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best folder around 100 dollars with a blade of less than 3"



this thread originally was spyderco viele II vs. bm opportunist. it has since been edited.
 
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Viele, smaller blade, hollow ground, hole opener, liner lock, bolster, more belly.

Opportunist, longer blade, flat grind, stud (one side only), liner lock, wood, more wharncliffey, no clip

VG10 in the Viele, S30 V in the Opportunist.

Both are dressy. I like the longer blade of the Opportunist as well as the less belly. However, many like more belly on their blade than I do. I also prefer a flat grind to a hollow grind.

After all the talk of an eccentric stop pin, the Opportunist actually has one. Each facet of the pin is at a different distance from the center of the pin. You can adjust your liner lock for wear with it. I haven't tried that feature.

You probably have a better indexing and a bit of guard in the finger cutout for the Opportunist. In these knives, that shouldn't matter, but the argument is there to be made.

I own an Opportunist. I think it's prettier than the Viele and I use it for more formal occasions. It's not an EDC for me. The main thing I don't like about the Opportunist is the little pointy hump on the blade spine. It's just wrong for a blade that is otherwise so wharncliffe. It's sort of at the point a thumb ramp would be and is probably what the design is there for, but it breaks up the lines and isn't necessary to the blade IMHO.

I wouldn't want either as an EDC. I don't trust liner locks that much. But I explained why I like the Opportunist.

Phil
 

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if you can think of a different knife in the same price range with similar characteristics tell me about it.

another possibility is the mini persian by spyderco.

i would like the blade under 3" and price under $150
 
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Lots of people like it. It's not my taste--few spydercos are--but there's nothing wrong with them, Spyderco makes good knives.

I'd look at a BM mini Grip or a BM 707 but you and I don't seem to have the same taste in knives. How do you feel about Axis locks?

Phil
 

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I'm a newb to folders and fancy steel. I think that i somehow overlooked the bm 707. my gosh that's a nice knife.

I guess I should've changed the title to best knife for around 100 w/ blade less than 3" or something like that.

keep the suggestions coming!
 
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