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Recommendation? So confused need help with choosing my first knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Tomoplll, May 10, 2019.

  1. Tomoplll


    Oct 30, 2016
    I’m so confused from all of those knifes types and steels, my budget started as 30$ and now it’s 30-60$, I also have to play for shipping to my country so there are the prices.

    Ruike p801 for 42$

    Steel will modus for 60$

    Steel will cutjack mini for 49$

    Which do you think is the best for the price?

    What concerns me:

    **Ruike p801:**

    I like the steel will design better

    The steel isn’t d2

    Handle might get slippery


    Will be too thick and bulky

    The most expensive


    Deployment isn’t so smooth

    The finger hole in the blade might get annoying

    Modus is just a better version (?)

    And what are those 27$ (w free shipping) Ganzo knifes, are it at the same quality as the steel will etc?

    Please help me I can’t decide which to pick and I won’t buy another knife after this one for a long time

    BTW my usage is light military EDC, wood carving for fun and just playing with it and cutting things. And I don’t want to buy the RAT2 because I don’t like the design
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  2. H0kieengineer

    H0kieengineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 24, 2017
    Ganzo knives are cheap knock offs/clones of established designs. Don’t waste your money on them.

    Those steel wills are nice, I don’t think either is a wrong pick. I hate to say it, but a RAT1 or 2 in D2 would be my pick for a cheap, hard use knife. Mine has been nothing less than rock solid.
  3. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Out of the many knives on the market, you pick a few you find faults in and still want to buy one? I'd say keep looking. You seem to know what you want in a knife. I'll second the Rat 1. :cool:
  4. Texan42

    Texan42 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2018
    agree with this.
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  5. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    Real steel h6, just to confuse you more. From what Ive heard the modus might be your best pick out of your choices
  6. sXePhenomenal

    sXePhenomenal Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    id get the p801
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  7. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Rat 1 or 2 in Aus8. D2 is just hard to sharpen and performs lower.

    And don't get a ganzo. Very bad brand. Copy everything. Low quality junk. Bladeforums doesn't support this brand and any threads about them will likely get locked.

    Imported d2 has continued to disappoint in performance. Warning there is swearing in the vid.

    Also outpost 76 has great testing vids too showing the same poor d2 results.

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  8. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Welcome! Where are you from? And I echo the sentiment. No Ganzo. RAT 1 or 2 is a good choice on a budget.
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  9. tomhosang

    tomhosang Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2017
    I second @Mo2. The import D2 has performed very poor in testing. AUS-8 is a much easier steel to sharpen and maintain, and when comparing these lower end knives will probably hold an edge longer as well. D2 is a tricky steel to heat treat correctly and a lot of these companies making these budget knives don't pay close attention to that. They just do it so you see D2 and perceive it as a great deal. That being said, the Ruike is 14c28n which is very nice for the price. Either one of the Rats in AUS-8 would be an excellent option as well.
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  10. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    Out of those.. I’d probably choose the Ruike P801. 14C28N is a good steel.

    Or.. a Spyderco Tenacious. It fits your price range, but it’s not a flipper, incase that’s something you’re looking for. It’s a great design, though.
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  11. jmh33

    jmh33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 16, 2003
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  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I have the Steelwill Mini Cutjack in M390 and quite pleased with it. I tend to agree about the "foreign" D2 not being as good as the US stuff. I wouldn't call the Mini Cutjack slippery, but the handles are just slightly rough and I think just about right.
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  13. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    I have the Ruike P108 in 14C28N, and can tell you it's pretty good steel. I like it better than D2, in a folder. For a fixed blade, I like D2 better, as long as it is above about 60RC. But, the Sandvik steel used in the Ruike blades is easy enough to put a very nice edge on, and mine holds a good edge, as well. Don't obsess over steels, at least not this early in the game. They all work, just some better than others. Get what YOU like, and just use it to cut stuff. You will probably find it does most everything you need a knife to do reasonably well. And start saving for your next one. Because you'll get one, even if you don't really need it.

    Welcome to the sickness....
  14. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    The Ruike p801 is slippery but great. Thus the mods...
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  15. sixfeetdeep

    sixfeetdeep Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2004
    Just look at different knife sites. A very popular one is Blade HQ. I only mention them because you can choose the style blade you like, the size of the blade, the handle material, the steel, the price & more. Then see what's available. Make your decision from there. Then check around on this forum with the search tool & see if anyone is selling what your looking for. Watch You Tube videos. It's hard to pick your 1st knife because if your not happy, your gonna buy another & another. It won't ever end lol.
  16. Kreyzhorse

    Kreyzhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    None of those. Spyderco Delica, your first real knife.

    You are welcome.
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  17. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    For a general knife, I say get a Buck 110 or 112 Slim, either in the general 420HC steel, good user steel, or pay more for the Pro line.
  18. rustyspike


    Jan 17, 2016
    Tell ya what. My first nice folder was a spyderco Endura. Super knife. Beat the crap out of it working at my buddy's flower shop. Sent it back to Spyderco for a resharpen. Great Blade.
    Just get a Spyderco for your first what ever model. You will love it

    Rich K.
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  19. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    All good knives. Have you considered the Ka-Bar folding hunter? It’s even less expensive and constantly surprises me on how useful it is.

  20. KVT

    KVT Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2019
    +1 for the Cutjack Mini in M390. Great freakin’ knife!

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