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Old 10-04-2007, 12:00 PM   #21
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I like the new Benchmade Vex. It's made in China too. But it seems like a really nice knife for $40. Here's a discussion of it, along with pics, on Blade Forum. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=439201
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Old 10-04-2007, 01:09 PM   #22
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I like that one about as well as anything I've seen so far.
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:37 PM   #23
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I managed to finally lose my Benchmade CQC6 for good and sought a replacement that wouldn't jurt my feelers so bad if it went to where the dark socks go. While walking around the Gander Mtn. store in Little Rock I came across a CRKT knife called 'Crawford Falcon'. For seventeen bucks it's one heck of a tool! AUS-8 stainless, three and a half inches from the ricasso to the tip, semi-serrated with a modified tanto grind and walker lock with a doohickey that locks it open like a fixed blade. I was a little skeptical about the price, but use the crap out of a knife every day and it's been worth every cent.

I give thissun three thumbs up!
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:18 AM   #24
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CRKT produces some excellent knives. I have a bunch of them. The prices are great, too.

Look at the M16 series for a tactical folder.
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:29 AM   #25
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Hey, after all this time, I finally ran across something I might like. Good name. Size is right. Price is in the desired range. Simple blade without hard-to-sharpen curves or serrations. Now to try to find one in 3-D to look at. Anyone have any experience with one of these?

http://www.rockynational.com/1063_05861 ... _Edge.html
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:37 AM   #26
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Re: Looking for a Budget "Tactical" Folder

I finally bought something.

CRKT got several mentions in this thread, and specifically the M16 model.

One of these caught my eye at the gun show this weekend, and since I wasn't buying much else, I thought I'd give it a try. $36 out the door.

When I compared it in size to the Victorinox Adventurer I've been carrying every day for the last 20 or so years, I was surprised at how close the two are in overall size. But the CRKT seems much sturdier and looks more "businesslike."

Still looking for a Gerber Harsey, but I really like the M16. Very, VERY clever design with a couple features I like a lot.
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:39 AM   #27
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Re: Looking for a Budget "Tactical" Folder

How long is the blade on the M16? about 4" if I recall. I'm limited to 3" here in Delaware so I got the CRKT Crawford Kasper. It's hard to beat CRKT quality for the price.
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How long is the blade on the M16?
The edge is about 3 3/8".
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:50 AM   #29
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Re: Looking for a Budget "Tactical" Folder

There are three different M16 blades, 3". 3 1/2", and 3.875".

The Air Harsey is a quality folder. My wife has one in Blue, and uses it at work when it "color-coordinates" with her outfit!
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Old 09-15-2009, 04:53 PM   #30
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Re: Looking for a Budget "Tactical" Folder

Benchmade Snipe

about $45

You Will Not Regret Your Purchase !


* Taiwan assembled model(s) only - I am unfamiliar with any Chinese assembled "Snipes".
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Re: Looking for a Budget "Tactical" Folder

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Benchmade Snipe

about $45

You Will Not Regret Your Purchase !


* Taiwan assembled model(s) only - I am unfamiliar with any Chinese assembled "Snipes".

Is that a liner lock? I'm not a big fan of liner locks, although the few that I have had were not the best quality. I have the ones I own close on me while I was cutting something, fortunately saved all my little piggies! It is getting harder to find anything that's not made by some swarthy little bugger over there somewhere
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Re: Looking for a Budget "Tactical" Folder

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Is that a liner lock? I'm not a big fan of liner locks, although the few that I have had were not the best quality. I have the ones I own close on me while I was cutting something, fortunately saved all my little piggies! It is getting harder to find anything that's not made by some swarthy little bugger over there somewhere

Beats the bejeezus out of me I'm a bit green on my knife terminology, are you referring to the button ? If so, that mechanism is superb on this knife, I have mine adjusted out to where, if you ended up in close qtrs engagement and were able to reach down to your pocket, a "medium" amount of thumb pressure and little more than a flick of the wrist will provide you with a lifesaving tool.

? Once locked open , there is no noticeable blade wiggle or excess free play and the button sits low enough and has the right amount of tension that an ''unscheduled blade retraction'' seems unlikely.

In any event, it appears that Snake has made a nice choice.

