What's a good tough SMALL folder?

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I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Spyderco ParaMilitary (available for just under $100). You get G-10 and S30V (4mm) and the compression lock, which absolutely rocks! The BM 705 is also a good, solid knife, but IMHO (I own both), there's no comparison -- the ParaMilitary is in my regular carry line-up while the 705 sits in the sock drawer.
 
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UnknownVT said:
But make sure to handle the knife in person -
as I have found the 705 seems a bit too thick in proportion to its size -
for me - of course, YMMV.

Absolutely handle any knife in person first. The 705's handle is thicker than you might expect, and this is why it's so solid. For a small knife, you can get a good grip on it and do real work with it. At least, that's how I feel. :)
 
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UnknownVT said:
But make sure to handle the knife in person -
as I have found the 705 seems a bit too thick in proportion to its size -
for me - of course, YMMV.

That was my experience. Many rave about the 705, but to me the porportions just weren't right. The handle was certainly to thick for the overall size of the knife IMHO.

John
 
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Good choice Fulloflead. I too own a BM 705 and absolutely love it. I have been carrying mine daily for the last nine months. This was my first purchase of a $70+ knife so I did plenty of homework before buying. It is a solid, functional cutting tool with an understated practical beauty to it.

rh
 
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I absolutely love my CRKT M-16. It has the G-10 handles and 3" tanto. Can't say enough about it.
 
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Take a look at the Microtech mini SOCOM. OK, OK so I am a day late and a dollar short. So what else is new :footinmou
 

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fulloflead said:
WOOHOO! I've got a 705 Limited on it's way! Thanks guys! :D :cool: :D :cool:

So, which LE did you choose? I'm sure which ever one you picked will become a favorite, but which one? Bubinga? Bone? Twill G-10?
 
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I own three 705's, I love them. Great little knives, made for people like me with bear paw hands and a lot of stuff to cut. It really is an overbuilt knife for its size, especially in the limited editions that have D2 blades and aluminum scales. Good thing you got one, they are discontinued. Though, a production version of the Gold Class 706Ti might be the replacement. The 706Ti is a little thinner and has an S30V blade, which is what a lot of people seem to want, though I don't really know what would be carried over to production if it is produced.
 
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I think I looked at a 706Ti last wek. It was cool looking and seemed like a thinner 705 made with Ti scales and S30v and a cool carving on the handle, but it was $500.00! I own a couple Benchmade limiteds, but they were $200.00 or less. One of my favs is a 941Ti-01 which is also axis lock, carved Ti and S30V and it was $220.00 retail. Same materials, blade steel and machining processes. What's teh deal with teh 706Ti? At $500.00 you're way into the custom, or at least high end Sebenza range.

That's not where Benchmade belongs IMHO.

John
 
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cmd said:
So, which LE did you choose? I'm sure which ever one you picked will become a favorite, but which one? Bubinga? Bone? Twill G-10?

It's the one I posted a pic of earlier in the thread. :)
 
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The 706ti is a factory custom, not just an LE, it is one of the Gold Class special runs. Only big BM collectors bought it for the most part. It isn't the same as the 94Ti-01 really though, a lot more detail and attention went into it. It is kinda like a production Emerson and a custom Emerson, the same yet very different, especially from a collectors standpoint.


(Oh, and it is 25% thinner then a 705 for those who are wondering)
 
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Skyline said:
Another vote for the Benchmade 705. It's virtually indestructible and it's got a useful blade shape. :)

Actually, just had a chance to check out a 705 at the local gunshop, excellent knife w/ a lot of great features, change my suggetsion to that.
 

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motorcycle_loop said:
Actually, just had a chance to check out a 705 at the local gunshop, excellent knife w/ a lot of great features, change my suggetsion to that.

Better get them while you can, Benchmade has discontinued them :mad:

I got a 705BW about 6 months ago and am very happy to own and use it.

Chris
 
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I've got a 705 limited from that production run, I do believe. Great little blade. Has fallen right into rotation with my other EDCs. Gotta love the D2... Forget what people say about this thing not taking a good edge. Mine came with a great one and holds it nicely... Just a few touch-ups on a Sharpmaker and a strop and it's going strong.

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I think you'll like the 705. :)

I have 8 different versions of it right now, and there are still a few I don't have. :mad:

It's overall a bit smallish for me, as I have larger hands. I carry a 710HS as my EDC work knife, and that fits me better. My small non-work carry is a BM 770. Even when I carry that though, I'm either carrying my Ritter Grip or 630 Skirmish with me also.
 

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I own a 710 and 705, the big handle makes the 705 work for my hands, and I like the small strong blade.
 
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