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Tactical vs traditional

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jth250, May 29, 2012.

  1. jth250


    Jun 27, 2011
    Hey, which one do you guys prefer for an edc - work knife a tactical or traditional folder and why. I am trying to choose between a Benchmade Mini Grip with M390 and a Case Stockman with CV.

  2. RemyKaze

    RemyKaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 23, 2012
    Are you going to need to open it with one hand? Do you want a thin slicer, or something a little stronger?
  3. fatherhudson


    Apr 3, 2012
    Both great knives. Mind sending me the link to the store selling the mini grips in m390? I remember seeing it but i guess i didn't bookmark. Personally I don't think of the mini grip as 'tactical' but more of a functional knife. I like the mini grip as a knife to have with you everyday. I think the case beats it on the aesthetic front though. Really comes down to what you like/ what you'll use.
  4. Goosey


    Mar 19, 2012
    I prefer "tactical" because it's just a moniker for a collection of features that improve ease of use, reliability, and strength.

    I also like traditional knives because they are more suave and interesting. I kind of want a douk-douk...
  5. festerfromnzed


    Aug 18, 2008
    I carry both...ZT 0200 and any number of traditionals....ZT is used for hard cutting and when i need a one hand opener(as it was designed for)...slipjoints do the rest of my cutting needs..on any given day i would use my traditionals more often.......................FES
  6. IMightBeWrong


    Feb 17, 2011
    I love both. For function, though, I'd take a "tactical" knife. For a nice evening out, a traditional goes in the pocket.
  7. DrOpPoInT1110


    Jan 28, 2009
    Personally, I am not a fan of traditional folders at all. You usually cannot take them apart or adjust them and they just don't do much for me as far as the designs go. The two knives you are looking at are very different so it's really about what sort of features you prefer.
  8. popedandy

    popedandy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    I haven't figured it out yet, so sometimes I carry one and sometimes I carry the other.
  9. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    As they say, what you see depends on where you sit. I don't need a heavy-duty, rapid-deployment blade for self-defense or workfloor use. I'm too old and slow to care. But I still like to cut things. :)

    Recent acquisitions: L'Ecureuil (A spear point variant of the Douk Douk), GEC Northfield Ben Hogan (slipjoint with a long narrow spear point blade), and as of yesterday, my JKFFXL is on the way! (John Kiedaisch Friction Folder XL).

    When you don't need the security of a lock, a slipjoint is actually more efficient. Open, cut, close. No fumbling with a lock removes a step each time you take it out to use. Sometimes that can be a lot. Replace your Spyderco EDC with a UKPK and see.

    It isn't either / or. I've got almost as many tactical as I have Bladeforums posts. :D
    OK, not quite as many ... but keep a slipjoint handy, too.
  10. The Government

    The Government

    Aug 21, 2009
    If I could only choose to have one folder, it would probably be a stockman pattern.

    There is no denying the usefulness of a stockman when it comes to a full 365 day cycle of knife use.

    I would feel "under-knifed" having only a single blade folder for a full year.

    (I generally prefer to carry both, but a multi-blade knife is always with me.)
    Last edited: May 30, 2012
  11. Peroni1973

    Peroni1973 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2010
    I actually love more traditional style of knives - I also like the blend of traditional style with modern elements. My Fallkniven TK3 is my classiest folder but my slip joint Northfield Un-X-Ld comes close.


    That said for practical reasons, not least of which is one hand opening I carry my more 'tactical' folders more often (and I have more of them as a result). Very often it is one of these three...


  12. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    In the end, all that matters is which you like better. You are the one who's going to be carrying it. :thumbup:
  13. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    I've been where you are and I EDC, for now :), a Case Sodbuster. It's a worker and a tactical knife.
  14. TheSharpStuff


    May 31, 2011
    Just carry both, traditionals and moderns go together amazingly.
  15. Big Mike

    Big Mike

    Aug 30, 2006

    Traditional for me, I have no use for knives trying to look "tactical".

    Big Mike
  16. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I prefer a small traditional. I like having a choice of two or even three blades in a small package. I also like natural materials like bone and stag, or nice grained wood. Just feels better in the hand. And the traditionals bring back memories of old camping trips, old family and friends from very long ago.

  17. OrdnanceBubbaUSMC


    May 23, 2004
    A large tactical folder and a handsome traditional is a good combo. Can use the traditional in very populated, public places or just in general to keep the tactical's edge pristine. A SAK carried solo or with another folder is great too and the most versatile.

    If your work really requires tough jobs and frequent take it out and put away or you live in an area where you will be breaking the law by carrying a pistol or fixed blade for emergency self-defense, then a tactical folder does make sense.
  18. Buffalohump

    Buffalohump Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2006
    The Mini-Grip is superior to the Case in every way. The clip will make sure it stays clipped to your pocket and won't slip out and get lost. It will also make it easier to extract. The lock will make sure the blade wont close on your hand. The thumb stud will allow you to open it quickly with one hand. The steel won't rust and it will stay sharper for a LOT longer. There is a lot of nostalgia in the knife world but a pocket clip, a lock mechanism, one hand opening and superior steel trumps warm fuzzy sentiment every which way.

    Its got nothing to do with tactical. These are hard-nosed practical improvements that make sense for working knives or any other kind of knife.
  19. jth250


    Jun 27, 2011
    I don't think you can buy them anymore it was a limited run. I bought mine from a guy on the forums.
  20. Last Visible Canary

    Last Visible Canary actively parsing hurf durf

    Nov 28, 2006
    BOTH! I have been carrying a kershaw chill for box cutting/shaping jagged corners of lenses at work (lenscrafters), and a kershaw stockman for fine detail work like first aid.

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