Another decent inexpensive small and lightweight EDC type pocket knife that just might fit the bill....
Kershaw OD-2 Knife with 8CR13MOV Stainless Steel Blade
Steel: 8CR13MOV stainless steel
Handle: Glass-filled nylon
Blade Length: 2-1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Closed Length: 3-1/8 in. (7/9 cm)
Overall Length: 5-1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Weight: 1.4 oz.
• Locking Liner
• Pocket Clip
At 1.4 oz, one can easily forget that it's in the pocket. Mine has actually taken a trip to the laundry already.
Comparison to my SOG Flash I
I've had it for a week now and honestly I'm impressed with this little knife. I've cut cardboard boxes, papers, and light gardening and it has held up well.
I picked it up from Ebay for $13.49 + $2.00 shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kershaw-Blac...#ht_500wt_1180
Co-worker's son just graduated from the LBJ firefighter's school or whatever while at LASA and I need to get him a graduation gift. Was thinking a rescue tool or folding knife would be appropriate and better than the Alamo Drafthouse gift card I considered first. Any suggestions?
when I was about 15 my grandpa bought me a lock back kershaw for my birthday. Out of the box, this was the sharpest knife I have ever seen. I have long since lost it, but the day I got it my sister was playing with it and couldn't figure out how to close it down. I reached out to help her and just about lost a finger. Had to do about 15 stitches or so around the base of my index finger that night. If you want sharp I will forever be convinced Kershaw is the way to go. For utility (screws and prying) you may try some of the other suggestions here like gerber.
I'm a big outdoors guy and try and be as minimalist as possible. This has been my knife of choice for the outdoors for about 4 years now. Nothing like it that I have ever used. If you've seen The Hunted with benicio del toro this should look familiar.
**sorry if this is a little off topic. Just love this knife
Last edited by jhawk; 06-05-2012 at 01:33 PM. Reason: double vag double anal
I carry a Kershaw 1470ST, no longer in production. Nice, effective, nothing fancy.
The Triage looks excellent as a present to myself, but I ended up getting him this:
There wasn't much available in the around $50 range besides this one and then it jumped way up to the Benchmade.
Thanks. Looks like you might be able to get one for about $200 now. Might have to check that out.
yeah, I would do some research. There are some fakes out there. It's a great knife. the sheath of choice is a horizontal belt sheath. Great for hunting
Really like this little folder. With it's rather innovative design combining a flipper with a lock back system is unique in my small pocket knife collection. I'm not really a big fan of an all metal handle but the anodized aluminum on this knife is nice and smooth to touch. Dig the color as well.
SOG Twitch II
Blade Length 2.68" x .1"
Overall Length 6.2"
Weight 2.6 oz.
Steel AUS 8
Handle Hard Anodized Aluminum
Country of Origin Assembled in
Just the right size for a pocket knife.
I find this flipper lock-back design innovative and unique in my pocket knife collection. Safety lock included.
Wicked fast deployment with either the flipper or the thumb stud. I prefer the thumb stud method but both are excellent.
Next to the Kershaw Chill on top and SOG Flash I on the bottom.
Very nice clip that can double as a money clip as well.
I got this one from Ebay for $40.69 total including shipping. There is also the SOG Twitch I which is smaller if one prefers. If one really like it even smaller, I'd recommend looking at the SOG Blink.
Last edited by MeSoHorny; 06-12-2012 at 06:09 PM.
Woot sale! $24.00 + $5.00 shipping. Featuring CRKT's Outburst and the LAWKS Safety system for this pocket knife.....
Here it is at Amazon Prime $49.99....
There's no reason to pay double for a hard to open CRKT when you can get a Kershaw an infant can open for half. It's also a pretty small knife, about the size of a Kershaw Chive.Cons:
--This thing is crazy difficult to open. The pocket clip shifts before I apply enough force to get the spring to kick in. Also, due to the small size of the knife, getting your hand in the right position is a bit tricky. I say this as someone with well below average sized hands. I would think this would only get worse with larger hands. This knife screams for a flipper IMO.
--Nothing really stopping your index finger from sliding onto the blade in certain grips.
The Asset and Compound are both on sale at woot for $12 is you missed the amazon sale.
