Recommendation? Need to replace a folder. Have a favorite?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by thedmasterr, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. thedmasterr


    Oct 13, 2010
    Oh she was a piece of work. It's sorted (mostly). I have the 566, the g10 little brother to the 561, and enjoy it. It's what I've been carrying daily since my poor 452cf was kidnapped. I was thinking about the 450 actually because it's a bit smaller and easier for EDC but I've never handled one. I'll have to check out a few local shops and handle it to see.
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  2. bigsurbob

    bigsurbob Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    There have been several in the exchange lately that were like new or barely used coming in well under your soft price max.
  3. labdog


    Apr 14, 2018
    ZT 0452, but you knew that
    Benchmade Crooked River, no CF but a great EDC
    ZT 0450, marbled CF, very nice, better steel, but .75 shorter
    Viper/Anso Orso, M390, liner-lock, also .75 shorter

    All possibilities...
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  4. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    I think the crooked river is a great idea given what the op is after.
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  5. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    If you can do without the flipper, look at the ZT 640. Feels good in hand. May be my next purchase.
  6. bdmicarta


    Feb 16, 2012
    I would suggest this too.

    But if you are listening to suggestions- my favorite for EDC is the PM2, my favorite for a work knife is the Manix 2, both in M4 steel.
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  7. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    We Miscreant:


    Artisan Tradition:


    I don't have any firsthand experience with either, but they've both caught my attention recently and meet your criteria. The WE looks small without any index, but it's a 4" blade.
  8. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Boker Plus Urban Trapper Petite.

    A Brad Zinker designed titanium frame lock flipper with ball bearing pivot and ultra deep carry clip.

    The hollow ground VG-10 blade is thin and very pokey.

    Choose either the plain titanium handle, or add some carbon fiber scales, either way it weighs just over one ounce.

    Several configurations to choose from, it's definitely worth a look.
  9. NWPM2

    NWPM2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2019
    I have a ZT 0452CF and love the thing. It's a great design and a lot of blade in a nice sized knife.

    If you're looking to change it up, but want something that you can tell is at least related, how about a ZT 0462? There's a version with a bit of red in the carbon fiber that's awful nice. The pocket clip isn't as deep carry, but I'm sure at least MXG Gear makes an aftermarket one.

    I've got a Liong Mah Warrior 2 V2 that's one of my favorites. The blade on that is about 3.6 inches. They're priced $400 or more new, but you could likely find one used on the exchange around your budget if you're patient enough. Excellent build quality, great action, and a very nice grind on the M390 blade.

    I think the looks are likely a little polarizing, but would you consider a WE Knives Roxi 4? It reminds me a bit of an enlarged Yojimbo 2 with a flipper tab, but the blade is right around 4 inches. I think they're about $250 new. I've been wanting to try one in the flamed titanium, but there's a plain gray one as well. Let me see if I can dig up pictures:

    Here's the Liong Mah:

    This is the WE Roxi 4:

  10. thedmasterr


    Oct 13, 2010
    Awhile back back I was looking at the urban trapper gentleman. I'll definitely give it a second look, and it's significantly under my budget.
  11. thedmasterr


    Oct 13, 2010
    On my list for sure. Very pokey and versatile, I just wonder how it'd sit in my skinny jeans (I am about a buck forty soaking wet).

    As for the Liong Mah Warrior 2 V2, I'll definitely give it a look. If I see one at a decent deal I could pick it up and if I end up not being super pleased I could pass on the deal.

    As for the WE Roxi, I again worry about the bulk in the pocket. What I like about the 452 is how slender it is and how deep it sits. I never notice the thing in my pocket. I do love wharncliffe blades, however. If they made it in a fixed blade I might carry it as a night-time backup ;)
  12. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    I am carrying the ZT 0470 today and if you like the Sinkevich designs I think you should give a look to it

    good steel, flipper, easy to carry for a 3.4 blade and a very nice carbon Fiber inlay
    Not a deep carry but the pocket clip is very functional so nothing bad to that
  13. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    I would go on a knife retail site, plug in your parameters and see what pops up. Why not take this opportunity to buy something new and different.

    My recommendations are the zt 0562 or 0801.
  14. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    I'd get another 0452cf, then start saving up and search for another knife. The 0452cf is my favorite ZT. If I lost mine I'd buy another one immediately.
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  15. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    I try to buy mostly US made knives, but I’ve never met a ZT that wanted to come home with me. Haha. I don’t dislike flippers but I’m not partial to them. My highest recommendation would be to find a good condition, gently previously appreciated, Hinderer to take for a spin.
  16. NWPM2

    NWPM2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2019
    I only tried out an 0462 in the store. It had a small footprint like the 0452. It may have been because of how I held the thing, but the action wasn't quite a snappy or authoritative as the 0452. I suspect I was putting some pressure on the lock bar.

    The Liong Mah Warrior is nice, but not quite as slender as the 0452. In the pocket, it's probably close to the PM2. It's maybe not as "pokey" as the 0452, though.
    All in all, I think I'm going to vote that you go for another 0452CF. I like mine so much I'm sometimes tempted to get a second just in case!
  17. Hawk45

    Hawk45 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    Spyderco Mili for big carry or my fav, the P2 for EDC. Tons of scale and blade materials to choose. WAY under $250.
  18. JerryRig


    Mar 16, 2017
    For pure function, the Cold Steel Recon 1. Pick your pattern
  19. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    My 0452CF is one of the few knives I don't plan on ever selling/trading. It really is a classic. Some of the other knives I won't get rid of:

    Spyderco Military
    Spyderco PM2
    Small Sebenza
    MSC SnG

    For what you're looking for, I can't think of a better knife than the 0452CF. A couple of knives that remind me of the 0452CF are the Giant Mouse Knives Ace Sonoma and GM3


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  20. ShadyMethods

    ShadyMethods Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 9, 2016
    Sounds like that 0452 was perfect for you. If anyone says over 3", flipper, lightweight, and deep carry, I think 0452. It was one of the first more-expensive knives I bought and I still have one that I carry regularly.

    If you don't mind not having a flipper, the BM 940-2 is just a good knife in general. You could get a deep carry clip for it easily too.

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