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wesintl
10-27-2011, 10:47 AM
What is your favorite every day carry knife?

I'm looking to spend less than $100. Figure might as well see what others like since there is a go zillion pieces on the market now a days.

subzali
10-27-2011, 11:04 AM
I have this little guy every day: the short blade is friendly for gov't labs etc., and takes care of pretty much everything I do on a daily basis.
Spyderco Spin (http://spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=224)
http://spyderco.com/pix/products/med/C86_M.jpg

But the first one I bought was this one, which comes with me in the woods:
Spyderco Endura with SpyderEdge (http://spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=4)
http://spyderco.com/pix/products/med/C10SS3_M.jpg

I like that they're located in Golden.

PhatFJ
10-27-2011, 11:29 AM
ULSTER or Remington SCOUT knife. Bone handle, comfortable to carry, well made (USA) quality, has everything you need including a flat blade screw driver and has more character than most.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=Ulster+Scout+Knife

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-1920s-Remington-Boy-Scout-Bone-Knife-No-RS3333-All-Original-And-Beauty-/150683578475?pt=Collectible_Knives&hash=item231570f06b

Uncle Ben
10-27-2011, 11:46 AM
http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/331c_leatherman_wave.jpg

Hulk
10-27-2011, 03:01 PM
Everyday carry = classic Swiss Army knife. The aluminum body version is thinner than the plastic body version. Knife is sharp and can cut virtually anything. The scissors get used even more than the knife. The nail file is a pretty decent screwdriver in a pinch.

This knife is so useful that I carry it even when I also have my Spyderco in my pocket. More info (http://www.swissarmy.com/us/product/Swiss-Army-Knives/Category/Everyday/Classic-Alox/53012)

Woodsman
10-27-2011, 04:04 PM
I bought this Gerber several years ago and have taken it on every camping trip since. There's nothing particularly special or great about it but it's what I use. http://www.gerberknivesdirect.com/ar_05849.html

I live on a farm and am a self-employed custom woodworker but I don't normally carry a knife.

On a related note, I was a knife maker's apprentice back in my late teen years to one of the most prolific custom knife maker's in the country . . . but sadly I haven't ground a blade or made a knife from scratch since I worked for him. :( We made some sweet, sweet knives as well as chit loads of miniatures (sold mainly through Smoky Mountain Knife Works), butterfly knives and damascus blades.
http://www.kelgin.com/
http://www.arizonacustomknives.com/products/index.php?id=20264

84cruzer
10-27-2011, 04:21 PM
Good old Swiss Army Knife

http://www.swissarmy.com/us/product/Swiss-Army-Knives/Category/Outdoor/One-Hand-Trekker-Camo-NS/54878;jsessionid=B3BB30B920B74034F88FC090B43534D7.vxhyb30

xodeuce
10-27-2011, 05:03 PM
Benchmade Griptilian. I'm a big fan of the axis lock. It's also a really nice 154CM steel that holds an edge really well without being awful to sharpen. One of the more affordable 154CM knives Benchmade makes.

http://www.lighthound.com/assets/images/products/bm551.jpg

theboomboom
10-27-2011, 09:20 PM
I carry a Gerber F.A.S.T. Draw, full fine edge.

http://mountainrescuegear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Gerber-Fast-Draw.jpg

Used to carry the serrated version, but learned very quickly that serrations got in the way more than anything with my typical cutting tasks (cutting cardboard, envelopes, packaging, etc.)

I think I recognize that Sypderco Matt ;)

Corbet
10-27-2011, 10:04 PM
Everyday carry = classic Swiss Army knife. The aluminum body version is thinner than the plastic body version. Knife is sharp and can cut virtually anything. The scissors get used even more than the knife. The nail file is a pretty decent screwdriver in a pinch.



I've got that but with a bottle opener rather than the scissors

ToddD
10-28-2011, 12:11 AM
Spyderco rescue or XD40
Last I knew Spyderco had an outlet store. They're owned by a local family, check them out.

bomber22
10-28-2011, 08:47 AM
I just bought the one that uncle ben posted, Leatherman wave with a very bright aa flash light, from costco in arvada, around 65 bucks. i use this one at work. i also have a leatherman freestyle that came very bright aaa flashlight carry this when away from work fits nice in the pocket. also from costco about a year ago.

