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#306976 - 05/17/10 08:15 PM Pocket Knife Suggestions?
terzaghi Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4858
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Looking for a good folding single blade pocket knife. Must be light weight and durable, $150 or less.

Not sure if I want a full straight edge or part serrated/part straight.

Primary use will be for anything needed during hiking, camping, or fishing.

Any suggestions?

#306978 - 05/17/10 08:18 PM Re: Pocket Knife Suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
mpyw Offline

Registered: 07/24/09
Posts: 281
Loc: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Swiss Knife?

#306979 - 05/17/10 08:21 PM Re: Pocket Knife Suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
oldskoolboarder Offline

Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Uh oh. Another gadget thread... ;\)

I'm not a folder fan. But I found this site because of Headfi w/ posters talking about hand made tools. I have a few of his tools, including a very nice blade (Fixer). My best one (for me) is a metric tool that I use on my fixed/singlespeed bike. Not that easy to find small, pocketable metric tools.

#306982 - 05/17/10 08:34 PM Re: Pocket Knife Suggestions? [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Wid Offline

Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6723
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
I carry a Boker Automatic. I've been pretty happy with it, I've had it for a couple of years now. It's pretty good steel and needs minimal sharpening. It stays razor sharp for a long time with proper sharpening.

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." Sigmund Freud

#306985 - 05/17/10 09:25 PM Re: Pocket Knife Suggestions? [Re: Wid]
Argon Offline

Registered: 07/24/04
Posts: 1443
Loc: Oak Ridge, NC
My brother-in-law is a big Gerber fan. He got me a folding paraframe knife. You can open it with one hand with a little practice. Pretty sweet.

It has a secure clip to hook it to your pants pocket. Gerber makes some excellent knives. I haven't done the research but you can prolly spend as much as you want.
"A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject" Churchill

#306986 - 05/17/10 09:27 PM Re: Pocket Knife Suggestions? [Re: Wid]
davew Offline

Registered: 02/25/08
Posts: 44
Loc: San Jose, CA
When I got married I gave all my groomsmen a Buck Folding Hunter. I wish I had gotten one for myself but never did. It's been 30 years now and my brother-in-law is still using the one I gave him -- and he's pretty rough on tools.

What size blade are you looking for? What do you consider "light"?


#306990 - 05/17/10 09:45 PM Re: Pocket Knife Suggestions? [Re: davew]
terzaghi Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4858
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
hmmmm, no clue about the exact weight, just not something that really weighs the pocket down. Not exactly sure about size either, but not a large 5" blade or a tiny 2" blade... maybe around 3- 3.5" or so?

Anyone have any comments on benchmade vs. gerber or any other brand?

#306994 - 05/17/10 11:09 PM Re: Pocket Knife Suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
terzaghi Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4858
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
So I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the Benchmade 530 REI Limited edition Knife. It weighs a mere 1.8 ounces, has a 4.15 inch closed length, and a 3.18" blade. Seems pretty light, compact, and durable.

#306995 - 05/17/10 11:21 PM Re: Pocket Knife Suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
a401classic Offline

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 1229
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
I've always had good luck with Kershaw knives.



#306996 - 05/18/10 01:00 AM Re: Pocket Knife Suggestions? [Re: a401classic]
1sweetspot Offline

Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 174
Loc: Edmonton, Alberta
I have an Emerson CQC-7 mini with a chisel ground combo blade (tanto shape, half serrated). The thing is awesome. It's a slightly smaller version of a tactical knife made for Marines and Law enforcement. A little bulky for an everyday carrier, but for hiking, camping, fishing, you'll probably never need another. They are on Ebay-worth a look.

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