In the meantime, I can hardly wait for the day to come when, if it isn't already tomorrow , kauliflowernia adopts a della where type blade length limitation..... for... yea, that's the ticket...the children. meh !
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:33 AM   #33
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Re: Looking for a Budget "Tactical" Folder

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In any event, it appears that Snake has made a nice choice.
It's been in my jeans pocket every day for about 18 months now, and I still like it! One small complaint: The gaps in it are about perfectly sized to pick up pennies, so I have to check it every day to make sure it's not jammed. You'd think this is something that knifemakers would have worked out long ago, and make all gaps either too wide to hold a nickel or too slim to hold a dime.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:30 AM   #34
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Re: Looking for a Budget "Tactical" Folder

My son recently ran off with my Cold Steel Voyager that has been my constant companion for 5-6 years. It had been a bit abused through daily use, tip broken from prying open a window, dropped, scratched up and finish worn from daily carry. So I needed a replacement. I was in Wally world and saw several knives on display and asked to see several of them. Almost all were made in China, Taiwan or someplace else other than the USA. I was determined to only buy made in the US knife!! I ended up with a Kershaw Ken Onion designed assisted opening Tactical Blur 1670TBLKST. It fits my hand really well and is razor sharp. It does have a liner lock mechanism, but seems to be much superior the last liner lock that I handled several years ago. I am a fan of Tanto points and this one has that. It is also serated, but I have found that to be handy when cutting seat belts, a chore that I really only rarely have done. I paid about $50 on sale.

http://www.thebladeshop.com/Kershaw_K_O ... tblkst.htm

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywor ... cn4zcm60_b
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Re: Looking for a Budget "Tactical" Folder

BTW, a liner lock is a mechanism that locks the blade in the open position by having a piece of spring steel deploy at the base of the blade inside the stock liners. To release the liner lock must be pushed to the side so that the blade can be rotated closed. The Kershaw Blur has a very positive engaging liner lock. The plus is that it can be opened and closed one handed.
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:01 PM   #36
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If you want a decent blade that costs less than $50.00

Go to Blade Play - Benchmade Knives, Boker Knives, Italian Knives, Butterfly Knives, Automatic Knives, Switchblade Knives, Spring Assist Knives, Military Knives, Law Enforcement Knives, Collectible Knives and look up the Kalasnikov Auto Series. ($39.99 + $3.99 shipping). You'll have a well built knife that will last quite some time.

Put some blue Loc-tite on the screws so that they won't work themselves loose.

You'll like this knife.
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:39 PM   #37
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I see that I recently celebrated my 8th year with the CRKT M16 in my pocket, and I'm very happy with it.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:09 PM   #38
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I just counted... I have 13 "tactical" knives...

Only 2 of which I carry on a regular basis.
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Old 05-14-2016, 04:26 PM   #39
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The next time you see the S&W knives, look at the blade to see what the material is. When they first came out, all they used was 440 steel-I won't buy a knife with that blade material and if given one, will trade it the first time the giver isn't looking.

However, a couple of years ago, number two son gave me a S&W with 4034 as the blade steel. Love it-marked SWATLB on the one side of the blade! The lower end Spydercos mentioned are good too.

On blade length, that doesn't seem to matter much unless the cops can't find anything else to use. I was in Virginia for a considerable length of time before I found out the official blade length limit is 3 inches. In all that time, I'd never seen anyone with a blade that short. I also got mine back from a bunch of courthouses-professional visits-without anyone saying anything. Other than one guy who said he'd been hoping I'd forgotten to come back for it. That one was a Cold Steel utility second with a carbon steel blade I'd restyled from spear point to clip.

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Old 05-14-2016, 04:52 PM   #40
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Here's the one I carry: M1 TACTICAL FOLDER KNIFE | TRU-SPEC : Tactically Inspired Apparel

It's an off-brand, but I got it free with a case of S&W Tactical Penlights I bought to "discreetly arm" friends and family who work in schools and other Victim Disarmament Zones. Steel is supposedly about as good as AUS-8, usually Rockwelling in the high 50s-low 60s.

Not what I would have *bought* for myself, mind you--I don't know near enough to even have a clue what to look for--but when somebody throws in a freebie it's an old family tradition that you Smile, Say Thank You and STFU.
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