Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

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Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby Sheepdog » Mon 21 Jun 2010 3:11 pm

Admittedly, I know virtually nothing about pocket knives or knives in general. However, I am looking to purchase a pocket knife for everyday carry and use when hiking in our nearby mountains.

What do y'all recommend?
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby Snurd » Mon 21 Jun 2010 3:19 pm

I haven't carried a pocket knife for a long time, but I really like the Ka-bar TDI knife series. This is the one that I carry:

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Then I bought the metal belt clip for it because I didn't like the one that came with it.

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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby B Cart » Mon 21 Jun 2010 4:30 pm

I have really liked Kershaw knives. This is the one I carry. It is very sturdy and extremely durable. The blade is very sharp and there is no play at all between the blade and handle. It opens very fast and smooth, and is big enough to do alot of damage but small enough to not feel big in your pocket. It costs around $50, so it's not overly expensive, and I think it is a great EDC knife that will get the job done.
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby Black Metal » Mon 21 Jun 2010 4:55 pm

SOG Flash II. It has a reversible clip so you can wear it in either pocket. You can buy them at Lowes for 39.99 everywhere else they seem to run about 55.
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby cdrhoad » Mon 21 Jun 2010 8:49 pm

B Cart wrote:I have really liked Kershaw knives. This is the one I carry. It is very sturdy and extremely durable. The blade is very sharp and there is no play at all between the blade and handle. It opens very fast and smooth, and is big enough to do alot of damage but small enough to not feel big in your pocket. It costs around $50, so it's not overly expensive, and I think it is a great EDC knife that will get the job done.


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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby veyec » Tue 22 Jun 2010 6:18 am

That Kershaw looks like a sweet knife!

I have carried my CRKT M16 for many years. It fits my hand well. The blade is not the hardest I have ever had, but on the up-side, it only takes me a couple of minutes to put the edge back.
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I have also recently picked up one of these:
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The blade is pretty hard and seems to hold an edge longer than the M16. It comes with a thin sheath you can use as a neck knife and also can be worn on the belt with a cool little attachment buckle. Some people have stated that the buckle is junk. It is if you wear it on the outside of your belt. But if you wear it with the knife in between your belt and pants, it works great!

I think picking out a knife is like picking a gun. What works for you may not be what work for others.
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby moyler » Tue 22 Jun 2010 8:41 am

veyec wrote:I think picking out a knife is like picking a gun. What works for you may not be what work for others.

I think this is very true. There are arguably more knife styles and designs than there are hand gun variations.

For self defense, I currently carry a Pardue designed Benchmade which I like a lot, or a double action Lone Wolf Lobo. In addition, I will also carry a small SOG manual opener for boxes, etc., or those pesky plastic ties they use to near-permanantly attach kids toys to their packaging.

Someone smarter than I once recommended to our class to always carry a work knife for daily chores, and another knife carried strictly for self defense. Made a lot of sense to me. Thanks Dan.

This is a good deal on a Kershaw set up the way I like 'em: http://www.knifecenter.com/kc_new/store ... l?s=KS1580
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby ranger45 » Tue 22 Jun 2010 10:18 pm

B Cart wrote:I have really liked Kershaw knives. This is the one I carry. It is very sturdy and extremely durable. The blade is very sharp and there is no play at all between the blade and handle. It opens very fast and smooth, and is big enough to do alot of damage but small enough to not feel big in your pocket. It costs around $50, so it's not overly expensive, and I think it is a great EDC knife that will get the job done.

Where do you get that knife for that price? I have not seen them around.
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby Snowman » Wed 23 Jun 2010 12:17 am

Kershaw is good, I have one, but a cold steel spartan replaced it. Now that is ALMOST a crocodile Dundee knife. It carries low, it is not as bulky as it looks, and it has the best 'snap' when it opens. the cold steel ak-47 is also good and smaller. I really want a boker, but I keep blowing the money on ammo.
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby B Cart » Wed 23 Jun 2010 4:08 pm

ranger45 wrote:
B Cart wrote:I have really liked Kershaw knives. This is the one I carry. It is very sturdy and extremely durable. The blade is very sharp and there is no play at all between the blade and handle. It opens very fast and smooth, and is big enough to do alot of damage but small enough to not feel big in your pocket. It costs around $50, so it's not overly expensive, and I think it is a great EDC knife that will get the job done.

Where do you get that knife for that price? I have not seen them around.


They are $52.00 here: http://www.botachtactical.com/ke19ramkn.html
and also here: http://www.tacticalgunarmory.com/Kersha ... /50798.htm

I'm not sure if you can find one for that price locally... I saw them at sportsmens warehouse but I think they were around $60.00 - 62.00 in the store.
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby ranger45 » Wed 23 Jun 2010 9:59 pm

Thanks for the info B Cart.
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby MajorNickmo » Fri 25 Jun 2010 1:13 am

Snowman wrote:Kershaw is good, I have one, but a cold steel spartan replaced it. Now that is ALMOST a crocodile Dundee knife. It carries low, it is not as bulky as it looks, and it has the best 'snap' when it opens. the cold steel ak-47 is also good and smaller. I really want a boker, but I keep blowing the money on ammo.


I EDC the AK-47 Cold Steel and I love it. It has stayed sharp as I've put it through the paces for the the last three years that I've owned it. I accidentally forgot I had it on me one time when I went to get on a flight...oops. I told the agent, before I pulled it out of my pocket, and before I went through the metal detector that I had it on me and that I had forgotten to put it in my checked luggage. The TSA agent called a cop over to supervise me as I filled out the mailing info (to send it to myself) and she, upon seeing the knife opened by the officer, said, "Why on earth would you ever need to carry a knife like that?!" The LEO answered before I could and said, "Because you never know when you'll need it." I was pleasantly surprised at his response--especially since he was letting me mail it to myself and not confiscating it. :-)
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby B Cart » Fri 25 Jun 2010 10:58 am

MajorNickmo wrote: The TSA agent called a cop over to supervise me as I filled out the mailing info (to send it to myself)


That's great you got to mail it home to yourself! I just did the same thing two weeks ago and forgot I had one of my knives on me. They would NOT let me mail it to myself. They said I could either put it on my stowed luggage (which was already checked and gone) or they just take it. Where my luggage was already checked and on the plane I just had to give it to them. I told them I would pay to send it to myself but they wouldn't let me.
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Re: Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby closecombat » Thu 01 Jul 2010 3:20 pm

All very nice knives. Now to the other part of the question? How do you use it to defend yourself? If you're not sure. Hit me up sometime. I have been doing knife fighting since 2004.
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Recommended First Knife for EDC and Self Defense

Postby CDR_Glock » Sun 17 Oct 2010 6:23 pm

My EDCs:

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Glock 27, benchmade infidel 3300 and a benchmade Balisong model 42.

I have others to choose from:

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Then there's my Fixed Blades like this one (Cold Steel Master San Mai Tanto):

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Snap cut:
ImageImage My Glocktalk Spyderco Endura is a great utility knife too.
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