Lars
10-28-2011, 09:52 AM
Ad one more leatherman fan to the list. good all around tool.

MDH33
10-28-2011, 10:05 AM
I like fixed blades. I don't carry every day, but always in my pack on the trail. My current favorite is a Finnish Puukko by Woodsknife, flat grind and 3" carbon steel blade:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/Colorado/Crosscut-saws/i-hvHm5V5/0/M/a20792912b7d7c39074735l-M.jpg

Beater
10-28-2011, 11:41 AM
leatherman supertool. if you can find the old non lever lock, even better. I have both. indespensable.

name me another tool that can prep your dinner, fix wiring, sew leather and or tarps, open cans and file your nails.

velorider4
10-28-2011, 02:16 PM
Another vote for spyderco. I have several of thier knives, a sog, and a couple CRKT knives. I always find myself carrying the Spyderco knives.

http://spyderco.com/

The main factory is in Golden and they do have a factory store opened Mon thru Sat. Some of their knives are made in Golden others are made overseas. Be sure to ask.

Kipper
11-02-2011, 01:37 PM
Benchmade Griptilian. I'm a big fan of the axis lock. It's also a really nice 154CM steel that holds an edge really well without being awful to sharpen. One of the more affordable 154CM knives Benchmade makes.

http://www.lighthound.com/assets/images/products/bm551.jpg

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Caribou Sandstorm
11-02-2011, 02:47 PM
Great thread Kimosabe....

I have a Swiss army knife small...the scissors are great for nose hair trimming in traffic....

I also have the same one UB has..

I saw where big 5 has a bunch of knives always with somethin on sale..

wesintl
11-02-2011, 03:29 PM
multi tools don't count. I have leathermans, gerbers, mini's etc. I probably have half a dozen swiss army knives. Martin, i even have a Norwegian blade similar to that. I need to find it. It's a handy little guy.

I was looking along the lines of the spyderco's... That benchmade is intriguing. Precisely the reason for the thread.

I gotta be able to fend off the legion of computer geeks with my clip knife or look the part so I don't get ganked at work. :rolleyes:

maxsdad
11-02-2011, 04:56 PM
Make sure it fits in your pocket protector...multi tools don't count. I have leathermans, gerbers, mini's etc. I probably have half a dozen swiss army knives. Martin, i even have a Norwegian blade similar to that. I need to find it. It's a handy little guy.

I was looking along the lines of the spyderco's... That benchmade is intriguing. Precisely the reason for the thread.

I gotta be able to fend off the legion of computer geeks with my clip knife or look the part so I don't get ganked at work. :rolleyes:

ttubb
11-02-2011, 05:54 PM
Plain old two blade "Uncle Henry", skins deer, guts fish...
And I can use it to cut a seat belt if I come upon a wreck or get into one...:D

wesintl
11-02-2011, 06:37 PM
ah the schrade uncle henry. that's a classic. i have one somewhere. I also have a folding "buck" knife too. I gutted countless animals with that. That was a staple before all these fancy knives came out. I now use my browing fdt 3blade for hunting.

Convert
11-02-2011, 06:39 PM
I've been carrying one of these http://www.kershawknives.com/productdetails.php?id=41&brand=kershaw for several years now. Great small knife for work, opening packages and the like.

MDH33
11-02-2011, 06:54 PM
Kim and I bought a Spyderco Native for Kim's sister when she returned from Iraq. She had lost another Spyderco while away. I liked it so much I almost kept it. Made in Golden too.

Spyderco Native (http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=663)

http://www.spyderco.com/pix/products/med/C41G5_M.jpg

Rezarf
11-02-2011, 08:04 PM
Wes, my name is Drew and I have a pocket knife problem. In fact, cruisers and knives are my hobbies.

For $100 bucks I would find a Benchmade 940 or 943... you might need to get one off the BM forum for that price. Its hands down my favorite EDC knife.

It weighs practically nothing, high quality american powder steel S30V (this is a hot rod USA blade steel), axis lock, 100% metal (aluminum handles, high grade blade steel and anodized titanium backspacer) and 100% made in the USA. Its uber fast, one hand open, one hand close. The axis lock and the fact that they are all made in the USA makes me a huge fan of the BM brand.

It would be the last knife I'd let go.

