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Need a rock solid WORKER folder

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by brad2008, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    Get him a Strider; either an SnG or an SMF.
  2. BenLong1018


    Apr 12, 2012
    I would suggest looking into the ZT 0300, ZT 0550, ZT 0560, Emerson Commander, Emerson CQC 8, Emerson CQC 7, Benchmade Griptilian, Benchmade Axis Striker.
  3. vilePossum


    Jan 14, 2015
    Somehow I trust what blues is saying ;)

    Basically my vote would go to a bm 810, but the lock is maybe a bit too delicate / not as gloves compatible as it could be.
  4. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    You should heed Blues advice, I'm a carpenter and the only knife I would carry when I did forms was a Kudu cause they are cheap.

    If you get him something expensive tell him it is not for work.
    Concrete will mess up all your tools and clothes.
  5. ThePeacent


    Sep 15, 2013
    not really high end, but an AUS8 Voyager or Recon 1 will give soft and easy to sharpen steel, toughest lock, excellent ergos for gloved hands, nice thumbstud for use with gloves, decent edge length and easy to clean scales/construction for well under $50...

    Just my $0.02
  6. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    ZT 630 or, surprise suprise, Gayle Bradley
  7. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    "When E.F. Hutton speaks...."
  8. symphonyincminor

    symphonyincminor Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 5, 2005
    Ganzo makes some quality folders, with original designs.

    Something to look into!
  9. Moxy

    Moxy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2011
    I love that knife, but pinned construction and non removable pivot. You get grit and dirt in there and it will never be as smooth again.
  10. BladeCommander

    BladeCommander Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    If he knows nothing about knives, buy a few COLD STEEL products, or Benchmade Griptilians. Give him one, then when he says "I lost it" or "I broke it" just give him another one. There are some great options for Cold Steel with XHP blades, and Griptilians are hard workers with durable handles. You can get the blade replaced on the Grip if needed, ZT offers this as well.

    I am against giving beginner knife fans high end knives because they have not developed the appreciation that comes with working up through the various price ranges and buying it yourself. Plus a cold steel and a Strider/Hinderer/etc. will probably appear to be of similar quality to someone who hasn't handled many quality knives.
  11. 1234

    1234 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    If that is a concern get the FRN version, with screws.

  12. T.L.E. Sharp

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

    Jun 30, 2016
    He's not wrong. There are some high end utility knives though. Milled titanium things that accept disposable blades.

    No folder is going to hold up to concrete work, but he may still want to slice and apple at lunch. Maybe buy a custom utility knife AND a folder?
  13. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    I'm curious what knife is presently being used for the concrete work.
  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I would get a Spyderco Native 5 with G-10 scales. Not extremely high end, but no slouch. My hard use work knife for years was a Schrade 250T (two blade Buck 110 sized knife). I think a nice Buck 110 would be appreciated.
  15. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    Seems like a recipe for disaster. But if he knows when to use a utility knife rather than a folder:

    Gayle Bradley 1
    PM2 - the Cruwear dropping right now is concrete gray... might be a nice reference.
  16. Todd21969


    Apr 23, 2013
    I have to agree with the post above.

    My Mini 15 handles dust, grit, and general abuse just fine at work.


    However, I just cut and split granite. I don't prep forms and pour concrete. For the really abusive stuff I defer to Blues and agree with a razor knife.
  17. Smokinape


    Jan 21, 2011
    This is the correct answer...

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  18. timberweasel


    Jan 5, 2011
    I can appreciate the idea that you wish to gift a nice knife to your brother. A very thoughtful gesture, to be sure. But unless *he* is a knife-guy as well, a high-end knife may be lost on him. Most of my friends and family could not tell the difference between a Hinderer and a CRKT.

    Never, ever, ever gift a high-end knife to a non-knife person. Seriously. There is no point. It ends in discord. In my experience, it'll just be abused beyond all reason, or worse, sit unused and forgotten in a drawer someplace. Personally, I'd rather break a knife than lose one... YMMV.

    Lots of great options for decent quality knives to be had for less than $100. Maybe snag a Cold Steel Recon 1 for him: tough knife, reasonably affordable, no one cries if it is destroyed. Or maybe get him a classy little folder he wouldn't dream of using on the actual job-site but might just use to peel an orange at lunch. A nice little Case or Great Eastern traditional folder might be suitable.

    But if your bro is indeed a knife-guy, go to town! He will probably even be able to tell you what knife he's been drooling over lately, and *that* (whatever it is) would make a heckuva present...

    Good luck, OP! Sorry for the ramble... :)

  19. Rutice


    Sep 25, 2012
    ZT 301, or a sebenza. Both are rock solid.

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  20. wvriverats


    Nov 21, 2008
    As far as usefulness goes, I would suggest you look at havalon. I work construction and have destroyed some really nice knives. My main work knives for a few years have been serrated Spyderco Salt series. Edge retention is not much to brag about. I have thought about the havalon knives and they have a double bladed knife with one robust main blade and smaller replaceable blade. It looks like the best of both worlds for a work knife. Take the rest of the money and also give him something that he will like, be it work or otherwise, buy his type of knife, what he wants.

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