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Old 04-29-2013, 20:25   #1
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New EDC knife in the $80-90 range

Thinking of getting a new EDC knife for my birthday present. Id like to stick to made in the USA stuff. Looking at a pocket/folder style. Right now im looking at the Ontario Knife Apache TAC-1. Its $85.
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Old 04-29-2013, 22:56   #2
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benchmade mini griptilian? about $90 IIRC
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:42   #3
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I wouldn't pay that much for a blade with 440C steel.

If you want US made I would look into the Spyderco Native or Benchmade Griptilian series.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:13   #4
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Spyderco native is my current EDC I love it. Can't comment on the Griptilian yet but it is next on my list.




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Old 04-30-2013, 07:22   #5
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Whats wrong with 440C ive never had a problem with it? Ive been looking at the Griptillian also. I looked at the Spydercos but im not enamored of blades with holes or slots in them..I know im probably wrong or could be proven wrong but I just feel the hole somehow weakens the blade over if it was solid through that area..maybe just a hangup on my part.

And yes I want a US made or at least some kind of quality make(like Boker or what ever..not some made in China piece of junk..got a ton of those id like at least 1 NICE knife)

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Old 04-30-2013, 07:54   #6
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This is my Benchmade mini griptillian. It is such a high quality knife!! Plus, the axis locking system is excellent. I really like it.


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Old 04-30-2013, 08:05   #7
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I would suggest anything American Kershaw. Or Benchmade.

May Look at the Kershaw Leek or smaller models. Nice to have in the pocket for a general EDC knife.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:30   #8
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Kershaw has a bunch of good options in that price range. I would also take a look at the Zero Tolerance Blems from kershawguy.com.

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Also a good option. They are available for ~$65 from a couple different places online.
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Old 04-30-2013, 14:11   #9
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I would suggest anything American Kershaw. Or Benchmade.

May Look at the Kershaw Leek or smaller models. Nice to have in the pocket for a general EDC knife.
ive got a leek . Its nice. I just wanted something a step up. Oh and the only thing on the leek to watch for is the tip its easier to bend or even break off than some. I had bent mine so that i had to use a coarse stone to get a almost not visible but readily felt burr off the tip it worked well stil looks ok.

oh and i also like the lock on the benchmade...seems very similar to the type on my old Gerber Parabellum which is a stout lock and my last higher priced knife.

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Old 05-02-2013, 16:02   #10
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Thanks guys. I got(ordered dont have yet) the Ritter Mini Griptillian from Ritter/Benchmade .
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:46   #11
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Thanks guys. I got(ordered dont have yet) the Ritter Mini Griptillian from Ritter/Benchmade .

Good choice. I've got a full size myself.
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Thanks guys. I got(ordered dont have yet) the Ritter Mini Griptillian from Ritter/Benchmade .
You chose well. Betcha' like it a bunch.
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Old 05-02-2013, 18:34   #13
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Good choice. I've got a full size myself.
I wanted the full size really...but not in stock and I really didnt want to wait since no real time could be given for them to be back in stock.
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Old 05-02-2013, 19:12   #14
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benchmade mini griptilian? about $90 IIRC
I'LL 2ND that. Cant beat a Griptillian for the money. It's many steps above a foreign made CRKT.
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Old 05-02-2013, 22:20   #15
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Saw ya got the Ritter, was going to suggest that or the rift. Love my rift, the g10 is awesome.


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Old 05-03-2013, 02:56   #16
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Mini-Grips are great knives, I love mine.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:31   #17
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Now I want a Ritter. I was actually thinking about building my own Griptillian on Benchmades website.


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Old 05-03-2013, 20:15   #18
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^ pretty cool that you can upgrade the steel too


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Old 05-04-2013, 06:48   #19
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Yup, had I seen that before I may have gone that route..oh well no biggie im sure I will like it anyways.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:29   #20
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I like my Benchmade 585 Mini Barrage, my current EDC.

That being said I want to add either a custom Mini-Grip or a Mini Rittergrip to my rotation for a little variety.
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Old 05-04-2013, 19:33   #21
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My Benchmade 555HGPNK Mel Pardue design Mini Hollow Ground Griptilian has 154CM steel, a 2.9" blade ... and a hot pink handle.

