on the lock are superior to frame/liner

    When he can cut a package open and flick it back in his pocket in under 3 seconds he'll be so impressed by our sage wisdom
  16. elde66

    elde66 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2019
    Hogue X1
  17. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    We Rectifier at 2.95" with blade stock at 0.1".
  18. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Don't feed the Trolls Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Lots of good choices here...
    Personally I'm really enjoying my Berg Blades Iron Pup
  19. Mountain5-0


    Jun 10, 2019
    My suggestion is tell you friend to move if not I’d have him wait for the new microtech Exocet
  20. cannelbrae


    May 5, 2019
    The Mini Begleiter is $55, has a 2.8 inch blade of 154cm steel. I haven't handled one but it sounds like a great budget option.

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