Rage, that Kershaw Asset and Compound looks like a great buy. Not my style but I'm sure somebody else digs it. I'd just like to say thanks for bringing up all these great buys. That CRKT Van Hoy is not my style either but does look like a good buy for those who dig that style. As far as the deployment of that knife I have no idea as I don't have one. Others seems to have no problem with the deployment after a few practice. More reviews would've been nice to get a better assessment. 4/5 stars average as of now.
Here is a full size, axis lock folder from Enlan, a sister company of Sanrenmu. A bargain for those looking for a solid built, full size folder. It's not light but the ergo and micarta handle makes it nice to hold. I believe this is my 4th knife from Sanrenmu or Enlan and this is by far my favorite. It is well put together and I think it will be durable for a long time.
Enlan Axis Lock Folding Knife EL-02
Premium Axis Locking Function
Dual Stainless Steel Liner for Added Strength
Micarta Handle Scales
LOCKING MECHNISM Axis Lock
BLADE STYLE & OPENER Drop Point, Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
BLADE STEEL 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel (56-58HRC)
HANDEL SPEC Dual Stainless Steel Liner, Micarta Handle Scales, Lanyard Hole
BLADE LENGTH 3.46" 88mm
OPEN 8.26" 210mm
CLOSE 4.72" 120mm
WEIGHT 5.11oz 145g
Nice solid full size folder. Sharp out of the box. Skeletonizing the liners would've been nice to reduce the weight without sacrificing strength. Smooth deployment and dependable axis lock.
I got it from Ebay for a total of $19.99 including the $5.99 shipping. Shipped from China and only took 5 working days for delivery which I thought was rather fast. My other knives coming directly from China took 10 days for delivery.
I honestly think this is a well made folder for a very reasonable price. Impressive. Some of you may find this knife interesting can certainly do better than I did.....
/\ Yeah, it's not bad considering the price. Though none of mine will be in my all time favorite, all will see some usage. I see you got the EL-02 with the g10 and bead blasted blade, very nice. Big folder. Personally, I prefer something a little smaller for a pocket knife.
I think if you want a knife with a 4"+ blade you are better off with a fixed blade. A knife like that usually stays in a car, drawer, or bug-out bag. Your primary survival knife should be a fixed blade for obvious reasons, and the fixed blade market has a ton of fascinating and ridiculous things to buy. I have a SOG fixed-blade that is about 1/4" thick and could probably cut down a pretty large tree. In fact I have about 4-5 SOG fixed blade survival knives (including a tomahawk) in my truck.
When the zombies come, I won't' have any food, water, or shelter, but I will have 30-40 ways of killing zombies. If I could find a Lobo online for sale I'd buy it (and yes I've looked).
the sog twitch II is by far the best pocket knife I have owned.
I've had it for about 4 years and put it through hell including many camping trips and extended hunts in Wyoming that I thought for sure I had trashed it and I'll be damned if that sucker doesnt sharpen right back up.
I also have several Bokers. Boker makes a blade as good as sog if not better but the weight of their knives doesnt seem as well thought out/designed.
SOG Blink (Chinese)
Blade Length: 2.25"
Lock-back with safety lock, similar to the Twitch II.
Ambidextrous thumb stud for deployment.
Mine came with a tight money clip. Loosened it up and it's all good.
Compared to the Twitch II(top), Flash I(middle), Blink(bottom)
One of the Chinese Ebay vendor.....http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-Size-S...ht_1682wt_1139
Video from SOG....
U.S. SOG Blink version at Amazon.....http://www.amazon.com/SOG-Specialty-...ords=sog+blink
So far, I've been very pleased with the Chinese version for my intended use.
$#@! this is still going. Awesome.
^^^You serious, Clark? I have to give them away as gifts to friends/family just so that they don't spill out of the (larger than my refrigerator freezer size) gun safe like a bunch of gold coins every time I open the door.
for me, this thread is right there with booking photos and watches
The small key chain Boker Plus Keycom Black Knife
I believe this is the smallest frame-lock knife I have in my collection. It's a solid frame-lock at that. Being the smallest capable frame-lock knife is the main reason I'm keeping it. I don't see it getting a lot of day to day use however. I have something better than this one of similar size.
I would not recommend this to someone with big hands. I have small/medium size hands and even for me it takes some practice to operate this little folder one handed.
