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Recomendations for SMALL High Quality please

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Glenridgerich, May 17, 2018.

  1. Glenridgerich


    Aug 7, 2015
    Hello folks, I'm on a never ending quest for small single blade knives that are of the highest quality. They can be production (I already have GEC's, Al Mar's, Wm Henry's, etc.). Perhaps I need to go the custom route? Any suggestions regarding SMALL, SINGLE BLADE knives? Ideally, 2.75-3.10 in CLOSED length. Any (within reason) price. Thanks in advance and regards to all!
  2. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Platinum Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    I like this one a bunch:

  3. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    I think WE knives or Reate have a really small knife called the hummimgbird that seems pretty nice

    Rike knife does the hummingbird
    Lapedog likes this.
  4. anthonycastorena2014

    anthonycastorena2014 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Someone posted a thread just like this yesterday I believe. I saw a knife in that thread called the bestech zen. Nice looking little blade.
    b00n likes this.
  5. gazz98


    Sep 3, 2008
    Andre de Villiers Mini Imp? There is also a wharncliffe one (the Butcher). Not sure if $250 is within reason for you.

    115Italian likes this.
  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    What about a small Buck from the custom shop.
  7. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    I reread and made sure you said, "2.5-3.1" CLOSED",
    yup, you did...

    Since you already said you have GEC's, W&H's, etc. I assume you don't mean more slipjoints, so it gets a bit tricky, as even 2.5" knives usually come in closer to 3.5" closed, but a few fit the bill...

    Now, I prefer larger blades save for a small SAK and Leatherman both on respective keychains, so I can't comment one way or the other on any of these knives, but if I was looking for a small knife, these companies all (in my expreience), make a quality product I would trust and be interested in.

    Rike Hummingbird = 2.25"
    Stedemon Vouking = 2.75"
    CRKT Eros 2 = 3"
    A.R.S. flip shank = 3.125"
    Lionsteel 8210d = 3.25
    Spyderco Techno = 3.45"
    Spyderco One Eyed Jack = 3.5
    Spyderco Chapparal = 3.6
    Boker Pipsqueek = 3.65
    Mcusta Bamboo: Bestech Imp & Goblin: Viper Voxnaes Lille: all = 3.75

    FWIW, not having any really small knives, if I were in the market, my top picks would be the Rike & Lionsteel because they come in damasteel, the Boker in 3v, or the one eyed jack because it has a cool handle (if you play cards).
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
  8. Chariotz4

    Chariotz4 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    @Glenridgerich At slightly over your closed length criteria is the Benchmade 482 Megumi. Single blade (2.48" S30V) and has a cocobolo and CF handle with a MIM backspace. It is discontinued, though you may be able to find some floating around still. As well, maybe not up to your definition of "high-quality", but it may be worth checking out the ladybugs/manbugs from Spyderco.

    ETA: You may also want to consider checking out the Hawk and Osprey lineups from Al Mar Knives (2.5" and 1.85" blade knives). Blade steel is AUS-8, but they come in a variety of handle materials from linen micarta to mother of pearl.
    Last edited: May 18, 2018
  9. inkynate


    Sep 4, 2010
    Yeah, that closed length target is tough. I do like the Spyderco Manbugs and Ladybugs. The Baby Horn sprint is still available (I carry mine a ton). It's 3.4" closed, but really isn't much larger than a SAK Cadet.
    NiceNife likes this.
  10. valknut

    valknut Schmidt Forge Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 18, 2016
  11. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I like this knife. It has a lot of nice features, but have no idea why it costs $600...
    HowAmI likes this.
  12. aquaman67


    Jan 27, 2012
  13. NorthernSouthpaw


    Feb 27, 2014
    Ricardo Romano makes some gorgeous slippies.
  14. Glenridgerich


    Aug 7, 2015
    Nice One! Thanks...May pick it up! Have you ever handled one? $250 may (or may not) be worth it!
  15. vox801

    vox801 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2017
    Spartan Metis
    Lapedog likes this.
  16. Quiet

    Quiet Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Another vote for the Olamic Busker. I certainly love mine.
  17. gazz98


    Sep 3, 2008
    No. ADV has a pretty good reputation thou. His knives are out of my price range admittedly.
  18. Glenridgerich


    Aug 7, 2015
    I just bought it!!! When it arrives I'll let you know what I think (I won't blame you if I don't like it haha).
    NJBillK likes this.
  19. Glenridgerich


    Aug 7, 2015
    Got it LOVE it! Look for my review in a new post coming soon!
    strategy9 likes this.
  20. NJBillK

    NJBillK Custom Leather and Fixed Blade modifications. Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 27, 2014
    Benchmade 756 sounds like it is right up your alley.

    Just read that you grabbed the ADV, I hope it works for you.

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