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rmorgan84

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I'm after a new lock knife, criteria are as follows:

Must be a high quality, last a life time knife.
Single blade no longer than approx 3.5"
I'm looking to spend a max of about £50
Non serated.


Any suggestions welcome, the brands i have considered so far are buck and spyderco...
 

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I'm after a new lock knife, criteria are as follows:

Must be a high quality, last a life time knife.
Single blade no longer than approx 3.5"
I'm looking to spend a max of about £50
Non serated.


Any suggestions welcome, the brands i have considered so far are buck and spyderco...
Benchmade McHenry Willians 710:

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- Solid Axis Lock-- opens and closes like butter
- Textured G10 handles
- hard D2 Tool Steel blade (Rc 59-61)
- Can be bought for 100 USD or less if shop around
- Benchmade warranty
- Made in the USA

http://www.knifeworks.com/benchmade...plainedgewithfreefieldsharpener2495value.aspx


If you want less blade then check the awesome Kulgera out:

http://www.knifeworks.com/benchmadekulgerablackandblueg-10scaless30v.aspx
 

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For a bit less the Benchmade standard Griptilian is a fine choice and should be in the discussion.

I'm sure you've looked at them already but the Spyderco Native and Delica are really hard to beat as well.
 

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I find that once you go bellow the 100 USD mark, Kershaw pretty much dominates the market. Grips, Delicas and Natives look like toys nexto to a Kershaw Junkyard Dog - II. If you want cheaper knives Kweshaw is the better option. Spydies and Benchmades just can't compete in the bellow 70 bucks market...
 

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i like the Benchmade Sequel 707, another McHenry & Williams model. has a different blade profile than the one above. a very solid, elegant and functional knife. i bought mine from knifecenter.com
 

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I'm after a new lock knife, criteria are as follows:

Must be a high quality, last a life time knife.
Single blade no longer than approx 3.5"
I'm looking to spend a max of about £50
Non serated.

Any suggestions welcome, the brands i have considered so far are buck and spyderco...
Kershaw is normally my "go-to" brand for recommending sub-$100 knives. For the UK folks, most of Kershaw's offerings are off-limits due to the assisted opening... but their "flipper" non-SpeedSafe knives are also great.

You can try a Kershaw Skyline... which is a very high-quality knife, that's the lightest folder I've ever handled, but sports a very usable spear-point blade in Sanvik 13C26 steel and a G10 handle. For ~$35 on the US market, it's a steal, especially since it's made in the USA.

My other suggestion for a budget knife would be the Spyderco Tenacious. This one is much beefier than the Skyline, with a thicker blade, and stainless-steel liners that reinforce the G10 handle... but weights about 2X as much. The 8Cr13MoV steel is the Chinese equivalent of AUS8 and takes a mean edge.

Both knives are very adequate. The Skyline is an easier EDC because it's lighter, slimmer, and narrower... but the flipper may still annoy a policeman. The Tenacious appears to be much stronger, and the thumbhole-opening is very sheepie-friendly. Again, it's about $35 in the U.S.

I personally own a Skyline... but having handled the Tenacious just last weekend, I have no problems recommending it.

With regards to Kershaw JYD or Cyclone... I can tell you that I've handled the former, and owned the latter... and I wasn't thrilled. JYD seemed a little awkward in my hands, and the Cyclone is both VERY BIG and VERY SLIPPERY. With a shaving-sharp factory edge, I felt uncomfortable opening and closing the Cyclone, because I thought I was going to slip off the anodized aluminium handle and cut myself.
 
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I find that once you go bellow the 100 USD mark, Kershaw pretty much dominates the market. Grips, Delicas and Natives look like toys nexto to a Kershaw Junkyard Dog - II. If you want cheaper knives Kweshaw is the better option. Spydies and Benchmades just can't compete in the bellow 70 bucks market...

They might look like toys, but it is the performance that matters... ;)

For almost nothing (about $35) you can get a Spyderco Tenacious.

A Spyderco Sage should be under $100.

Delicas and Enduras are great knives as well.

Once you have gotten used to a hole for one hand opening the thumbstuds will never do it for you again... :whistle:

If you live in the UK I would advice registering on British Blades. A lot of nice people there and some great knife deals in the members classified section:thumbsup:

Sverre
 

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That's exactly my point! Price point. While the Grip is a decent knife, it feels "toyish" next to a Junkyard Dog-II or a Cyclone, a larger and more solid knife with better materials that can be had for less than 40 bucks. How can a plain Griptilian compete against that??

Check it out:
http://www.knifesupply.com/eshop/10...ttp://www.knifesupply.com/kershaw_knives.html

This is exactly why I didnt get a griptilian! The handle didn't feel like a $50-$70 knife. I do love the axis lock and recently bought a Presidio instead for about 20 bucks more
 

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