Recommend a knife for me

Oct 12, 1998
I'm looking for a knife to meet the following criteria:

1) Can be opened one-handed with gloves on, with either hand

2) Is legal most anywhere, including on airplanes (probably ought to be 3" or less and plain-edged)

3) Has a clip on the butt-end

Purpose is primarily utility.

Normally I carry the Spyderco Delica, but it is very difficult to open in the winter with gloves on.

The closest things I've seen are the Emerson Commander (which is too big) and the Spyderco Khalsa, which has the clip on the wrong end.

I'll probably go for the Khalsa if nobody has other suggestions.

If you have trouble getting the Delica open, it's hard to think of opening systems that might work. Maybe the ambi-studs on the Mini-Axis? It seems to suit your needs otherwise. Also, the blade cutouts and beefy studs on the Beretta series of folders might do the trick for getting a grip in gloves. I think these are nice "sleeper" folders, at least those with aluminum handles. I can't recall if the ones with clips are tip-up or tip-down, though.

This is really tough, because I consider a hole the easiest opening method. I can certainly use my Military with gloves on, but it has an oversized hole and the rest of the knife to match! What you really need is a little, tip-up Military...


(Why else would a bear want a pocket?)
Here is an idea for ya. I did this to my Mini-AFCK so I would get more purchase on the opening hole.
I took one of the inner strings from 550 cord, and wrapped the top part of the opening hole with it. Once I had it wrapped tight I used a black magic marker to darken it so it would match the blade on my mini-AFCK. Once I was done with that I soaked it with Elmers white glue. Its been on there for a year now. I only used one strand of the 550 inner cord on my knife. To give yourself more purchase you could use 2 or 3 strands. Depends on how much of a lip you want on your knife. Just an idea, use it if you wish.

Hmmm...that could actually work, but I don't have any truoble with my AFCombatK's deployement, so I won't mess with it yet.

"All of our knives open with one hand, in case you're busy with the other"
If you're thinking of getting a best buy for your buck, I once saw a Gerber EZ Out with ATS-34 blade steel on sale for around $30, or even a Buck Titanium(all black coated model), which I have seen for around $40.

"All of our knives open with one hand, in case you're busy with the other"
Hmmm...interesting. I really don't think that there will be all that many that you can open with gloves on in that size. Corduroy's right - the military is the easiest with the larger hole. I agree that the hole is probably the easiest opening method available. Otherwise, I think the only way would be something with large thumb studs.

Blades' idea of using the string is an interesting one...and might just work. I'm not sure how it would look on something like the delica, but you could always try it.

JP Bullivant
How about a Kershaw Random Task? It should be easy to open, as the torsion bar does most of the work for you. you could even customize it by taking out the thumb stud, and adding a longer(to facilitate gloved opening) ambidextrous thumb stud.

"All of our knives open with one hand, in case you're busy with the other"