2 budget folding knives

Discussion in 'Survival Gear Reviews' started by Sherman, May 3, 2010.

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  1. Sherman
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    Sherman Dog Eat Dog

    I've been using these both for a few weeks now and thought I would comment here. Bothe are good budget folding knives.
    both are tanto point and liner lock. both are decent budget folders. Bang for the buck goes to the Benchmade. I have not abused either knife but just in everyday stuff, cutting rope and plastic ties, cutting wood shims for door hinge etc. I have not tried to put an edge on either.

    EDIT: I should add the Vex is a lot look my Emerson CQC7

    Benchmade Vex $35.95
    Every bit Benchmade, excellent fit and finish. G10 handle. Factory edge is very sharp. Very positive clip.
    The knife is a little big for EDC depending on what your doing. Only negative is that it is a Red box made in china. Otherwise very pleased with this heavy duty folder. I put this one in my BOB.

    Best price I could find
    Benchmade VEX Manual Knife (PLN) 10751BP-VEX - Blade HQ

    Gerber evo mid size, tanto, semi serrated $19.95
    Slimmer and lighter than the Vex, good for EDC, alum handle. Not a great knife but certainly good for the price. Has finger flip that works well. I wouldnt want to rely on this knife but could get you out of a jam. Good enough for regular duty.

    amazon had it too.
    Walmart.com: Gerber Evo Tanto Knife: Hunting
  2. coinshooter
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    coinshooter Monkey

    Thanks for the info. Looking for a good place to buy a good folder.
  3. saddlebum
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    saddlebum Monkey+

    Just my .02 worth but I've always found Gerber's to be brittle. I've had a number of them over the years break.....as in blades snap. Having said that I haven't used one for probably 10 years so maybe they've improved.
    Saddlebum
  4. Sparky
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    Sparky Monkey

    You might also consider some of the Muela folders. I've had good luck with them and they're fairly inexpensive on ebay.
  5. ReadyMann
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    ReadyMann Monkey

    what do you thing of Rat Knives?
  6. Sherman
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    Sherman Dog Eat Dog

    I have never used a Rat but have only heard good things.

    Update, The little gerber has been carried and used daily doing carpentry and general construction. It did lose it's edge but a schrade steel brought it right back.

    I did manage to but some pretty good nicks in it, prying out plugs from a 5" Bosch hole saw bit while drilling roof vents.
  7. Falcon15
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  8. hedger
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    Partial to Spyderco Native

    I enjoy reading the why's and wherefore's as to how folks feel about their EDC folding knives. I am very fond of my Spyderco Native. Spyderco does make a Native that has a serrated edge, but I prefer the smooth edge--just easier to sharpen, I guess.

    I also like the generous width of the blade; it's great for a lot of odd jobs. So, the versatility is another selling point.

    I do have to say that it is more expensive than a lot of the other choices, but I fell in love in love with it and I have not had any reason to think twice about whether I ought to have any other EDC folding knife.
  9. Brokor
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    That's a decent blade, especially for the price. I like CR13 steel, but I cringe at linerlocks, which ruins this one for me personally. Yet, for $16, who really can complain?

    I have nothing against Gerber, they make a lot of excellent blades, but as far as folders go, I have only good reports on their top line. I would personally buy a SOG folder before another Gerber, and a Cold Steel folder before anything else. For the money invested and the amount of ruggedness offered, I really do think those are the best choices. Of course, there are always exceptions --Buck makes some pretty good work knives and so does Schrade Cutlery.
  10. kckndrgn
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    I have had the Gerber EVO for a year or so now, it' been my daily carrier and has seen use, but not really abuse. My only complaint with it is I managed to break the belt clip off when I bumped in to a doorway.
    I just sent Gerber a note asking about a replacement clip.

    Just my personal opinion, but I refuse to buy from CTD due to their pricing policies around election time.

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