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post #91 of 1771
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Originally Posted by Edwood View Post
I don't really see the point of an automatic, other than having to deploy a knife really fast upside down and tied down or something. Otherwise, I can flick open my Benchmade nearly as fast.
X2, unless we merely wish to pay more for our knives, attract unwanted attention, and incur criminal charges.
post #92 of 1771
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Originally Posted by Edwood View Post
I don't really see the point of an automatic, other than having to deploy a knife really fast upside down and tied down or something. Otherwise, I can flick open my Benchmade nearly as fast. Closing the knife doesn't have to be as fast as deploying, IMO.

-Ed
The Axis flick is almost as fast and the Wave is arguably faster, but autos still have an advantage in that they don't require anything else to open except for the push of a button. The Axis flick requires wrist inertia and a bit of space, while the Wave requires a specific draw movement plus something to get friction off of. Both are a lot easier to screw up under stress than pushing a button. Plus, automatic mechanisms are great for quickly deploying small blades that don't have enough blade mass to reliably deploy using an inertial opening.

But yeah, EDCing an auto isn't a great idea given the laws in most states.
post #93 of 1771
Well, since this thread is back on the front page again, I'll post an update on my journey into knives costing more than $7.

My Byrd Starling and my Delica both arrived a good while ago, although I fear my Kershaw Chive has become lost in transit. I wasn't as impressed by either of them as I thought I would be, to be honest. I'm not sure what exactly I expected, but they weren't it.

However, both knives have really grown on me. I haven't found much of a use for my Delica, but I really appreciate the build quality and the feel of the knife. It's fun to play with, and I hope I can find something to do with it soon.

My Starling has been a different matter entirely. The build quality actually feels pretty shabby, even compared to my cheapie Ultrafire knives that cost half as much, and the blade coating is wearing off already. But I love it! The blade is razor sharp, and the size of the knife is incredibly convenient; I use it all the time.

If that Kershaw doesn't show up in the next couple of weeks, I'm definitely going to get a Spyderco Ladybug to carry with me. I love the size and can handle the lack of a clip, but I'd like to have something that feels a bit sturdier.
post #94 of 1771
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Originally Posted by marvin View Post
The Axis flick is almost as fast and the Wave is arguably faster, but autos still have an advantage in that they don't require anything else to open except for the push of a button. The Axis flick requires wrist inertia and a bit of space, while the Wave requires a specific draw movement plus something to get friction off of. Both are a lot easier to screw up under stress than pushing a button. Plus, automatic mechanisms are great for quickly deploying small blades that don't have enough blade mass to reliably deploy using an inertial opening.

But yeah, EDCing an auto isn't a great idea given the laws in most states.
I think California allows auto's under 2", but not a very useful size.
post #95 of 1771
I love knives. Right now I have a Benchmade 710 in D2 steel and I just ordered a Kershaw Leek with a Damascus blade. I love how damascus looks.

Here's my 710:




I also got my mom a Benchmite to carry in her purse.
post #96 of 1771
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Originally Posted by Edwood View Post
I think California allows auto's under 2", but not a very useful size.
You can clean under your fingernails!
post #97 of 1771


A small gathering from the fishing tackle box and my pocket.
Most look like they need a clean and sharpen before the fish start running.
post #98 of 1771
Got my Leek today. I recommend GPknives.com if anyone hasn't used them before.

post #99 of 1771
I had my sites set on a Mnandi, but bright and shiny things have taken priority over sharp and pointy things.

-Ed
post #100 of 1771
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Originally Posted by jfindon View Post
Got my Leek today. I recommend GPknives.com if anyone hasn't used them before.

I used Grand Prairie to snag this:


The last one they had in this style. Also is my dream knife. Nothing like a Microtech.
post #101 of 1771
I have a Buck (locking..? I forget what they're called) and I'm too lazy to check the model. It's nothing special, I got it at SportMart or something a few years ago. It's very useful and works great but it's been awhile since I've sharpened it. What do you all recommend for cheap effective ways to sharpen? It is half serrated.
post #102 of 1771
I have always been fascinated by knives and although I own a few, I only ever use my trusty wenger. I did have a go at making myself one some time ago. I was diving frequently and wanted a decent knife so I enlisted the knowledge of my brother in law and came up with this after many hours of hard labour.



I don't think I would do it again, mostly because I am not a craftsman and the novelty wore off as the blisters hardened :-).

My BIL is a jeweler by trade and making knives is akin to me building amps.

Here are a few of his early pieces

This is an automatic that he spent months researching and figuring out the mechanism - once the button is activated, it opens in a slow continuous arc until it locks. If you stop its course, it will continue when you remove your hand again - truly incredible to mess about with.



one more.. a skein dubh he made for a friend



cool thread..dB
post #103 of 1771
Suggestions for a cheap knife (all purpose) that will last for a while and handle tough work? I want a good knife to have with my while I am landscaping but don't want to pay for something if it will just dull and break quickly.
post #104 of 1771
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Originally Posted by malldian View Post
Suggestions for a cheap knife (all purpose) that will last for a while and handle tough work? I want a good knife to have with my while I am landscaping but don't want to pay for something if it will just dull and break quickly.
If you are prying stuff open then look elsewhere. A good cheap knife? check out CRKT or Kershaw. You can get them around $50 or so for a decent one.
post #105 of 1771
Try Camillus for a cheap but decent knife. I have the Sizzle, and have beat the hell out of it over a few years. Still works.

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