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this was what i was referring to, damascus requires regular care though that is definitely a pretty knife.
The Kershaw Skyline is currently on sale for $30 from Amazon; it's usually a bit over $40.
The Skyline is an excellent knife at its regular price and even better for $30. 14C28N is easy to sharpen and holds its edge longer than other budget steels. The knife is extremely light, barely over 2 ounces. The blade geometry is excellent for cutting things (it's surprising how many knives are not), and Kershaw's warranty is one of the best in the industry.
Possibly relevant to you: its pocket clip holds it in place quite securely.
Would you mind letting me know if this is the stonewashed or the bead blast? I'm not sure how to tell.
Kershaw Skyline (Amazon)
It's a few dollars over your budget but it's worth every penny. Lightweight, won't weigh your pocket down, great blade shape. Can't recommend it enough.
I picked up a Kershaw Skyline when I was in college and it's a great knife. I have gotten some better knives since then but it's still probably my favorite for simplicity and pocketability.
Look at the Kershaw Skyline as well, it is around $40, and I really have not heard a bad thing about it at all. I am huge Kershaw fan, and this will be the next one I go after.
Kershaw 1760 Skyline Knife [link]
EDIT: to add link
Nope, doesn't sound rude. I totally get budget constraints (I can't buy knives right now, just went back to school-all my purchases are future purchases).
But-I picked up a Skyline from Woot.com for $25. They have run that sale three times in the last two months. And you can get one for about 40 on Amazon, maybe less if you looked a bit harder than I just did (I didn't look hard). If you are looking at MSRP for prices, know that most knives can be found for much less.
As far as advantages, it depends. The tactical comes with speedsafe. If you like that, maybe keep looking at the tactical or other Kershaw models that have it. The Skyline is manual, which I tend to prefer in an EDC.
The tactical has a nylon handle, where the Skyline has G-10. G-10 is grippier and feels nicer.
I like the Skyline's drop point blade better. This is, obviously, my personal preference.
In addition, I own several Kershaws, some in the range of the tactical, as well as the Skyline. The Skyline feels sturdier to me.
About the steels, my impression is that the Sandvik is better, but I might be wrong on that. And frankly, for most people differences in steel are not going to matter beyond how long the blade keeps an edge.
I mean, ultimately, what you buy to carry everyday is entirely up to the preferences you have. For me, I collect knives, so I like carrying something nice. I'm picky about handle materials. I need to be able to move the clip so that I can wear it left-handed. Right now, it needs to fit a certain length so I can carry it at school (less than 3.5"). And I tend to prefer a manual action. But that is what I have learned over time, for me.
My EDC is my hunting knife, a Kershaw Skyline. I've never felt the need for a huge knife for hunting. The most I'm going to do is cut a couple green branches to touch up a turkey blind or skin something.
Try a Kershah Skyline. I'm sure you will like it, but if not you are only out $35 or so.
Besides online they are often sold at Walmart.
My opinion is that $100 is too much for an EDC unless it's a knife you feel you must have. For most tasks a $10 POS is going to work just as well as a $100 Benchmade or Spyderco. Also there is a good chance you will somehow lose it.
Knives are a very personal thing, so I'll make three suggestions that I would consider if I were in the market for a knife at that price point.
The tried and true Kershawk Skyline (flipper design)
The "me too" spyderco tenacious ("me too" for a reason)
The special snowflake Buck Momentum
The Kershaw and Spydie are fine choices. Their blade steels are adequate for most applications. The Buck, while a little pricier, has far and away the best blade steel of the three. Lots of folks discount buck as being knives for old farts, but their new EDC folders are some of the best bang for your buck (no pun intended).
That being said - and this is always the case - if you could go for a budget of 80-90, you could get a true lifetime, made in the USA, knife, such as a Benchmade griptilian or, for about 100, a Spyderco Paramilitary 2 (the gold standard of EDC blades).
There's a Skyline listed on Amazon right now. [link]
What I carry
The law is 3.5 inch where I live (seattle) but we can conceal carry pistols here too.
On Amazon it's $39 (usd) Kershaw 1760 Skyline Knife
Is this the same knife just in a different colour? [link]
I'm going to break this down in order that you typed it out.
You can never get enough of it, your state-mandated class does not even come close. It does not cover malfunction clearing and multiple target threat assessment and much more.
Glock 43 or SmithWesson Shield (without manual safety is my preference). Those will have the widest amount of aftermarket parts. The only single stack Ruger worth looking at is the LC9s Pro.
