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Old 05-31-2010, 21:40   #9
Gunzz
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I just paid $30 retail for a Kershaw "Tone 3430x" Tanto/Wharncliff style forward-assist blade at the Academy sports store. I like the light weight. It says it has the 8Cr13MoV chinese steel, and G10 panels. The blade is typical Kershaw solid quality.

I cut my chicken and steak, just to use it. Cuts fruits and veggies nicely. I cut some manila rope, and some general tape, cardboard.

It looks a lot like the old Emerson CQC7 tanto, except the grip handle is much nicer on the Kershaw. It has a thick liner lock.

The big brands like Spyderco, Benchmade, Cold Steel, and Kershaw have so much QC-emphasis to protect their IP and brand reputation, that I am perfectly fine with the Chinese-manufactured origins. I own the 13C26 versions of the USA Kershaws, and I like those too.

For daily applications, I like my $30 Kershaw Tone.
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