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I'm getting tired of my old Gerber paraframe.  It's been one heck of a tool for it's cheap price, but it's starting to wear down and I'm looking fore something better.

I'm wanting folder with a 3'' serrated blade and a pocket clip.  Under 3 oz. of weight also.  

Something small enough to be used as an EDC, but still has enough bite to do some work.

Try to keep it around $100

I figured I could get a little feedback from you guys.

Thanks.

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Look at the Columbia River knives. There's gotta be something there you'll like.

x2  I own 3 of them.  They are awesome knives.

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I carry my own personal Army G.I. Bayonette.  It has a saw back, hard case that can be used with the knife to break barbed wire, and an edge that can be razor sharp if you work with it a bit.  Most come dull because they are designed to be that way.  Genova conventions rules say that it's more humane to gouge someone with a dull knife.

Of course it doesn't fold all that easily.  And if you wear it into wal-mart the door greeter lady will probably mace you, but it's a great working knife to have.  Oh, and you can find them between 70 and 120 bucks in a lot of places.  I use mine for skinning, gutting, carving, survival, and cutting wire.  

Or you can just check out those Columbia River stuff.  They are GOOD knives too.

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i have a kershaw ken onion series knife that i FOUND while fishing one day.  i dont know much about knives but this one is really nice.  although i would never pay the actual retail price for it ($200+) it is a great knife, you might want to look into this brand for something in your range.

Cliff

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Benchmade mini-Griptillian.  

x2

I also have a SOG that is spring assisted. I bet my life on my SOG knife.

www.sogknives.com

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www.knifeworks.com

Customer service is beyond excellent, and the prices on everything is the best I have found.   They went above and beyond when I needed knives for gifts to the guys in my wedding party.

The BM mini-grip is available in a variety of colors and blade styles and is the one I carry when I need something smaller than my 734.  

I don't think there is a production knife manufacturer that compares with Benchmade in terms of quality and value, and I have had a lot of

knives.

Anthony

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I don't think there is a production knife manufacturer that compares with Benchmade in terms of quality and value, and I have had a lot of

knives.

Anthony

Couldn't agree more. Get a Benchmade if you can afford it. You won't be sorry.

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X2 on Knifeworks.  I have a Camillus Heat, assisted opening, that I carry all the time.  Unfortunately no longer made, since Camillus is out of business, but you might still find one somewhere.  I also have several Columbia River knives and their serrated blades are great for cutting braid.  

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Uncle Henry, $19.95 you can cut, saw, hammer, break one of the three blades off and use for screw driver, will still cut your finger off when dull, comes in handy to throw at the dogs when they are chasing the cat, once you retrieve it you can peel apples, skin squirrels, roast hot dogs, clean fish, open cans, clean your finger nails, open mail just to name a few. If you break it just send it back and pay shipping and they will send you another.

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Thanks for the recommendations guys.  I'm leaning more toward the Benchmade (I really like the mini grip) and SOG lines.  I'm going to head up to the shop tomorrow and hold a few in my hand to get a first person feel for them.

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BTW, I've always used a drop point or clip point blade.  Does anyone here use a tanto blade?  Do you like it?

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I think I like a clip point for all around use.  My mini-grip is a sheepsfoot and the blunt nose makes it difficult to stick it into things, although it is sticky sharp.  And serrated blades aren't quite as useful as a good plain edge.

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Ares/732 on top and Mini-Grip on bottom.

Anthony

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the drop point is a good all-around blade style. The tanto is modeled after the eastern blade styles, like a samurai sword for example, and is hands-down the best for a puncture.

I carry three most days: the sog trident tanto, a mini-grip tanto, and a serrated ka-bar TDI. The mini-grip gets the most "pocket knife" use and never dissapoints.

You're headed in the right direction with SOG and BM.

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I carried a tanto style knife from Ontario my first tour to Iraq.  I used it for tons of stuff.  The design of the blade lets you use it in a number of ways.  I've used mine for a screw driver, used the hilt for a hammer, threw it at a piece of plywood when I was bored (and got pretty good at it too!) and cut all kinds of crap.  It's useful, but nothing all that special really.  Put it this way...I wouldn't pay extra because a knife was a tanto style.

My second tour I just used the aforementioned M9 Bayonet, an Old Timer pocket knife, and a Gerber multi-tool.  A tool for everything.  Most people don't need that kind of assortment on the day to day though.

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I have a Colombia River knife I really like.  It's very light and has a pocket clip.  Very good knife.

I also have a Ka-Bar folding knife that is very nice but a little heavy for carrying around in my pocket all the time.

I can't comment on the SOG knives yet but have head very good things. I do have a Seal Team Elite on the way though.

I would recommend the Columbia River knives.  Also, either Filed and Stream or Outdoor life did some testing awhile back and the Columbia river knife held its edge longest of the ones they tested.

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I went to look at a few this morning.  I found out that I like the Benchmade's better than the SOG in person.

The guy at the store showed me his own mini grip that he carries everyday, which was sharpened a lot better than factory.  The main reason I want a serrated edge is for cutting rope (which I find myself doing a lot for some strange reason).  He said that he had no problems cutting rope with his plain edge.  But I'm still a weary that the plain edge will be insufficient at this.  I'd appreciate any feedback in this area.

Here's what I narrowed it down to:

http://www.knifeworks.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1670

http://www.knifeworks.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=7677

I really like the coated blade, but I'm afraid it will start chipping off after use.

They were $80 at the shop, so I'll probably end up ordering whatever I choose online.

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My Ares is coated, and it does wear.  You can see the pic.  I have used and abused the knife for 4 years though, and I think it adds character.  

A serrated edge is better for cutting thick fibrous rope, but I think that is all it may be better at.  I personally hate serrated edges.  A plain edge is much easier to sharpen and cuts most other things better.

Anthony

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I really like having a serrated edge when I need it, but I like the control a plain edge can give you near the grip.  I might get a plain edge for personal carry and carry my old gerber to work, were I use the serrated edge 90% of the time.

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If you're looking for one knife to do it all, I would highly recommend the Leatherman Surge.  It may weigh a lot but I can use it for anything.  I use at work, home and fishing.  The scissors will cut braid, the saw works great on de-scailing a fish, and knife is razor sharp. :)

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