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Pocket Knives

I’ve been through a lot, bulky ones, tiny ones, super sharp ones, duller more robust ones, belt clips, nylon sheaths, leather sheaths, I think I’ve used them all at one time or another.

I just broke my gerber 3.50 BBS last week. Piece of poop if you ask me, not durable, brittle tip, and clunky function. I broke the belt clip off within the first week of owning it and broke the tip off of it so much so that it has lost all function.

So,

I went out and got the Kershaw Blur, black, spring loaded thumb release, strong belt clip, non-skid inserts on the handle, and the blade is tungsten coated, “shave-sharp” with a unique serrated bottom 3rd of the blade. It’s a really nice knife.

Now lets see how long this one holds up.

Who else here carries one?

Favorite brand? Type?

GAINER

I have a Rebel Edge “blingmaster” thumblock knife that has the handle shaped like the Grim Reaper, a small Gerber utility knife, and a Gerber multitool (the utility knife came with the multi tool). Both are holding up great so far, though I don’t put them through heavy usage usually. The Rebel is just shiny.

Roommate carries an Army surplus Ka-Bar, 7". He’s never had any problems with it :slight_smile:

-Dan

Gerber seems to have a cheap line and a high end line now, so you have to be more careful. Many knife companies are doing this these days.

I’m carrying an Emerson Karambit a lot lately (pictured), or a Spyderco. Kershaw has really stepped up in the last few years, too.

I’m carrying a Kershaw model 1550. Have been for the past 3 years. I think you will be happy with their quality.

So, what kind of firearm you carry to compliment your knife?

[quote]Chris Shugart wrote:
Gerber seems to have a cheap line and a high end line now, so you have to be more careful. Many knife companies are doing this these days.

I’m carrying a Emerson Karambit a lot lately (pictured), or a Spyderco. Kershaw has really stepped up in the last few years. [/quote]

Damn that thing looks like it’s meant to do some serious guttin’… Very cool…

Here’s my new Kershaw

I lean towards Emerson and Benchmade. I still have/use my '96 model Benchmade CQC. Over nine years of heavy use and still in great shape.

I was always fond of Buck, Gerber, and Case. I like the old fashoined knives better, wormbone handles, stag, wood, etc. I would say that Case is the best as far as this is concerned. Gerber makes tough knives, but I’ve had pronlems with certain knives, especially with the locking mechanisms.

By the way, since when was Buck made in China? I bought a nice wood handled penknife from them, only to see the word “China” imprinted on the opposite end of the blade. I am considering not buying them anymore if theyre made in China.

[quote]FightinIrish26 wrote:
I was always fond of Buck, Gerber, and Case. I like the old fashoined knives better, wormbone handles, stag, wood, etc. I would say that Case is the best as far as this is concerned. Gerber makes tough knives, but I’ve had pronlems with certain knives, especially with the locking mechanisms.

By the way, since when was Buck made in China? I bought a nice wood handled penknife from them, only to see the word “China” imprinted on the opposite end of the blade. I am considering not buying them anymore if theyre made in China.[/quote]

That’s surprising about Buck, I used to have a couple of their “Crosslocks” and liked them a lot. I still have a Buck hunting knife as well.

I knew that they moved out of the San Diego area to Idaho not long ago but didn’t realize they are getting their blades from China.

Coldsteel and spyderco are the way to go fella’s! Out of the two though I would pick my coldsteel gunsite blade over anything.

I’m carrying a Kershaw Ken Onion Leek with the partial seration.

Three years and still going strong. Hell, I’ve only needed to sharpen it once in that time.

A non-American knife isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, for a while there (early 90’s) I refused to carry a knife made in America because the quality was generally far behind one made in Japan (Seki City.)

Now, a $5 China-made knife which is made to look like a $100 Spyderco is a different story! Especially if you buy it at a truck stop!

I have a Benchmade copy of the Emerson CQC7. Ten years old and going strong.

Also carry my Gerber E-Z out now and then.

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Here’s a new Kershaw that looks pretty interesting. Like I said, they’ve really stepped up.

[quote]Chris Shugart wrote:
Here’s a new Kershaw that looks pretty interesting. Like I said, they’ve really stepped up. [/quote]

Yeah I gotta say that SpeedSafe mechanism is a handy deal. I’m really happy with mine so far.

Ive carried numerous knives on duty throughout the years. Benchmade and emerson are awesome knives, but they are very expensive. The MOD knives are wicked too, but uber-expensive. I lost my benchmade years ago…no idea where…and have been very leary about carrying high end knives day to day after that.
If you plan on everyday carry and use, I don’t think you can beat spyderco knives.
My endura is all that I’ll carry day to day anymore. Im convinced the spyderedge stays sharp forever, even after heavy use.
You can also get an endura for around $50.

Try islandsecuritystore.com. I cant find better prices on blades(but would be happy to know if there is anyone out there that can beat them).

Right now I’m using a Smith & Wesson 4" knife called Urban. I like it.

I love my 4" spyderco belt knife. Its sharp as hell and a cop missed it during a pat down. But I prefer my “AK-47”. Cops love that shit.

[quote]Chris Shugart wrote:
Gerber seems to have a cheap line and a high end line now, so you have to be more careful. Many knife companies are doing this these days.

I’m carrying an Emerson Karambit a lot lately (pictured), or a Spyderco. Kershaw has really stepped up in the last few years, too. [/quote]

I carry a karambit sometimes too, but unfortunately not as nice as any of those. My college budget is just right for a “V-Tech.” Whatever.

Sometimes I’ll carry a plain old Gerber pocket knife (don’t know what it’s called, just a 3" straight blade), so I don’t scare off the “regular” people.

Any opinions on ceramic blades?

Too brittle, no serrated edge, whatever else?

I prefer at least 1/2 of a serrated edge.

Heard nothing but good things about ceramics but never owned one.