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    I have quite a few knives...almost as many as I have flashlights. A few of them are pretty decent: couple SOGs, a Spydie Delica 4, a Boker, a Gerber, etc. So it's not a matter of really NEEDING another knife, but well, you all know how it goes.

    I was looking at Sebenzas, and wow, those are some good looking knives IMO. And everything I read says they are built like tanks. I would love to carry one of those. But there is NOOO way I can spring nearly $400 on a knife.

    So I want to know what your opinion is.... what is the toughest, built like a tank, will never fail you, last forever, EDC folder I could get for <$100?

    Let the suggestions flow freely. Thanks!

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    The SOG Tomcat is those things, but it is slightly over $100 I think. Another is the Lakota Hawk but I think they are no longer made.
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    I would not want a pocket knife built like a big heavy tank. My 1.5 ounce FeatherLite One Hand Knife from AG Russell is very tough.

    You can see some pictures and reviews at these links. You can see one guy baton out some kindling with it. I would not try that with a Sebenza.

    http://outdoors.magazine.free.fr/spip.php?article150

    http://outdoors.magazine.free.fr/spip.php?article148

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    I would not want a pocket knife built like a big heavy tank.
    By built like a tank, I don't necessarily mean big and heavy...I EDC a Delica now, so I like the knife to be reasonably light and pocketable. I just mean very durable.
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    Hi npb. Kinda of interesting request keeping it under a 100. I can tell you people will swear by the Benchmade Full size grip or even the BM Ritter Grip which s just over at ~115. BM also just release their new Presidio's with 440C blades under 100. I mention BM cuz there are lots of tuff FRN knives, but most will agree the axis lock is prolly one of the strongest locks.

    From Kershaw you have the Lahar and the Composite Junkyard Dog II. And if you want add about 30 bucks, the ZT 0200 is highly praised, but a bit big for edc maybe.

    If you watch the secondary market, a used Para Military is also famous for being tuff with its compression lock.

    Good luck

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    The Sogwinder has my vote. You can find them for around $60 plus shipping. Stainless steel bolsters and liners with Kraton grips. The blade is AUS6 so it's not the best steel around, but it's plenty thick at .160 iirc. Cheers.

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    Delica/Endura 4 is a great choice.
    Skeletonized steel liners, stong lock, and quality materials.
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    I fell in love with the Benchmade Presidio 525 the first time I held one. Great knife!
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    I EDC a Sebenza and I really think there is nothing else that quite satisfies the need quite like a Sebenza.

    There is no such thing as a fail-proof folder but the Sebenza I trust most over anything else. Yes, I have many fine examples from various brands. If I couldn't have a Sebenza I would probably be carrying a Spyderco Paramilitary... or Spyderco Caly3 or Kershaw Shallot.

    You might try the upcoming Spyderco Sage RIL but I guarantee it will be over $100. It uses the same locking mechanism as the Sebenza and the same materials (6AL... titanium and S30V).
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    Spyderco Endura

    Kershaw Cyclone (but it´s a little heavy...)

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    I've gotten a number of spyderco recommendations, maybe I made a good choice with the Delica 4 I currently EDC. Perhaps I should just stick with that.....

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    that Sage RIL comes out.

    I guess I'll just hafta start saving my pennies....
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    Well, you asked for a "last for ever" knife, and you edc a Delica... how bout one of the Salt series (Salt I or Pacific match the Delica and Endura respectively). True, they don't have the steel liners, which could reduce toughness theoretically, but the FRN is quite strong (I've dropped mine on pavement without so much as a scratch) while saving in weight. The tips on these knives are also stronger. More importantly, these are pretty much maintenance free knives- you can put them away soaking wet, covered in lime juice, etc, and can count on them rinsing off and performing like new without a speck of corrosion ad infinitum. The H1 holds a wicked edge and is easy to sharpen. I've EDC'd my Pacific Salt for over 2 years and the knife is like new (aside from cosmetic wear on the coating of the titanium clip). It performs so well, I don't really have an excuse to buy new knives any more... .
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    Spyderco Manix, Chinook and Military
    Kershaw Tyrade
    Zero Tolerance 0200 and 0300 series
    Benchmade Rukus and Osborne series

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    Quote Originally Posted by carrot View Post
    I EDC a Sebenza and I really think there is nothing else that quite satisfies the need quite like a Sebenza.
    I've never seen a Sebenza other than in pics but my understanding is that my Benchmade Pinnacle is a fairly good representation of one and I've got to say it is one of my favorite knives and probably should have listed it instead of the 525 for 'toughest' choice.

    Has anyone here had the opportunity to compare these two, the Sebenza and Pinnacle?

