Thread: What's your pocket knife?
3/15/2009 11:44am, #1
What's your pocket knife?
I've had my SOG Flash II for 5+ years, here it is (a bit dirty since I use it at work and have yet to clean it this week):
Obligatory video (note, this is for a the straight blade version, I prefer the partially serrated):
YouTube - SOG Flash II: Light Weight, Big Blade
It's a fantastic knife, clips easily into my pocket and is functional immediately after drawing. I'm sure there are plenty of other pocket knife peeps out there, what do you carry and why?
Please, post pics of your actual pocket knife as well.
3/15/2009 1:11pm, #2
No pictures of my daily carry, but I am currently enamored of the Spyderco Military. It's my daily carry as of now, due to my Byrd Raven being A.) Too heavy and B.) Too delicate. It's a bit heavier than the SOG Flash II at 4.2oz, but the blade is S30V, and the handle is G-10. The blade is a full 4 inches, though. More importantly, it is NOT assisted opening, which I have sworn off due to issues with the mechanisms breaking at inopportune times. Like in my pocket, with my hand also in my pocket. Still got scars from that one.
In fact, I'm not really a fan of thumb grips anymore, due to their tendency to get caught on fabric and deploy when I'm running around, and prefer the security of the spyderco style hole. Plus they're easy to use while wearing gloves.
Moving on, the G-10 is incredibly tough for handle material, and very very grippy. The blade itself comes almost dangerously sharp, is a really fantastic shape for cutting and stabbing, and is also insanely tough. I have the plain edge for practicality. It is much less likely to "catch" at bad times than anything with serrations. I have tried to make this knife my bitch, and it takes it and likes it. I have been using the **** out of it since the beginning of January, and it is still shaving sharp without even a single honing session. I have taken this thing out in the swamps with me for extended periods, and as long as I give it a decent cleaning, it doesn't rust. Finally, the entire knife has a very slim profile, and is still very light for its size, making it very comfortable to carry.
There are some issues with this knife:
The pocket clip is not as sturdy as I'd like it to be. I accidentally bent it by getting it caught on a door, and haven't been able to locate the right sized wrench to take it off and fix it. It's still usable, though.
The blade is pretty large for civilian use. I'm all about a 4 inch blade, but it can pose legal issues for many people. SpyderCo offers a Para-Military version that's 66% the size of the original, and that might be better suited to you non-military folk.
The cost. I purchased this knife for about 90 bucks total, and it retails for around $220. That's kind of a lot to spend on a knife that you plan on beating the crap out of, but for my purposes, totally worth it. For the money, I have never been happier with a folding knife.
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I guess I should also mention that on top of not buying automatic or assisted opening knives anymore, I probably will also never purchase another Kershaw knife. I've purchased two different knives from them that have broken or rusted from minimal wear and tear. CRKT I've been pleased with, and I might try a Benchmade if the SpyderCo Military ends up letting me down. I don't really like the locking mechanisms on most Benchmades, though.
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3/15/2009 1:23pm, #3
- Join Date
- Feb 2009
Mine isnt issued by the military, its like a minature version of steves, spring loaded, and stainless steel no black grip.
3/15/2009 1:39pm, #4
- Join Date
- Jun 2004
- Judo, Hung Family Boxing
YouTube - Coltello EMERSON CQC-7 Wave Tanto Tactical Folder
i like it a lot.
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should have gotten this in retrospect:
"Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
"When I was a little boy, I had a sailor suit, but it didn't mean I was in the Navy." - Mtripp on the subject of a 5 year old karate black belt
"Without actual qualifications to be a Zen teacher, your instructor is just another roundeye raping Asian culture for a buck." - Errant108
"Seriously, who gives a **** what you or Errant think? You're Asian males, everyone just ignores you, unless you're in a krotty movie." - new2bjj
3/15/2009 2:38pm, #5
I've been carrying this since Iraq:
Expensive, but I got a good deal on it on Ebay and so far it has been worth every penny. Its good for big cutting jobs and detail work, and has even been used for some prying with no ill effect. It holds an edge very well and the shape allows it to cut even when dull. The clip is very sturdy but I usually just throw it in a pocket.
The only real disadvantage is that I have to use a ceramic rod instead of a flat stone to sharpen it, but that only comes up every three or four months anyway.I'm not giving you my opinion, I'm telling you how it is.
3/15/2009 4:11pm, #6
But this is all a familiarity issue; the more you know a knife, the better you are at deploying it.
3/15/2009 6:24pm, #7
Not being a member of the military, nor harboring any para-military ambitions, I carry a CRKT Wrangler. It is discontinued now, but it's perfect for me: it has a blade length short enough to negate legal issues and a style that says "it's just a pocket knife officer, only intended to injure packing tape."
I am not a knife guy at all, so all I can beyond that is that the blade came plenty sharp, it doesn't dull quickly, the handle is easy to grip tightly (even with my hands' tendency to become very sweaty), and the blade's movement is quite smooth now that I've loosened the screw (bolt?) a little.
YouTube - Coltello CRKT WRANGLER folder Knife
EDIT: My laptop's sound doesn't work and I have no idea if this video has any narration. If the video features some "Martialist" dipshit talking about stabbing hobos, please forgive me.
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3/15/2009 6:48pm, #8
- Join Date
- Feb 2008
- Judo, LEO deftac
MY EDC is a Spyderco Endura Wave.
3/15/2009 7:06pm, #9
- Join Date
- Nov 2006
- Up in your grill.
- Karate/ Arnis
3/15/2009 9:33pm, #10
I couldn't get my camera to take a good picture of it
It's made by Schrade, there's a number SX4B on it; I'm assuming that's a model number. I bought it as a cheap work knife that I wouldn't care too much if it got fucked up or lost. I paid 6 bucks for it. It holds an edge pretty well, does need to be sharpened from time to time but I abuse the **** out of it so I don't mind too much. 3 and 1/2 inch blade. I mostly use it for work, but I keep it in a state that it'll gut a man if I need it too.