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Kenpoist

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What are some of your favorite knives for collection/carry/combat?

Collection - I picked up some nice German PUMA knives while living overseas several years ago - PUMA Bowie/Hunter's Pal/Alaskan. Great knives! I also like my SOG SEAL Pup and my Cold Steel Tanto.

Carry - I like the Benchmade Autos and the SOG - torsion bar openers. Used to carry SpyderCo.

Combat - (to be answered by our current or former military members).
 
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PragmaticMartialArtist

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Whatever is handy in any given situation. Some I buy for collection, never to use, some to practice with because it increases manual dexterity, others for work or the field.
 

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I love my Microtech Swampfly. Why balisongs are illegal to carry is beyond me. Safest locking mechanism available, but I can't carry it. Just stupid.
 

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My favorite to collect are balisong (Wish i could carry them also!?!)

Favorite to carry is my Columbia River, easy to open & a good grip.

Hope to own, emerson ?

Peace :whip:
 

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The best folder I've carried to date was one of the old Camillus CUDA's (with the sliding disc opener). Great ergonomics, excellent steel. Unfortunately the liner-lock eventually gave out.
Right now I'm carrying a Spyderco Endura and a Delica.

For fixed blades I really like the Kasper/Polkowski Companion that CRKT put out, it's got a great feel to it.

as far as the wish list: Benchmade Blackwood Scirmish, anything by Mercworx (I like the re-curve style blades), or one of the HD CQC's from Emerson.

I'm also a bali fan but they're illegal in the city (although not in the state...go figure :rolleyes: ).

edit to add: I also highly recommend Cold Steel knives. Say what you like about Thomson but he does turn out a quality product.
 

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The best folder I've carried to date was one of the old Camillus CUDA's (with the sliding disc opener). Great ergonomics, excellent steel.
I have one of those, great knife. I carry it quite often. Usually its between that one and my Dozier Thorn for EDC.
 
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All nice knives!

I picked up a couple of more the other day - got a new balisong and a stiletto (the first nice one I have seen - they are hard to find, seems like all the auto's are side opening rather than straight out the top).
I'm still trying to acquire the Kenpo 1 and 2 knives - keep getting outbid on E-Bay and it is really pi$$ing me off.
 

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What kind of bali did you buy? I would be careful if you plan on flipping a lot with any of the cheapos, which is really anything under about $70. They are known to not have sturdy construction, and after a good amount of flipping have been known to fall apart in mid flip.

A lot of people don't realize it, but balis are under tremendous stress when compared with a normal folder or even an automatic. Its not unheard of or even unusual for a bali to be opened and closed hundreds of times in a day. Playing with it for just a few minutes could easily accomplish this. How many of your normal folders do you open and close a few hundred times a day? See what I mean? Sorry to ramble on, but I love balis, but it is a kind of knife that it is especially important to spend the money for a nice one if you actully want to use it a lot.

I would reccomend any of he Benchmades ($125 on up), any of the Microtechs ($100 and up), ot the Spiderco Spiderfly (~$70). Those are unfortunately about your only options for a decent production balisong. Other than that you are have to go to the customs, and then you are talking big bucks (probably $250 up to who knows)

Oh ya, Cold Steel makes at least one (Arcangle I think) that is supposed to be good, I have never tried it though.

Oh, and out the front autos are not hard to find, PM or email me about it.
 

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Emerson Kerambit
Benchmade 42 Bali
Gerber Covert
Handmade Bali's from the Philippines
Blackie Collins boxcutter

Spyderfly is pretty nice, I'll probably get that next or an endura.
 
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Cold Steel Mini-Culloden - Great for carry, Drawpoint
Becker BK-10 - Sharp and Heavy. Learned not to catch it.
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The spiderfly looks cool, but it doesn't flip as good as the BM 4X series. The VG-10 blade is really nice though.
 
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