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best sd folder for about 100$

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by greg27, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. greg27


    Jan 9, 2006
    im looking for a good quality sd folding knife for about 100$ im leaning towards spyderco ,any suggestions?

  2. Mr. Blandings

    Mr. Blandings

    Jun 20, 2001

    Do you have any knife training that would influence your knife choice? Are you going to be carrying here in Florida or elsewhere? Are there any specifics of YOUR life that would impact the choice (travel, employment, school, etc.)? Do you have a concealed carry permit or do you need to stay "ordinary citizen" legal?
  3. Gun Shark

    Gun Shark

    Aug 25, 2005
  4. Sharkey


    Nov 21, 2006
    DFW, TX
    I'll second that.

    There are just way too many choices. My criteria is at least a 3.25" non serrated blade w/ ambidextrous opening since I'm a lefty. That said, I carry on right side to defend against a gun grab if I need to. Blade and handle material are less important to me. The one that feels good in your hand is the keeper.

    I'm partial to Kershaw since they are made in America. Benchmade has great stuff but they priced themselves out of my budget years ago. People dog CRKT but the ones I have, I'm quite happy with. Cold Steel designs never interested me.
  5. Zero Tolerance (Kershaw's Caddy of their brand) ZT 0200, just got one last month, and love it. $128.00 out the door, pocket clip is easily moveable for right or left pocket carry, tip up or tip down. Blade tension is easily adjustable. Kershaw quality, plus they'll stand behind their product forever should anythiing go wrong with it!!!

  6. tripton


    Jan 15, 2007
    The G10 Tyrade is basically a ZT0200 with a composite blade....for $87.00.

    Steal of the year, and very limited sprint run.
  7. tripton


    Jan 15, 2007
    A great choice as well.
  8. greg27


    Jan 9, 2006
    i have a ccw license and typically care a glock 27 but at work , company policy frowns on that ,im a truck mechanic and have to go wherever the trucks break down .i can get away with a folding knife as i can claim it as a tool
  9. Benchmade is the way to go. I carry a Griptillian 553, it is a great knife and I would recommend it to anyone.
  10. JFrame


    May 29, 2001
    Mid-Atlantic, US of A
    Spyderco Poliwog...

    Heck -- it might or it might not be...But I'm saying that 'cause I just got mine today...

  11. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

    Aug 16, 2001
    Taunton, MA
    Here's what I wish they'd make:

    Heavy blade (.15")
    3-3.25" blade length
    No more than 5" closed
    Ambi clip
    WAVE feature
    AXIS-style lock.

    Unfortunately, you can't get that knife. The truly closest is the Cold Steel AK-47. But it's honkin big in comparison. I think it's 5.75" closed. Too long. And the blade, while the right thickness, is too wide for every-day use. (And this from a guy that uses an aggressive looking Mini-Comm every day.)

    I wish Cold Steel made a AK-47 Mini. Shave an inch off of the handle and a quarter-to-half off the blade. It could be done.
  12. mercop


    Jul 10, 2002
    That is simple but you will have to spend a few more bucks when you can. This question always comes up in class. Spyderco Endura or Delica hands down. Here are the reasons-

    Availability, if you ever loose it you can always get another. Chinese knockoffs can be found all over the world if you are in a pinch.

    Can be set up for tip-up/tip-down, or right/left handed. We teach tip down, strong side.

    The number one thing the Endura and Delica have going for them that many high end tactical folders marketed for SD don't is that they have is a readily available trainer that is as high quality as the live blade.

    The stumbling point for using folders for SD is not lock failure but being able to deploy the knife under stress. This is why we teach the basic Inverted Edge Tactics course with folders. A five year old can take a fixed blade and cut you, the rub is being able to deploy it when you need it. There is no safe way to practice this without a trainer.

    Picking up an Endura or Delica along with the trainer and seeking some training will be a great addition to anyone's personal protection plan.- George
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2009
  13. crazycathed


    Feb 16, 2009
    I carry a lone wolf t2 switchblade folder.s30v steel for $75
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2009
  14. Richard Simmons

    Richard Simmons American Icon

    Jul 29, 2006