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so ZS, what is your main folding knife, and what do you use it for? Im trying to get an Idea of what to buy for a good Self defense/ Camp / EDC folder, My only criteria is Under $100, preferably under $30

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I stopped carrying a folder when I realized that Mora and Izula knives were short enough to be unregulated for carry.

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Cold Steel Spartan, Gun Site, or AK-47. I also carry a small fixed blade Gerber.


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Swiss Army Knife--the Recruit or Tinker model, $20.


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Also, you still live in Illinois, correct? Carrying a knife for self-defense is taboo.


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Boker subcom when I'm at work in the office. Sog flash ii or Crkt m16-10 on the weekends or vacation.


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Kershaw JYD2 semi-serrated. At work, cut through strapping, twine, pallet stretch wrap, Tyvek, boxing tape, mylar, vinyl sheating and corrugated too.

Kershaw Blur semi-serrated (all black) drop point or tanto when out about town or out with the Mrs.

Leatherman Fuse or Kick also.

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Also, you still live in Illinois, correct? Carrying a knife for self-defense is taboo.

Yessir, Still in IL. How is it taboo?

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Also, you still live in Illinois, correct? Carrying a knife for self-defense is taboo.

Yessir, Still in IL. How is it taboo?


Illinois knife laws are vague. You can carry a blade 2-3" depending on where you live, and longer knives--if you can demonstrate they are being used for camping, hunting, fishing, etc.

But you cannot carry a weapon, of any kind, open or concealed, for self-defense. Unless you're a copper.

Yup. There are loopholes and differing opinions. I don't recommend trying to explain any of them to a police officer if stopped and asked, "What's that for, bub?" If your answer is, "To protect myself," have a lawyer on speed dial.

That's my understanding of the law and if I'm mistaken, hopefully someone else will chime in.


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I use a Leatherman Crater® c33 folding knife, runs about $15 to 20 depending on where you get em from. Cuts boxes and steak well. My first was awesome till i lost it in an accident, the second is still in use but now rides in my bag as the pocket clip is bent outta shape.

If i were to get another, I'll look for a Leatherman Crater® c33T/c33Tx, has a flat head/Philips bit attached. They go for $25 to $30


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I carry a CRKT Hammond Cruiser Special Forces model. Picked it up on sale at the local Big 5 for about 25 bucks and they're usually priced at $39.99.

It's got a partially serrated edge and that goofy LAWKS system CRKT likes to put on their folders. I never use it, but it doesn't really interfere with my use of the knife.

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CRKT Drifter. The blade is slightly concaved in the middle making it excellent for opening those freaking nuclear sealed plastic packages. (and lets be honest, 99.9% of your EDC knife is used for opening things, digging dirt out of your finger nails, or cutting a loose stitch on your pants :wink: ) This knife seems to excel in those areas.

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Kershaw Tanto Blur assisted open [$57]
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Kabar 1100 3 blade [$ inherited from dad $] or SAK [$ permanently borrowed from the wife $]

The Blur is fast, very light weight and is always on or near me and I use it for jobs that my secondary knife can't handle. Some additional non cutting uses I've discovered for it:
  1. With the blade folded it works like a 'roll of quarters'.
  2. With the blade folded it works like a Kubotan on certain points.
  3. And again, with the blade folded, will break auto glass.

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Spyderco Persistence. Mostly I use it for packaging, food, paracord, etc. Yesterday I used it to whittle down the slivery end of a chopstick. Along with that, I EDC a Victorinox Super Tinker and a Leatherman Wave with bit kit. I also have a Spyderco Tenacious that I take camping, and leave the Persistence at home.

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Used to carry a Kershaw Leek, did so for over 11 years. Finally put it in the valet and it's still there since last October and down to a Leatherman Squirt in the pocket. This is for my city life, which is about 80% of my life.

