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Blade Boot Camp: A Buyer’s Guide To Folding Knives

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Conclusion

Most of the final decisions related to a folder are basically preferences. Blade size is dictated by legal requirements and use. I prefer small blades, but others like big ones. Handle materials are all preference, as only metal handles are significantly heavier.

If you’re choosing between G10, carbon fiber, and Micarta, you’re fine. The style and positioning of a pocket clip is generally a preference, too. Don’t worry about the utterly stupid tip up versus tip down controversy. If you have all of these decisions made and know what blade steel you want, you’re set.

My Favorite folders: 

Everyday Carry or Ultralight Choice: Spyderco Dragonfly 2 in ZDP-189

Dragonfly 2 Sypyderco

Hard Use Choice: Cold Steel Recon I in CTS-XHP (or Spyderco Paramilitary 2)

recon 1

Budget Friendly:

CRKT Drifter in G10

crkt drifter g10

Kershaw Strobe

Kershaw Strobe

San Ren Mu 605

sanrenmu

High End

Chris Reeve Mnandi

chris reeve mnandi

Triple Aught Design Dauntless Mk. 4

triple aught dauntless

Benchmade 940-1

benchmade 940-1

 

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