I've since replaced this key-chain folder with the much better Spyderco LadyBug. The Lady bug trumps this Boker hands down when it comes to ergo, ease of deployment and steel quality. I consider this little Boker a niche type knife. I remember the day I got it, it was unbelievably dull. Small knife like this is not the easiest to sharpen. Must have taken me nearly an hour to carefully sharpen it without scratching too much of the black coating. I also had to play with the pivot screw in order to make one handed deployment possible. It came very tight and once loosened, a good amount of practice was required. This was not the case with the LadyBug.
It is light and small. I don't see the point of the clip but it's there. Anyway, here are some stats for those even interested...
Blade Length: 1.5
Blade Edge: Plain
Handle Material: Fiberglass Nylon
Closed Overal-Inch: 2.25
Open Overall Length-Inch: 3.75
Weight: 1.4 oz
Here is the other Boker pocket knife I have. The Boker Plus Subcom Titan. This one I dig, a very functional EDC type pocket knife with a cool design. It was sharp enough out of the box but because of my other previous Boker knives coming in rather dull, I sharpened it and it's now scary sharp. I recommend this one for those looking for something a little different.
Boker Plus Subcom Titan
Overall length: 4 1/2"
Blade length: 1 7/8"
Weight: 2.5 oz.
Blade material: 440C
Cool, easy to use little frame lock design. Deployment is nice and smooth.
For size comparison with my other small pocket knives. Top-bottom: 1)SRM 710 which btw is one of my sharpest knife, period . 2)SOG Twitch II, 3)SOG Flash I, 4)SOG Blink, and 5)Boker Plus Subcom Titan.
I'm not the big fan of all metal handle but at least the edges/corners on this one are rounded. Ergo is surprisingly good.
A skinner knife perhaps?
So yeah, I'd recommend this little knife. This one is a hit. I have few more knives "for the masses" that I'll show later including one of my very favorite.
Thanks guys. a lot of you have given me some great ideas.
This one is one of my lightest knife in the collection and has become one of my very favorite. It's more on the expensive side but it is special considering the materials and the design used for this gentleman's knife. Designed by the well known Ken Onion. Another knife from CRKT.....
CRKT Eros K455TXP
Open Overall Length 7 inches
Closed Length 4 inches
Weight 1.4 ounces
Length 3 inches
Thickness 0.079 inches
Material Acuto +
Style Spear Point
Material 6AL4V Titanium
Type Frame Lock
Carry System 1 Position Clip
Titanium frame lock design.
Thin and light at only 1.4 oz.!
Centering is spot on.
Very stabby looking blade and wicked sharp. Deployment is quick and smooth.
Review from Knivestown.com
I paid $101.09 total for mine from Americanknifeandsword.com when it was on sale.
For those who prefers a really solidly made EDC knife with all metal components and on a budget, I don't think one can go wrong with this another CRKT knife. I've owned the lighter version of this knife and for such a great deal $13.95 that I wanted to see what the stouter, frame-lock, albeit heavier version will be like. I'd say it's still a winner. By far one of the smoothest, easiest and quickest non-assisted pocket knife I have in the collection.
CRKT Drifter Stainless Steel 6450S
Open Overall Length 6.5 inches
Closed Length 3.625 inches
Weight 3.2 ounces
Length 2.875 inches
Thickness 0.1 inches
Finish Gray Titanium Nitride
Grind High Hollow
Style Drop Point
Carry System 1 Position Clip
Solid frame-lock, easily one of my favorite type of locking system.
Compared to the G10 version with the liner lock, on left. One can easily see that the frame-lock version on right is more robust.
Not as grippy as the G10 but for day to day light to medium duty task, it's good. Ergo is comfortable and the the stainless handle is smooth.
I paid $16.11 total including shipping for mine not too long after I found the G10 version. One can still get it for under $17.00. A good value? Most certainly IMHO.
A video review from youtube....
Rounding up this page perhaps, here are a couple more of the inexpensive but decent value small pocket knives in the box. We all already have Sabenzas right? Light and small, cheap but capable, a couple of true knockaround small pocket knives. Lose em, break em, give em away, no problem. I'm impressed enough with the quality and materials used for these knives. Worth mentioning in my opinion.