On weekends I just clip on the Helle Viking to a belt loop. When actually out in the dirt I have the Helle and my Mora either in my bag or around my neck. None of them are for fighting, that's the Glock's job (though I do have an SD folder - Hissastsu - in my commuter bag).

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Boondock wrote:
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Also, you still live in Illinois, correct? Carrying a knife for self-defense is taboo.

Yessir, Still in IL. How is it taboo?


Illinois knife laws are vague. You can carry a blade 2-3" depending on where you live, and longer knives--if you can demonstrate they are being used for camping, hunting, fishing, etc.

But you cannot carry a weapon, of any kind, open or concealed, for self-defense. Unless you're a copper.

Yup. There are loopholes and differing opinions. I don't recommend trying to explain any of them to a police officer if stopped and asked, "What's that for, bub?" If your answer is, "To protect myself," have a lawyer on speed dial.

That's my understanding of the law and if I'm mistaken, hopefully someone else will chime in.

I was aware of those laws, that is exactly why I want something that is Functional for stuff like:
opening things, digging dirt out of your finger nails, or cutting a loose stitch on your pants
Which would be its main uses, secondary as a last ditch Self defense! :D

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Also has anyone carried any of the kabar folders? they seem nicely priced, and I've been very impressed with kabar so far

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There's been some really good suggestions, thus far. You also might consider the Farmer's model Swiss Army Knife and use the money left over on a decent sleeping bag.


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Also has anyone carried any of the kabar folders? they seem nicely priced, and I've been very impressed with kabar so far


As a matter of fact, yes I have. I carried a Ka-Bar Agama folder before I started carrying the CRKT.

It was a decent little knife, roughly the same size as my CRKT and weighed a little less. My only problem was with the pocket clip coming loose, but that was after almost a year of constant carrying and use. A little dab or two of superglue on the screw threads and on the back of the clip itself solved the wobbling problem.

I think I paid around 20 bucks for it at Big 5.

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Also has anyone carried any of the kabar folders? they seem nicely priced, and I've been very impressed with kabar so far


As a matter of fact, yes I have. I carried a Ka-Bar Agama folder before I started carrying the CRKT.

It was a decent little knife, roughly the same size as my CRKT and weighed a little less. My only problem was with the pocket clip coming loose, but that was after almost a year of constant carrying and use. A little dab or two of superglue on the screw threads and on the back of the clip itself solved the wobbling problem.

I think I paid around 20 bucks for it at Big 5.


Hmm, that's surprising for a Ka-Bar. My Blur is as tight as day one after 3+ years of EDC, but there are a few dings in the finish and the first 3mm of the tip broke off. If I could change something about that knife I would make the blade thicker and change the angle of the tanto point, but wouldn't do any of that if I had to give up its speed or weight though.
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Also has anyone carried any of the kabar folders? they seem nicely priced, and I've been very impressed with kabar so far


As a matter of fact, yes I have. I carried a Ka-Bar Agama folder before I started carrying the CRKT.

It was a decent little knife, roughly the same size as my CRKT and weighed a little less. My only problem was with the pocket clip coming loose, but that was after almost a year of constant carrying and use. A little dab or two of superglue on the screw threads and on the back of the clip itself solved the wobbling problem.

I think I paid around 20 bucks for it at Big 5.


Hmm, that's surprising for a Ka-Bar. My Blur is as tight as day one after 3+ years of EDC, but there are a few dings in the finish and the first 3mm of the tip broke off. If I could change something about that knife I would make the blade thicker and change the angle of the tanto point, but wouldn't do any of that if I had to give up its speed or weight though.


To be honest, the whole clip being wobbly thing didn't bug me that much. I just felt like having a little extra hold on the screws which is why I superglued them in place. Now that I think about it, some Loc-Tite probably would've worked just as well.

Other than that little issue, it's an awesome knife.

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Stickied this for utility. We have a fixed blade thread as well as an "Hot or Not" thread. Might as well make this one the official folder knife sugestion/question thread.

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