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Good cheap Tactical locking folder?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Minotaur, May 6, 2010.

  1. Minotaur

    Minotaur Loaded Pockets

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    Looking for a good cheap tactical folder, any ideas?

    My current favorite is either of the CRKT Thunderbirds.
     
  2. Boy SureFire

    Boy SureFire May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way

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    The more info you give, the better suggestions you'll get:
    Price range?
    Blade length?
    Blade steel?
    Blade Style?
    Handle material?
    Locking mechanism style?
    What are you planning to use the knife for?
    Can sharpen the blade?
    Legal restrictions?
     
  3. crossroads

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    Sounds like you're after an Ontario RAT 1 or a Kabar Dozier.
     
  4. tiktok 22

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    How about lookin' at a Spyderco Tenacious...Pretty good stuff for cheap.
     
  5. Minotaur

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    Ok.

    Depends, but say upto £50. Would spend more for the right knife.

    Do not care, weirdly. Looking for a good product.

    Want a folding knife that can act as a back up survival/bushcraft knife, so thought it was easier to ask for a tactical knife.

    Yes. Strange question.

    UK, so no assisted openers.

    Like that!

    Not so much.

    Not a big Spyderco fan, but prefer the look of the Native.
     
  6. Boy SureFire

    Boy SureFire May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way

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    50 Eruos ~ $63.73 USD price cap.... Are there any legal issues with locking knives?
     
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    Regarding sharpening, I still don't like to sharpen serrated blades.
    Back when I got my first fully serrated Endura 1, I had to buy a set of Spyderco sharpener to service it.
    The price was about the same,or more than,the knife.
    A good investment though.
    Field sharpening requires a special stone as well.

    On some knives, their serrations are so fine I have a hard time finding a way to sharpen them.

    This made me think about Cold Steel Voyager of various styles and sizes
    and in particular Gunsite variations.
     
  10. Sharpdogs

    Sharpdogs Uber Prepared

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    if you want to serve back up as a bushcraft knife, check out the Svord folders. My other choice would be the Spyderco Tenacious.
     
  11. somber

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    A Mora or a Opinel. Tactical is just a keyword used to sell things, but for survival or bushcraft, can't beat a Mora.
     
  12. Minotaur

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    A judge ruled in the UK that a locking knife is the same as a fixed blade, so need a good reason to carry. This could actually be challenged but it would cost a fortune. Our legal system is a bit of a nightmare.

    Like that, but am still edging towards the Thunderbolt. http://www.crkt.com/Thunderbolt

    I agree for Bushcraft, the Mora rules. Tactical is the word they use instead of combat. I am looking for something that is more survival.

    Hate serrated blades, mainly for this reason.

    Interesting, but slightly more tempted by the Recon http://www.coldsteel.com/recon-i.html it offers a bowie blade or the Pocket Bushman http://www.coldsteel.com/pocketbushman.html .

    Really like the look of the Spartan http://www.coldsteel.com/spfko.html but just know that handle would give me grieve.
     
  13. MatBlack

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    Get a Case Sodbuster.
    It doesn't lock but it's :censored: close.
     
  14. NaOH

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    CRKT M21 series?
     
  15. QtrHorse

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    If you like the blade of the Spartan, maybe you would like a Kershaw JYD II. There is a member over on the bladeforums.com that is selling the composite blade JYD II for $45 shipped.

    I received mine yesterday and it is a nice knife for the $45.

    The only thing I do not like about the knife is the clip.

    Kershaw JYD II

    I just saw that assisted openers are not an option.
     
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    The Spyderco Native FRN with S30V blade is just about my favorite carry knife, but I think it's too light and small to call it a "tactical" folder. Try the Kershaw Lehar about $50-$60 in US or a ZT 0200 at about $125 in the US. You get what you pay for.
     
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    For cheap folders, the Byrds are great. So are the Spyderco Tenacious and Persistence. And lastly, but not least, the KaBar Dozier folders.
     
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    Syderco is my favorite for well made, affordable "tactical" folders.
     
  19. Minotaur

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    Like them, might get one, but not for this job.

    Nice, like that.

    Nice, like the Kershaw stuff, but still tending towards the CRKT stuff.

    Really like that, not sure if it falls into assisted opening or not.
     
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