The 940 is green with a modified sheeps foot blade.
http://www.edenwebshops.co.uk/productimages/kato/large/BE940.jpg

The 943 (mine) is a standard drop point with black handles.
http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/1983/benchmade943osborneps.jpg

The Griptilian is a steel at $60ish bucks, go for the 154cm blade steel. Again, made in the USA.

FWIW, www.knifeworks.com has the best prices in the biz.

xodeuce
11-03-2011, 12:38 PM
Wes, my name is Drew and I have a pocket knife problem. In fact, cruisers and knives are my hobbies.

For $100 bucks I would find a Benchmade 940 or 943... you might need to get one off the BM forum for that price. Its hands down my favorite EDC knife.

It weighs practically nothing, high quality american powder steel S30V (this is a hot rod USA blade steel), axis lock, 100% metal (aluminum handles, high grade blade steel and anodized titanium backspacer) and 100% made in the USA. Its uber fast, one hand open, one hand close. The axis lock and the fact that they are all made in the USA makes me a huge fan of the BM brand.

It would be the last knife I'd let go.

The 940 is green with a modified sheeps foot blade.
http://www.edenwebshops.co.uk/productimages/kato/large/BE940.jpg

The 943 (mine) is a standard drop point with black handles.
http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/1983/benchmade943osborneps.jpg

The Griptilian is a steel at $60ish bucks, go for the 154cm blade steel. Again, made in the USA.

FWIW, www.knifeworks.com has the best prices in the biz.

+1 on the Benchmade 940 / 943. I got a 940 as a gift, and it's definitely my favorite pocket knife. The ergonomics and weight are perfect, in my hands anyway. They're a bit over $100 used though.

FJ_Mark
11-03-2011, 02:04 PM
Spiderco when I can't carry my HK USP compact.

ttubb
11-03-2011, 02:51 PM
Kim and I bought a Spyderco Native for Kim's sister when she returned from Iraq. She had lost another Spyderco while away. I liked it so much I almost kept it. Made in Golden too.

Spyderco Native (http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=663)

http://www.spyderco.com/pix/products/med/C41G5_M.jpg

Hey Martin, they didn't lose it in the desert in southern Arizona, south of Tucson did they? I found one that looks like that down here.
Wouldn't it be wild if it was the same one? Terry

MDH33
11-03-2011, 04:09 PM
Hey Martin, they didn't lose it in the desert in southern Arizona, south of Tucson did they? I found one that looks like that down here.
Wouldn't it be wild if it was the same one? Terry

Lucky you! That's an awesome find.

Nope, she lost hers because she was carrying it when she went to the airport on leave. :homer:

Snowrun
11-03-2011, 05:48 PM
My favorite is the Emerson CQC-7. I have carried it since the mid 90's.
Emerson is by far my favorite folder. They are a bit pricey but you get what you pay for.

Kipper
11-07-2011, 04:12 PM
Made in Golden too.

that's really cool, I didn't know that. Might have to put one on my christmas list:thumb:

Rezarf
11-07-2011, 05:46 PM
that's really cool, I didn't know that. Might have to put one on my christmas list:thumb:

Only the Native and the Military models are USA made, all the rest are imported.

Rezarf
11-07-2011, 05:47 PM
They're a bit over $100 used though.

Not on the BM forums they aren't ;) Got mine for $85:thumb:

black95
11-07-2011, 06:05 PM
Maybe I'm lazy, but I got tired of always having to sharpen my pocket knives. I found myself not using them for tough tasks because I didn't want to dull the blade. I work construction and have to sharpen pencils a lot, ever try sharpening a pencil with a halfway sharp knife??? Forget about using to tip to pry on stuff for fear of breaking the tip and having to re-grind a new one...

So now I carry one of these.

Want to pry open that door catch? cut some sandpaper? cut some heavy copper wire? cut open tin can? Use it for a prybar? go ahead... then throw that damn blade away and get another one. ;) And you can use dang near the whole blade instead of the old heavy stupid style razor knives. Always razor sharp and they're super cheap and light.

$10 at wal mart :thumb:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016KHW2W/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B002RILCLY&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1H86D9Y4FXERXGSMN73D

mtncrsr
11-08-2011, 01:36 PM
My favorite is the Kershaw Leek 1660ST. You can open it with one hand, the blade is long enough to cut a sandwich if you like, it has a partially serrated blade for the difficult cuts with the other half smooth for the rest of the time and has a sharp point for digging out splinters. It's light weight and thin to boot.

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