I picked it up for under $70 at a cop shop, where it was sitting unsold because it was a pink knife in a display case filled with black tactical knives.

I thought it was a deal for the 154CM steel, the Axis lock and the less than 3" blade (as I sometimes travel to a couple places where LB's with blade lengths over 3" are prohibited ... but I can carry a concealed handgun under LEOSA ).




Larger version (in black)



Probably find them elsewhere for similar pricing, but speed & cost of shipping probably varies, too.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:54   #22
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Old 05-13-2013, 14:34   #23
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I used to EDC a Spyderco Endura, but then on a whim picked up a Benchmade Griptillian (full size). It quickly became my EDC because of the axis lock system on it. It is the most solid locking system that I personally have ever tried - feels like a fixed blade when its open. but, its also quick and easy to close when you are finished with it.

I bought my daughter a Mini-Grip (in pink of course) to carry in her purse for times if her date started getting a little too frisky . . .

To me, the Griptillian is one of the best values for the money out there for EDC knives.
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My Benchmade 555HGPNK Mel Pardue design Mini Hollow Ground Griptilian has 154CM steel, a 2.9" blade ... and a hot pink handle.

I picked it up for under $70 at a cop shop, where it was sitting unsold because it was a pink knife in a display case filled with black tactical knives.

I thought it was a deal for the 154CM steel, the Axis lock and the less than 3" blade (as I sometimes travel to a couple places where LB's with blade lengths over 3" are prohibited ... but I can carry a concealed handgun under LEOSA ).

Amazon.com: Benchmade Pardue Design Axis Pink Mini-Griptilian Hollowground Modified Sheepsfoot with Ambidexterous Thumb Holes: Sports & Outdoors

Larger version (in black)
Amazon.com: Benchmade Knife 550HG Griptilian Pardue Plain Edge Folding Knife with Hole Opener and Black Handle".: Sports & Outdoors

Probably find them elsewhere for similar pricing, but speed & cost of shipping probably varies, too.
well it happend again I have way too much time on my hands so I sent in my 551 to have the blade replaced with a 550BK blade. I'm going to swap that blade with my order from today:

http://www.benchmade.com/products/551-1304

I think the black blade and black/blue G10 handles are going to look awesome! I love the 500 blade, I have been playing with my spyderco's a lot and the axis lock makes the spydie openings even faster/smoother. I'll post pics once everything comes in.
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Old 05-15-2013, 22:13   #25
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My Benchmade 555HGPNK Mel Pardue design Mini Hollow Ground Griptilian has 154CM steel, a 2.9" blade ... and a hot pink handle.

I picked it up for under $70 at a cop shop, where it was sitting unsold because it was a pink knife in a display case filled with black tactical knives.

I thought it was a deal for the 154CM steel, the Axis lock and the less than 3" blade (as I sometimes travel to a couple places where LB's with blade lengths over 3" are prohibited ... but I can carry a concealed handgun under LEOSA ).


Amazon.com: Benchmade Pardue Design Axis Pink Mini-Griptilian Hollowground Modified Sheepsfoot with Ambidexterous Thumb Holes: Sports & Outdoors

Larger version (in black)
Amazon.com: Benchmade Knife 550HG Griptilian Pardue Plain Edge Folding Knife with Hole Opener and Black Handle".: Sports & Outdoors

Probably find them elsewhere for similar pricing, but speed & cost of shipping probably varies, too.
Used to work with Mr. Pardue, somewhere in the shed have a machete he made that weighs a ton. I can't imagine he would've endorsed a pink handle, but then again he always had a great sense of humor. As a surveyor, then again he may have specifically designed it that way for high visibility, now that I think about it it actually makes sense.

I'm more utilitarian than tactical, have always carried a Victorinox Swiss Army knife as my #1 EDC. They are just hard to beat, tend to use the screwdrivers and bottle opener more than the blades. Very well made, will hold a razor edge better and longer than most 440 stainless, and are typically fairly small. #2 EDC is a cheapo 5" folder that I removed the handle planks from, about 3/8" wide and weighs next to nothing, fits in my back pocket next to my wallet. I can sit all day and never know it is there and open it is about 8", plenty big enough for just about anything that requires a larger blade.
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