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Sturdy, small profile knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by shadowspawn, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. shadowspawn


    Jul 12, 2011
    So I've recently gotten a job at the nearby radioshack. My boss won't let me carry a knife any larger than my old Kershaw scallion so I'm in the market for a new knife. The scallion I have right now is a pretty good knife, but I don't trust it's flimsy liner lock when cutting open those thick plastic packages. Anyone have any suggestions for a sturdy, rugged folder under 2.5 inches in blade lenfth, preferably with a reversible clip that's easy to sharpen and under 250 bucks? I think I'd prefer a lockback but anything with a sturdy feel to it is fine so long ad it works for me.
  2. Rypper


    Dec 5, 2012
    SOG Flash I
  3. Random Dan

    Random Dan

    Jan 21, 2012
    If you thought you could stretch it to 2.75" you could get a Kershaw Cryo with a nice sturdy framelock.
  4. jkwithawave

    jkwithawave ..... Platinum Member

    Sep 8, 2011
    G10 Dragonfly is just what you described.
  5. Moxy

    Moxy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2011
    Another vote for the Spyderco Dragonfly
  6. gooeytek


    Jul 12, 2011
    yup, Dragonfly.
  7. TwinStick


    Jan 21, 2011
    Just get a box cutter for $1 at a hardware store.
  8. timbit


    Jul 21, 2011
    Wear a smatchet on your belt loop. Your boss will be too scared to say anything.
  9. timbit


    Jul 21, 2011
    Amazon has Gerber folding, locking, replaceable blade utility knives that are fab. 10 bucks. Feels like a real knife, but it IS a box cutter. I'd like to see your boss get mad about that.
  10. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
    The Boker Albatross.It's a mini tank
  11. Dan57


    Apr 8, 2012
    Spyderco Techno, Boker Subcom/Wharcom/Subclaw, Boker Subcom Titan.

    ETA: The Scallion comes in a frame lock version too. Also, the liner lock on the Scallion you already have should hold up fine to opening boxes, it's not necessary to get a new knife for that. (Though of you're just using it as an excuse to get a new knife... I'm not one to judge ;))
  12. BladeChick777


    Jun 20, 2011
    Spyderco Techno all the way. Small, solid, tank of a knife. Feels small in the pocket, fits in the hand like a big knife, is a beast that can cut just about anything, while still being able to slice. The CTS-XHP is pretty easy to sharpen, doesn't chip or roll easily, gets razor sharp and stays that way for a lengthy amount of time. Fit and finish is top notch and the knife oozes with quality. It's an excellent knife and is hands down the one I would get.
  13. ozgooner


    Sep 24, 2011
    Another vote for the Spyderco Dragonfly, preferably in ZDP-189 just coz it's so damn sexy
  14. 357fan


    May 23, 2009
    Dragonfly, I'd go for the spydie edge version though. It'll stay sharp for a long time, and make quick work of packing materials.
  15. Czechmate


    Feb 24, 2011
    Benchmade MPR, the M390 steel is :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
  16. Jensen81


    Oct 3, 2012
    Get a ZT-350. Slim profile. Built like a tank. Looks great and sharp as they come. Well under your $250 budget also.
  17. shadowspawn


    Jul 12, 2011
    He gets mad about everything lol. In any case, that dragonfly looks pretty good so far. Techno and mpr are a little out of my budget range. How hard is the dragonfly on budget synthetic stones? Most of my materials were lost in the move so I'm relying on a 400 grit whetstone for keeping my knives sharp enough.
  18. smeecogg


    Oct 17, 2012
  19. shadowspawn


    Jul 12, 2011
    The biggest issue is the thick plastic casing the prepaid phones come in. If you ever stop by a place that sells Verizon prepaid phones, take a look at how stupid the packaging is. Everyone at work has had their hands cut up trying to pry those things open. Everyone at work also says we need a decent knife to cut those things apart. Thus I bring my own.
  20. Czechmate


    Feb 24, 2011
    If he gets mad about everything carry whatever you want... :D;)

    LNIB and used MPR's are pretty inexpensive for what you get, usually $150 shipped or less and I thought your budget was $250?

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