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I've had (and lost) several Ken Onion Kershaw's over the years but one of the newer ones, the Blur is hands down my favorite knife ever. Reasonably priced on Amazon:
Kershaw Blur Black (1670BLK)... [link]
In terms of pocketknives for every day carry I usually have my Kershaw Ken Onion Blur on me, which is a 3.4" assisted open lockblade and is perfectly legal to carry in your pocket. It's by far my favorite cheap-ish pocketknife I've ever owned.
That being said I carry it because I need it at work frequently, not for defense. Frankly carrying a knife for defense is a dumb idea and you're way better off just buying pepper spray if that's what you want a knife for.
If you want a blacked out budget knife - check out Kershaw Blur.
Modern looking EDC knife designed by Ken Onion, blade is DLC coated.
Plus it's on sale now.
If you like how it looks, get the 1670BLK Blur. It's a good deal at $50 (including shipping). On Amazon they're selling for $61 with Prime. The assisted open makes the blade fly quickly.
Best assisted opening blade I've ever owned: Kershaw Ken Onion Black Blur Smooth Folding Knife with Speed Safe [link]
I should note that I own the partially serrated edge Tanto Tip Blur, but I can only imagine that the regular one (the one I linked) is just as good if not better. Hands down the best Kershaw knife at its price point. It's sleek, very grippy, super solid lockup, sharp as hell, holds an edge well, takes an edge well, and opens with the perfect amount of force/speed.
I bought 3 assisted opening knives:
I'm not 100% satisfied with any of them. I like the SOG the best, but all of them have annoying locks on them that defeat the entire purpose of an auto opening knife. The purpose is to open them quickly with one hand. Well if the safety keeps getting turned on in your pocket then you end up fiddling with them.
My brother on the other hand has a Ken Onion Black Blur and that seems to be a really good knife.
I've had several Kershaw's over the years and this is hands down my favorite.
is s30v worth the $20 more?
I just bought the Kershaw Blur on Amazon for $54. Very happy with it. Here's a quick pic.
And Here is the link on Amazon. I chose the Olive drab.
I almost bought the Benchmade Griptillian, but so far I'm very happy with the Kershaw blade.
my edc is the kershaw blur, but I have the one with the serrated edge and I love it, its perfect in my opinion.