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Recommendation? Recommend me a knife for my birthday

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by AK4789, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. AK4789


    Apr 7, 2018
    First off, thanks to everyone who helped me out on my last recommend me thread. Got myself an Opinel no 8 in Bubinga and a small Mora for my fishing needs, as well as some other knives I have my eye on. My birthday just passed and I'd like to get a nice folder as a gift for myself. I'd like something high quality that will last me for decades.

    About me and my uses: I live in NYC and EDC a SAK everyday, at home my EDC right now is either a Ruike P801 or a KaBar Dozier. Uses for this knife would be EDC at home, it'll maybe get some fishing, hiking/light camping, gardening duties as well.

    Budget : $80-$180
    Steel : Stainless steel, would like to buy my first "high-end" steel knife
    Knife type : Folder
    Blade length : 2.75-3.5"
    Weight : The lighter the better, not a fan of big and heavy knives. Let's say...<4 oz or so.
    Clip : Deep carry clip is a really good idea for me due to where I live, am open to aftermarket deep carry clips if it'll all fall within the budget.
    Handle : Anything nice and grippy.
    Lock type : Anything strong, simple and reliable.

    I've looked at the Bugout (looks great, lightweight, but handles can be squeezed together?!?)
    Spydercos (Delica looks good, but a bit boring, PM2 looks interesting...)
    Benchmade 940 looks a bit thick/heavy to my eye, but never held it in hand and quite expensive.

    What would you guys recommend? Thanks in advance.
  2. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    0450, the full Ti Version. Maybe from USA Made Blade with anodizing, Whitty could probably hook you up. :thumbsup:

    Edit: And happy belated Birthday.
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  3. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp The Looking Edge Sharpening Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 30, 2016
    Get the Bugout. Yes the handles can be squeezed together... but what does that really mean? The blade doesn't drop when you do it. The lock doesn't fail. The handles don't break. Being able to squeeze the handle scales together just means you can squeeze the handles together. It's a great knife.

    I'm a big Delica fan too though and it can always be dressed up:

  4. Silent H

    Silent H Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    If you're worried about the Bugout being too flimsy, check out the Griptillian instead.
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  5. Mingecutter

    Mingecutter Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2011

    Benchmade mini grip 556-1 or 555-1...it ticks off all of your boxes
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  6. kwick72

    kwick72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 17, 2013
    Go check out the USA Made Blade exclusive Kershaw Knockout.
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  7. gazz98


    Sep 3, 2008
    Spyderco Manix 2. S110V (3 oz) or S30V lockback (4.4 oz)

    Like TLE said, a custom Delica is within your budget.

    Buck Vantage Pro Large S30V. 4.4 oz tho.
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  8. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I think you need a Buck 112, for your outdoor adventures. The 112 gets the nod over the 110 based on your location.
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  9. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    You might look into a Delica WC with HAP-40 in burnt orange - not you everyday knife.
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  10. Spikediesel

    Spikediesel Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2018
    Spyderco PM2 in CPM cruwear from knifecenter. An awesome knife in awesome steel and not everyone has one....but they should!
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  11. numbersman


    Nov 28, 2010
    How big are your hands? I love the PM 2, but the smaller Native 5 fits my hand slightly better. A Native 5 is a superb knife, lightweight, the CPM S35 VN steel is excellent, and in G10 the handle would be even grippier than my FRN model.
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  12. ucfgrad93


    Dec 13, 2017
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  13. Sigsog226

    Sigsog226 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2013
    Another vote for the Benchmade 556. Just got this in yesterday as my new beater/work knife. Fits your criteria perfectly and one of my favorite knives so i recommend it to anyone. I have medium size hands fwiw.
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  14. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    all the suggestions are great, I can't add to the list... but I will say you will have a hard time improving on the Ruike P801. Excellent stainless steel, ergos, handle etc. Just preparing you for this likelihood :)
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  15. PWatkins


    Oct 20, 2017
    You mentioned the pm2 and 940, here's some pics to compare with a p801.
    Benchmade will send you a deep carry clip for free if you ask. Flip a coin between these two, either way you'll end up with a great knife
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  16. Cvrobinson

    Cvrobinson Going to hell, anyone need anything Platinum Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    Delica's don't have to be boring
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  17. Winch

    Winch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 29, 2018
    Endura is my current fav.
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  18. AK4789


    Apr 7, 2018
    Awesome ideas. I already have a Buck 110 actually, love it. PM2 seems great but just a bit too big for my needs, so is the normal size Griptilian.

    I'm really leaning towards either a Mini-Grip 556-1 or Bugout 535 with custom carbon fiber or G10 scales. I love the look of the Bugout blade, but the 556-1 is good looking also.

    How does CPM-20V compare with CPMS30V when it comes to water stone sharpening? I only like to hand sharpen with waterstones.

    I dont really like that the bugout handle is like a hard plastic. The Bugout in gray carbon fiber is amazingly good looking IMO, and it's just around $200, which I can swing. How does it compare to getting G10 custom scales? Is the G 10 much more grippier than a carbon fiber knife if you have wet hands? I've never owned carbon fiber handles, but it seems nicer and isn't much more than G10 custom.

    I also see that you can get a backspacer in different colors for only $15 to add rigidity, which was really my only worry (and the "plastic-y" handle). Anyone have experience with customizing the Bugout any of these ways?
  19. JimMD

    JimMD Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2017
    The Spyderco Sage 5 meets all your requirements out of the box, even the deep carry clip.

    The Native 5 as previously recommended is a similar knife with a shorter blade, back lock instead of the Sage’s compression lock, and greater variety in steel. However a deep carry clip would need to be added.

    The Sage is a little bigger in both handle and blade, but the blade is much thinner behind the edge than that of the Native, and thus it’s an outstanding slicer. Since the PM2 is attractive but a little big to you, you may find the Sage 5 ideal.

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