>being a twig and carrying
Carrying is 50% REAL GUNBELT, 40% holster, and 10% gun. Get a Hanks Kydex belt. Do not question me on this. This is my gunbelt and that is what it can do and that is what your's should do. As for the holster, since the G43 and Shield are so popular that was the first guns available for Stealthgear's highly anticipated Revolution line of up holsters. Get one of those, do not waste your money on an Alien Gear. Yeah, shell trading is cool but so is your holster not coming apart while carrying because you keep taking those screws in-and-out.
>carry a large knife
No, that is stupid mall ninja shit. Get a Kershaw Skyline its just the right the size and it won't break the bank but still have a high quality.
Does the person like guns? Yes, carry. No, do not carry if you plan to have sex later. Don't know, don't carry if you plan to have sex later. Wait until the 3rd date to address firearms and invite them to the range.
Using a urinal: do not pull your pants to your ankles, keep pants high so shirt covers gun. Pooping: Taking your foot out one pant leg and use your underwear to cover your gun. NEVER TAKE YOUR GUN OUT OF THE HOLSTER WHILE IN PUBLIC UNLESS DEFENDING YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
Highly recommended for many reason. First, if you have a double feed you really want to have a fresh mag after you strip out the first mag and clear the malfunction. Two, you need more bullets. Three, after the threat is over to perform a tactical reload.
Federal HST 147gr (P9HST2)
Visiting a friend, do not take it out of the holster. Staying at a friend's, lock it in your car. Never mention you have a gun on you.
>carrying two guns
Only if you're open carrying would having a second, concealed, gun actually be beneficial.
>shooting your carry gun at the range
Slowly and carefully remove it from the holster. Remove the mag, put it in your pocket, remove chambered round and put in your pocket. Leave them in your pocket until your range session is over.
>storing home defense gun with other non-gun people
Quick access safe for a handgun. I also recommend a weapon-mounted light. Between a phone, light, and gun you only have two hands.
>bump in the night
A good weapon-mounted light will have enough splash light to illuminate a room so you can properly identify a person
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Kershaw Skyline. Simple, sleek, good brand, good reviews, $40.
A Kershaw Skyline. You should be able to find a Skyline for ~$42 online (Amazon).
Or as others have suggested, the Kershaw Leek.
Possibly an H&K Pika ~$30 (Amazon)
I would consider something like the Kershaw Skyline. If you are expecting heavy use then i would pick up a decent sharpning kit such as the TRI-6 System.
That skyline does not have a partial serrated edge. I to enjoy a serrated edge for cutting rope and twine... however, that blade is 14C28N stainless steel and can maintain a very sharp edge with everyday use for quite some time and negates my need for a serrated edge.
Coupled with the tri-6 system you would have an awesome edc (every day carry) knife for a very long time.
Budget total: $60-$65 - free shipping for prime members
Edit: serrated edges are a pain to sharpen without the proper tools and know how
Hope this helps
My two votes would be the Kershaw Skyline or Benchmade Mini-Griptillian. They're both very simple but robust knives. The skyline is a bit dainty but if you aren't going to be using it as a beater it should be fine for you, the grip is a workhorse of a knife though.
If you want a small lightweight knife though, there really is no superior to the Skyline though, it weighs 2 ounces for a 3 inch blade.
I got my skyline for $25 and it was an absolute steal at that, it may be very diminutive but there isnt a single aspect of it that feels cheap.
Take a look at a kershaw skyline. Tbh the Sandvik 14C28N is a minor upgrade from AUS8 and I think it should fit your other criteria to a T.
kershaw skyline [link]
$32.46 at amazon now
Only 3 1/8 inch blade though
I’ve had a few people express an interest in what kind of gear I carry every day, so I’m writing up a couple of posts to document what I like and why, for easier sharing in the future.
I carry a decent amount of things on my person, mostly because I still haven’t fully come to terms with the messenger bag stigma in casual/social situations. I’ll go over the specifics of the bag in another post, though - let’s start with the daily on-my-person stuff.
What: Kershaw Skyline folding pocket knife
Why: I like the Skyline because it has a very low profile without compromising on grip or functionality. Does everything I need, isn’t intimidating or overly tactical, and takes up almost no room in my pocket.
