Looking for EDC fixed blade suggestions

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  1. jameshowardbsa

    jameshowardbsa

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    Apr 30, 2019
    I am hoping some of you here in the forums might be able to help based on past experience. I am looking to add a fixed blade as my edc. I am just so tired of quality control issues on folders. There is no science whatsoever to it. I have spend 250+ on folding knives that had off center blades and blade play, and I have spent $30 on some that don't. It is all over the place and frankly I have become just too picky (I admit, just too picky to be comfortable anymore).

    I have looked at the Bradford Guardian 3 for a long time, but I wear basketball shorts as often as I do pants with a belt, so the stock sheath would not work for me. I am looking for a fixed blade with a sheath that has a clip or clips to attach. I love my Benchmade SOCP and the clip on that, but it is very purpose driven and not a utility blade.

    Hoping some of you can send some good suggestions. Thanks for reading!
     
  2. RoachBelly44

    RoachBelly44 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 18, 2018
    Guardian 3 is excellent. I have carried an ESEE Izula2 on my hip, every single day, for 5 years. If I have on pants....I have an Izula2 on me. It has been like my right arm, and since I started carrying it, there have been a few great blades like it that have come to market. Many people will look past the old ESEE for the newer stuff with super wonder whizzle mega steels, but I can't seem to get this thing off my belt. Also since I came upon carrying a SAK tinker in my l.f.p. and a small fixed blade on my hip, I haven't really toted a folder. Here and there for fun perhaps.

    Some of my other favorites.

    Guardian 3/3.5
    ESEE 3/Rat3....clip for carry
    Enzo Brisa Bobtail 80 and Enzo Necker
    White River Backpacker pro....clip for carry
    Spyderco Street Beat....clip for carry
     
  3. jameshowardbsa

    jameshowardbsa

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    Apr 30, 2019
    Thanks for these suggestions! I was just looking at an ESEE 4, but now I have to look at the Izula2! Appreciate you brother!
     
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  4. RoachBelly44

    RoachBelly44 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 18, 2018
    For sure.
    I was just thinking about the whole shorts thing. The Spyderco, I believe, would be the lightest weight, and hence probably the best for shorts.
     
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  5. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    I've never EDCed a fixed blade (that's not legal here, unfortunately), but I love my White River Backpacker Pro and it seems like a solid choice in the "small utility" space where the Guardian 3 sits. I use mine as a backpacking knife; my clip of choice is a small Tek-Lok.

    You can save a bit of money and get the non-Pro version, which comes with a paracord wrap instead of the G10 scales -- but the scales are great.

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  6. jameshowardbsa

    jameshowardbsa

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    Apr 30, 2019
    Nice Suggestion!! Thanks!
     
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  7. Creaky Bones

    Creaky Bones Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 28, 2012
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    Ruike Hornet is a sweet little knife. 14C28N steel, perfect for sweaty shorts. Multi positional sheath with clip. Inexpensive without sacrificing quality.
     
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  8. jameshowardbsa

    jameshowardbsa

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    Apr 30, 2019
    This is a real possibility! I love the multi positional clip. I like the idea of scout carry on times I need to be more discreet. Thanks for this suggestion!
     
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  9. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Hi James, welcome to the forum.

    1. Are neck knives legal in your area? That might solve the carry problem when you wear basketball shorts.

    2. Price range? I guess at least $120 if you are considering the Bradford 3. Btw, I've heard nothing but good things about Bradford knives.
     
  10. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Joe Watson Magni for the win. I love mine. :thumbsup:
     
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  11. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 27, 2019
    BK14 in a KSF pocket sheath for pants and shorts with pockets and a kydex neck sheath for shorts wear.

    Get the OEM scales as well for like $14 for both orange and black colours.
     
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  12. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I think you need to find a knife you like then have a kydex sheath made for it. Picking a knife based on its sheath isn’t necessarily the best approach.
     
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  13. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Go to Diomedes Industries' web site and have a look at some of their fixed blade pocket sheaths with clips. I carry one almost daily with either a Bradford G3 or a Dozier Personal Utility in it. I have a couple of sizes so I can carry different sized FBs in my pocket.
     
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  14. jameshowardbsa

    jameshowardbsa

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    Apr 30, 2019
    Neck knives are legal, but I have several and none of them are comfortable. I am very active so the paracord or chain on the neck never feels real great.

    I love the look of the Guardian 3, several of the blade styles, and I love the leather sheath. I wish it had a clip instead of a belt loop!
     
  15. jameshowardbsa

    jameshowardbsa

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    Apr 30, 2019
    You are probably right. I just thought that if I could find one that was made to be carried like that, the comfort level might also be there. Definitely checking out all options. Thanks!
     
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  16. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Have you seen the KaBar TDI knives? They might suit your needs.
     
  17. jameshowardbsa

    jameshowardbsa

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    Apr 30, 2019
    I had the TDI Law Enforcement before I got my SOCP. I really didn't like it much.
     
  18. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Spyderco Ronin 2, Reverse, or Perrin Street Beat LW? The G clip offers some different mounting options. $108 and under.

    Cold Steel Pendelton Hunter has a few steel offerings including CPM 3V. You would probably need an aftermarket kydex sheath tho.
     
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  19. dirc

    dirc

    Jan 31, 2018
    I'm going to mention an option which is extremely low cost, offers easy customization, and really good quality considering the low cost:
    a mora fixed blade with the wooden handle (which, after some love with sandpaper, can make a wonderful custom grip)
    & with all the $ you save, you can afford to get a custom sheath to your exact specs - win win
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  20. jameshowardbsa

    jameshowardbsa

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    Apr 30, 2019
    Right now I am leaning strongly toward the Street Beat!
     
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