• Material: 8Cr13MoV (57HRC) stainless steel for the blade and G10 for the handle
• Size: Whole length: 133mm;
Blade's length: 58mm;
Blade's thickness: 2.1mm;
Blade's width: 18mm;
• Weight: 42g or 1.4 oz.
Material: 8Cr13MoV (57HRC) stainless steel for the blade and G10 for the handle
Size: Whole length: ~133mm(5.2");
Blade's length: ~58mm(2.3");
With Money clip
Net Weight: ~42g or 1.4 oz.
Decent secure liner lock for both. One hand deployment and closure is smooth and easy with the (right only)thumb stud.
Clip, check. G10 scales, check.
My preferred blade shape between the two....
Just some size comparison with my other small pocket knives. (left to right): Boker Plus Keycom, Spyderco LadyBug, Kershaw OD-2, Sanrenmu 604, Sanrenmu 605, Boker Plus Subcom Titan, and the SOG Flash I.
Both came only OK sharp but sharpened easily to razor level. I think I'll keep em both. I got em both together for less than $15 total including shipping from Ebay.
Video review on youtube. I agree.
I asked the ebay seller about a bulk discount so I can hand em out at the next shaggy HH like party favors.
I want to see all of Meso's knife collection in one pic. It could be the new LongCat pic.
Just recvd. one of these Gerber box-cutter knives, they are cheap ($8-$10) and extremely utilitarian, just a fancy blade holder, but no more expensive than the clunkier Lowe's/Stanley/Home Depot and other hardware store models:
I'd load a pic of a few new Moore Makers I got recently but my pics can't hold a candle to MeSos. But here is a stock photo of one I'm thinking of getting next:
/\ Dig those Moore knives. Post em collection up anyway Gringo! All of my photos were taken with a simple point-n-shoot Olympus Stylus Tough 8000, awesome inexpensive camera. Anyway, those knives look like something you could pass for heirloom, all from the heart of Texas no less. Cool stuff.
Talking about heirloom, I have this tiny little knife that I've had for a few years now. It's nothing fancy, or high tech. It's pretty old. It was given to me by a great man, my grandfather-in-law during a fishing trip, just the two of us a few years back. He is no longer with us but his stories will linger for many years more. He died at the age of 92. Well, this little knife that he's had since his young fishing years has gutted more brookies and panfish up in Oregon. It helped fed many poor folks as he gave a lot of the fish away. Being an avid angler myself, this knife is now special to me.
Made in the good ole U.S.A
A little folder with a file, still strictly a no nonsense little cutter. No fancy G10, micarta or fiberglass reinforced nylon handle here. Jimping, or finger choil, pshhh. Light, small and sharp, it will work. I did say it's small.
Bring it $#@!er!
Sorry, nevermind. No safety lock of any sort.
It came with a really cool nipper/angler tool. He took it with him everywhere around the world as long as there's fishing involved.
I have no idea how old this knife or nipper is but it doesn't matter. Best pocket knife? Hardly. Is it special? You betcha. I think I'll honor the man and his little knife this afternoon and take it fishing.
I blued the 2nd & 4th from the top to prevent rust during everyday usage, all the folders are HC steel.
Just got this SOGzilla from Amazon today
Made in China, $32 on Amazon. Tip-up only apparently, but I like the thumbhole, and SS handles. Basically bought this for everyday use to spare my Spydercos. Arrived not especially sharp but serviceable, about 8-3/4" long opened.
Last edited by GringoSalado; 07-07-2012 at 08:03 PM.
I'm not particularly fond of how those pics came out, these might look a little better:
/\ Mighty fine collection Gringo. Nice pics. I appreciate seeing actual pics of knives by posters instead of stock photos. Thanks for sharing that.
I just got back from the creek. Took the little knife and nipper along in honor of my grandfather-in-law.....
.....and just might turn out to be my new lucky charm. Sorry, for the craptastic pic.
I'm gonna pimp Moore Maker one more time. These knives are easy to get to a razor edge due to the high carbon blades. Plus, they are a TEXAS product. My favorite so far:
Football .. Basketball .. Baseball .. Other Sports .. RC Didn't Offer .. Gamboool
Varsity .. Hole in the Wall .. PCL .. Einstein's .. Nasty's .. GM Steakhouse .. NSAA
Bada Bing .. Can you help me with this? .. Shagslist .. Cloak Room .. Classics .. Bellmont