Where: back right pocket
What: Saddleback Leather Bi-fold wallet (medium)
Why: This is a pretty recent addition to my gear, and I’m not 100% sold on it. My last wallet was getting pretty worn and I wanted something a little nicer, but despite the positive reviews I’m not really thrilled with this. It’s rugged and well-made, but it’s tight enough everywhere that it’s often frustrating to use, and still big enough to be noticeable and uncomfortable in the pocket. I’m hoping as it breaks in a little more it will become a bit easier to work with, but so far I don’t love it.
What: Cheap bandanna/handkerchief (blue)
Why: This is something I’ve carried, neatly folded up, for several years. It doesn’t sound that useful to a lot of people, but I get a surprising amount of mileage out of it - wiping off work surfaces or seats, drying my hands, a poor man’s pressure bandage for small cuts when I don’t have a first aid kit with me, and in a pinch, it’s good for covering sneezes. (I realized after I took the picture that this isn't here! It's in the wash.)
Where: back left pocket
What: Fenix LD10 100 Lumens Waterproof LED flashlight
Why: I’m not as much of a die-hard flashlight nerd as many EDC’ers are, but this one is relatively inexpensive, uses normal batteries, and has a very low profile. It’s great when I really need a light, and stays out of my way the rest of the time.
What: Pilot G2 pen
Why: I know this should probably be some fancy Fischer Space Pen or tactical Cross pen or something really awesome, but I just like the Pilot G2 and don’t do enough writing to justify carrying something really expensive or special. I’m not upset to lose one and it's familiar.
Where: front left pocket
What: Keys, with no fancy key rings or attachments
Why: This is a little unusual for an EDC nerd, since usually we wind up with ten different peanut lighters and Utili-keys and keyring flashlights and every other dangly widget you can get. I really don’t like bulky keys in my pocket, though, and the conspicuous jangle from a carabiner or similar belt-loop attachment doesn’t appeal to me. So, just keys and a car fob here, with two simple split rings and a little chain divider to let the key fob sit higher in the pocket than my keys.
What: Nexus 5
Why: I’m not as much of a smartphone geek as I should be, probably, but I do concede that I need one for work email and navigation, if not much else. The Nexus 5 is a little bigger than I like, but I got it through work and it does everything I need without a lot of bloat-ware or carrier hassle.
Where: front right pocket
What: Bic disposable lighter
Why: It works when I need it, it’s cheap, and I don’t mind losing it or having it walk off on occasion. For a long time I carried a fancy IMCO windproof lighter, and before that a nice Zippo, but neither of them were reliable enough or low-enough maintenance to be fully EDC-able, for me.
Where: front right change/mini pocket (what else are these pockets good for?! Change sucks.)
What: Leatherman Wave
Why: While it often winds up making me use the wrong tool for the job, sometimes it’s all I have, and usually it’s more convenient than going to find the right tool. The pliers, the scissors, and the screwdrivers obviously get the most use, but it’s nice to save the day with a bottle opener, too.
Where: on my belt, above my rear left pocket
I think that’s about the extent of it, for every day, on-person gear. I bring a lot more around in my messenger bag, and this doesn’t touch the crazy California earthquake/disaster/emergency bag loads, but it’s a decent start to what I carry and why.
If there’s any interest, I can do a write-up on the messenger bag or emergency preparedness stuff sometime soon.
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Alright. Why didn't you like the Tenacious, if you don't mind me asking? Knowing would be a good way to limit my recommendations.
Some fan favorites in that price range are the Kershaw Skyline at the cheaper end of things, the Spyderco Endura at a bit more, the Buck TM Vangage Pro in S30V (one of the best deals around, IMO, because S30V is usually far more expensive) and the Cold Steel AK-47.
OP, I'd be cautious getting any of the bigger knives, if I were you, because most people don't like the weight and size in their pocket. I carry the previously linked Spyderco Stretch myself, but that's been called "too big for EDC" by many a person before.
In full disclosure I did just buy this knife for my EDC but since it's my first halfway decent pocket knife I don't want to waste the edge on cardboard if I don't have to.
Kershaw Skyline. Pretty nice EDC knife.
Here is a nice light knife, small and fits into the ultralight category. I barely know I have it in my pocket most days.
My vote would go to the Kershaw Skyline. It's not assisted but it doesn't really need to be. Comes razor sharp, US made, and absurdly light.
When I said it doesn't need it; it has an opening mechanism on the back, you push it in with your finger with a little force and the blade flies open.
both almost the same price, i would prefer the skyline, although if just for looks i would get the nano.