    Still looking to get one of the smaller Sebenza's and this Pinnacle's not going anywhere!
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    You might have to go just a tad over $100 to get a benchmade mini skirmish, but that would be my choice. It's a fantastic knife for the $$$ and it is built tough.
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    For under $100 that is still fairly light I'd go with a Kershaw Blur. This one if it is still available, has one of the highest quality blade steel made by anyone
    http://www.knivesplus.com/kershawkni...670brnsg2.html

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    The toughest one I know of is the Lone Wolf Harsey Tactical T-1.
    This is a 4.75 blade folder, with linen micarta scales over titanium
    liners with LAWKS. It is huge and in my estimation built to last. And
    with the LAWKS deployed, there is no way for the liner to dis-engage
    an allow the blade to fold up on you.

    Runner-up is the 4.30 blade Benchmade Skirmish. It is a titanium framed
    frame-lock type. I trust frame locks because the lock is quite a bit thicker than liner locks, and your grip on the handle prevents inadvertent unlocking.

    Both have blades of S30V, so edge retention is not an issue. I am a fan of large folders as you can tell.

    I think the Benchmade Rukus might be alright, I just do not put much faith in the omega springs used on the Axis lock models. Quite a few folks over at BladeForums have reported broken omega springs. And Benchmade will not send you replacement springs, you have to ship the knife back to them to repair. Just what you need when out in the wild, trying to survive? So I do not consider axis locks tough. Smooth and easy, yes.

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    In that price range , you might be able to get a Benchmade 520 or 525 . The Spyderco Delica 4 , and Endura 4 are pretty tuff .

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    First post on a flashlight forum and I end up in knives!!
    I recently lucked onto a very gently used Benchmade AFCK 812 with a ATS-34 stainless blade for $65 including shipping on another forum. She is in my pocket now.
    Look around. If you are looking for a EDC, a used knife does not need to be mint. There are some really good knives in the secondary market, other than everyone's favorite auction site where prices seem to get out of hand.

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    Take a look at kershaw storm II, stainless handle frame lock, cheap too. You can't get any tougher than that, especially for the price.

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    Spyderco Paramilitary...these go for around $65-$75 used.

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    Cold Steel bushman
    Its BIG, tough as nails and cheap

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    cbxer55, I've EDCed a Benchmade 710 for over a decade now. In that time I've had ONE omega spring break. Now, since the Axis lock uses two springs, my lock never failed. I've had several other Axis lock knives in my time as well and none of those have ever failed. The failure rate on the Axis locks is better than most other systems. Your concerns are frankly unfounded.
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    You could consider Bradley Alias, which is basically a less expensive version of the Sebenza. I have to say though that most knifenuts are opposed to the idea of purchasing a copied knife design.

    You could also consider a Benchmade Skirmish or Mini Skirmish. These are framelocks as well.

    I personally prefer gentlemen folders such as the Lone Wolf Doug Ritter MK4. It's strong enough for what I need a knife for and it's small, lightweight, and easy to carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErickThakrar View Post
    cbxer55, I've EDCed a Benchmade 710 for over a decade now. In that time I've had ONE omega spring break. Now, since the Axis lock uses two springs, my lock never failed. I've had several other Axis lock knives in my time as well and none of those have ever failed. The failure rate on the Axis locks is better than most other systems. Your concerns are frankly unfounded.

    i had a 705 and it saw more action than ''action jackson'', it never failed but it did end up with a fair bit of up and down play in the axis lock

    a strider gb? solid as hell, but finnished by a monkey, i wont ever sell mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Federal LG View Post

    Kershaw Cyclone (but it´s a little heavy...)
    I'll second the Cyclone. I picked up a used Ti Cyclone with a ZDP189 blade for about $100 trade value. Didn't like it too much when it got it, but now it's the FIRST thing I go for when I want a tough knife. Looks like hell, the scales and coated blade are now "scuff" finish, but the thing stays sharp a long time, opens with a nice snap ("assisted" opening), and locks up bank vault. Good, usable blade shape too. A winner, and not too heavy in Ti.
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    My Benchmade 710 has been going strong as my primary EDC for the past 9 years.
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    My EDC has been a BM CQC-7 for the last 13 years. I love it and it has been through hell and back. I see them for under $100 all the time lately ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaichu dento View Post
    I've never seen a Sebenza other than in pics but my understanding is that my Benchmade Pinnacle is a fairly good representation of one and I've got to say it is one of my favorite knives and probably should have listed it instead of the 525 for 'toughest' choice.

    Has anyone here had the opportunity to compare these two, the Sebenza and Pinnacle?

    Still looking to get one of the smaller Sebenza's and this Pinnacle's not going anywhere!
    I ended up with a small Sebenza and like it quite a bit, but as with my Pinnacle, found myself back using my 525, 705 and 710.

    Even though I prefer the other knives for my daily purposes, if I had to choose the knife to last till the end of time with no chance of repairs, it would probably end up being my Pinnacle.

    However I'm probably going to end up selling one or both of the Pinnacle and Sebenza, my two most bullet-proof knives.
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    I'm a Benchmade fan. Here's my list: 710, 520, 615 and HK14205. For folders these are hard to beat, IMO.

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