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Advice for new knife

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by farley45, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. farley45

    farley45

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    I need a new carry folder. I was carrying a Spyderco Endura, and I really loved it. The frame was a little week I thought, but the profile was great for pocket carry. The clip broke on it, and I want something a little different/sturdier. It also needs to be 3.5 inches or less for the blade length. After using the Spyderco I also now prefer the thumb hole to the thumb stud.

    I was looking into the Benchmade Griptillian after seeing one in another thread. Here is the model I was looking at:

    http://www.thebladeshop.com/Benchmade_Griptilian_BM550SBKHG_p/bm550sbkhg.htm

    What do you guys think of this knife? Are there any others I should consider? I am not much of a knife guy so I do not have much experience or knowledge with what are good products. I was thinking about spending around $100.

    I was thinking about getting this Benchmade and a straight edge Sypderco Delica.

    Thanks :wavey:
     
  2. BhamGlock

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    Griptillians are great knives. I have the Ritter model that I picked up used for a nice price.

    If you want something less expensive take a look at the Spyderco Tenacious. It is a fantastic little knife that holds an edge better than some of the more expensive knives I have EDC'd over the years.
     


  3. mitchshrader

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    Get a Delica and another Endura, and have Spyderco send you a free clip.
     
  4. ctaggart

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    The Griptilian is the perfect knife. I've carried one for years. Very smooth and very durable.
     
  5. farley45

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    I haven't tried calling Sypderco yet, but if they will send a free clip then I will try and give them a call. The other problem is I don't know if I can get the screws off, I tried once and I was having a terrible time because they are so small.

    I prefer the Endura, but my state only allows 3.5 inch blades...
     
  6. farley45

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    Thanks for the input
     
  7. farley45

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    Yeah, I thought the Griptillians looked pretty good, but I don't have any experience with them. I've only carried SOG and Syperdco. I was impressed with how well my Endura held an edge, the only problem was I thought the frame was a little flimsy at the joint where the blade folds.
     
  8. ctaggart

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    Oh, forgot to mention. Benchmade will sharpen your knife for free if you send it back to them.
     
  9. Kingstan

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    I recently got a Delica with the OD green G-10 scales and I love it. I've been carrying it more than some of my customs.

    I also like the Buck folders designed by Tom Mayo.
     
  10. Richard Simmons

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    What ever you decide I'd find some place else to buy it. The Blade Shop has a long history of poor service on most knife forums.
     
  11. farley45

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    Poor service in terms of shipping and things of that sort? Their prices seemed pretty good, but I don't have any experience with them.

    Are there any places that you would suggest? I tried to get the Benchmade locally, but nobody has one that has the combo edge and thumbhole.
     
  12. bcmclane

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    Benchmade is an excellent mfg. I like Spiderco too, just not as much. Check out Kershaw, they make fantastic knives that won't kill your wallet. Learn how to sharpen a knife properly youself and do so often, it makes a world of difference.

    Personally I stay away from all serrated blades. They are a PITA to sharpen, and a properly sharpened straight blade with cut every bit as good as a serrated. If you need serrations, your knife is not sharp enough.
     
  13. Glock2008

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    Try Ebay, buy from someone with good feedback, I've purchased 3 benchmades on ebay so far. Stick with someone with solid feedback and shipping and customer service will both be great, and the price will be lower than most places on the net. griptillians start at 58.00 on ebay.
     
  14. Richard Simmons

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    Here's a pretty long thread about The Blade Shop

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=608420

    Here some places I've had good experiences and or have read a lot of good reports about.

    http://www.knifecenter.com/products.html

    http://newgraham.com/store/

    http://www.cutleryshoppe.com/

    http://www.knifeworks.com/

    http://1sks.com/

    http://www.knivesshipfree.com/
     
  15. farley45

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    I have heard good things about Benchmade, and some comments in another thread turned me onto them.

    I am one of the ones who's knife is probably not properly sharpened, and thus in need of the serrations lol. I have never been able to sharpen a knife properly, but I do intend to learn. I tried some different kits and such that did a decent job, but my grandfather could put one hell of an edge on a knife with a stone and I wish I would have learned his secrets.
     
  17. theghostrider

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    There are a lot of good knives out there to be had for $100. While I've never owned one, the Benchmades I've handled seemed like good knives, and they certainly have a good reputation. I've got a few Spyderco's, and am a fan of their VG-10. Most of the time I carry a byrd Crossbill, but I still prefer Spyderco's VG-10 due to it's ease of sharpening, and edge holding characteristics. Spyderco also makes knives in H-1, which is a blade steel that will not rust. Ever.

    There are other quality manufactures. MOD, Blackhawk, CRKT, Kershaw, Boker, Boker Plus, just to name a few.


    Are you using a Torx driver to remove the screws from that pocket clip?
     
  18. lwt210

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    Have you considered the Spyderco Tenacious.

    I have one.....and I love it.

    I have the plain edge version and carry it on duty at the LE job. I have a safe full of knives and have several Benchmades, and Emerson, CRKT, Kershaw.....

    The Tenacious is made in China but the fit and finish is better than several of my USA made folders.

    G10 scales, pocket clip can be positioned four different ways, pretty decent blade steel that is easy to sharpen and absolutely zero play in the blade. Something that my Benchmades can't even come close to competing with.

    And I am measuring the blade now and it falls short of 3.5 at 3 and 3/8 inch from the scales to the tip.
     
  19. farley45

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    Thanks for the input, I will give the Tenacious a look. I did really like my Endura and thought the blade was outstanding.
     
  20. farley45

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    I believe I tried torx and allen bits on those tiny little screws. They should have just put two larger screws in there rather than three tiny ones IMO.