I'm looking for an EDC knife that will be used as a utility blade to cut rope, boxes, tape, etc. BUT will fulfill the purpose of emergency defensive deployment.
I need all
of these questions answered, please quote my post and put your thoughts after each question:
1) What is the hype with a partially serrated knife? Wouldn't this be more helpful for food preparation/cutting bone?
2) What is a good blade shape? Reverse tanto, spear point, etc for my aforementioned uses?
3) Does anyone know of a good steel chart so I know what ones to avoid? Mainly curious about holding an edge and rust resistance.
4) What is the difference between types of edge cuts? Specifically, hollow cut vs. flat ground.
I'm looking for something with assisted opening (not
auto open). So far I'm considering:
SOG Flash II http://www.amazon.com/SOG-Specialty-Knives-FSA-8-Flash/dp/B000IXC7IW/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1238925314&sr=8-1
SOG Aegis http://www.thebladeshop.com/SOG_Aegis_Zytel_Handle_Plain_SOGAE_01_p/sogae-01.htm
Kershaw Blur http://www.thebladeshop.com/Kershaw_K_O_Blur_K1670RD_p/k1670rd.htm
Ontario Rat 1 http://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Folder-Black-Blade-Plain/dp/B001E8EM2E/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1238927604&sr=8-1
I'm leaning towards the Flash II, but the Kershaw seems like it would be a more durable handle than either SOG. The Flash II looks like a more reasonable sized blade for EDC use, but the Blur means business for self defense.
One of my biggest concerns is weather to go with a plain edge or partially serrated. I will carry this with the pocket clip on my weak side, so clip adjustment for that type of deployment is a must.
Preferred expense would be $60 or under with tax included.
You cannot go wrong with a SOG Aegis, Spyderco Endura or Delica, or Benchmade Griptilian with that price point. Tanto's are good for penetration of armor. There are some knife forums (Knife Forums and blade forums) where they sell nicer ones than what you can get for retail to make your $$$ go longer. Amazon has great prices, too.
For general cutting, serrations cut through rope, twine and other hard material easier. For fruit, curved blades. For defense, drop point, tanto's and Bowie style work well.
You need an all purpose knife.
A box? Get a box cutter. Razor blades are cheap. If you insist, get a good sharpener. I use the sharpeners with a guide/honing oil or I use those portable tungsten ones that are small enough to carry everywhere.
There was an excerpt from knives illustrated that showed knives with higher degrees of Vanadium hold an edge longer. At $60, though, forget it. 440C, 154CM and S30V are good, in that progression.
I have several folders:
SOG Trident Tanto
SOG Pentagon Elite
Spyderco Endura IV
2 dozen balisongs (some not pictured):
I have 2 fixed blades (San Mai):
Cold Steel Master Tanto
Cold Steel Magnum IX Tanto
3 automatics (2 OTF and one side opener):
Benchmade Infidel 3300